Natural hair is versatile in many ways—certain products and styles, such as twists or braids, can achieve different curl patterns, from tight coils to waves and anywhere in between. Experimenting with these techniques is part of your natural hair journey, but sometimes what you really crave is a burst of color, right?
Dyeing any type of hair may involve a chemical process that should be taken seriously. Fortunately, there are many ways to ensure that your new color comes out right, and the health of your hair stays intact.
COOL IT DOWN
The absolute best way to preserve your hair color doesn’t require you to visit the salon or purchase another product; just wash your hair with cool water rather than with hot. Washing can strip your hair of valuable oils, and hard water can leave mineral deposits. When you use hot water, the hair’s cuticle further opens up , thereby accelerating the process. It’s also a good idea to wash your hair less frequently (every other day is fine), especially if your color is prone to fading.
PICK THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
You wouldn’t scrub your sensitive, acne-prone skin with any old face wash, would you? Give your hair the same consideration. Use a shampoo and a conditioner with color-protecting ingredients and avoid styling products (like mousse and gel) with alcohol listed in the top five ingredients—it’ll just dry your hair out. Our recommendations?
SheaMoisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy & Color Protect Shampoo
Shampoos that are designed specifically for color-treated hair are gentler than regular shampoos and provide extra moisture. The SheaMoisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy & Color Protect Shampoo is free of sulfates, which can cause color to fade faster and is infused with an exclusive blend of oils and marine botanicals that restores moisture, protein that fortifies and protects hair from color-fade, environmental stressors and future damage.
Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner
The PERFECT moisture solution for ALL HAIR TYPES A lightweight leave in conditioner that penetrates deep into hair cortex to lock in moisture, soften, strengthen and condition each strand. Infused with Essential oils, Aloe Vera and Silk Amino Acid that repair dry damaged hair to promote moisture from the inside the cuticle. The lemon zest scent is yummy and refreshing. Hair will feel silky soft and ready to be styled pretty!
DEEP CONDITION MORE
The chemicals in dyes leave hair porous and have a drying effect, so to keep it looking soft and healthy, smooth on a deep conditioner after every wash.
CURLS Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner
To pamper your delicate color-treated strands, and seal in your color, through a deep conditioning treatment with CURLS Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner. It’s moisturizing compounds shield the hair from the elements and have a long lasting effect. Use after every color treatment and 2 weeks before your next color retouch.
Koils by Nature Ultra Moisturizing CocoAloe Deep Conditioner
Once color is applied to the hair, a layer of protein is stripped from the hair so the color can be deposited. Protein is needed for the moisture balance. The Ultra Moisturizing CocoAloe Deep Conditioner has hydrolyzed oat protein, which holds 1000x its weight in water & coconut oil which “acts” like a protein. This conditioner is MOST effective when it’s used with heat and/or steam, this method will lift the hair cuticle so the conditioner can penetrate the hair shaft, rinse with cool water and mission complete!
The biggest reason for fading color is water, and while we can’t recommend avoiding it altogether, there are a few ways to lessen the damage. For starters, don’t stand directly under the spray unless you’re rinsing, and keep the water warm, not scalding hot. Another idea: Add a filter to your showerhead to cut down on minerals like iron and lime, which are harsh on dyes.