How to care for Color-treated hair...So you've joined the Henna Family and gone rough on the shade of your choice. But even though Henna is completely safe, coloring your hair simply needs some extra care.
So how to keep your color fresh - and hair smooth, silky, and shiny? In this article, we have listed simple and easy hair care tips so you can keep your hair tresses protected and healthy. Keep on reading!
Wash your hair less frequently
It's common knowledge that the more you wash your hair, the quicker your color will fade. Washing your colored hair often will cause the dye to leach out and showcase unreliable patches. In fact, you shouldn't be using shampoo or conditioner every day, as it strips away the natural moisture from your scalp - leaving it dull and dry.
The best way to follow this is to wash your hair after 72 hours with a sulfate-free shampoo. If you don't like the earthly smell of henna, you can use a sulfate-free conditioner, just to clean it up. But it is recommended to wait at least 72 hours, to get the best result.
Skip to conditioner
Like we said, at the very least, skip the shampoo and jump straight to the conditioner. It can help nourish, soften, and add shine to your scalp - all without washing that awesome color away.
And for our recommendation, a sulfate-free solution is the best. It not only protects your hair color but also moisture and cleanses your scalp.
Use Dry Shampoo
You can't compromise on hygiene, so on the off days, use a dry shampoo in-between wash. Dry shampoo is a perfect product to help soak up all that dirt, grease, and build-up caused by your hair. In short term, dry shampoo will get all the grime and gunk without stripping your natural color due to shampooing.
Use a Color Protectant Shampoo
As the name suggests, a color protectant shampoo is formulated specifically for color-treated hair. It will protect your hair from environmental pollution as well as balance its natural pH. Furthermore, they also nourish, hydrate, and repair your hair. Avoid shampoo with harsh chemicals, especially alcohol and sulfates.
Protect with a leave-in conditioner
Although henna overall improves your hair health, the environmental pollution around us can make it dull, frizzy, and super dry. A leave-in conditioner can help you in the long hours, whether you're going outside or at work... It is suitable for all hair types.
Depending on the product you're using, a detangler acts as a protective shield to help strengthen your hair and protect it from outside pollution.
Stay away from heat tools
It's better to plan your hair coloring, ahead of any event. Because when you color your hair, you don't want to use heat tools such as a blow dryer or straightener. These tools have a long history of damaging your roots and thinning the strands.
Avoid using hot water
A hot shower is great in winters, but not so great for your color-treated hair. As coloring opens up the cuticles, a hot shower can further open this, making the color fade faster than shampooing.
Therefore, it is advisable to use lukewarm water in winters when you're washing your hair. This will help your scalp clean even better. Once you're done showering, just rinse your hair with cold water to seal the cuticles and prevent the color from fading.
Apply hair oil to add shine
A hair oil treatment is simple to do at home and offers many benefits to color-treated hair. Apply oil to your scalp such as amla oil and castor oil to not just make your hair healthy, but also promote growth, repair damaged hair, helps with itchy scalp, and improve thinning hair.
Avoid salt water and chlorine
Chlorine is a bleaching agent that is used to clean pools and kill any bacteria in water. If you're a seasonal swimmer then you should probably skip going to pools for a week or two as the chlorine in the water strips color from your hair. Blonde hair, especially in pool water tends to turn greenish, while darker shade can become dull, dry, and lose its shine.
Use herbal hair powders
Did we mention the condition? Just for good measure, we've mentioned it plenty of times... Because it's definitely something your scalp needs after hair treatment. Now the best deep conditioner product you can try on your hair, free from preservatives and chemicals is herbal powder. They will act as a band-wagon to not just protect your natural color, but also add shine, boost manageability, and improve overall texture.
There are plenty of herbal powders you can pair with henna. Each one of these powders has different characteristics and benefits you can get help from. Some of the prominent names include Amla, Shikakai, Fenugreek, Hibiscus, Herbal Katha, Neem, and Brahmi.