Can dyed hair be healthy?
Caring for colour-treated, dyed, bleached or highlighted hair is a constant topic of conversation here at Ogario London HQ. I have dyed, coloured and highlighted many heads of hair in my salon, and I can answer that question with a big YES.
Yes, dyed or coloured hair can be healthy. It’s a question of how you treat it. With years of experience helping clients to maintain colour-treated, highlighted, and bleached hair, here are my tips on how to keep dyed hair healthy.
How to Keep Dyed Hair Healthy
Have you dyed your hair for more years than you can remember? Or you are about to embark on the exciting world of vibrant colour? Either way, it’s never too soon or too late to protect your hair colour investment.
Thinking about your colour-treated hair as an investment is a great place to start. When you spend time and money on your hair, you want it to look as good as possible for as long as possible.
Take good care of your hair, and colour treatments can last longer. Your hair can look more vibrant, healthy and shiny.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Choose a gentle shampoo.
A moisturising shampoo is excellent for dyed hair. During the process of dying your hair, the chemicals penetrate the hair’s outer layer so that the inner layer of the hair can absorb the colour. Once the chemical process has taken place, the hair is, to put it bluntly, damaged. That leaves hair prone to becoming dry. You can read more about what it means if the cuticle breaks in my blog on how to get rid of split ends. But essentially, what I recommend is that you use a gentle, moisturising shampoo.
2. Prepare for your colour appointment with at-home conditioning.
The best way of achieving long-lasting colour results is by having a great foundation. Get your hair in the best shape. That means your hair should be hydrated. Hydrated hair can hold onto colour pigments more effectively. Choose a conditioner with high levels of moisturising ingredients before your colour appointment to give hair the best chance of absorbing the colour.
Here are a couple of our favourite moisture-boosting ingredients below:
- Tamarind adds moisture to hair in our Hydrate and Shine Conditioner; helping to maintain colour treatments and improve the texture of dry hair
- Marshmallow (the herb!) is another favourite ingredient in Hydrate and Shine Conditioner as it softens and smooths hair to help it retain moisture.
3. Condition dyed and coloured hair to keep it healthy.
Once you’ve left the salon, swinging your freshly coloured tresses, make it your mission to condition your dyed hair. Aftercare is essential for maintaining colour. Condition every time you wash your hair. Never skip. If your conditioner is not working for you, find one that does.
4. Gently squeeze the water out of your hair before you apply conditioner.
After shampooing and rinsing your hair, use a small towel and gently squeeze out the excess water from the hair. This is one of the best things you can do for your hair in preparation for conditioner. If you leave in excess water, you can watch your conditioner slide down the plughole as it slips out of your hair. By towelling out the water the conditioner stays on the hair so that you get more from your product.
5. Avoid washing hair in really hot water.
Heat, whether from the sun, the hairdryer or your hot water tap, damages hair. That makes heat one of the biggest culprits for drying out hair. You can’t avoid all heat, but you can wash hair at a tepid temperature to help reduce heat damage.
6. Give your hair a break.
Dyed hair can become dry and damaged with excessive heat.
- Try air-drying your hair at least once a week.
- Turn down the heat on the hairdryer. If you are rough-drying your hair before styling, try a cooler temperature.
- Reduce drying time. Most of us are more likely to over-dry hair than not! Drying your hair probably takes less time than you think. Try reducing the amount of time you dry your hair by 1-minute each time you dry.
I think most people can reduce the time that hairdryer heat is applied to the hair and get better results.
7. Choose the right Styling Product.
Think about giving your hair protection and added moisture as you style. Choose multitasking products that work such as a leave-in conditioner and a hair volumizing styling product.
- Choose styling products that will hydrate your hair. Because ingredients such as alcohol denat and silicones can be drying for the hair we prefer to avoid them.
- Our Styling Mist for Natural Hold and a Glossy Finish is a favourite with my clients who have dyed or coloured hair. They love it because it gives an extra moisture boost to the hair, making it easier to style and it gives heat protection.
8. Use a hair mask treatment once a week, every week.
A deep conditioner will help replenish everything the colour treatment took away from your hair. So, if you do this once a week, you will be amazed at how long your colour lasts. Plus, your hair will be easier to style and manage. Think you don’t have time? Think again! Check out our blog for ideas on how to make time for your weekly hair mask.
- As well as using a weekly hair mask before colouring, use one regularly afterwards to keep hair hydrated, so it holds on to colour for longer.
