During my holidays in Portugal I decided to dye my hair with a few blonde highlights which are completely the opposite to my natural hair colour. So, of course, making sure I keep a treated and protected hair is one of my priorities at the moment.
After a few tips from my hairdresser and a lot of reading, I put together a list of what to do to keep your hair looking fabulous and the most natural possible.
- Shampoo Less FrequentlyIt will prevent water from washing away your vibrant color.Shampoo just two or three times per week, and never more than every other day. This will help your color last longer and help maintain health in your colored hair.
- Turn Down the Water Temperature When ShampooingStick to lukewarm or cooler water temperatures. Super-hot water leeches dye out of hair faster and strips the color by opening the surface of the hair strand.
- Condition Every Time You ShampooConditioned hair will help your color look shinier and more even. Even if you have fine hair, condition the tips, which are the oldest hairs on your head and have the most damage. Start at your ears and work your way down to the ends.
- Maintain a Healthy DietWhat you eat has everything to do with the health of your hair, and how it looks. Foods that include iron-rich protein feed your scalp and hair by building strong keratin, the protein that strengthens hair, improves texture and stimulates growth. Consume lean meat, fish, low-fat cheeses, egg whites, spinach and soy to keep your color-treated hair looking its best. Between meals, snack on fruits, nuts, vegetables and grains.
- Use Less Heat On Your Hair Whenever PossibleDyed hair is more susceptible to damage, so avoid using blow dryers, curling irons or straightening irons as much as possible. Whenever you can, let your color-treated hair dry naturally. If you are going to use heat, after using your color-protecting shampoo and conditioner, apply a heat-protecting styling product. If you must blow dry your colored hair, keep it on the lowest heat setting.
Who follows the blog knows I like to prepare my own hair masks at home so I’ll make sure I share a recipe on one of my next posts. If you have more tips please share on the comments’ section!
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