If you dye your hair regularly, you’re likely to have slightly different hair care concerns than women who don’t—even women with your same hair type. From quickly fading color, to dried out strands, to dealing with breakage in all the wrong places, colored hair usually needs a bit of TLC to keep it looking fresh and healthy.
So, if you want to rock a tone that’s not your own (or at least not the one you were born with) it’s true you’ll have to invest more time, energy, and money in some places. But the good news is, it’s not all bad. We’ll let you in on the secrets for lovely, long-lasting color-treated hair so you can keep your dream shade going strong.
Heat and Sun Are Not Your Friends
Some dyed hair colors are particularly prone to fast fading – especially red, strawberry blonde, and the bright neon ones that are popular now. Hair will never hold on to the exact shade you see on day one of a dye job. But there are several things you can do to slow the fading process.
For starters, stay away from direct sunlight or wear a hat. But if you just can’t stay away from the sun, look for hair care products that act as sunscreen for your hair. Another tip is to avoid long, hot showers. And if you must use heated styling tools like hair dryers, straighteners, curlers, etc., then use them on the low setting. Or you can apply a protective thermal styling cream beforehand.
Gentle Products and Dry Shampoo Are Your Friends
From professional stylists to DIY colorists, those in the know will tell you to cut back on washing your hair. Some say stick to every other day, others try to limit it to once or twice a week. This may sound gross, but once your stop washing your hair every day, your natural oil production will actually go down. You can also use dry shampoo to keep roots looking clean and voluminous in between washings.
And when you do wash and condition, opt for products specially formulated for color-treated hair, or even shampoo and conditioner made for babies. They tend to be gentler, alcohol and sulfate free, and contain extra moisturizing products.
And finally… If you find that even when you follow all these steps you still have dry, unmanageable hair, it may be time to switch to a natural, plant-based dye, which will usually be semi-permanent and contain fewer harsh, drying chemicals.