To begin with, there is always this debate of is color treated hair still natural? In my book it is, although the color may affect the texture. But still to me, adding color is just part of the variety in the natural hair community.
Now there are many ways to color your natural hair. For the sake of this post, let’s assume you saw your favorite influencer and she posted what color she uses on her hair and you ran to the store and snatched it up! Hey it happens just like that most times. Anyway you colored your hair, now what?
BTW- One of my favorite Colored Curlys 👇
1. Start With Healthy Trimmed Hair: You want to start with your hair in its best condition possible to limit damage and increase your chances of getting your color the correct shade.
2. Limit Direct Heat: The direct heat from hand dryers and straightening tools increase dryness. Instead opt for over head dryers and no heat styling methods.
3. Use Products For Color Treated Hair: Preferably you want to use products made by the same brand as the hair color you are using. Now that your hair is color treated, you have specific needs to care for your hair in this state and its best to use products made for the state of your hair.
4. Look For Products With Water Soluble silicone : I know, I know, everyone says don’t use silicones! However the color will strip your hair of its natural moisture, so you need the good silicones to help coat and protect the hair. Some good choices are Amo- silicones which help with moisture, and are water soluble so they don’t cause build up on the hair shaft. Look for them in your conditioner and leave-ins.
5. Use A Daily Leave-In Conditioner: So I am a self admitted leave-in lover! If you don’t use a leave-in for daily maintenance you should! Using a daily leave-in will help maintain moisture, and decrease brittleness that can occur with color treated hair.
6. Use Sulfate Free Shampoos and Conditioners: Now this is a must. The sulfates will dry your hair out. And we know, dry hair breaks! We do not want breakage !
7. Deep Condition Often: Now this is just a healthy hair practice period. But it’s extra important to deep condition when you have color treated hair. You want to add extra moisture and layers of nutrients every chance you get.
Here’s another one of my favorite Colored Curlys👇
8. Do Hot Oil Treatments: The end game here is to protect the hair and avoid dryness. The hot oil treatment, or even the oil in your LOC Method, or just by running oil through your hair as you style will help to seal in the moisture and protect your hair. Not to mention it will add a little shine to your tresses.
9. Limit Manipulation Of Dry Hair: if your hair is not properly cared for it can become extremely dry. You never want to manipulate the hair in this state. It will break off right in the comb, brush or even your hand. To avoid breakage you always want to add some oil or water or both before trying to style, comb, or perform any manipulations on your hair.
10. If You Start To Experience Server Dryness, Breakage, or Brittleness Consult A Professional: This probably doesn’t need to be said, but just in case. If you can not maintain your color treated hair and you begin to see breakage or dryness and brittleness which will lead to breakage, please make a hair appointment with a licensed cosmetologist! Now I’m not going to say that all cosmetologist are great, but chances are you’ll fare better with an experienced professional than you will on your own.
Another Favorite Colored Curly 👇
There you have it! Our top 10 tips for healthy color treated hair. Now as the weather gets warm don’t be afraid to add a little flavor.
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