If you’ve ever gotten your hair coloured, you will know that your mane demands extra care, attention and love post the treatment to look its healthy best. It requires a gentle shampoo that removes dirt, oil and sweat while preserving your hair colour. You can’t steal your sister’s shampoo anymore to cleanse your hair as some of the ingredients in it can severely damage your hair.
Your hair colourist will usually recommend a shampoo for your colour treated hair. However, if they haven’t recommended a specific shampoo or you simply want to be double sure of the ingredients in your shampoo, here’s what you need to watch out for.
You’ve read a lot about sulfates and probably know that they are harmful chemicals that can severely damage every hair type, irrespective of whether its colour treated or not. Sulfates are like chemical detergents and are quite harsh on the hair and scalp. Using a shampoo that contains this ingredient will strip away everything that it comes in contact with, this includes dirt oil, colour as well as natural moisture which your hair requires to stay healthy.
Another ingredient that pretty much every beauty website has asked you to avoid is parabens. Commonly found in many hair and skin care products, this ingredient has a bad rep because it poses a risk of causing cancer. It is pretty abrasive in nature and can be quite harsh on colour treated hair that are vulnerable to damage. The smartest thing to do here is to avoid this ingredient altogether and look for a shampoo that’s paraben-free.
BB recommends: Tresemme Botanique Nourish & Replenish Shampoo
Artificial fragrances are bad not only for your skin but also for your hair, especially if it is colour treated. If you see the term ‘fragrance’ on the label, keep the product back on the shelf and walk away. No matter how good the fragrance is, it will damage your tresses in the long run and even affect the colour of your hair. If you can’t find a fragrance-free cleanser or prefer subtly scented products, opt for ones that contain natural fragrances or essential oils.
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