Maintaining Your Locks: A Guide on Proper Care for Coloured-Treated Hair

7 months ago / by Melanie Fourie
How to Take Care of Dyed Hair
Hair colourants are often the go-to products women choose for makeovers. 
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Updating your natural hair shade is among the simplest ways to give your life a new lease on life. However, hair lightening and tinting may be damaging. Caring for your coloured hair may need a little additional effort, since it is often drier and more susceptible to breaking than non-coloured tresses. Here are some of the best practices for maintaining the health of your lightened or coloured hair, whether you’re simply adding highlights, trying out a balayage trend, or making an entire shade change.

Problems That Often Affect Dyed Hair

Bleach and other chemicals are used for hair colouring. This implies that your hair goes through a lot of trauma in order to get the desired hue. Hair that has been dyed is often drier and more prone to breaking than natural hair. 

Are you absolutely hooked on that glossy, just-emerged-from-the-hairstylist hue you adore? If so, don’t get too used to it if you’re not planning on caring for your hair before and post colouring. Coloured hair devoid of proper maintenance might begin to fade, and become drab and brassy after a couple of weeks of washing, styling, and sunshine.

To that end, choosing the best treatments and regimen to keep healthy-looking, salon-fresh hair might take some trial and error based on how extreme your tint is. In any case, your hair will need a little more care than usual, whether you’ve only added a few highlights or dyed it a whole new shade.

Do Prep Your Hair for Dyeing

Because whitening and dying might harm your hair, it’s ideal to begin with hair that’s in optimal condition. Consider these suggestions before making any hasty decisions.

  • To get started, you’ll need some clean hair. 
  • Keep your hair free of bleach, dye, and other processing for a while before trying a new colour for the richest, healthiest, luscious-looking results.
  • Try out several purifying washes and conditioners. 
  • Use a clarifying shampoo to dissolve residue and provide a healthful, fresh canvas for your hue.
  • Lower the temperature of your hair dryer. Remember how we’re attempting to preserve your hair’s health by avoiding heat styling at all costs?
  • Intense maintenance is required regularly, as when you bleach or colour your hair, you remove the protective cuticle layer and the oils and nourishment that make your hair shiny, silky, and beautiful. So, if you deep condition your hair before you dye it, it will absorb more pigment and retain more hydration.

Methods for Preserving Your Tint

After dying or bleaching your hair, you’ll want to give special attention to maintaining its softness, shine, and lack of brassiness. Here are some tips for maintaining the vibrancy of your hair tint.

Shield Your New Shade From Harsh Elements 

The colour of your hair might fade or become brassy if exposed to UV rays or chemicals like chlorine. Wearing a cap or using a UV-filtering styling products can help preserve your tone, and washing your hair with a deep cleansing shampoo post exposure to chlorine, will help remove any lingering residue.

Try to Avoid Styling with Heated Appliances as Much as Possible 

Your hair may become drier if you use heat styling tools too much. For instance, to avoid damaging your hair, consider using a mousse to style your hair. 

Be Sure to Use Non-Toxic Dyes and Shampoos 

Check out items that are made for your unique tint hue. Using a colour-safe shampoo and conditioner after washing and styling will help protect your dye job, extend the life of your shade, and bring back your hair’s natural shine. 

Search for hair care items specifically designed to bring out the depths of pigment in brown hair. The hue might fade even if your hair type is naturally dark. Lightweight treatments, like dark hair gloss, may be used to preserve its hue and lustre. To bring out your natural red hair colour, use a red cleanser and conditioner. Last but not least, blondes may boost the vibrancy of their hair colour by using products formulated for that shade.

Try to Choose a Shampoo and Conditioner That Strengthens Your Hair

The natural oils in your hair might be wiped out by using certain cosmetics. Hair that has been dyed is more likely to get dry, therefore it’s important to utilize solutions that provide moisture to locks. Restore hydration with a conditioner made with important vitamins and silk protein that won’t strip your hair of its hue. Dry shampoo is a great option if your hair becomes oily between washes.

Use a Moisture-Rich Conditioner 

Use a leave-in conditioner to fully moisturize your hair and shield it from the heat. If your hair is weak and prone to breaking, a hair mask designed to repair damage may be just what you need to restore its health and elasticity.

