Experimenting with hair color and style is all part of determining your style and expressing your individuality. But of course, with any hair treatment, it involves a serious amount of care – no one wants frizzled and fried hair instead of luscious locks.
Being able to be playful with our hair allows us to reinvent ourselves – we all love going dark in the winter and going lighter in the summer. But some hair colors are tricky to maintain and can damage our hair easily – you need to work with it, not against it.
How Can I Prep My Hair Before Dying It?
Prepping your hair before and after dying it is so important – dying, whether you are bleaching or not, can come as quite a shock to the system for your hair, so go easy on it, and prep it for the events to come…
Use clarifying treatment to get rid of the build-up of any previous hair treatments, this will give your hair’s surface a sleek and smooth feel which will make application of the hair dye that much easier. If you don’t want to invest in a clarifying treatment, apple cider vinegar will do the trick!
Apply a mask once a week in the lead-up – look after your hair and make it feel loved. We are sometimes guilty of not pampering ourselves and our hair and not applying a mask, but in the lead-up to changing its color, this is the best moment to repair it, because we all know that dying it will cause a bit more damage.
An overnight one will allow you to just rinse it out in the morning and you’ll have bouncy, silky hair for the rest of the day – perfection!
Use a hot oil air treatment – this will prep your hair strands to take on the new hair color. It will also help encourage hair growth and will prevent your hair from breaking and becoming extra frizzy.
Protect it – if you have to straighten or curl in the lead-up to the treatment, you must use heat protection spray. Sure, you should be applying it anyway, but even more so – if your hair is breaking from the heat of your GHD’s and then from the dye, goodness knows what havoc it may cause!
How To Control Damage
Though dying your hair isn’t with damage, there are some ways of limiting it:
Using semi-permanent dye can prevent a good part of the damage because the chemicals are less harsh, and they don’t contain peroxide – it won’t weaken your hair so much, and is thoroughly recommended for people with thinner hair.
Remember when your parents told you not to dye your hair permanently as a teen because it would “damage your hair forever”? Well, they’ve got a point…
Visiting a salon that uses organic products may be a little pricier but in the long run, your hair will thank you for it. Not only are they softer on the hair, but the hair color lasts a lot longer too!
Goodbye package dyes – though it is cheaper and very tempting, if you want minimal damage, then steer clear of package dyes. Instead, spend a bit more and go to a salon with staff trained to look after your hair. Because though you may feel like a bit of a colorist yourself applying dye successfully in your bathroom, you may not necessarily have the technique!
Don’t over-dye your hair – you should top up your hair color every 2 to 3 months, and though some more vibrant colors like blue or pink ask for more regular visits to the salon, you shouldn’t go overboard at the slight sight of your hair lightening – the more you dye it, the more you fry it!
Protect your hair – once it’s been dyed, keep a healthy hair routine to keep to fresh and cared for. Hair masks, shampoos, toners and conditioners especially for color-treated hair will become your allies.
Top 10 Haircare Products For Damage Control
As mentioned above, protecting your hair is important – if you want it to look something out of a shampoo commercial, then using top quality products is the key. Here are 10 of the most recommended products.
1. Drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo
Perfect for color-treated hair, Drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo cancels out those dreaded brassy, warm tones that endlessly appear between touch-ups.
Perfect for blondes present and future, or for any of you with light highlights, this emphasizes your blond tones and makes your hair super glossy thanks to its purple extracts. It also contains keratin, which nourishes your hair and gives it that healthy sheen that everyone lusts for.
Drybar recommends “massaging a generous dollop into wet hair from roots to ends. Rinse immediately ad thoroughly. Use up to 2 times per week”, although others recommend leaving it in for 5 to 10 minutes to let your hair absorb all of its nourishing elements.
This will allow it to moisturize your hair, and overuse will dry it out – so be careful on the number of uses. It also comes with a matching conditioner to give a boost to your hair care routine.
2. Kérastase Blonde Absolu Anti-Brass Purple Shampoo
Kérastase is another brand highly recommended for color-treated hair. They specialize in all hair colors – but their Blonde Absolu is the shampoo for real and fake blondies! It locks in the color and banishes brassy tones.
Its lightweight texture makes it easy to apply and long-lasting. It also protects your hair from daily damage as well as damage from your hair color.
Blonde Absolu will strengthen your locks and give it that glossy look that we’ve been lacking in our lives. Containing Hyaluronic Acid and Edelweiss Flower, it will boost your blonde hair color and smell amazing all day long. Goodbye yellow tones and hello picture-perfect locks!
3. Matrix Biolage Colorlast Shampoo
Matrix’s Biolage Colorlast Shampoo gives your colored hair the reboot it needs and maintains your color, you no longer need to worry about warm roots and brassy tones. Unlike some hair care products, it has a low pH which helps it lock in that color and protect it from environmental damage.
