Trying out different hair colors can be very fun. However, repetitive bleaching and coloring could make your hair lose its strength and shine, and dry it out completely. You may not have to worry too much about it, because proper maintenance could undo the damage on your hair, even if it has been regularly color-processed for several years. Here are some of the ways to keep your hair healthy despite frequent dyeing.
Have better shampoo habits
Most shampoos contribute to the fading of your hair color, especially sulfate-based shampoos. Sulfates are commonly used in shampoos as a cleansing agent that could remove dirt and buildup from the hair, including the color pigments. Meanwhile, sulfate-free shampoos generally use softer cleansing agents that still keep the natural oils on your scalp while cleansing your scalp and hair gently. When choosing your shampoo, try checking the ingredients first to see if it has sulfates.
You may also consider using a keratin hair shampoo instead of sulfate-based shampoos. Shampoos infused with keratin oil nourish and condition your hair and helps it look shiny and smooth. It could also help you tame flyaways, fight frizz and alleviate the heat damage from styling tools like straightening irons and blow dryers.
Watch the water you use
Whenever you shampoo colored hair, it might be best to wash it with lukewarm or cool water. Cool water works on your scalp and skin the same way. When you wash your face with cool water, the chill makes your pores contract so they would appear smaller. On your scalp, cold water helps seal your hair cuticle and make it lay smoothly. Your hair could reflect light better if it has a smoother cuticle, and make your hair seem shinier as well.
You should also be careful when spending time in a swimming pool, as chlorine can damage your hair color. The pool’s chlorine could build up and make the color shift to an unsightly green hue, especially if your hair has a light color.
Regularly trim your hair
Everyone needs to cut their hair regularly, but those who frequently color their hair may need it even more than usual. Although there are many things you can do to help protect and strengthen dyed or bleached hair, your hair will always have a degree of damage. Most of the damage is on the ends of the hair strands, so trimming your hair regularly ensures that the damage from the tips does not move up to the rest of the strand. Cutting off the dull ends might give your hair a brighter, fresher look too.
Maintain a healthy diet and take vitamins
The nutrients you take in also affect the health of your hair and make your hair healthy, particularly its glow and luster. For example, foods that have iron-rich protein strengthen your hair’s keratin, which improves its texture and stimulates their growth. Foods that are good for keratin include lean meat, egg whites, low-fat cheese, and soy.
Food supplements could help keep your hair healthy and shiny as well. Vitamin C supports the hair follicles and helps you absorb the iron from plant proteins. Biotin could also strengthen damaged hair and improve its texture.
The damage your hair may sustain from dyeing and bleaching should not keep you from coloring your hair however you want. Just make sure that you do not do it too frequently and excessively, and nourish and care for it properly. After all, your hair is your crowning glory.