Reduce Yellow or Orange Looking Tones

When hair shade wears off, unwanted coppery, brassy, or yellow hues may become more noticeable, leaving your strands looking lifeless and unattractive. Using a violet or blue cleanser might help tone down unwanted brassiness. It is recommended that brunettes use a blue shampoo and that blondes use a purple shampoo to combat unwanted brassiness. 

Natural Hair Colouring Alternatives

Hair dyes are packed with chemicals, making caring for your hair post colouring crucial. Not doing so can lead brittle, damaged, lack lustre tresses. You can however avoid potential damage to your strands by using a natural hair colourant.  Note that you will still have to care for your hair before or after using a natural hair dye though. That said, the risk of causing damage to your hair is minimized when using a natural method.

As it turns out that many of us already have the things we need in our households to make our own hair dyes and conditioners. It is dependent upon the desired hue, the desired saturation level, and the desired amount of time invested. Take into account that there is a significant difference between natural and artificial dyes. The effects may not be as strong or long-lasting, the shade may not be exactly what you envisioned, and the dye may wash out over time. Note that this too, may occur after you dye your hair at the hairdresser. Not sure where to begin? Have a gander at some of the non-chemical options listed here. 

Henna Powder 

Henna, a powder made from the henna plant’s leaves, is one of the most widely used natural hair colour agents. These leaves have been used for hundreds of years to colour hair, nails, and skin using their natural and powerful dyeing pigment.

In its purest form, henna produces a reddish orange hue; if you come across henna-based items in a different shade, know that the dye was likely created by combining the henna with another component. Henna hair colour is great for natural redheads and dark haired people  who want a hint of red. Caution is required with this one since the resulting orange hue may not be to your liking; chamomile paste may help.

The ratio of henna powder to lemon juice is around one cup of powder to two cups of liquid. A tbsp of vinegar may also be added to the mix to aid with colour extraction. Leave it alone for a few hours to thicken up, preferably between four and six. Spread it on your hair and comb it out. (Get ready to clean up a lot of mess!) Leave the plastic on your hair for at least two hours, preferably longer, and then wash it out.

Herbal Colouring

Herbs may be used to generate a wide range of colours, depending on your needs. Based on your existing hair shade, here are a few ideas.

Calendula, marigold, rosehips, and hibiscus may all be used to either further darken red hair or add subtle highlights of the same colour. The dye’s colour-enhancing effects are incremental, so continued use over time is essential for optimal results. Flowers and water should be simmered together for half an hour; after cooled, the liquid may be sprayed or poured over hair and let to dry out in the sun, if feasible.

Some excellent herbs for dark brown hair include rosemary, nettle, and sage. Bring all three to a boil in water, then remove from heat, let cool, and drain before using in a hair spray or brush. Sit for about 60 minutes. The rinse may be used after each and every shower. It may take a few days before you see any results. 

Aside from chamomile tea, other options for blond hair include calendula, marigold, saffron, and sunflower petals. Grey hair may be covered up by simmering two cups of rhubarb root in water, straining off the solids, and then pouring the mixture over the head. To make the aforementioned deeper hues linger more, add black tea. Using catnip on lighter colours is effective too, although the colour attained won’t really last that long due to washing out. Catnip is also known transform greys into blonde, making it a good choice if you’re blonde and trying to illuminate your greys temporarily. 

Lemon Juice for a Highlighting Effect 

In search of some striking highlights? Try spraying your hair with freshly squeezed lemon juice and brushing it through. Remember to leave it on for a while. The brightening effect is enhanced when you sit in direct sunlight. Also, combining that with chamomile tea provides further lightening for blondes.
Since lemon juice takes its time working, you’ll need to apply it multiple times before you notice any effects.

How to Take Care of Dyed Hair
Caring for your hair before and after you colour it, is equally as important as choosing the best trending shade. 
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FAQs about How to Take Care of Dyed Hair

Can we flat iron hair after colouring it?

A minimum of 3 days should transpire between colouring your hair and flat ironing it. After dying your hair, the cuticles will be lifted for a few days. It’s therefore best to avoid any actions that can result in shade trickling.

Should we wash hair after colouring it?

It’s recommended to wait at least 3 days before shampooing after getting hair dyed. Tints will last longer if you do this, as the cuticle layer totally closes within 3 days.