Everything you need to know about how to take care of your COLORED HAIR
Like with every other girl, my hair and me share a very sacred bond. I am as emotional and sentimental about my hair as I would not be probably about anything else in my life. I love them, caress them, take care of them as my babies. They need consistent love, care and pampering and I make sure I give them ample amounts of it. And they do reflect it well. Trust me, only those girls have good hair, who take care of it.
To talk about my journey with my hair, is like sharing a very personal account. I always had thick, heavy, bouncy hair, all thanks to the genes from my mom’s end. Though they were not very dense and voluminous, but since each strand of the hair was thick (and actually had an identity of its own), they gave the impression of a very heavy mane overall.
We women have always been fascinated with those colored, highlighted, tresses, particularly blonde in colour. So much so, that while I was young, my Mom would rinse my hair with a whole lot of ingredients from her kitchen, so that my hair reflected some colour in the sun and looked shiny and bouncy. She would often boil tea leaves in water, strain them, and put that water as the last rinse in my head wash. It did impart some sort of hot red undertones to my dark black hair.
I still remember, I had got that first hair color done when I was studying in University, second year of my Graduation, to be precise. I was all of 19 years old. At hat time, streaking or highlighting was really in trend. I had been wanting to get my hair colored for long, but my mom would just not allow. Though, now I do understand the reasons behind her apprehension. Though one fine day, she did agree and surprisingly when we actually got down to getting it done, she was more excited than me to see the final look. So, we decided to get it done from Lakme Salon.
We had been visiting that salon for years for beauty services and were quite happy with them. I got the entire thickness of my hair streaked in fine lines of golden brown. The hairdresser at the salon actually did a great job. The streaks were very finely done and gave me a very classy look. It was just like madly falling in love with this new version of my hair. That was then. For 10 years after that, I didn’t get my hair coloured at all. Though my hair weren’t damaged, but they did lose their real virgin texture and became a little dry.
But 4 years back, I fell for the trend again and went in to get my hair colored. This time I went for a complete global colour in shades of brown and even added thick streaks ash brown to the lower length of my hair. The final result looked beautiful. At the recommendation of the hairdresser, I went in for a Keratin Treatment a few days later, to balance all the damage that my colored hair might have incurred in the process. And yes, the treatment did help make my coloured hair look shinier and bouncy, but only at a superficial level.
So, since then, I have been regularly getting my hair coloured. Yes, when you get used to seeing yourself in coloured hair and styling those brown beach waves, it is really hard to go back to your black hair.I have tried global hair color, ombre, highlighting, baylange, almost all of it. Being into fashion industry, I am even required to style my hair often. That means, there is actually no escaping those styling rods and blow dryers. So, my hair are actually subjected to a lot of chemicals and heating tools as well. Now, talking about the damage that regular colouring does to your hair –
- It does add a coat of chemical to your strands making the coloured hair look thicker.
- Your hair become dry and lose their natural moisture.
- If your hair is naturally dry, they might become coarse and brittle, leading to breakage.
- Pre-lightening your hair to deposit those lighter color shades like ash brown, does far more damage to your hair than getting a dark color done on your hair.
- There is no denying, regularly colouring your hair, does sabotage their quality ad make them look dry and damaged.
I have always been an ardent advocate of using great quality products for your hair and skin care. Even when I did not have coloured hair, I would still use some of the best hair care brands available in the market, of course considering my hair needs and what suited my hair the best. But after getting colored hair, I have taken my hair care regime to another insane level. And very rightly so, because in all truth, coloured hair does need a lot of care and attention for them to look healthy, bouncy, shiny, and beautiful. Else you are just left with some dry, damaged, brittle strand of colored hair, which probably you can ruin further by constantly styling them into curls or waves. This is what I do, to take care of my colored hair. This has benefitted me hugely, so you must also try and include a few of these into your hair care regime.
- Don’t get your hair coloured too often. Don’t fall for passing by trends. Stick to a classic look that suits your hair texture, your skin tone and your lifestyle (the one that you can manage on a regular basis)
- Always get your hair coloured from a reputed salon, the one that has very well trained and experienced staff and who are not hellbent on selling their services to every client that enters their salon. They should give you genuine advice and even refrain you from doing any treatment to your hair that is not in the best interest of your hair health.
