You must have heard that coloring or highlighting the hair chemically can damage it. Did this statement stop you from trying the hair color you really wanted to? Well, it’s the regular styling or coloring that does the most damage. But you can reduce the damage by reducing the frequency of coloring and improving your hair care routine.
This implies, you can go ahead and sport your favorite hair color without having to compromise the health of your mane. If you are someone who already got your hair colored, don’t fret. Find out about the Ayurvedic remedies that would help restore your hair’s natural shine and texture.
How to take care of coloured hair?
After you get your hair colored, the struggle is to protect the color, make it last longer, and protect hair from further damage. Hair colors contain ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and many more chemicals that can extract moisture from the hair and make it dry and dull. Some colors also have bleach that lightens the hair to give it the desired color, but eliminates moisture from it and causes hair fall.
We bring a few tips that can be followed after getting your hair colored:
Avoid Washing Your Freshly-colored Hair for Minimum 3 Days
After you get your hair colored, wait for at least three days or 72 hours before you wash it. This allows the color to settle, and gives your hair the time it needs to adjust to the treatment before it undergoes a wash.
Use a Sulfate-free Shampoo & Conditioner
Shampoo and Conditioner with Sulfates and other harmful chemicals can further dry out your hair and damage them. Instead, choose a color protectant shampoo and conditioner, preferably Ayurvedic or herbal ones to prevent the color from washing off and protect your hair.
Prefer Dry Shampoo
Keep the washes less frequent to protect the hair colour, and even ditch the usual shampoos once in a while. Go for a color-safe dry shampoo to prevent oil, grease, and dust from your hair and keep it fresh and protected.
Use Heat Protectant Before Using Hair Styling Tools
We all like styling our hair, especially after coloring or highlighting it. However, using hair styling tools like straighteners or curling irons too frequently will harm your hair as heat strips away color and hydration from the hair. Choose a hair protectant spray or gel before using these tools on your hair.
Avoid Hot Water for Hair Wash
Go for lukewarm or cool water for washing colored hair. Hot water removes color and can damage hair from roots, causing hair fall and other hair problems.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Protecting Colored Hair
The most widely advised remedy for healthy hair is oiling your hair regularly. Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, and Olive Oil can be chosen to protect your hair from damage. However, only oiling is not enough. Here are a few more things you can do.
- Use Aloe Vera as a Conditioner
- Amla, Shikakai, and Reetha Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner
- Amla, Hibiscus & Methi Hair Pack
- Methi, Hibiscus, Curry Leaves, and Coconut Hair Oil
While these steps will help you protect chemically-treated hair from further damage, eventually hair would recover by growing out.