It probably took you hours to get your hair those pretty streaks, not to mention pretty penny too. Now the next important thing is to make sure it lasts long, isn’t it?
These little things can cost you a serious dime if you are not careful when it comes to taking proper care of your hair colour. So here are a few things you ought to not forget.
- Rough Physical Handling
Handling your hair rough is just about the worst thing for your coloured hair. Using a brush frantically to untangle the knots or tying it up, high and tight, in ponytails or buns, permanently damages the cuticle. Dye molecules are easily swept out, when you grind your teeth away, brushing your coloured hair. The hair colour fades much faster than it should, leaving your hair look dead.
- Water Saturation
Few know that although we love to soak our hair in water, especially in summers, water saturation has a disastrous effect on dyed hair. Water causes the hair fiber to swell by lifting the follicle. The dye molecules that cause hair colouring, thus, are lost. This more likely happens when the hair follicles are compromised. Also, damaged hair swell easily, thereby causing the dye to escape.
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- Avoiding Hair-trims
Let’s admit it – we tend to get laziest when it comes to hair-trimming, don’t we? After all, who wants to spend that precious weekend at the salon getting those dead frizzies trimmed! But here’s the secret. Want long lasting coloured hair? Trim your hair every 2-3 months and get rid of the damaged hair that is not so dye-friendly and impart an odd look to your fresh hair.
- UV Radiation
Sun’s UV radiation breaks down hair’s matrix system. Result: Dry hair, dull hair, brittle hair, etc. Your hair thus becomes difficult to handle and your hair colour automatically starts to fade. It is advisable to keep your hair covered when you step out of the house to prevent hair damage and make your hair colour last longer.
- Using Hair Conditioners
Use of rinsing conditioners with hydrating products is essential in maintaining the look and feel of your freshly coloured hair. Hair masks help retain the colour quality and should be used regularly too. Drastic colouring changes are not advised as they weaken and affect the state of your hair and prevent the dye from holding onto them.
- Avoid heat styling tools
You may not believe it but heating tools scorch your hair strands and damage the hair cuticle. Damaged cuticles absorb water easily, resulting in colour fade, which makes your hair look dull. So even if the colour molecules remain inside the strands, but due to weaker surface, it does not reflect light.
- Excessive Use of Styling Products
Certain hair oils and serums that you reach for often, in order to smooth your hair texture, tend to have the opposite effect. Few products contain hard silicones that coat the outer layer of the cuticle and attract a lot of dirt and particulates from air, thus causing the hair colour to look duller.
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These little things, if not overlooked, can help maintain the integrity and colour quality of your hair, for a long time, leaving them fresh and lively.