There are so many people who are bored with hair colour and are constantly looking at ways of changing the same. While colouring hair is no longer a major financial or time based investment, there are things that you will have to keep in mind to protect the colour. It does not matter whether you have coloured your hair at home or at an expensive salon, you need to make sure that you do everything to keep it safe and protected. Here are some best hair coloring ideas to make you hair color last longer.
The right shampoo will make all the difference:
When you step into the shampoo aisle of the supermarket, you will notice that there are plenty of bottles that claim to be colour safe or colour preserving, but the fact of the matter is that all these are the same. When shampoos are formulated, they are all basically the same, which is why it is important that you pick out a shampoo that suits your hair type. So, if you have dry or oil hair, pick out a shampoo that suits the same.
You might think that sulphate will harm the colour in your hair, but again, there is no real need for the same. The cleaning agents that are present in sulphate based shampoos are pretty much the same as those in the sulphate free ones. It would be a good idea to talk to your local salon staff, because they will be able to guide you to the most suited shampoos.
It is important that you understand that no matter how much care you take of your hair, your colour will start to fade after a few weeks. So, there is no point in investing in any high fangled products – stick to a good shampoo and wash your hair with gentle care. It would be a good idea to purchase a shampoo that has some amount of conditioner mixed in with it and then you can follow the washing procedure with a regular conditioner.
Stay away from water:
As odd as it might sound, not washing your hair every day is the best way to protect your colour for a really long time. It is important that you keep your hair clean, but washing and shampooing it every day is certainly not the way out. It might be a wise decision to purchase a dry shampoo, which will not only cleanse the hair and scalp, but ensure that the colour is retained.
If you are planning a holiday on the beach or hitting the pool for your regular laps, make sure that you keep your hair tied up and under a shower cap. In case you do want to flaunt your hair, make sure that you apply some leave in conditioner, before you step into the water. In addition, make sure that you wet your hair with tap water before and after your fun in the water.
The conditioner is just as important as the shampoo:
You realize that you need to pick out a shampoo that suits your hair type, but what you need to realize is that you need to choose the conditioner with just as much care. There are plenty of bottles in the stores today, to completely confuse you, but the rule is pretty much the same as is the case with shampoos – pick a conditioner that suits your hair type. However, a conditioner is essential, because when you colour your hair, you are actually treating it with chemicals, and the conditioner will provide it the much needed hydration and protection.
There are cleansing conditioners available in stores these days, but these are not the best bet, because they are simply skipping the shampoo part. When you do not cleanse your hair and scalp, you are creating a ground for germs and bacteria to grow. If you are looking into cleansing conditioners, use them with a gentle shampoo or use them on an alternating basis.
Then there are also colour depositing conditioners, which will not protect your hair colour, but will certainly make them look a little more vibrant. There is however a downside to these – colour depositing hair care products tends to build up on the hair, over time, which is not good for the general health of your hair. In addition, certain products are known to stain on fabrics too, which means that you could end up losing not only a few extra hair, but also a few clothes!
Sunscreen for your hair
While you might lather sunscreen on your face and body, you need to remember that your hair needs care too. So, if you are planning to spend a long time in the sun and have recently colored your hair, you need to make sure that you keep your hair protected. A hat or scarf would be the easiest way to protect your hair, because if there is extended exposure to ultraviolet rays, the molecules in the hair colour will start to oxidise.
If you are not too keen on hiding your hair under a hat, you can look for hair care products which have a high sun protection factor or SPF. Certain spray-on sunscreens have high alcohol content too, which is why they need to be used with care. While they might not damage the hair, they will certainly dry them. In case you are stepping into water or planning to get your hair wet, you will have to keep reapplying the sunscreen.
For those of you who have coloured their hair recently, it would best that they stay away from other styling tools, including straighteners and curling tongs for a while, because heat is the biggest enemy of the colours.
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