Apply the shampoo to wet hair and lather in like any other shampoo – yes, it’s that easy to use! You can even get the matching conditioner to ensure that your haircare routine is up to scratch.
Another highlight of this product is the smell – it smells dreamy and natural, so you won’t smell of chemicals and make your friends feel nauseous.
4. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo
Alterna’s Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo is suitable for hair types – including your color-treated hear. It cleanses and hydrates the hair so it no longer looks frazzled, and it targets the aging of your hair, giving it a new lease of life.
It also contains Caviar extract which provides Vitamins A and D which help stop your hair from breaking off and drying out – the key ingredient that will save your hair!
To apply, all you have to do is lather it in evenly on wet hair and rinse – it’s as easy as that! For maximum effect, try out the matching Caviar conditioner that will revolutionize your hair all the more! You will no longer have to sigh at the sight of your lackluster, fragile hair, and hello Hollywood locks!
5. Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre Sulfate-Free Brilliant Glaze Shampoo
Asian brand She Uemura is known for their revolutionary hair products and are regularly used in salons – though their products are sometimes on the pricier side of the scale, a little goes a long way!
This product is sulfate and paraben free which means it is gentle on your locks and heals them thanks to its key ingredient – Musk Rose Oil. It prevents your hair color from fading and protects your hair from any damage.
Apply a tiny amount of the shampoo to wet hair – as mentioned above a little goes a long way, and massage into your scalp. For oilier hair, you can do this a second time. This will nourish your hair and maintain your favorite hair color.
6. Color Care Whipped Glaze
With a dreamy citrus smell, the Color Care Whipped Glaze acts as a temporary dye to revive your hair color and give it an extra boost.
Suitable for all hair types – from straight to curly, this will lock down your hair color and make it brighter and shinier than you’ve ever had it! The fact that it is a temporary dye will allow it to rebalance those tones that have been neglected and brassy.
You’ll have soft and shiny hair within a few washes! It comes in light to dark tones to match your hair color, and use it once a week for vivacious-looking hair in no time at all!
7. Evo Fabuloso Color Intensifying Conditioner
Available in a variety of shades from platinum blonde to caramel, Evo’s Fabuloso Color Intensifying Conditioner does exactly what it says on the tin.
It allows you to achieve clean hair tones that don’t look neglected or lackluster. The conditioner nourishes your hair and helps keep it healthy and silky – just what you would want for it!
This will also remove frizz and get that straight-out-of-the-salon look we long for day in and day out. Wash and towel dry your hair before applying it evenly onto your hair. Then leave it in for 3 minutes before completely rinsing it out. It really doesn’t take a lot to refresh your hair color!
8. Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray Temporary Grey Coverage
This Root “Concealer” allows you to touch-up your hair at home but achieve salon-quality effects. You know we said to steer clear of package dyes?
Well, this product is the only exception – available in a variety of colors, anyone can touch-up their roots and stray grey hair with this miracle product. The nozzle applicator makes life so much easier with practical application for ladies on the go!
To apply the concealer, the best results are on dry and already styled hair. The concealer is waterproof so it is perfect for any of you wanting to hit the beach or the pool with newly refreshed hair. This is the dream product to use between salon visits to rebalance your tones!
9. Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo
Tresemmé’s Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo contains Moroccan oils which will enhance your hair color and revamp your hair, making it look as good as new! It will also help make your hair look less frazzled for a salon-quality look. Your color will last longer and be brighter and better than ever!
Lather the Smooth Color shampoo into your hair and rinse before lightly squeezing from the roots to the tips to make sure the shampoo is out.
This shampoo also helps with heat protection, so why not spray with the matching heat protection spray before you head out? That way, you’re 100% sure to get lusciously silky locks!
10. Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3
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If you’ve been doing your research pre-dye, or you’ve been a regular color fan for a while, you will have heard of Olaplex. It treats chemically-treated hair, whether it’s dyed or chemically straightened. This is ideal to apply pre-shower and can be used more than once a week.
Apply it evenly to the hair and leave it to rest for 10 minutes before rinsing it out. For very damaged hair, it is worth applying it a second time without rinsing. This product will strengthen damaged and/or colored hair and will become your ally on bad hair days.
It’s no wonder really that Olaplex is highly recommended by the best colorists – they have been researching for years to create hair products that don’t contain silicon to create the most natural product to soothe your hair. Though it’s on the pricey side, you can see that Olaplex Hair Perfector is definitely worth it!
So now you know how to fully take care of your hair pre and post-color treatment, what are you waiting for? Get experimental with your hair color and have fun! Make sure you look after it and trust us, your hair will thank us later!