When it comes to dyed hair, it’s really easy to damage the effects of your treatment. That’s why we’ve laid out a list of seven common habits you should avoid to make your color last!
- Being too rough on your strands.
Failing to be gentle with your strands can damage the cuticle, causing dye molecules to fall away from your hair and quicken the dulling process. Avoid tight hairstyles and use a hydrating formula, like PRAVANA's Nevo Intense Therapy Leave-In Treatment, to help prevent this.
- Over-heating your hair.
Again, a damaged cuticle is a big problem when it comes to dyed hair – and frying your strands is one of the easiest ways to get there. Not only this, but because damaged hair doesn’t lie flat, it won’t reflect light as well, meaning your hair will not have as much natural shine and will look even more dull. Protect your strands by keeping the temperature low on your styling tools, and always use a heat protectant like PRAVANA's Nevo Invisible Control Heat-Activated Thermal Protectant.
- Washing too much.
When it comes to dyed hair, water is probably your worst enemy. Even without shampoo or scrubbing, water itself is responsible for up to 80% of color loss. This is why you should take extra precaution when handling dyed hair in the shower. Set the temperature of your shower water to the coolest you can stand and avoid letting the water run over your hair for too long. You may also want to cut back on how often you wash your hair – try to go a day or two between washing, using dry shampoo to get through oily days. We like Pureology's Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo (it uses natural rice and tapioca starch to eliminate excess oil while strengthening hair with hydrolyzed silk protein). Of course, you should also be using a color-safe shampoo, like Snobgirls’ Detoxcure Prowash.
- Skipping conditioner.
One of the most important things you can do for chemically treated hair is keeping it hydrated. You should regularly use conditioner and include a hair mask in your routine, like Pureology's Strength Cure Restorative Masque. The more damaged your hair is, the less it will hold onto the dye in your strands, so keep them hydrated and healthy with regular conditioning.
- Exposing your strands to the sun unprotected.
UV rays can cause a host of problems for your strands – including color loss. To help minimize damage, wear a wide-brimmed hat in the sun. It’s also important to hydrate your strands to make up for lost moisture – use a leave-in conditioner, like Sudzz FX's ColourFix Leave-In Conditioner (which also helps strengthen and protect hair).
- Going overboard with products.
Softening products like shine serums are great for your hair, but if over-used, they can actually dull its color. This can happen when a product is formulated with heavy silicones which build up on the hair’s cuticle and draw in dirt. To make sure you’re using just the right amount of your products, start with less than you think you need and add more only if you don’t get the results you want. Try Snobgirls Procure Reveil-Lumière Elexir Bio-Serum Capsules.
- Not getting regular trims.
Your tips are the oldest and most damaged part of your strands, meaning dye won’t work the same as it will on the rest of your hair. This is why it is important to visit your stylist for a trim every ten to twelve weeks. It will help keep split ends away, leaving you with a gorgeous, fresh-looking ‘do.
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