When I think summer time, I think bright, vibrant hair color. Hair color is a fun way to switch things up when it feels like your hair routine is getting boring.
However, it’s important to really care for your hair if you do decide to color it. Dying hair is a chemical process, and if not treated properly your hair can be subject to damage. Here are a few tips for successfully maintaining your colored tresses.
Deep Condition Frequently
Afterwards, try to do a treatment every week. Alternate between moisture and protein treatments so that your hair has some kind of balance. It’ll leave it softer, help nurture your curl pattern, and keep your hair moisturized.
Water is so awesome. It’s literally the only true way to add moisture to your hair. Invest in a small spray bottle, then add some water, leave in conditioner*, and oil. Spritz it in your hair every day, or whenever you feel like your hair needs added moisture.
If you want to buy a physical product, there are plenty of brands that carry water based moisturizers and spritzes. They’re normally named ‘curl refreshers’ or something similar.
Also, learn the power of the LOC method. After washing your hair, add a leave in conditioner*, oil, and cream to lock in moisture. Do this every time you wash.
Co-washing is always debated in the natural hair community: some people swear by it, and others hate it. Co-washing great when you have colored hair, because you won’t be stripping your hair of any color and added moisture like if you use a shampoo.
Co-washing is a gentle way to clean your hair and scalp. Try to add co-washing to your regimen in a realistic way – for example, I may co-wash two or three times a week. Follow up with the LOC method.
Also do not skip shampoo completely for co-washing. Shampoo twice per month or so to remove product build up.
Colored hair can be fun and functional! Minimize damage and make your curls pop by using the right products and following the right steps.
Know what your hair likes, and doesn’t like and take it from there. If you need more help, go to a professional for extra tips and for a personalized regimen! What are your tips for maintaining colored hair?