Unlocking the secret to vibrant, head-turning colored hair isn’t just about choosing the perfect shade of hair dye at the salon. It also depends on your daily hair care routine.
Whether you’re flaunting a fiery red, a classy brunette, or a playful pastel, your colored locks deserve a little extra TLC.
Check out the following tips on keeping your colored hair moisturized at all times.
1. Regularly Condition Your Hair
The golden rule for locking in the moisture in your color-treated hair? Never skip the conditioner.
But it shouldn’t be just any conditioner. Make sure it’s a vegan, cruelty-free, and color-safe conditioner like oVertone hair color conditioner. They create a protective shield around your precious strands that seal up the cuticles and lock in all that precious moisture, leaving your mane feeling soft and lustrous.
2. Apply Leave-In Treatments to Protect Your Hair
Leave-in conditioners can do wonders for your hair. They contain nifty little silicones that work like a protective shield for your precious locks against sun damage, minimizing the sun’s harmful effects.
Leave-in treatments also tame the post-coloring frizz, keeping your hair sleek and shiny. They also protect your hair from heat’s damaging effects, so you can use heat styling tools like blowdryers, curling irons, and straightening irons. Plus, they help detangle pesky knots.
Look for leave-in conditioners that are specially made for color-treated hair. This is crucial, especially if you love basking in the sun or are a fan of styling tools.
3. Use Deep Conditioning Treatments
Deep conditioning your hair is giving your mane the love it deserves. Coloring gray hair can be a lot of fun, but it can also leave your locks needing a little extra TLC. That goes even for dark hair or brown hair that didn’t undergo bleaching.
So make sure that aside from using a daily coloring conditioner, you go for a weekly hair spa. Once a week, treat your color-treated tresses to a deep-conditioning session. Here’s a quick guide:
- Start with damp hair – it’s like a sponge ready to soak up the goodness.
- Apply that deep-conditioning treatment from your roots to your tips, ensuring every strand gets some love.
- Next, gather your hair into a stylish bun or wrap it in a cozy towel.
- Let the treatment work its magic for a luxurious 30 minutes.
- After that, rinse it out, leaving you with softer and shinier hair.
4. Give Your Hair Some Protein
Coloring your hair can sometimes lead to protein damage. It’s time to rescue your hair when it starts getting all stretchy and mushy when wet — and you can do that by feeding it some protein.
You can go for store-bought protein treatments or whip up your own DIY hair masks to make your locks strong and fabulous again.
5. Apply Hot Oil Treatment
The great thing about hot oil treatments is that you can easily DIY it at home, making for a lovely hair-pampering session. Here’s a quick recipe for a DIY hot oil treatment.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Prep your hair by starting with clean, towel-dried hair.
- Get yourself a hot oil treatment of your choice. Apply it generously to your hair.
- Cover up your oiled-up hair and let the treatment soak.
- You have several options to bring on the heat: Wrap a hot towel around your head for that spa vibe, use your blowdryer on a low setting, or simply bask in the sunlight for a few minutes.
- Remove the cover and let your hair cool down to room temperature.
- Rinse off the oil with cool water, and you’ll feel the difference.
Hair packs and treatments are fabulous, but regular oiling is a game changer in hair care. Oils lock in the goodness and create a protective shield against sun and heat damage.
You may also create your own hot oil treatment by taking 2-3 tablespoons of your preferred carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil are popular choices), then doing the following steps:
- Start by gently heating your chosen oil. You can do this on the stove or pop it in the microwave for a quick zap. You’re aiming for a comfortably warm temperature, not scalding hot.
- Massage the oil into your scalp, down to your tips. Give some extra love to those tips because they’re the driest part of any hair with semi-permanent color.
- Slip into a shower cap, then chill for 30-45 minutes. You may also go all out and leave it in overnight.
- Rinse with a mild, sulfate-free shampoo and cool water to wash it all out.
- To keep those locks in tip-top shape, make this your ritual and do it 2-3 times a week.
So, whether it’s a nightly oil ritual or an occasional hot oil treat, make oiling your hair a non-negotiable part of your hair care routine.
6. Protect Your Hair From the Sun
No matter the season, the sun can spell trouble for your color-treated hair. But remember — it’s all about balance. While soaking up the sun is delightful, try not to overdo it. Too much sun can fade your darker hair color quickly.
Reach for hair products that sport the label “UV protector.” You’ll find these in styling products, leave-in conditioners, color-depositing conditioners, and even hairsprays. And some of them come with a bonus – a mix of vitamins that will give your color-treated hair some extra love.
And for those scorching summer days when the sun’s rays are most harmful, spritz on a moisturizing spray with SPF 10 to 15. Throw on a stylish hat for an extra layer of defense.
So, there you have it — the secrets to keeping your color-treated hair looking gorgeous. Treat it right with oVertone coloring conditioner, and it’ll thank you with all the shine and softness you could wish for.