Finally, winters are here! It’s a perfect time for preparing yourself for seasonal tweaks; layering up with warm clothes and swapping in a hydrating skincare routine. What’s more? Dying your hair with the latest and trendiest colors and transforming your old highlights with wintery perfection!
Well, picking a wintery shade for your hair is really exciting, especially when you see your favorite celebrities with new hair colors for the season.
For this winter, the hair color trends are all about warm blondes, deep browns, and vibrant reds. Saying that, whether you’re about to dye your hair or have already dyed them, you should remember that your hair requires a little extra care.
Maintaining your Color-Treated Hair
Nothing is worse than spending a good amount of money at a hair salon for hair dyeing and then having it fade within days. Moreover, the chemicals can seriously damage your hair and make your lustrous hair look drab and lackluster.
Lucky for you, we have gathered some caring tips to keep your color-treated hair healthy during frigid temperatures.
Prepare Your Hair
So, it’s always good to prepare things beforehand to avoid any hassle; similarly, you will have to start preparing your hair a couple of months prior to dyeing. For that, you will need to gather all your hair care products and utilize them properly.
Try to follow all common hair care routine tips; keep your hair hydrated, treat them with protein, and condition them regularly. Furthermore, if you’re going to get your hair bleached for hair dyeing, make sure to apply coconut oil the night before to minimize damage.
Cut Down your Damaged Shafts
Not only when you’ve dyed your hair, but after every hair styling process, get your damaged hair chopped off to retain its beauty. Of course, damage is inevitable after you dye your hair; therefore, trimming the ends can help prevent the damage from spreading.
In case you’re transforming your dark highlights to platinum blonde or other lighter shades, make sure to trim off a nice amount of length.
Protect your Hair with the Right Products
When you’ve just gotten your hair colored, they will be more vulnerable to damage; therefore, it’s imperative to spend some bucks on good color-protecting hair products. For instance, you can get a color-protecting shampoo, or conditioner to provide your hair an extra layer of protection.
This will not only help prevent hair damage but also keep your color from bleeding. However, most color-protecting shampoos work only for dark-toned shades. So, if you have toned your hair with light shades, try using sulfate-free shampoo. Such products do not sap away the natural oil from your hair and keep the color from fading.
Rinse your Hair with Cool Water
If you’re wondering why that is so, then let us explain; washing your freshly-dyed hair with hot water can make your cuticles to rise on hair shafts, which results in frizz and moisture loss. This is why rinsing your colored hair with cool water seals the cuticles and control frizz by retaining moisture.
Don’t Forget the Moisture your Hair Needs
Alternating between the cold dry air outside and the heat inside can wreak havoc on your color treated hair. Furthermore, when you dye your hair, the chemicals can actually damage the texture and weaken the strands.
So, in order to keep your freshly dyed hair protected, you need a balance of moisture and protein. That being said, moisture keeps your hair pliable and hydrated whereas protein prevents split ends and maintains the texture.
Trim your Hair Regularly
As your colored hair continues to grow, they become more susceptible to damage while causing split ends. You can’t deny that split ends can actually strip away the beauty and lustrous looks from your hair. Of course, you’ll never want that! Well, trimming your hair once every six weeks can help maintain hair health and prevent damage, especially breakage and splits.
Use Clarifying Shampoo Once a Month
Of course, you will be using several products for styling after you get your hair dyed. These products may leave chemical residue, which can strip away moisture and make your hair look like hay. Using a clarifying shampoo will deep cleanse excess product or oils from your hair.
However, do not use it right after coloring your hair; instead, apply a clarifying shampoo once after making sure that your hair has regained its health. As the product includes harsh chemicals that can make your hair lackluster, use color enhancing conditioner to keep them hydrated and prevent color from bleeding.
Condition your Hair Deeply and Regularly
Since color treatments leave your hair brittle and dry, it’s crucial to restore the moisture by deep conditioning your hair regularly. If you don’t get enough moisture, even after using a good conditioner try out a leave-in conditioner. Such products include essential nutrients and help satiate your tresses. Unlike many conditioning masks and rinse-out conditioners, leave-in conditioners are more lightweight and convenient to use.
Oiling Before Shampooing
Who doesn’t love having shiny hair, luscious locks, and smooth strands? Well, retaining all these looks after getting a hair color treatment is no easy task. Saying that, oiling your hair an hour prior to washing it can give your hair that lustrous and shiny look.
Not to mention, coconut oil can prevent damage whereas castor oil stimulates hair growth; however, you can mix up both the oils, warm them up, and apply on your hair before taking a bath. Remember that oil treatment is a great way to maintain the looks and health of your hairs.
Use Hair Mask Once a Week
It’s always good to give a little extra time to your hair care routine, especially when you’ve recently dyed your hair. Besides trimming, oiling, and conditioning, applying a mask every week can actually keep your hair strong and healthy.
