December 1, 2022

Taking Care of Colored Hair: Are You Doing It Properly?

Author: Glory Imanuela
Reading Time: 7 minutes

What’s the point of having beautiful colored hair if it’s not healthy?

Purple, blue, platinum, and even neon colors, you name it! Whether it is what we like doing or simply experimenting with colors on our hair, we must learn how to maintain those lovely hues by choosing suitable hair products, doing hair care routines, and more.

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To Dye Or Not To Dye?

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Have you ever thought about what happens to your hair when you dye it? Indeed, pretty hair colors can level up our looks, but they also come with responsibilities.

According to Dr. Kamath, a chemist and skin and hair cosmetics consultant, when we bleach our hair, we remove the natural pigment called Melanin. The most common ingredient in typical hair bleach products is Hydrogen Peroxide.

Hydrogen Peroxide penetrates the hair fibers, oxidizing Melanin and breaking it down into water-soluble components. Because Hydrogen Peroxide removes the hair’s protective layer, it weakens our hair. The longer we leave the bleach on, the lighter the color will be, but the weaker our hair becomes.

That is why coloring our hair is not an easy decision since we must commit to maintaining its health. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here’s what you need to know to keep your dyed hair healthy.

How Often Do I Have to Wash My Hair?

Those with colored hair should wash their hair at least once every two days to keep the color vibrant. Excessive shampooing can cause the color to fade quickly. Some of you may be accustomed to shampooing your hair daily. However, if you want the color to last longer, you should wash it less frequently.

Over-washing your hair removes the essential natural oils that keep it moisturized. Because bleached hair can become dry, it’s important to do everything possible to keep it hydrated. You can sometimes use dry shampoo to absorb excess oils between your wash days.

Dry shampoo is a quick-drying aerosol powder used to refresh your hair without washing it. According to Julian Contreras, a hairstylist and colorist at Patrick Evans Salon in San Francisco, the dry powder captures oil on your hair, making it easier to brush it off the scalp without causing the hair follicles to produce more oil.

Which Shampoo Should I Use?

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Some of you, especially beginners, may find it difficult to decide which shampoo you should use for your colored hair. Does the name “Purple Shampoo” ring a bell with you? If you have blonde, platinum, silver, or other similar hair colors, this shampoo is for you! This is essentially a shampoo containing purple pigments to maintain your blonde color.

The color theory is applied here. Purple is the direct opposite of yellow on the color wheel. The two colors cancel each other out when they are layered. Purple shampoo, when appropriately used, neutralizes yellow strands in blonde hair. In other words, purple shampoo is used to color-correct your hair, removing any unwanted yellow, orange, or red undertones that may develop over time.

Keep in mind that purple shampoo should only be used once or twice a week and should not be used in place of regular shampoo.

For regular shampoo (for any hair color), choose a sulfate-free shampoo to keep your hair color fresh and vibrant. Shampoos of all kinds are designed to remove oil and dirt, but sulfate-free shampoo is designed to reduce the amount of dye being washed down the drain. Also, sulfate-free shampoos help your hair retain its natural moisture.

Is It Okay To Wash My Hair In Hot Water?

Although it’s not forbidden, it’s preferable to use cooler water. According to Sydney Palmer, a hair-color specialist at Estetica Salon & Spa, the cuticle surrounding each hair strand holds the color in place.

When you wash your hair, especially in hot water, you risk opening up the cuticle and allowing the color to flow out. Palmer suggests washing colored hair in cold water.

It keeps the cuticle of your hair closed and your hair color trapped within the hair strands. Hot water causes the cuticle to open, allowing the color to escape, so the color fades quickly.

Is Conditioner Necessary?

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YES, absolutely! Color-treated hair is more prone to dryness and brittleness, so use a conditioner specifically designed for color-treated hair. Conditioned hair will make your hair color look shinier and more evenly spread.

Even if you have fine hair, condition the ends because it’s the oldest and most damaged part of your hair. Begin conditioning with the hair near your ears and work your way down.

