Once hair is permanently dyed the protein structure becomes weakened making it imperative that you balance the usage of protein and moisturizing products to prevent hair breakage. Left not cared for colored-treated natural hair becomes extremely dry and brittle but by taking these precautions you can keep your hair healthy and maximize its growth potential.
1. Be Selective in the Products that You Use
Some products like sulfate shampoos are not safe for usage on color-treated hair because they strip the hair of too much moisture and your color-treated hair is already thirsty. Stay away from sulfate shampoos and when purchasing shampoos or conditioners make sure that they state they are safe for usage on color-treated hair.
2. Increase Your Deep Conditioning
After you have dyed your hair you are going to want to deep condition at least once a week. Make sure you are deep conditioning with a quality conditioner that is meant for deep conditioning otherwise you are not going to get optimal results. Bargain conditioners like Suave are great for a quick rinse out conditioner or even for usage as a leave-in however, they are not effective deep conditioners. Brands like Giovanni or BioInfusion are great starting points. Try to use them with a sit under dryer, if you cannot do this, then leave on the conditioner for 35 to 40 minutes.
3. No Hot Water
Not only will hot water fade out your color, it will dry out your hair. For shampooing and conditioning use cool to luke warm water. If you haven’t tried this already you are going to see a big difference in the way your hair feels afterward and how much more moisture you are able to retain.
4. Protein Treatments
Protein treatments help to re-pair the protein that you have lost during you color treating process. Just remember to avoid protein overload because this will result in dry breaking hair as well. Try using a reconstructor after the second week that you have colored your hair and wait a couple a months before you reapply this treatment. Once you have applied protein treatments they stay on the hair for a few weeks so there is no need to overload your with this product.