Do you just love dying your hair? It’s so much fun to play with colour and switch up your look every once in a while (or every week if you’re feeling adventurous). Your natural hair colour may be great, but it can get a little boring sticking with the same old look all the time. Adding some playful highlights or dying your whole head of hair a shocking colour keeps life interesting—but it comes with some major drawbacks for your hair’s health. Coloring your hair opens up the hair’s cuticle, making it easier for the colour to wash out during shampooing. Worse, the chemicals in hair dye make your hair more prone to becoming dry and brittle. That doesn’t mean you need to stop colouring your hair, you just need to take extra precautions to keep the colour vibrant for as long as possible and reduce damage that will make your hair look dull, dry, and lifeless.
Read on for all the natural beauty tips you need for color treated hair, from when and how to wash it to how to make a coconut oil hair mask!
1. Give Your Hair Time to Settle
Once you’ve gotten a dye touch-up, leave your hair alone! Water is hair dye’s greatest enemy, and you need to let it set for a few days before you wash for the first time. Ideally, wait 72 hours before shampooing and conditioning, as this gives the hair cuticles time to close and minimizes colour loss. You should also try to shampoo less overall—it will make each dye job last longer.
2. Use Warm, Not Hot Water
When you dye your hair, the temperature of the water matters. Very hot water isn’t good for your skin OR your hair, and it also causes your hair to release more dye than it would under lukewarm or cold water. Now, you don’t have to freeze in the shower, but switching from hot to warm water will make a big difference. It’s also important to limit your rinsing. Don’t stand under the water for longer than you have to—you’ll just lose more colour. Rinse quickly, then gently towel your hair—using harsh strokes will only damage your hair.
Heat tools have similar negative effects on your colour-treated hair, so try to avoid using them whenever possible!
3. Use Natural Shampoos and Conditioner
Most commercial shampoos are made with lots of chemicals: sulfates, parabens, and other nasty ingredients you don’t want on your hair. These harsh detergents pull out your hair dye, dry and fry your locks, and don’t maintain the natural oils your scalp produces to keep your hair shiny and soft. Instead of using chemical cleansers and moisturisers, think about choosing something more natural.
Shampoo bars and natural conditioners made from cold-pressed oils won’t prevent dye from fading in the shower forever, but they will help keep your hair shinier and healthier than chemical-based cleansers. It’s important to condition every time you wash your colour-treated hair, to keep it hydrated and prevent damage. You can sometimes even use only conditioner on your hair if it’s not too greasy—it’s gentler on your hair than shampoo.
4. Use Coconut Oil to Protect Against Colour Loss
Before you wash your hair, you can use a coconut oil hair mask to protect your strands from some of the inevitable colour loss in the shower. Simply apply pure virgin coconut oil to your hair, concentrating on the ends (which are more prone to dryness than the roots), then shampoo and condition as normal!
5. Restore Gloss and Tame Frizz with Natural Oils
You don’t need to buy expensive deep-conditioning treatments for colour-treated hair. It’s much more cost-effective and natural to use pure oils to condition your hair. Coconut oil on damaged hair or colour-treated hair is a wonderful choice, since it is nourishing, safe, and gives hair a glossy sheen. But how to use coconut oil for hair? There are several benefits to treating the hair with coconut oil, but they all involve a similar process. You can make a coconut oil hair mask simply by applying warmed coconut oil to the hair (focusing on the ends), and covering your hair with a shower cap. Let the oil condition your hair for at least 30 minutes, then wash out gently with a natural shampoo.
Argan oill is also great for the hair, and can help tame frizz and flyaways. Simply comb a few drops through the hair after heat treatments to reduce flyaways. You can also deep-condition with argan oil—an especially good option if your scalp produces a lot of oil. Simply apply 4-10 drops of oil to the hair and leave on overnight. Argan oil is a popular ingredient in hair products for its ability to hydrate the hair and leave it glossy and beautiful. Use it in its organic, pure form to get the most benefit for your colour-treated hair!
Natural Beats Chemical
Even though dying your hair is a process that involves chemical treatments, using natural hair cleansers and treatments will always beat chemical cleansers and conditioners. Unleash the power of Mother Nature on your hair by choosing all-natural products and making a hair mask DIY style with pure virgin coconut oil. By treating your hair with kindness and using natural beauty products, you’ll help preserve your colour, your hair’s glossy sheen, and the environment all at once!