No amount of prep, skill or careful product selection can give you a completely damage-proof hair colouring experience. Hair dyes consist of ammonia, which opens up your hair shaft to deposit the colour. This can lead to a change in the texture of the hair and also dry out the hair. Those touting ammonia-free dyes as a good alternative need to know that such products are to be used in higher quantities and need to be left on for longer, which can still lead to damage.
So, it is safe to say that your hair will get damaged at the end of a colouring session irrespective of how careful you’ve been. However, not all is lost. Post-colouring hair care is the determining factor in whether the hair turns into a dry, knotted and frizzy mess or remains glossy, as intended. Here are a few tips to show you how to take care of colour hair:
- 01. Use sulphate-free products
- 02. Protect your hair from harsh elements
- 03. Include damage repair in your routine
- 04. Avoid washing your hair too often
- 05. Protect your coloured hair from heat
01. Use sulphate-free products
Sulphates are added to products as a deep cleansing agent and can be too harsh on colour-treated hair. This is because they can strip your hair shaft of moisture, making colour fade faster and look less vibrant. Switch to sulfate-free products like the TRESemmé Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s one of the best shampoos for colour-treated hair as it has no sulphates, meaning it will cleanse your hair without drying it out and help maintain the colour for longer. Its conditioner also nourishes damaged hair, so it detangles easily and is also silkier and softer.
02. Protect your hair from harsh elements
Sun damage is equally harmful to your hair, especially when it is coloured. UV exposure can break down the chemical bonds present in the hair dye and sap the colour out of hair, along with essential moisture and nutrients. You also have to protect your hair from pollution, and harsh water as all of these factors can contribute towards diminishing the integrity of your hair further.
03. Include damage repair in your routine
It is a good idea to start with a damage repair routine as soon as you cross the 72-hour mark post colouring. The sooner you start working on reversing damage, the lesser chances of your hair turning dry and fizzy. Using a deep conditioning and repairing hair mask like the Dove Intense Damage Repair Mask is your best bet. It has 1/4th moisturising cream and keratin actives that help deeply nourish and repair damage giving your tresses a new lease of life. Apply it on your hair, leave it for 3 to 5 minutes and rinse off. Do this once or twice a week to give your coloured tresses some much-needed TLC.
04. Avoid washing your hair too often
Say goodbye to washing your hair every day once you get a colour as that can be very bad for your hair. Your scalp produces natural oils that need to reach the ends of your hair and stay there in order to naturally repair damage and help keep the mane healthy. Stripping your hair off these natural oils will not only make your colour fade faster but also make your hair frizzy and less shiny. So instead, stick to 2-3 washes per week and make sure to brush your hair every day to distribute scalp oil all over your hair.
05. Protect your coloured hair from heat
Heat damage is similar to chemical damage in the sense that it can break protein bonds in your hair and lead to dryness and frizziness. Try to limit heat styling as much as possible, and whenever you use a heat tool, prep your hair with a protective spray like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray to minimise damage due to heat exposure. It shields your hair from heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit while also fighting frizz and boosting shine to give you salon-styled hair at home.