Color Treated Hair Care

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Color Treated Hair Care Tips

Color treated hair care is vital to ensuring your hair stays gorgeous, and you prevent hair damage.

Coloring hair is a trend that will be with us for as long as people want to maintain a more youthful appearance and experiment with their look. Color treated hair that isn’t properly taken care of can look dull, dry and unhealthy regardless of the type or texture of the hair. This is because chemicals in hair dyes often damage the cuticle, leaving the hair shaft rough and fragile with broken or split ends.

So what can you do? Follow these four helpful color treated hair care tips to enjoy beautiful, vibrantly colored hair minus the damage:

1) Choose Products Appropriate for Color Treated Hair.

When maintaining expensive highlights or color, ensure you have quality products.

Products designed for color treated hair will contain intensive moisturizers to hydrate hair without stripping color; UV filters to protect from the sun and color retention agents that help bind color to the hair.

Some Sulfate-Free Conditioning Shampoos can gently cleanse without stripping and protect from fading, helping color to stay fresh between touch-ups. Protein-based products appropriate for color treated hair are rare, however, Nutress Hair’s protein treatments are specifically formulated to strengthen and protect color treated hair and protect from UV rays and pollutants, which can cause dullness and fading.  Avoid cheap or poorly formulated products that can cause stripping and damage.

2) Keep Your Color True.

Water often contains chlorine and oxidized minerals, which can strip hair of color or drastically alter the hue. Using the right regimen can remove these and other damaging elements, preventing blonde hair from turning green, or keeping highlights bright, not brassy.

When not properly tended, blonde dyed hair can take on a “brassy” color. This occurs when the dye applied fades allowing lightened but no longer toned-down color to show. Exposure to damaging elements, such as smoke or hard water, can dull color.

Always follow color product directions, and allow it to process for the appropriate time. Often, washing a product out too soon causes discoloration in dyed hair, or the natural hair color is too dark for the chosen dye to be effective. Consider installing a water softener with an iron filter in any plumbing fixtures used to wash hair.

A few simple guidelines can help preserve the original hue.

  1. Shampoo with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and blot dry. Detangle with fingers or a wide-tooth comb.
  2. Smooth a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the hairline to prevent drips from staining skin.
  3. Mix 1.5 oz. of purple or blue toner with 3 oz. of 20-volume developer in a dye bottle. Wear gloves!
  4. Apply toner all over the hair, concentrating on discolored portions first. Start in the back, and work around the head. Leave on for up to 10 minutes; any longer and the toner may color the hair.
  5. Rinse toner out until the water runs clear. Blot hair gently and apply a deep conditioner.

Darker hair can become brassy when bleaching has not fully lifted the natural hair coloring through the necessary shades. Dark brown or black hair is very susceptible to brassy coloring because each must be lightened through several shades in order to become light in color. Improper hair color lifting results in red, yellow or gold undertones that can create an unflattering hair shade. The hair coloring has not had enough time to lighten the hair, hair coloring is stopped during the process or the bleach or dye is only able to lighten a few shades during the use period. Fortunately, when color-treated hair ends up a brassy shade; there are methods to get rid of the unwanted coloring.

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Blue or violet shampoos remove brassy color from hair and can help cancel out reddish and orange tones. Try a toner that specifies “cool” coloring on the bottle. Cool colors cancel warm tones in hair color. Read the instructions carefully on the toner packaging. Put on old clothing and gloves since toner may stain if it drips. Toner coloring may last several weeks before fading; you can then visit a salon to have brassy color lifted by a professional or re-apply the color correctly.

3) TLC for Brittle Ends.

You can treat brittle ends and restore them to a healthy state without a trip to the salon. Deep condition with an appropriate treatment to keep ends soft. Many dyes contain harsh ingredients, such as ammonia and peroxide that damage hair and lead to dry, brittle ends.

  • Trim as needed to get rid of damaged ends and prevent splits from traveling up the hair shaft.  Carefully snip off any split or damaged hairs you see individually.
  • Avoid heat tools, such as blow dryers or curling irons that rob hair of moisture and contribute to split ends.
  • Wash hair less frequently. If scalp conditions permit, replace every other shampoo with a co-wash.

Deep condition your hair weekly to prevent breakage and damage. Deep treatments like Nutress Protein Pack for Color-Treated Hair are specifically formulated to combat hair being weakened during chemical processing.  It is ideal to prepare hair before color is applied, after color is applied and prior to any color correction services.  Leave the conditioner on for 5 minutes or more before rinsing, to safely soften and strengthen hair. Rinse with cool water to seal in the treatment benefits and gain extra shine. Although it can be expensive to keep up color, Nutress makes high-quality color treated hair care protection affordable.

