Coloring your hair is a great way to add some excitement to your overall appearance. People get their hair colored all the time just to go a different look, even if it’s only temporary. A lot of naturals would love to add some color to their mane, but are scared of the consequences that could come along with it since coloring your hair and not caring for it the right way could leave it in a bad place. If you’d like to color your hair but you’re torn between both scenarios what you should be asking is: how do you care for colored natural hair? It isn’t as hard as it seems and it will all be covered below.
Truthfully, the entire process of coloring hair is a tad destructive. This is because you will have to break through several barriers to extract the natural hair color and replace it with a new one. The key to keeping your hair healthy and growing after coloring it is to care for it properly. So here are 10 tips to care for colored natural hair the right way.
- Don’t wash immediately after dyeing
Allow the dye at least 72hrs in your hair before you follow it up with any type of cleaning agent. Remember how the dye had to break through your cuticle to deposit the color? Well your cuticles don’t just close immediately after the treatment, so washing your hair before 72hrs is up will make the color less potent, and that way it will fade out quicker.
2. Deep condition frequently
Deep conditioning will help to keep your hair moisturized and shiny. This is especially important because after coloring, your hair loses a lot of moisture and you’re in charge of getting it back to where it needs to be. Learn more about why deep conditioning is important right here.
3. Add Protein
Make some adjustments and try to work protein treatments into your natural hair regimen/routine. Coloring can be hard on your hair leaving it weaker than it originally was. This is why you should also follow your colored hair up with a monthly protein treatment to prevent breakage, shedding, and split ends.
4. Air dry after washing
Your hair is more fragile, and as a result, it is more prone to heat damage. Air drying your hair after washing is a good way to minimize the amount of heat you allow to reach your mane.
5. Always use a heat protectant
You can probably tell why from the previous point. If you find it necessary to apply direct heat to your hair, you should make it a point never to do so without first applying a heat protectant. This is crucial if you hope to save yourself from the throes of heat damage.
6. Wash less frequently
It’s a matter of logic. If you wash your hair very often, your color will fade faster and you’ll need to go through the whole process of coloring your hair yet again. We already know that the coloring process is hard on your hair, so doing it too frequently can cause irreparable damage, and we don’t want that. Giving your hair more space between washes is a good idea. If you washed every weekend before coloring, you could take it down to once every two weeks, or even more. Also, don’t wash with hot water.
7. Invest in quality products
Your shampoo and conditioner particularly should be of good quality. Consider even getting a shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated hair. This will help your color last longer, and keep your hair dirt free while doing so. If you’re unable to find a shampoo for color-treated hair, you can do with a regular shampoo as long as it is sulphate free.
8. Use leave-in conditioners generously
As a natural, you already know your leave-in is your best friend. You don’t have to change this. Using a leave in to moisturize and sealing in the moisture afterward will keep your colored hair shiny, bouncy, and prevent frizz.
9. Detangle very gently
Try to set aside ample time to detangle. Your hair is in a different state, so all the hurried, half-hearted, and frankly, harsh detangling won’t do you any favors. Care for your colored natural hair and take time to avoid breaking it, detangle properly using these steps.
10. Take care of split ends
Try to always keep your hair in a bonnet when you go to bed. Your hair is drier than usual and the friction between the hair and your sheets will cause damage faster than you think. Also, this isn’t the time to be sly, don’t skip out on your trims. For more general tips on how to prevent split ends, check here.
Care for colored natural hair is not as tedious as it might seem from the outside. With a few basic lifestyle and hair routine adjustments that save you the stress of figuring out how to fix damaged hair. Make the smart choice and care for your hair the right way.
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