I recommend you condition your color-treated hair every time you shampoo or about 2-3 times per week.

What About Hair Mask?

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Hair masks are nourishing treatments made up of oils, butter, and other nourishing components. Hair masks containing moisturizing and rejuvenating ingredients are often the best.

Your hair type and concern will determine the perfect hair mask for you. Look for a hair mask that both nourishes and protects color-treated hair. The hair mask can be used once a week.

There are numerous colored hair masks to pick from. To begin, you can use a hair mask containing goji extract to keep your hair’s color vibrant. Damage and fading can be addressed with a hair mask containing cranberry extract and argan oil.

The best masks for dry hair, for example, are made with butter and oils like shea oil, coconut oil, argan oil, and avocado oil, which can help restore and shine your hair. Similarly, botanical oils, such as avocado oil, can be found in hair masks for curly hair. Other naturally healing ingredients, such as honey and propolis, usually be included in hair masks for damaged hair.

Some have qualities that increase color brightness and keep your dye from fading. Other ingredients have qualities that help to strengthen hair and keep it from breaking and frizzing. They all work together to keep your hair and scalp hydrated and healthy.

What’s The Difference Between Hair Mask And Conditioner?

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It may be confusing for some people to differentiate between hair masks and conditioners. They do have similar benefits for our hair in nourishing and moisturizing it.

However, hair conditioners only soften and manage the hair strands. Hair masks, on the other hand, go a step further by deeply hydrating and conditioning the hair strands. 

They also differ in terms of usage frequency. Conditioners should be used every time you wash your hair, whereas you should only use hair masks once a week.

Lastly, you should only apply conditioners to the ends of the hair. Hair masks, on the other hand, should be used from the root or scalp to the tip of the hair.

Is Using A Hair Dryer A Good Idea?

Unfortunately, using heated hair styling tools on dyed hair is not advised. 

Colored hair is more vulnerable to damage and is more sensitive to heat. If you want your hair color to look fresh, it’s better to reduce your exposure to heat from blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. I recommend you to use heatless or non-heat tools instead.

If you must use heated styling equipment, make sure to use a heat protectant spray beforehand to protect your hair from the damaging effects.

How Often Should I Cut My Hair?

Split hair can occur as a result of bleached and dyed hair. You should cut the end of your hair on a regular basis; nothing fancy, just a little trim at the end to keep your hair looking neat and nice. It’s best to see a professional at a salon, but if you’re good at doing it yourself, why not?

According to Nell McDonald, a Brisbane hairstylist, regular trimming ensures your colored hair looks healthier and more stylish. It also prevents split ends from rising on the hair shaft and causing more damage.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how frequently you should cut your hair because it varies from person to person based on hair growth and style. In general, most experts recommend that you trim your hair every 3-4 months.

What About Touch-Ups? Can I Do It Myself?

Depending on how quickly your hair grows, you may need to do a root touch-up from two weeks to a month after coloring it.

I recommend that you visit a hairstylist for a guaranteed result, but you can certainly do it on your own if you believe you are capable. Also, it will be better to ask another person for help because they will be able to detect any undyed patches and help you achieve an even look.

Here are some tips for touching up your roots at home (after bleaching your roots):

  1. Prepare the dye according to the directions on the package.
  2. Fill the root comb applicator bottle (if using).
  3. Make sure to coat your roots while not overlapping your previously dyed hair too much.
  4. Massage the color into your roots to ensure even distribution.
  5. Leave the dye on your hair for the time specified in the instruction (approx. 30-45 minutes max.)
  6. Wash it with cold or lukewarm water.

Wrapping Up

Breakage, frizz, split ends, and dryness is the common possible side effects of bleaching your hair–which is normal. However, if you properly care for your colored hair, you won’t have to worry because it will improve over time.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article! Perhaps you’ve become enlightened enough to seek out the best hair care products and understand the essential key to having healthy colored hair.

Check out this tutorial by a New York-based hairstylist, Brad Mondo, if you want to color your hair at home.

You can also learn to select the right hair color for your skin tone.

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