- Apply a treatment hair mask once a week for three weeks before your colour appointment. That will help to repair any damage, infuse the hair shaft with moisture and help seal the cuticle. The smoother the cuticle, the more hair colour pigment can cling on and stay put.
Change your Hair Colour, Change your Approach
You may be reading this and thinking about dyeing your hair for the first time. Colouring or highlighting your hair for the first time is a big step. Whether you are making a radical change or enhancing your natural colour, it’s exciting. But it’s also a big commitment. You have to give a lot more thought to caring for colour-treated hair. There are roots to consider, dry ends to manage, over-lapping colour to avoid, and different hair textures. When you colour your hair adopting a different mindset for taking care of your hair helps. That may sound daunting but keep it simple. Follow my tips above, and if you have more questions, I’ve covered some of the frequently asked questions below.
I want to Keep my Colour for Longer. How do I Maintain Colour-Treated or Highlighted Hair?
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
If I were to have a hair mantra, this would be it. Adding moisture is the best thing you can do for your dyed, coloured or highlighted hair.
My hair is Dry, Brittle Hair after Colouring.
When hair becomes dry and brittle, it’s been through too much. You may even be experiencing some breakage. It’s time to take a breather and reflect. Of course, you can overdo it with colour treatments. Hair dyes are strong chemicals, and if you overlap the colour treatments too often, they cause the hair to become brittle and, worse, break. There may be other factors. If you are using heated styling tools on dyed hair or not adding sufficient moisture, the combined effect can take its toll on hair. Once you’ve got to the point of hair becoming brittle, it’s time to reduce the heat as much as possible and get into a routine of regular, weekly deep conditioning treatments. Follow my tips above and go to my blog on how to fix damaged hair for further advice.
Hair elasticity is a term that you may have come across. It’s the opposite of damaged or broken hair. When hair has elasticity, it has stretch. That means that your hair has the right balance of moisture. I’ve written a blog all about how you can improve hair elasticity. Find out how you can improve the elasticity of your hair.
What’s the best treatment or deep conditioner for colour-treated or bleached hair?
The best treatments or deep conditioners for colour-treated or bleached hair can get moisture to the core of the hair. My preference is for water-based deep conditioners. Argan oil is perfect for smoothing and nourishing the hair, but when you want to get to the heart of the problem, pro-vitamin b5 is our go-to for deep conditioning. Plant-based pro-vitamin b5 is proven to penetrate the cuticle and add moisture right to the core of the hair. So it puts back the moisture that hair dye takes away. It’s the foundation of our hair care formulations, and our Restore and Shine Hair Masque awarded Best Hair Mask in the Beauty Bible Awards, is a treatment or deep conditioner that replenishes colour-treated or bleached hair.
How do you keep your hair healthy after dyeing it?
Keeping hair healthy after dyeing is just a question of following the simple steps I’ve outlined above. I’ve summarised some of the key points below.
- Choose a gentle, moisturising shampoo.
- Always condition the hair after shampoo
- Gently squeeze excess water out of the hair before you apply the conditioner.
- Give your hair a break from the heat to help keep dyed hair healthy.
- Choose moisture-boosting styling products.
What’s the best hair repair treatment for damaged hair?
Restore and Shine Hair Masque is a hair mask treatment developed to bring damaged hair back to its lustrous best. But remember, treating damaged hair is a journey, not a one-off event. I recommend getting into a weekly routine of treatments. Hair, like your skin, likes regular attention, so keep adding moisture. Little and often works best for repairing damaged hair and keeping dyed hair healthy.
How to take care of Dyed Hair
Caring for dyed and colour-treated hair is about creating a good routine that you can commit to following. If you’ve invested time and money in a colour treatment, it makes sense to protect your investment. Hopefully, you can see that changing how you approach your hair can be simple. It’s just about building a routine and making a few changes. Those small changes can make a big difference in keeping your dyed hair healthy.
About the Author
Norris Ogario is the founder and Creative Director of Ogario London. Developed in his London salon, the Ogario London haircare products reflect his belief that hydration is the key to fixing most hair problems. You can style hydrated hair with ease. Plus, hydration leaves hair shiny and healthy. Norris has over 35 years of hair know-how. Norris has expertise in all hair types, from dry hair to fine or grey hair, from frizzy to damaged or bleached hair, curly hair and afro hair.
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