Most permanent hair dyes contain ammonia compounds or analogues. They lift the hair scales to penetrate the pigment. As a result, the hair lacks smoothness, and in the process of washing out the dyes, the curls become more brittle and vulnerable. For this reason, you need to select the right care for dyed hair as carefully as possible, purchasing only effective products.
If you use dyed hair extensions clip ons, then they should be looked after in the same way as your chevelure.
How often can you dye your hair?
The ideal time interval between hair colouring procedures is four to six weeks. Of course, everything is individual and depends on the rate of hair growth. The main thing is that the hair does not grow very much, since when dyed in light colours, dark hair may appear at the roots with an undesirable shade, which will disturb the uniformity of the colour.
Also, a lot depends on the colour of the dyed chevelure. For example, if they are dyed in a darker tone, the overgrown roots will not be so noticeable, but blondes will have to paint more often since their hair colour is very different from the tone of natural roots.
Does ammonia dye spoil hair?
Ammonia has been used in hair dyes for quite some time. If the correct technology is followed when dyeing, ammonia paint does not spoil the hair. Ammonia is used in dyes to open up the cuticle scales and help the colouring pigment penetrate deeply into the hair. After the ammonia takes effect, it completely evaporates. If there is no need to dye your hair with ammonia dye, it is better to use ammonia-free dye. It is also not recommended to use ammonia dye for dry, damaged and bleached hair.
Caring for coloured hair: professional advice
Experts' recommendations will allow you to properly organise home care after staining, to keep the well-groomed look of curls:
- Don't overdo your hair. Coloured strands resemble a soft sponge; they quickly absorb and easily give off water and pigment. With prolonged and too aggressive washing of the strands, the dyes are easily washed out; as a result, the chevelure becomes dull and brittle.
- Rinse the curls only with warm or cool water (due to high temperatures, the colour may fade). You should also not use hot water, and don’t forget that hair extension should only be washed under running water when cleaning clip-in hair extensions.
- If the strands’ natural shade is very different from the current one, tint the roots once every 3-4 weeks.
- Be sure to trim the ends on damaged and split strands, the paint falls unevenly and does not linger for a long time.
- Avoid UV light. The sun's rays cause a lot of damage to the coloured curls. Without proper protection, the shade of the hair becomes faded, dryness and brittleness increase. For this reason, it is imperative to wear a hat in the summer.
- Clip-in hair extensions need constant moisture and protection. Remove hair extensions before going to bed and try to limit the amount of sun and saltwater.
Cleansing coloured hair
Select shampoos with a mild detergent base for gentle and high-quality cleansing of coloured curls. They gently remove impurities and protect hair from rapid colour washout. As a result, the colour remains saturated and beautiful longer, and the shine remains. Professional shampoos for coloured curls have a special composition. The active ingredients help to retain the pigment inside the hair.
Before each wash, gently comb the coloured curls, and when applying shampoo, massage only the root zone. In the process of rinsing off the foam, the length of the hair will be rinsed, while you can avoid additional friction and tangled strands.
Clip-ins hair extensions can be washed with regular shampoo by applying a little cleanser to the hair and rinsing off after a few minutes. Lay the hair extensions to dry on a towel.
Hydrate and repair dyed hair
Bleaching and dyeing hair with persistent dyes strongly dry curls and increase their vulnerability. Use moisturisers and nourishing products to keep your hair naturally healthy, soft and smooth. The active substances in the composition maintain an optimal hydro balance, help restore weakened and damaged curls. Lipids and protein compounds penetrate deep into the hair, actively restoring it from the inside. Additional ingredients help prevent the washout of the tone, preserve the rich colour of the strands.
When distributing conditioners and masks, pay special attention to the tips, as they most often suffer from dryness. After rinsing off the product, gently pat dry with a towel without rubbing to avoid damage.
Protect dyed hair before styling
With regular hot styling, your coloured and hair extensions clip ons are under a lot of stress. Use thermal protective products to avoid negative consequences. Such products effectively protect the strands from exposure to high temperatures when styling with a hairdryer, using an iron or curling iron. For dyed and bleached strands, professional products with caring components in the composition are best suited.
Use thermal protection before each styling, regardless of the device’s temperature, and the exposure time, this will preserve the health of your curls and prolong the life of the clip in hair extensions.
Coloured chevelure is vulnerable and requires regular maintenance. As the pigment is washed out of the strands, they become more brittle and dry, so they need special care at home. Use a mild shampoo for colour treated hair for gentle and thorough cleansing. Conditioners and masks will moisturise and help restore your curls, while professional thermal protection will keep your chevelure healthy when styling hot.
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