5 easiest and most pragmatic tips that would make hair care post a color service seem like a walk in the park.
1. Make advance preparations
You need to ensure that nourishment and hydration are no problems for your hair. Oil regularly, trim it at periodic intervals and stay away from heating tools. And yes, this process starts about 2 months from the date you plan to get your hair dyed. (A little hard work but it will pay rich dividends!)
2. Trim your hair
Having a nice, gentle trim after any chemical treatment helps you limit the damage caused by the process. It is advisable to chop off or trim the ends after a color service to prevent the hair damage from spreading. You’d be well served by having periodic trims after about every 6-7 weeks or so. This would also solve the problem of split ends and breakage.
3. Avoid heat
Keep your hair away from heat of any kind. Heat damages your hair and chemically treated hair is even more susceptible to damage. Keep the blow dryer away for a while. Air-dry your hair. If you have to use a blow dryer, use it only on a medium temperature setting at best. Also avoid hot water rinsing as it could cause frizz and loss of moisture. Cold water would help you seal the color into your hair shaft and also keeps frizz at bay.
4. Don’t shampoo too early
Resist the urge to wash your hair for a couple of days at least after you have colored your hair. This would allow the color to set in and would also reduce color bleeding. Oiling your hair before a wash might be a good idea as the protective layer of oil around the shaft would minimize damage and reduce color fading.
5. Use color-protecting products
Colored hair is highly susceptible to damage especially in the period immediately after you’ve colored your hair. It is thus vitally important that you use color-protecting products in the time post the color service to ensure that the color doesn’t fade away and your hair remains in great shape and health. Sulfate-free, color-protecting shampoos work for all kinds of color tones.
If coloring your hair is on top of your wish list then don’t just strike it off the list fearing hair damage.