So, no one told you life was gonna be this way… Maintaining colored hair is a lot of work, so here are my Tresses Thursday tips on keeping that color kicking.
There are a lot of articles talking about keeping your dye job in top form, a lot of which can be overwhelming to someone who’s never had to take care of their hair before. Here’s a concise list of what has worked for me:
- Invest in a good, color-safe shampoo
- Your color makes a mass exodus when you cleanse? Go color safe. If there are other things you need from a shampoo, look for the words “sulphate free” which will also help keep your color intact.
- Chill out.
- Hot water and heat styling will make your color fade faster. Invest in a heat protectant, heat style less often, and wash your hair in lukewarm water for best results. Pick one or two to be realistic.
- Don’t overdo it.
- Even with a color-safe cleanser, some of your color is going to wash out every time. To combat this over the long term, shampoo less frequently. I go every other day, sometimes longer, to prevent wash out. Whatever works for you is the way to go, if you’re an oily mess like me you may not be able to go for very long, but people who have drier scalps should be doing this already.
- Dry shampoo.
- Dry shampoo cannot substitute for a real cleanse, but it can help keep the oil at bay between shampoos. The key is not to wait until your hair is greasier than McDonald’s fries before using. Use dry shampoo on dry hair to sop up grease as it appears while also giving your hair texture and volume.
- Deep condition like your life depends on it.
- Dyeing your hair can dry out your ends and lead to breakage and fading. By keeping your hair well moisturized you help keep color and the hair itself by preventing split ends and breakage.
Thanks for hanging out with me, hope y’all found at least one new thing to try.