Coloring your hair platinum blonde, black, red, brunette etc. It definitely enhances your look. But your job does not end here. You need to pay more attention towards your color treated hair and take care of it if you want the color to last for a longer time. This is important because having spent so much of money in the salon to color your hair and then having it fade within a few weeks is something that you wouldn’t want. But it will definitely fade out if you don’t care for it properly. These tips below will definitely help you to manage your color treated hair and make sure that the color lasts for a longer time.
1. Avoid shampooing immediately after coloring- After you color your hair, wait for at least 72 hours before applying a dandruff shampoo for colored hair. When coloring your hair, the cuticle is opened so that the color is able to penetrate the shaft of your hair. Washing your hair too soon after coloring will wash off the color since the cuticle takes time to close. So, waiting for at least 72 hours before shampooing, you will let your hair soak up the color more.
2. Always use a shampoo that is free from sulphate- Sodium laureate sulphate is an anionic detergent which is used to make several beauty products like shampoos and conditioners. This ingredient which is present in the shampoos brings the foaming effect. But using a shampoo having this ingredient may cause your hair to lose all its natural moisture and oils. This, in turn will strip off the color from your hair. Then you will have to visit the salon more frequently in order to color your hair again. You can use a sulphate free shampoo to manage your color treated hair. Using a color safe dandruff shampoo always works good for colored hair.
3. Add a bit of your dye to the conditioner you use- Yes, adding a bit of your hair dye to the conditioner that you use is really good tip to make your hair color last longer. When you wash your hair with this conditioner, it will re-dye your hair almost every time you apply this conditioner with dye. The color will look fresh until new hair roots start growing.
4. Make sure to wash your color treated hair with cold or lukewarm water- Taking hot showers makes you feel good but it isn’t good for your hair. Washing your hair with hot water will cause the cuticle layer to open which will remove almost all the colors from the hair shaft while you are shampooing and conditioning your hair. To avoid this, it is advisable to use lukewarm water to shampoo your hair and then while using a conditioner use cold water to wash off your hair. The lukewarm water will help the shampoo to penetrate the hair shaft to clean it well while the cold water will lock the moisture and also prevent washing away of the hair color.