Color-treated hair needs special care. Coloring weakens the hair, breaks down the disulfide bonds in the hair shaft, and gradually breaks down elasticity.
The best thing that you can do to keep colored-treated hair healthy and shiny is not to color it too often—although a lot depends on the type of color and chemicals used. Always choose the gentlest treatments that will accomplish your goal, if you can use semi-permanent instead of permanent color, do it.
In the first week after a color treatment, your hair may be especially dry or frizzy, and the lighter the color, the more frizziness. Don’t freak out about dryness; simply use a conditioner for color-treated hair, specific to your hair type, and it will help smooth down the cuticle.
If your individual strands are very fine, they’re probably also dry and fragile. If you relax or process fine hair, it becomes even drier and more fragile. Because this type of hair has a thin cuticle layer to begin with, it can’t take much abuse. Besides, it tends to react to color very quickly, which is why it’s advisable to use mild products.
If you color and process your hair, leave at least two weeks in between—and never do both on the same day. Stick to semi-permanent or vegetable color to keep hair in good condition. Some hair just can’t take both, and you may have to make a choice.
Long term, you’ll need to use a low PH shampoo for color-treated hair. Conditioning with a conditioner for color-treated hair will moisturize your hair, keep it looking and feeling healthier, and give it more shine. Hair is dead. It has a grain like wood. You want to go with the grain and smooth the cuticle layer with a conditioner.
Deep-condition your hair regularly. If you’ve gone blond and double-processed or highlighted your hair, you should use a deep conditioner once a week. Otherwise, once every two to four weeks will do it. If your hair lacks moisture, use a moisturizing conditioner. If it lacks strength, use a protein-based conditioner.
If your hair has been working overtime, it is recommended that you follow a four-step oil-based treatment. When you color your hair, you burn away natural oil with caustics. For soft, healthy hair, try to balance out the damage by adding oil to the hair. You can use Philip B Rejuvenator for Dry to Damaged Hair, which is a special essential-oil blend or you can try “Oil or Nothing”.
- ¼-3/4 cup olive or almond oil
- A few drops of lavender oil
1. Shampoo your hair
2. Heat the olive or almond oil until it is warm to the touch. Add the lavender oil.
3. Gently massage the oil into your scalp and hair, from top to rips.
4. Heat with a blow-dryer (using a diffuser attachment) at low speed until dry. (The heat open ups the cuticles and helps the oil absorb better.) Then shampoo again.
Here are two more home-remedies—one moisturizing and one protein based that can also be adapted
South of Shanghai Moisturizing Treatment
In Chinese medicine, ginseng is believed to cure impotence. It can also rejuvenate dry, colored hair and scalp.
- ½ avocado
- 2 pinches of ginseng powder
- egg yolk
1. Mash the avocado and mix in the ginseng powder and egg yolk
2. Massage the mask into your scalp, wrap a thin towel around your head, and leave on for 10 minutes
3. Rinse, then shampoo
Tuscan Protein Pack
Egg is rich in protein; add the oil will moisturize your hair. After applying, wrap your head, go into the backyard, and imagine yourself sitting outdoors on a terrazzo in Tuscany.
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ up olive oil
- 1 egg
1 .Mix the honey and olive oil
2. Scramble the egg and mix it in
3. Massage into the hair, and let it sit for 20 minutes
4. Shampoo out. Rinse.