Dying your hair can be one of the quickest ways to change up your look. But if you’re choosing to use permanent dyes, you’re playing Russian roulette for damaged, high porosity hair.
Hair goes through a pretty traumatic experience when it is permanently dyed. Some signs that your hair has become damaged by the dyeing process are:
The main reason for these hair issues is the hair has suddenly becomes more porous and therefore is more susceptible to damage. However, there are a few things you can do to help nurse your hair back to health…
Use conditioners made for color-treated hair
Certain conditioners are formulated with light reconstructors and heavy moisturizers geared towards the needs of damaged or color-treated hair which loses moisture quickly due to it’s porous nature.
Use acidic rinses
With porous strands the cuticles tend to look like raised shingles on a roof, instead of lying parallel on the hair shaft. Acidic rinses will help close the cuticle while increasing manageability and the moisture content of the hair.
Use a hair gloss
Semi-permanent hair glosses are created to help keep hair color vibrant but since they also contain proteins, they help fill in holes in high porosity hair. Hair glosses also add a visible shine to hair.
Use reconstructing treatments
If your hair is badly damaged, it will surely appreciate the protein as it will fortify and strengthen your porous hair. Not everyone’s hair responds nicely to protein even if its hydrolyzed protein, but the hardness that some hair types experience from protein can be helped by doing a moisturizing treatment immediately after it.
What are you tips on taking care of color damaged hair?
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Davis-Sivasothy, Audrey. Hair Care Rehab.