Many of us like to color our hair, and for good reasons. Coloring your hair with the shade of your choice gives confidence that's unlike any other. You can flaunt your streaks and enjoy being who you truly are with different shades of hair color.
However, not everything is sunshine and rainbows when it comes to dying hair. The damage left behind can ruin your hair if you are not careful. Today we will look at how you can treat color-damaged hair and the things you can do to color your hair the right way.
To put it in simple words, color-damaged hair is nothing but hair damage that is a direct consequence of coloring your hair. There are no hidden caveats to this. If you color your hair incorrectly or with poor quality material, it will inevitably damage your hair.
Like most hair-related problems, color-damaged hair is not a problem in isolation. It is when you combine different factors, then color-damaged hair becomes a big deal. Let's give you an example.
If you already have brittle hair that is prone to breakage, color damage can make it even more brittle. As a result, you would be losing hair faster than you would normally. The damaging effects of chemical colors would be even more if you combine them with other pre-existing hair issues.
The bottom line is this - the better your overall hair health, the less the effect of chemical colors and dyes. However, this works both ways. Coloring your hair can lead to damage and give rise to problems that did not exist earlier. That's why it is very important to be very careful of what you are doing and using when coloring your hair.
Is coloring hair bad for you?
The answer to this question is both yes and no. Coloring your hair can be both bad and not bad for you. However, that is not the most important question to ask, in our opinion.
Rather, you should ask if coloring hair can be good for you. The answer, in an overwhelming number of cases, is no. Apart from the vanity part, there is no real benefit to coloring your hair.
Does it have to be bad for hair? No, not necessarily.
When can coloring your hair be bad for you?
To put it roughly, coloring your hair can be bad if either of these two things happen.
First, you try to home dye your hair with colors you have bought from the drugstore without any prior research. It is almost always a recipe for disaster.
When buying hair color, you should not try to cut corners and save some money by buying a cheap item. That's because the hair color is something you put on your hair and it stays there for a long time. The cheaper the thing is, the more harmful chemicals it would have. In the long run, it is a very unwise thing to use cheap hair colors or those with high concentrations of harmful chemicals.
Alternatively, you can also damage your hair by using hair color incorrectly.
Professional hair stylists follow the exact steps that are required for pre- and post-color treatment. When you go to a professional to get your hair dyed, the chances of hair damage are much less.
Hairstylists know what they are doing, and they would not do something careless to their clients. Beyond that, hairstylists color your hair with perfection, following the exact steps that you should. If you color your hair once in a while, it might be better to let a professional stylist do it for you.
Another thing that contributes to color-damaged hair is excessive use of heat. As most of you know - too much heat is never good for hair.
Unfortunately, heat treatment is an integral part of hair coloring. The less heat your hair goes through, the healthier it would be in the long run.
What are the symptoms of color-damaged hair?
The first symptom of color-damaged hair is when you touch your hair or run your hands through it and feel rough, brittle texture. Also, damaged hair is devoid of all shine and bounce.
However, these symptoms can be a result of other things as well, like hair thinning. Color-damaged hair does have one unique symptom. The color of your hair would gradually fade and become a shadow of its former self. Your hair strands will also become weaker and more prone to breakage.
On the other hand, color-damaged hair can also start showing symptoms immediately after coloring. If your hair immediately feels dry and rough after coloring, something might have gone wrong in the process. It can also mean that the brand of hair color used did not suit your hair.
The problem with the symptoms of color-damaged hair is that they are very similar to other hair problems that we face, be it dandruff or hair loss. To accurately gauge the extent of color damage in your hair, you must keep a tab of what your hair feels like after the coloring process.
Before we head into the solutions to the problem, you must understand that hair colors are indeed a harsh chemical treatment on the hair. As a result, the damage is a very normal consequence of hair coloring. If you want long-term, sustainable solutions, you must first look for all-natural alternatives to the colors you already use.
