Every time you color-treat your hair, you run the risk of damaging the hair cuticles, or the outer layer of hair strands. Hair is porous, therefore, chemical treatments are able to penetrate the cuticle and affect the cortex with regular use of permanent or semi-permanent hair colors. Color-treated hair can present challenges and will require extra attention to maintain it. With a regular hair care routine, color-treated hair can look good and be easy to style. Use the following hair tips to repair damaged hair and to restore a healthy shine.
Those with color-treated hair should get into a routine of getting a trim every four to six weeks. By removing the split ends, your hair will look healthier and be easier to manage. It’s also a good idea to get a good haircut that is easy to style and doesn’t allow for a lot of fuss or call for the use of heating tools that can be more damaging to your hair.
Many shampoos and conditioners can be harsh on the hair, removing the natural oils that color-treated hair desperately needs. When shopping for new hair care products, look for brands that offer shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products for color-treated hair. It’s also important not to wash your hair everyday if it isn’t dirty. Excess washing of hair can cause it to dry out, split more easily, and loose its shine.
Once a month, it’s essential to apply a deep conditioner for 15 to 30 minutes to put back moisture into your hair follicles. While almost any conditioner can be used as a deep conditioner, it’s best to find a high quality product that is made for the purpose of deep conditioning to get the best results. The use of a deep hair conditioner on a regular basis can give your hair bounce, moisture, elasticity, and will fill holes of damaged caused by poor porosity. Use this hair care technique under a hooded dryer for maximum effect.
The way that you prepare your hair in the morning can had adverse effects on the way it looks. Use a micro-fiber towel for drying your hair. These absorb more moisture than standard bath towels and will require less heat to dry your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles or simply run your fingers through your hair to prevent unnecessary breakage. Avoid using hot rollers, curling irons, and other heating tools if possible. If you need to apply a styling gel, mousse, or hair spray, apply sparingly as these styling aids contain drying chemicals
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