Gray hair tends to be much coarser and stiffer. The more you dye hair, the more dry and damaged it can become. To keep hair looking and feeling youthful, a deep conditioning treatment should be applied weekly along with a pre-conditioning treatment for extra softness.

4) Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!

Color treated hair care needs special attention. Look for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners that come equipped with aloe, which nourishes and conditions color treated hair. Some products can cause color treated hair to lose its tone due to heavy buildup, but water-based products with effective yet lightweight conditioning can get the shine back in hair while keeping color bright. Nutress Hair’s smart conditioning treatments give hair optimal results without color-dulling buildup.

Follow the method below to moisturize color treated hair for the best results.

  1. Rinse hair thoroughly. Apply a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo , rinse and blot dry.
  2. Apply deep treatment appropriate for color treated hair. Rinse.
  3. Blot hair until damp. Apply lightweight, yet intensely moisturizing conditioner.
  4. Sit under a warm dryer 15- 20 minutes with a plastic cap. Rinse with cool water and blot dry.
  5. Apply a water-based leave-in moisturizer appropriate for use on color treated hair before creams, oils, silicone-based serums, butters or any other product that can seal moisture out.

DIY or Salon for Color Treated Hair?

If you are comfortable doing your own hair (and low on cash), it is perfectly acceptable to do your dye job at home. Pick up a box almost anywhere, local drugstore, beauty supply store, or even the grocery store. Try to be sure of your color choice and understand that your result may not exactly match the manufacturer’s picture.

If you’re unsure about home coloring, go to a professional for help with application and color selection. If you are nervous about color choice, try a rinse first, rather than a permanent color. A rinse allows you to try a new color without a permanent commitment. Most color rinses last 6-8 shampoos because they only stain the outer layer of hair versus penetrating the shaft and depositing hair color like a permanent dye. Although a rinse gives you a temporary change, it cannot lighten hair, so only consider this option if the color you want is deeper than the color you already have.

It is important to note that with color treated hair care, the more “permanent” the color, the more damaging the results can be. Permanent and semi-permanent color penetrates more deeply, and thus requires the most reconstructive care. Semi-permanent, and rinses or temporary colors need must less maintenance.

Consider Natural Dyes like henna, cassia, indigo, nutmeg, tomato, hibiscus, or honey. While many of these natural hair coloring techniques give incredible results, be aware that some work over time or after multiple applications, so you may not see a color change immediately. Here’s something fun to try – eye shadow can provide funky highlights for the day. Cream and liquid shadows provide deeper color and last longer than powder. Use a little shampoo to remove!

So please remember, hair color is best maintained with products specially formulated for delicate, color treated hair. Just as you would dry-clean an expensive dress rather than throwing it in a washing machine, it’s worth the effort to find top quality hair care products that work to enhance and preserve your color. Be good to your hair for longer-lasting more vibrant color.

Color Treated Hair Care Requires the Right Products.

Rihanna is the queen of changing up her look, which almost always includes a color update. If you’re anything like RiRi, you have to work to keep your color treated hair healthy and looking good. Whether its highlights or a full color, to avoid hair damage it is important with color treated hair care, you need to use the right products.

Coloring your hair is both a statement and an investment and you have to make sure you’re protecting that investment. Proper color treated hair care requires the right tools. When you color your hair, make sure you look for products specially designed for color treated hair. These products were developed with your specific needs in mind and avoid ingredients that can damage your hair.

Sulfate-free shampoo is your best option to avoid stripping the hair of moisture and essential oils. It can also prevent your color from fading and prevent you from having to make more trips to the salon for touch-ups. Taking the time to find a sulfate-free shampoo will save you from hair damage and damage to your wallet!

Most protein conditioning products aren’t appropriate for color treated hair. However, Nutress Hair offers protein conditioning treatments that are specifically formulated to protect color treated hair from UV rays and pollutants. Products like this will provide great, intensive moisturizing powers without affecting your color.

It is also important to protect your color from overexposure to the sun. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun for a while, maybe sitting by the pool or the beach, take the extra step of throwing on a great sunhat or headscarf to keep those harmful UV rays off your hair.

Color treated hair can be a great style choice, just make sure that you’re willing to take the correct color treated hair care steps to maintain your look. Take the time to find the color treated products that protect you from hair damage and you’ll be able to rock that beautiful, vibrant color you’ve always wanted.

Protein-based products appropriate for color treated hair are rare, however, Nutress Hair’s protein treatments are specifically formulated to strengthen and protect color treated hair and protect from UV rays and pollutants, which can cause dullness and fading.

Keep your ends in check. Ends are your friends.