Treating color-damaged hair has several steps, and not everything would work for everyone. However, we have tried to compile the most effective solutions that would work for most people.
At the same time, you should discontinue doing anything that is causing more damage to your hair. If one or two of these steps do not suit your hair, skip them and move on.
Here are a few possible treatments and remedies for color-damaged hair.
Give it a break
The very first thing we are going to say might disappoint some of you. If you have color-damaged hair, the best thing you can do is not damage it further.
And how can you do that?
By not coloring your hair.
Before you panic, let us reassure you that we are not talking about permanently giving up on hair colors.
Instead, the idea is to give your hair follicles and cuticles time to breathe and self-repair. The human body is extremely capable of repairing itself. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for any part of your body is to just let it be.
If your hair is damaged due to colors, consider not coloring for at least a month. You can extend it beyond that if you wish.
Ideally, you should observe your hair to see when it is back to its previous bounce and shine. After that, you may color your hair following a few precautions.
Deep treatment of hair
The chemicals in hair dye stay in your hair and scalp for a long time. Over a long time, it would inevitably have some negative effects on your hair and scalp health. You can undo some of this damage by deep treatment of hair.
One of the easiest ways to give your hair and scalp a deep treatment at home is by using a hair mask. Choose a hair mask that has deep hydration properties and can treat your hair scalp from within.
A hair mask should be an internal part of your hair care routine if you are coloring your hair. It is a simple thing to use, and the benefits are well worth it. However, remember to pick a high-quality hair mask, preferably something with all-natural ingredients. You do not want more chemicals to fight chemicals.
Be gentle with the towel
So many of us have the habit of vigorously rubbing our heads with towels after a bath. It is a bad practice in itself, but becomes even more terrible when done to colored hair.
When our hair is wet, it is already weaker than normal. Wet hair is much more prone to breakage than dry hair. Colored wet hair is the most vulnerable.
Remember to never vigorously use a towel on wet hair, especially if it is damaged. Instead, pat it dry gently, and with care. It is a simple thing that can save you from a lot of trouble.
Be careful about styling accessories
Hair color and hairstyling accessories go hand in hand. If you are not using the right accessories, color-damaged hair would be an even bigger problem for you.
The first thing to note is that heat is bad for your hair. If you are using heat straightening techniques, never overdo them. The same goes for blow dryers that use a lot of heat.
A good option would be to move to alternatives that do not use heat. If that is not an option, try to use heat products as little as possible.
Shampoo and conditioner
It is no news that colored hair requires special care when it comes to shampooing and conditioning. Using the wrong products can damage both the color and the hair.
Consider using the combination of coconut shampoo and conditioner to get the best results. It is a tried and tested combination that works for all hair types. Beyond that, you can also consider using products intended for colored hair. However, be careful of the fact that such products may often contain harmful chemicals themselves. When you are trying to battle a situation caused by harmful chemicals, you would not want to add more of them to the mix.
Oil your hair regularly
Regular oiling your hair and scalp with high-quality, natural hair oils is a great way to revive color-damaged hair. Oiling goes deep into the scalp and restores the damage from inside out.
If you want to get the most out of it, consider doing a hot oil treatment every week. It is a simple practice that will give your hair bounce and shine like nothing else. Once you get into the habit of oiling your hair and scalp regularly, your hair would never be the same.
Protect your hair from the sun
Colored hair is dry as it is. If you add sun damage to it, the results can be very bad. On top of that, heat from the sun can damage even non-colored hair. Protecting your head from the sun is important for everyone.
While you can use serums that have UV protection, a better alternative would often be simply using a cap or an umbrella. Whichever route you take, remember to be disciplined with this. Protecting your hair from sun damage will go a long way toward protecting color-damaged hair.
Treating color-damaged hair is all about making smart decisions at the right time. If you follow the simple steps we talked about, you will also be able to bring back the lost bounce and shine of your hair. Remember to be gradual in your treatment and do not try to do everything at once.