In order to tame down their locks, look glamorous or just out of the need of some change, women very often subject their tresses to curling, perming, straightening, etc. While initially, their hair may look like they are right out of some product advertisement that promises perfect hair, after a few months or even weeks, the hair goes brittle and lifelessly dull, resulting in split ends and breakage. The tragedy does not end here. Once chemically treated, the hair loses its original sheen and health, which isn’t very easy to get back.
While wearing your hair, the way you want to, is totally your call, there are some precautions you must adhere to in order to preserve the life of your hair. Coloring is a popular choice with young girls and even middle aged women. Let us first observe the most common kinds of hair dyes. They are-
- Semi permanent
- Demi permanent
Temporary hair coloring, also known as a rinse, is only coating of the hair strands and can be rinsed off with one shampooing. Semi permanent contains very low to no level of ammonia or peroxide. Demi permanent has a considerably low percentage of hydrogen peroxide, while, permanent coloring uses bleach, such as ammonium peroxide or hydrogen peroxide.
Here are a few tips that will help to keep your chemically treated hair healthy and damage free.
1. Go for Deep Conditioning Treatments
Permanent hair dyes and relaxers will strip your hair off its natural moisturizers and proteins. If left untreated, they are bound to become brittle and dry. Use good quality conditioner that offers deep penetration more than once a month. Other intensive treatments, such as protein treatments are also recommended.
2. Opt for Temporary Coloring
Permanent colors are too harsh and cause long term damage. Therefore, it is always better to go for temporary coloring as they are less harmful.
3. Include Natural Beauty Products in Your Arsenal
Hair products that contain silicones, petroleum oil, mineral oil, or other such harsh preservatives and chemicals should be avoided. Instead, one should spend more on products that are naturally derived, so that, they promote your hair’ natural health, softness, shine and manageability without any side effects.
4. Hot Oil Treatment
The hot oil treatment is a very effective way to bring back the lost moisture in your hair follicles. The warm oil should be applied to damp hair and left overnight. It is better to wear a plastic shower cap while in bed; otherwise, you will end up staining your pillow. Use a mild shampoo and warm water to rinse off in the morning.
5. Lesser Use of Heat Appliances
Avoid use of hair dryers and further use of hair rollers or hair irons. Instead, choose thermal activated products for your hair, which will aid in repairing some damage. More heat will greatly ruin your already treated hair.
6. Avoid Frequent Dyes
Limit the number of times you dye, perm or straighten your hair. This will not only limit the chemicals that go in your hair, but will also prevent your hair from becoming very weak. Most people usually go for touch ups after 6 weeks, while, it is wiser to opt for them every 8 to 10 weeks. It will give your hair some time to breathe and rest from one treatment to another.