- Know about the products. Research very well into which hair colour, brand, color shade is being used. Decide if you want to opt for ammonia-free hair color or with ammonia. I generally go in for ammonia free as it causes less damage to my hair. Though colors with ammonia are termed to last longer. Have a detailed discussion with your hair dresser about the product that he is outing into your hair.
- You can also get some treatment done to your colored hair to maintain its health post the colour. Opt for Keratin or Cystine. I have been getting keratin done to my hair once every year. It has helped to keep my hair soft and manageable as it forms an outer protein coat on the hair shaft. Though this is only on the superficial level. It doesn’t rally impart any internal nutrition to the hair. Of late, I have heard some good reviews about Cystine as well and I am planning to go in for that next time. To know all about the Keratin treatment and if you should go for it, head on to read, ‘My honest detailed review of the KERATIN TREATMENT.’
- Keep your hair as much away from heat based styling tools as possible. Healthy, bouncy coloured hair as such look very beautiful, whether left open or tied. Do not succumb to those unrealistic beauty standards that are being endorsed all across the internet these days. In a regular life, or even for public events, one doesn’t really need to attain that beach wave or Rapunzel’s natural yet done-up long curls look all the time. Do not use any blow-dryer, straightening machine or curling rod unless extremely necessary. No matter how much of a heat protection serum you apply, heat does damage your hair enormously.
- Use the best of Hair Care products like Shampoo, Conditioner and serum that our available in the market. I am currently using Kerastase Sulphate free Anti Frizz Shampoo along with Kerastase Anti Frizz Healthy Glow Nourishment Mask and the Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Leave-in Night Repair Serum, and finally Morrocan oil treatment. These products work like magic on my hair. I have also used System Professional (SP) and Aveda Shampoo and Conditioner on my hair for a long time. They gave me good results too. Research well, understand the brand’s worth and then invest into them wisely. But never compromise on the quality of the product . To know about Hair Serum, do read ‘Are HAIR SERUMS really good for your hair’.
- Go in for hair spas. If you can afford and have the luxury of time, you can always head to your salon for a hair spa once every fortnight. It does help your hair stay nourished. But, if you are using an expensive hair mask, you can do this spa ritual even at home. Just mix some drops of your hair serum to your hair mask and apply it through the length of your hair. Massage it well so that it completely assimilates into your hair shaft. Keep it on for an hour and then rinse off. It gives you the same result as a salon hair spa. You can also wrap it around with a hot towel or wear a shower cap. It just helps the product to lock in moisture into your hair in a better way.
- Eat healthy. Include a lot of protein into your diet. What you eat, instantly shows on your hair and skin. So, to provide some extra nourishment to those colored locks, I have started including a lot of eggs, lentils, sprouts, lean chicken and fish into my daily life, not to miss fresh vegetables and fruits too.
- Oil your hair regularly. And not just oil, massage that lukewarm oil well into your hair roots. It helps in circulating blood to your head which is so important to maintain a healthy scalp and hair roots. I try and put warm coconut oil into my hair once every week, leave it overnight before washing it off the next day. You can also use almond oil, or olive oil. Add a couple of Vitamin E capsules to it as well once in a while.
- Apply a lot of homemade HAIR MASKS. As much as a superior brand of hair shampoo and conditioner is needed, so are things from your kitchen needed to achieve those healthy hair. Each week, I search on the internet and apply one good homemade hair mask to my hair. And trust me, the results are instant. Most of the ingredients show off the results just in one hair wash. And colored hair need these hair packs even more. I have been regularly making hair packs out of eggs, curd, honey, milk, ripe banana, tea leaves, beer and red wine for my hair. Of late I have started applying a concoction of onion juice and fresh aloe vera to the roots of my hair. And it has been working wonders. It keeps my hair nourished and has also been showing noticeable hair growth results.
- Try to keep your coloured hair more tied that left open. Leaving them open to often does make their ends rough and prone to breakage. Also, tie them in a very loose bun while you sleep. Dot leave them open.
- Get your hair trimmed every 3 months or before. This is important to get rid of those grown out dead ends. Coloured hair have more two-headed ends and open cuticles. Get those trimmed regularly to keep your hair looking healthy and well taken care of
Get your hair coloured but be also willingly to go that extra mile to take care of them. Always remember, it’s the shiny, healthy, well maintained hair that look beautiful, be it with or without color.