Coloring your hair is an easy way to add new life to your tresses, whether you feel like your look has fallen flat or you’re just flat out bored with the same old hair routine. However, dying can also come with damage and dryness if you’re not careful. As long as you know your dyed hair dos and don’ts, healthy and shiny tresses after coloring are within reach.
In this article, we’ll go over how to keep dyed hair healthy with our tips and tricks on everything post-color, from shampooing to swimming and everything in between.
With a few tips and tricks for how to keep dyed hair healthy, you’ll be loving both the look and feel of your new color in no time. These simple changes to your hair care routine will help you fend off frizz and maintain healthy, colored strands. So let’s talk about how often to wash colored hair, ideal shampoo and conditioner, heat, moisture, and the other ins-and-outs of dyed hair maintenance. Here are our top 8 tips for caring for colored hair:
If you have gray or blonde hair, look for purple shampoo and conditioner to keep brassy tones at bay. Also opt for sulfate-free products because they maintain your hair’s moisture levels and prevent your hair color from losing vibrancy.
At maximum, shampoo and condition your hair every other day. Overwashing strips your hair’s moisture, so washing your hair two to three times a week is ideal. Use dry shampoo in between washes if needed. After coloring your tresses, make sure you wait at least three days before you shampoo to ensure the cuticle layer has ample time to close in that color. However, please feel free to experiment with a routine that works with your hair!
“Overwashing strips your hair’s moisture, so washing your hair two to three times a week is ideal.”
Moisture is critical for your hair’s health and adds shine. It offers protection from external stressors, improves elasticity, and helps prevent breakage. So don’t skip the conditioner, deep condition at least once a week. and utilize leave-in treatments in between.
Just as heat can damage your hair, prolonged sun exposure can too. UVA and UVB rays can damage your hair’s cuticles, leaving your colored hair dull, brittle, and prone to split ends and frizz. So do your hair a favor: grab that floppy sun hat before soaking in some rays.
There’s nothing quite like taking a dip on a hot summer day, but it can cause issues for your colored hair. While saltwater can be drying, chlorine can be especially damaging, weakening your hair’s cuticles and even causing color changes. Just make sure to minimize your hair’s exposure when possible and wash right after.
Even if you’re on your A-game with haircare, those locks need a trim now and again. For hair more prone to breakage – like colored hair – frequent trims get rid of damaged hair and prevent split ends from worsening. This leaves you with healthy, shiny hair and saves you from needing a drastic cut you might not want.
“For hair more prone to breakage – like colored hair – frequent trims get rid of damaged hair and prevent split ends from worsening.”
A diet with omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, and iron does wonders for hair growth, strength, and overall health. You can find Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and nuts, biotin in egg yolks and carrots, and iron in dark leafy greens and meat.
Hot tools may give you those bouncy curls or that straight, polished look, but heat removes the moisture from your hair, leading to declining hair health, brittle strands, and dull color. Use hot tools sparingly, apply heat protectant when you do, and opt for heat-free styles.
We’ve covered the major, everyday dos and don’ts for those colorful tresses, but those things can take time. Here are four more easy, yet effective colored hair tips you can try immediately:
Choose a silk or satin sheet for your beauty sleep
When you’re ready to sleep, do so on a silk or satin sheet. This reduces friction, which contributes to the dreaded breakage: frizz, fly-aways, and split ends
Grab some gloss
Hair gloss ignites your color without affecting permanent dyes and gives you a dazzling shine. The best part: immediate results! Try gloss anytime to boost your shine and get a salon-fresh look.
Turn down the heat in the shower
Hot water opens the surface of the hair strand allowing dye molecules to escape, leaving you with a dull do. So keep the knob on blue if you want to preserve your shiny color.
Be gentle with wet hair
Speaking of showering, make sure your hair is dry before you hit the hay – and skip the blow dryer! Wet hair is weaker and therefore more susceptible to damage. That’s why a blow dryer can cause so much breakage. Since brittle hair allows dye pigment to escape, it’s best to adjust your shower routine or allow time to air dry before you go to bed.