Yeah baby, load up on that protein because it will be your bestie for as long as you are coloring your hair.
Protein conditioners are great anyway especially if you have fine or thin hair, therefore using protein should not be news to you. If you plan to color your hair however, be prepared to use protein as often as weekly.
Whether it is the penetrating kind that builds the hair strand from the inside out or the kind like egg protein that focuses on patching your hair strand on the outside, either way read your ingredients and if you see keratin listed hit the button that says ‘add to cart’.
6. Prepare to go sulfate free long term – sulfates strip color
Again, not a big deal because most of us already have an arsenal of sulfate free shampoos and co wash conditioners at our disposal right in our cabinets anyway. If however you are a sulfate junky and addicted to that squeaky clean feeling, you cannot mix that indulgence with color.
Not only will the sulfates strip the color it will add to the dryness that coloring tends to give natural hair. Be prepared to walk away from sulfates all together opting for a less damaging versions of cleansing agents.
7. Use sunscreen, often
Yes my lovelies, as if you needed any more additional things that fade color, the sun is definitely in the top five. The cool thing though is there are sunscreen brands out there that are designed specifically for hair. Shea butter is a great natural alternative to sunscreen for your hair too.
If you plan to color your hair and you want it to last invest in sunscreen especially in the summer months. If sun screen is not your fancy then wear a hat, a big one!
We all should wear hats anyway just for added protection and if you do not have one, get one. Pick up a sundress or two as well!
8. Health before beauty
The healthier your hair is the better your color will look and the less likely you are to have damage. Make sure your hair is in the best shape overall before considering a color change.
This might mean regular deep conditions for some women and for others this might mean regular trims. Either way, the less your hair has done to it that is considered damaging the more likely your color will last and be less problematic.
Happy hair growing ladies.
Originally posted 2013-08-28 15:00:00.