Coloured hair can be a great way to express yourself, but it comes with a cost, namely maintaining its health and shine. So how do you treat coloured hair and keep it looking healthy and shiny?
What does colouring your hair with dye do to it?
Synthetic dyes can affect your hair in different ways, depending on the type of dye used, and the desired result. Bleaching, for example, is a harsh process that can damage your hair by weakening the disulphide bonds inside it, making it more dry and brittle.
On the other hand, temporary or semi-permanent dyes are less intrusive, coating the outside of the cuticle before they are washed away. Learning how these synthetic dyes affect your hair is an important initial step to discovering the best products to keep your hair in its best condition.
Don't forget your skin either, using gentle and nourishing soap will keep it protected, smooth and moisturised.
How to keep coloured hair healthy
There are several ways to keep your coloured hair looking healthy, such as using hair treatments, shampoos, and conditioners that are specifically designed for coloured hair.
Natural hair treatments, for example, are made with natural ingredients and are free of synthetic preservatives, making them a great choice for those who want to avoid harsh chemicals.
Hot oil or mask treatments are excellent choices for those who want to strengthen their hair without weighing it down. They contain hair-nourishing oils that enhance shine and improve the hair’s elasticity. Olive oil, can increase the tensile strength of the hair, giving each strand a little more stretch when you brush.
What natural ingredients are good for coloured hair?
Extra virgin olive oil, banana, and avocado are excellent and natural ingredients that are great at stimulating healthier hair. They strengthen damaged hair and deliver moisture to dehydrated ends.
Should you use shampoo on coloured hair?
Cleansing your hair carefully is also crucial to maintaining healthy coloured hair from root to tip. Hydrating shampoos that also care for your scalp is essential in counteracting brittleness.
Solid shampoo bars are a packaging-free alternative to traditional liquid shampoos.
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What conditioner should you use on coloured hair?
Once your hair is cleansed, revive hydration and shine with a conditioner. Conditioners work by coating the hair strands in an anti-static charge, pushing the cuticles of the hair down and locking in moisture. The cuticles on chemically-dyed hair can sometimes become disjointed, making it difficult for sebum (the oil produced by your scalp) to reach the ends of the hair. Conditioners counteract this by coating the strands and injecting moisture to the ends of the hair where it is needed most.
The type of conditioner which is best, is a hydrating or colour-locking formula, to add moisture and to restore the strands affected by the hair dying process.