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Ask the expert: How can I bounce back from color-damaged hair?
Everyone knows if you want to spice up your hair life or take your hairstyle from dull to dope, you just add a little color. For thin hair, dark colors can make it appear fuller and healthier. For curly hair, hair color can help show off your volume. Its magic, but as we know you have to take the good with the bad. So brace yourself, Cut Life fam.
Its magic, but as we know you have to take the good with the bad. So brace yourself, Cut Life fam.
Hair color is known to dry out the strands due to the change of the hair’s inner structure. Furthermore, your hair can end up looking dull thanks to a lack of moisture and split ends. From semi-permanent color to lightener, if the product is not maintained properly, you can end up with serious problems.
So if you feel like you are being attacked by the color damage demon, no worries because I’ve got a few easy ways to nurse your hair back to health.
Hair color damage can only be fixed by cutting the affected area. Sorry, darling, there is no miracle in a jar that can help you avoid that! So, let’s take baby steps. When my clients, are showing signs of color damage from over coloring their hair, I suggest small trims every other visit. This allows for a more gradual transition and gives the hair time to grow.
Get More Protein
Along with trimming your hair ends, try adding a protein treatment into your hair regimen. Protein treatments help strengthen your hair strands and restore keratin lost to coloring and styling. However, be careful to not overuse protein treatments, as it can have a negative effect on your hair. Use a protein treatment once a month for best results.
Protein-based conditioners like Mielle Organics’ Babassu and Mint Deep Conditioner, will give small doses of protein with every use. The moisture of the Babassu palm oil paired with the active protein makes for the perfect hair mask. Making any protein based conditioner a part of your regular hair routine, will leave your hair shinier and lessen the appearance of damage.
If you’ve got color damaged hair, then it is time to get your moisturizing game strong. Moisturized hair strands are less likely to break, allowing for better results when styling. A moisturizing cream or serum can serve as a protective barrier when using heated tools like curling irons or wands.
Also, try using a moisture retention shampoo, like Cream of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo. Oil-infused shampoos are a great way to ensure that you are not stripping the hair. This is especially important in the winter months, as the air is much dryer.