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Colour Care: 8 Tips to Care for Colored Hair

Updated on October 1, 2014

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Want to give yourself a makeover? Colour your hair! Yes, colouring your hair can infuse your look with a stylish twist. Whether you choose to go the subtle way with just a couple of streaks or you choose to go all out and dye your hair in a totally different shade, colouring your tresses undoubtedly ups your style quotient, making you and your hair look a million times better!

However, after the great transformation has been made, we forget about the care we need to take of our freshly coloured tresses and rely on a simple shower-and-shampoo routine. Big mistake, because now’s when you actually need to take maximum care of your hair. If you neglect your hair now, not only will your hair colour fade quickly, but you’ll also end up with damaged, brittle hair.

Here are some pointers to help you care for coloured hair. By following these hair care tips for dyed hair, you’ll prevent your hair colour from fading and also promote the health and quality of your hair:

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Tip 1: The most important and often heard hair care tip for coloured hair is to use hair products meant for chemically-treated hair. Whether it’s a shampoo, conditioner or hair serum, only use products that are especially designed to cleanse, moisturize and protect coloured hair. These products feature a colour-safe technology that keeps your hair colour looking fresh and vibrant but at the same time, thoroughly cleanses and conditions your hair.

Tip 2: After colouring your hair, you might be desperate to wash your tresses and do away with the ickyness. However, refrain from doing this as you’ll end up washing off your hair colour too in the process. Wait for at least 2-3 days before shampooing your hair as this will give your hair strands sufficient time to absorb colour completely. If you absolutely need to wash your hair, use a conditioner instead of shampoo as this will moisturize your hair without stripping off the colour.

Tip 3: You should also take care of your hair while swimming. The chlorine and salts present in the water badly damage your hair and the staying power of your hair colour. Before stepping into the pool, wet your hair and apply on a leave-in conditioner. Also, never swim without a swim cap. After stepping out of the pool, wash your hair well with shampoo and conditioner.

Tip 4: When you’re out on the beach getting that glorious golden tan, remember to keep your hair covered by slipping on a hat or tying a scarf around your head. The UV rays can prove to be very destructive for your, causing your hair colour to fade and your hair to lose its lustrous sheen. The more you keep your hair protected from the sun, the better. So, don’t hesitate to tie up and cover your tresses even when travelling to work or the market.

Tip 5: Coloured hair needs to be conditioned well. So, pull out all the stops when it comes to your deep conditioning routine. Use nourishing oils like olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil to massage your scalp and hair. Also, apply a protein-rich hair mask at least once a week.

Tip 6: Wash your hair with care. Avoid rinsing your hair with hot water and use cool or lukewarm water instead. Also, avoid over-washing or over-rinsing your hair. When tying your hair, opt for loose hairstyles and always you hair elastics that have a cloth covering.

Tip 7: Don’t change your hair colour drastically and often. Try to stick to the same colour and style when re-colouring your hair. If you want to try out a totally new style, do so gradually, after giving your hair time to recover from the damage caused by your previous hair-colouring venture.

Tip 8: After colouring your hair, avoid using heat-styling tools very often. Hair colour either ways dries out your hair and makes it brittle. Heat-styling tools further damage your hair and rob your tresses off moisture and its texture. So, avoid blow-drying your hair and let your hair air dry as much as possible. Also, avoid perming or straightening it very often.

Follow these hair care tips for dyed hair and keep those glorious, vibrant hues intact and untouched. With a little bit of care and lots of conditioning, you can almost negate the damages caused by colouring your hair and enjoy healthy, lustrous tresses even after you’ve dyed your hair a different colour.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Helpful tips for me I often rinse with water more than just warm. like the way you approached this hub.

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      Cherylann Mollan 2 years ago from India

      Hi DDE! I'm glad you found this hub helpful and thanks for stopping by. Lukewarm water is usually ideal for colored hair because it doesn't scorch your hair strands or make the color fade.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Good tips here. Deep conditioning is especially important.

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