One of the most exciting trends of the time is colouring your hair and enhancing your natural look with shades lighter or darker than your original hair tone. A perfect colour not only complements your complexion but also help highlight your facial features. A super fancy long list of colouring range from blonde, ash, brown, mahogany, caramel, red, purple, Auburn, cocoa etc. is available to revamp your natural tresses into something more flattering. Colouring also comes with various styles namely, streaks, highlights, balayage, ombre etc. so it’s not just the colour you choose but also how you do it will ultimately shape your final hairstyle.
While its fun to get a whole new avatar with hair colour, it does demand equal care to keep your hair healthy. Here are few tips to remember:
Let go of the dead-ends
Hair gets dry and rough post colouring, its best advice to get regular trimming in 5-6 weeks to avoid breakage and split ends. Having the perfect shade is not enough, regular care with right products to nourish as well as haircuts to shed the shabby ends can help maintain the desired healthy and shiny look.
Shampoo less and with cold water
If you shampoo every alternate day, then this cannot be followed post hair colour ritual. Shampoo a minimum of 3 times a week and if your scalp tends to get oily its best to opt for a good dry shampoo. The more you wash, the more your hair will be prone to losing its natural oil and become excessively dry. Also, with every wash, the colour tends to fade so, in order to sustain it longer one should reduce the number of washes. It’s also best to rinse with cold or lukewarm water to avoid damage as well as frizz.
Well conditioning is a must
The most important part of this regime is definitely conditioning your hair. The hair needs hydration and moisture, for which you should use a good conditioner each time you shampoo. Also, include conditioning treatments once a while. If you cannot afford to go to the parlour, simply buy a deep hair conditioner ( Eg. Loreal Paris Hair Spa) apply it thoroughly across your strands then wrap a hot towel around your hair for a minimum of 15 minutes and then wash it off. You can also use home-made packs of egg, banana or yoghurt on your hair which will not only condition but also help regain the lost proteins.
Choose products wisely
You broke your bank getting your favourite colour on your hair but that doesn’t imply that you can save by not investing in the right products post the ritual. Post care is equally essential for healthy hair as well as to maintain the colour. A must in this is a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner dedicated to coloured hair. The market is loaded with products but you understand your hair and budget best so choose wisely. Usually, one would suggest a mild shampoo to avoid further cut down on the natural oil of the hair.
Avoid too much heat
Let your beautiful coloured tresses dry naturally, avoid blow drying as much as possible. Too much exposure to heat damages the hair and make it frizzy as well as tends to fade the colour. So while styling the device being used should be at its minimum temperature. You can opt for heat protectant products ( Toni & Guy Heat Protectant Hair Mist, TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray, Sunsilk Keratinology Heat Protection Spray)available in the market, apply it before styling your hair to provide some level of protection from high temperature.
Slay your new hair colour at best with these tips. The better you take care of your dyed hair the better the colour will last and maintain the shiny texture. If you feel you have excessive hair fall or dryness, then opt for a shorter hairdo as mostly it is nothing but breakage or you can also go for a keratin treatment to restore the nourishment.