A lot of people warn against coloring your hair because in the past, hair dyes had heavy metals and harsh chemicals that made hair brittle & lifeless. Of course, it doesn’t help that we hear a lot of horror stories that range from allergic reactions to getting chemical burns.
Worry not, though, because adding some much needed brightness and vibrancy to your hair by coloring it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing its health. Here are some tips that you can do when you color your hair.
It’s a cliche not just for hair health but for overall health as well: a nutritious diet does have its positive effects.
A diet rich in Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, Iron, Zinc, and Protein will help nourish your hair from within. Each vitamin plays a different but vital role in keeping your hair in top shape.
Vitamins A and D keep your hair growing and generate natural moisture to prevent dryness. B vitamins and iron prevent hair loss and help carry oxygen to your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Vitamin C and E are powerful antioxidants that prevent hair aging and help in generating collagen, a vital part of your hair. And finally, your hair is made mostly of protein, so it’s a good idea to consume enough of it to stimulate hair growth.
Drink Your Water, Sis
Getting proper hydration not only makes sure that your hair gets proper moisture from the root to the tip, but it also helps in moisturizing your scalp. Hair dyes can take oil away from your hair, especially when bleaching, so make sure to drink healthy amounts of water to give your scalp enough moisture as you color your hair.
If you’re prone to split ends or brittle strands, remembering that your hair is 25% water should be enough reason to keep yourself hydrated!
Condition, Condition, Condition
Whether you use natural conditioners like coconut oil, yogurt (yes, yogurt), aloe vera; or you use the ones you can find at the grocery or drugstore, it’s very important that you make conditioning a habit, especially right after you’ve colored your hair.
When you condition, leave it on for a couple of minutes, then massage your scalp and gently work the conditioner into your locks. No pulling, ok?! Then leave it on for a couple more minutes after massaging before rinsing off.
Conditioners are the perfect way to nourish your strands topically, helping to bring out the shine and bounce from your colored hair! You can even use leave-on conditioners like Vitress
Cuticle Coat to moisturize your hair anytime for that shiny, silky smooth and shiny hair anytime, anywhere; or you can check out the Vitress Hair Polish, too, to help tame frizz and smoothen fly-away hair without the sticky feeling!
Ease Up on the Shampoo
We know, we live in a tropical country, and things can get hot and humid even on cooler days - prompting you to shampoo your hair every day so you feel “cleaner”.
But did you know that that “clean” feeling is actually your hair and scalp stripped of moisture? Yep, you feel clean but your hair is going to be dry as a bone!
When showering, resist the urge to shampoo daily. Do it maybe twice or thrice a week, this way, you not only make the color last longer in your hair, you’re also preserving the moisture inside it. On the days when you aren’t shampooing your hair, you can use color-safe dry shampoo if your hair is starting to feel a bit greasy.
You may not be aware, but even the seemingly harmless things we do during and after showers can be rough on colored hair.
Hot water, for example, lifts the cuticle layer and is one of the biggest reasons for the color of your hair to fade. Getting rough with your hair when towel drying is also a habit that you should immediately stop - not only does it make the color fade faster, it makes your strands prone to brittleness and drying. Lastly, overusing heating products like curling irons, straighteners, and even blow dryers can damage your colored hair, so be gentle! In times wherein you can’t help but use styling tools, always remember to use heat protectants! Not only does it help by adding a barrier between the heat from your styling tool to your hair, it also makes your hair look smooth and feel soft!
Use gentle Kolours
Of course, using hair dyes that protect and nourish while coloring your hair is essential. Go for the Kolours® Signature Series with Meadowfoam Seed Oil that locks in moisture and repairs hair while coloring. Or you can go for Kolours’ powder hair dye sister, Shades Powder, infused with Vitamin E, C, B3 B5, & B6 to keep your hair strong and smooth. Not only will it help bring out your best features, it’s easy to use, too! All you need is your dye, water, and your application tools and you’re good to go! But don’t forget to do a patch test before doing so to make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the active ingredients. Whichever you pick, you’re sure that you’re taking care of each strand when you use Kolours.