You can get a good hair mask from a local store or even make it with natural ingredients. Make sure to apply the mask on damp hair and don’t forget to wear a shower cap.
Apply Hair Masks
The more frequently you dye your hair, the more susceptible it is to damage. Even if you don’t color your hair often, still it is prone to damage. This is because the dyeing treatment includes harsh chemicals, which on application, put your cuticles under pressure and damages them, that further leads to hair breakage and split ends.
Not only this, but these harmful chemicals can leave your hair feeling rougher and drier. However, incorporating hair masks into your hair care routine can help maintain and ensure healthy locks. Moreover, it will also nourish your hair while minimizing the damage.
When it comes to choosing a hair mask for your color treated hair, you can find a number of DIY recipes on the internet. However, we will suggest you use a hair mask product from a good brand as you can get a mask that suits your hair type.
Heat is not your Hair
There is no denying that when you get your hair dyed, you probably want to do as much styling as possible. Whether it’s about straightening your hair or curling them up, you’re more likely to experiment with your hair. For that, you will definitely use heating products, such as hair straighteners and blow dryer 6-7 times a week, for 15 minutes a day, at least.
But you may probably have no idea how much damage heat can cause to your hair; it can weaken them and fade your hair color.
Now if you are wondering how you can style your hair safely, then we have a suggestion for you. Just limit the hair styling process and do them twice a week and not more than that. Even if you use a blow dryer, make sure to set it on low or medium heat. Furthermore, do not forget to apply a heat protectant spray before using a straightener or iron.
Go Sun Protected
It is no secret that UV rays not only damage your skin, but also your hair. These harmful rays can sap all the moisture from your hair and make them look rougher, dryer, and lackluster. This is true especially when you’ve colored your hair.
Moreover, as they are already prone to damage and breakage because of color treatment when your hair is exposed to the sun, UV rays naturally effects your hair health and break down chemical bonds in your hair dye. As a result, these harmful rays strip the hair dye and cause the color to fade.
Considering how much damage can be caused by sun exposure, it is crucial to cover your hair with a hat or UV protection products whenever you head out. This will not only keep your hair from breaking and damage, but also help in maintaining its health.
Tailor your Diet after a Hair Dye
Not to mention, the diet you take effects the health and looks of your nails, skin, and hair. That means, eating healthy foods strengthens your hair whereas a poor diet can adversely affect its health. You probably have noticed how a skin glows when you keep yourself hydrated and eat healthy foods.
With that being said, you must plan your diet routine after getting your hair colored in winters. For instance, you should add more proteins, such as meat and eggs, in your daily food intake.
Moreover, make sure to incorporate some leafy greens, fresh fruits, and raw vegetables in your diet; this will not only help in keeping your hair locks strong and lustrous, but can have a positive effect on your overall health.
Don’t Forget Iron-Rich Foods
So now that you are ready to tailor your diet in order to keep your hair healthy and strong, we should talk more about what things you must add to your food intake. Note that eating iron-rich foods, such as seeds, nuts, beans, legumes, whole grains, dairy, and eggs can help nourish your scalp. In addition, lean meat fish, soy, and low-fat cheese can help maintain your hair health and strengthen them.
Furthermore, taking such a diet can improve your dyed hair texture and also stimulates your hair growth. These iron-rich foods contain protein that helps in building keratin- a fibrous protein that forms a main structural constituent of hair.
Vitamin A to Stimulate Hair Growth
Remember we mentioned before that when you treat your hair with dye, the chemicals can wreak havoc on your hair health. More specifically, your hair is more likely to become dry, rough, frizzy, and brittle after color treatment.
Considering that, what’s the point of spending a hundred dollars on your hair when it looks damaged and frizzy rather than lustrous and strong. Well, you can prevent or minimize hair damage by consuming Vitamin A on a regular basis.
As one of the most essential vitamins, Vitamin A helps turn the rough, dry, and brittle hair into luscious, shinier, and stronger strands. Not just this, Vitamin A provides moisture to your scalp and brings that captivating luster back into your faded tresses.
When it’s about consuming Vitamin A, some foods like fish, red peppers, carrots, apricots, spinach, and sweet potatoes are highly rich in Vitamin A.
Protect that Luscious Colored Locks
Well, winter has come and you must be navigating through the holiday season along with preparing for dinner parties, family gatherings, hangouts with friends, and other fun events. It is likely that you have styled your hair and dyed them as well. Of course, you don’t want to stay behind when it comes to wintry fashion trends.
However, winters along with color treatment process can wreak havoc on your hair health; they become more vulnerable.With that being said, you need to follow a hair care routine that not only keeps them healthy and strong, but also preserves your hair color for longer. So, following the aforementioned hair care hacks can help maintain your color treated hair even in this harsh season!