In love with your new hair color but unsure of how to care for it? Here are 7 effortless tips to care for your color treated hair.
1. Use a sulfate free shampoo.
Sulfates make colored hair fade faster and strip dyed hair of its newfound color. Because of this, we recommend our Cleansing Avocado Shampoo. It is free from sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, salt, petrolatum, mineral oil, drying alcohols, and artificial colors. It’s also not tested on animals.
2. Deep condition hair regularly.
Color treatments usually leave your hair dry and brittle, and nobody wants that! Coloring your hair also strips it of the ability to retain moisture proficiently. Deep conditioning regularly will help moisturize and strengthen your hair as well as prevent breakage and dryness. For bleached hair we recommend you deep condition weekly as your hair is especially vulnerable to dryness and breakage. For other types of colored hair we recommend to deep condition every 2 weeks or as needed depending on how dry your hair looks/feels. Our Damaged Hair Solution of our Fresh Avocado Deep Conditioner is perfect for replenishing the moisture in your curls. It has natural oils mixed with fresh fruits to give your hair the moisture and nutrients that it needs to bounce back from coloring. For even deeper levels of hydration, sit under the hooded dryer or a hood steamer or hooded dryer for 30 minutes once applying the deep conditioner for better penetration to your strands.
3. Wear protective styles.
Low manipulation hairstyles lessen the stress on your hair which in turn lessens the amount of breakage. It is recommended to alternate between high and low manipulation hairstyles to prevent breakage due to constant pulling in one area. Some easy protective styles are high puffs, classic afros, low/high buns, twist outs, clip-ins, Bantu knots, braids, etc. Check out our post on 10 Simple Natural Hairstyles for Beginners which provides great low manipulation hairstyles to try.
4. Reduce Heat Use.
Coloring your hair makes your strands more vulnerable to be damaged by other things, which is why your chances of getting heat damage by straightening your hair post-color are increased. If you cannot fully eliminate your use of heat, reduce the frequency of heat use and the temperature at which you straighten your hair. For an added layer of protection against further damage, apply a thermal protectant before applying heat.
5. Trim Ends Regularly.
It is natural to get split ends, but when your hair is colored, it is more susceptible to split ends happening more frequently and progressing more rapidly up your hair strands if they are not trimmed. Be sure to get regular trims to keep your ends nice and healthy. Also, getting rid of those dry ends will improve the look and manageability of your hair.
6. Shampoo Less Frequently.
Co-wash your hair with conditioner instead of frequently washing is to avoid color fading out really fast. For this, we recommend our Hydrating Avocado Conditioner.
7. Avoid hot water.
Hot water speeds up hair color fading because it lifts the outer cuticle layer, where color is deposited. Try to keep your washes warm, but not too hot to prevent having to re-color more frequently [Source.]