We understand that when you dye your hair, you want it to last for a while before it fades.
Dying your hair often makes your hair more porous, causing it to easily release or absorb moisture. This could eventually lead to a loss of the colour molecules whenever your hair meets water.
As a result, it’s important for you to learn how to maintain your newly dyed hair, especially if you’re doing this for the first time.
In this article, we’ll be showing you a few ways to keep as much moisture in your hair as possible so that your coloured locks look healthy and beautiful.
When Shampooing, reduce the temperature of the water
Whenever it’s time for you to shampoo your hair, avoid using hot water as it opens hair strand surface, allowing the colour to leech out fast and the dye molecules to escape quickly. Stick to using cooler water and lukewarm water.
Plus, hot water causes loss of moisture and frizzing. It also causes the hair to become more susceptible to damage. Cool water will seal your cuticles so that the colour remains sealed in the hair shaft. If you can’t handle a cold shower, then do the rinsing after your bath so you can then rinse your hair with cold water instead.
Go for a shampoo that is colour-friendly
Dying actually damages your hair. That’s why you should take special care to not cause further damage. Go for a shampoo that is specifically for hair that has been treated with colour to help replenish the hair moisture and prevent dulling.
After Colouring, Wait 2 Days Before You Shampoo
When you get a dye, it’s advisable that you wait for forty-eight hours or longer, say a day or two more than that before getting shampoo on your hair. You’ll be doing this because the colour needs enough time to set first.
Get A Good Leave-In Conditioner
Leave-in conditioners have silicone. This is important as it will help form a protective layer over your hair shaft. It will thus prevent sun damage and calm frizz that may arise after the colouring process.
Your hair is also protected from tools that make use of heat.
Wash hair less often
Don’t wash your hair so often as it will prevent your hair colouring from lasting longer. It will not only wash away your hair’s natural oils necessary for moisturization but also wash away portion of the dye for every time you wash your hair.
We advise you wash your hair thrice a week so that the hair dye stays locked.
Use sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner
Sodium laureth ether sulphate or sodium laureth sulphate is a kind of anionic detergent found in lots of personal care products. The ingredient is the reason there is a foaming effect in conditioners and shampoo. You may think too much foaming is good, unfortunately, it’s not. It has the potential to strip your hair of its moisture and natural oils. Not to mention, it could also strip the hair of the hair dye the hair has been treated with. We understand of course that you do not want that.
So here’s an alternative : sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your amazing colour choice intact.
Add dye to your conditioner
If you have a bright colour on like blue, purple or pink, add a tiny bit of dye to your conditioner when you’re washing your hair. This is so that your hair slightly re-dyes, to retouch the colourful look so that it looks fresh until your hair roots grow out.
Keep up with trims
When you have dead ends, it becomes difficult for the colour to stay. Dead ends cannot hold the colour and the dye will end up fading fast. Therefore, we advise that you always have your ends trimmed every six to eight weeks so that the colour stays fresh from the roots down to the tips.
Chlorine is a chemical that bleaches. That’s why it’s often used to clean pools and water tanks. However, if you dive into a pool that has chlorine (most of them do), your hair will also be “bleached “ and you’ll end up losing your hair colour
If your hair was died blonde, it will most likely turn greenish. So if you do want to have fun in the water, please go along with a swimmer’s cap. There’s an alternative though, wet your hair in the shower and use conditioner, but don’t rinse out. It will protect the hair shaft from the chlorine, so it will be unable to penetrate.
Oil Your Hair
Oiling the hair is an important part of the hair care routine. There are different ways to oil your hair ; you can use a hot oil treatment or you can apply oil to your hair before going to bed and wash it off in the morning. Whichever routine you go for is fine as long as you’re oiling your hair steadily.
Nourish Your Hair With Pro tein
Your hair goes through protein damage when you colour it. As a result, it will need a lot of protein, if not, it may begin to break off. If yours is also breaking off and feels mushy when it’s wet, then it has gone through protein damage and needs protein.
Therefore, you will have to go in search of protein treatments or learn to make a DIY hair mask for protein nourishment.
On days when you don’t shampoo, don’t let water touch your hair
We know you probably will not shampoo your hair everyday. So, on those days when you’re not shampooing, it’s best to use a shower cap to avoid getting your coloured hair wet. Wetting the hair without shampooing will cause part of the hair colour to fade. If you have no shower cap (you should though), then pull up your hair in a ponytail or bun to keep it from getting wet.
Also keep an umbrella or a shower cap around on days when you’re out of your house, just incase it starts to rain so your dye doesn’t fade. Plus, you don’t want your cute dresses to get stained.
Note: Red Dye is Most Susceptible to Color Loss
Red hair dyes tend to fade faster as a result of their molecular size. They happen to have the largest molecule size. Their size makes it difficult to penetrate the hair deeply, thus fading faster. So when you think of colouring your hair red, make sure your stylist goes for a high definition colour so that your cuticles don’t get stressed.