By Asma Qadri

For so many women, coloring their hair is a form of self-expression. However, a lot of times, women opt out of coloring their hair fearing that it will get damaged. We’ve all heard those horror stories of how women started losing hair, or their hair started getting dry or developed split ends RIGHT after they got their hair colored. We’re going to start with a disclaimer here: any chemical treatment that you do to your hair, which includes coloring, will cause some damage to it. But there are still definitely ways to take care of your hair while flaunting a gorgeous color! In a few steps below, we tell you how.

Prep your hair

Before actually coloring your hair, you have to actually prep it for what is to come. Keep in mind that this is a slightly time-intensive process. You need to take a few months to ensure that your hair is hydrated and nourished before you color it. So for at least 2 months, step up your oiling and hair mask game, get regular trims, and avoid using any heating tools on your hair. Also keep in mind that you may have to bleach your hair-as South Asian women, many of us have dark hair and dyeing our hair gets very difficult without bleaching. 

Try Pravana Nevo Hydra Pearl Hair Oil to get your locks strong and healthy for dyeing


Choose the right dye and developer for your hair

A really good way to minimize hair damage is by choosing the right dye. If you are lifting your hair color using bleach, getting the right developer is really important. For example, if your hair is light-colored, and you choose a 40 volume developer, it can literally fry your hair, and you don’t want that. Start with 20 or 30 volume developer in that case. Protecting products like Brazilian bond builder are your best friends when bleaching! When choosing your dye, always make sure that it doesn’t have ammonia. This can wreak fresh havoc on your hair. 

Try Pravana Chromasilk Dye for high-quality color without damaging chemicals


Wait before you shampoo

After coloring your hair, take at least 2 days out where you don’t wash your hair, to help the color set in. This way, you will be able to avoid a lot of color bleeding. Pro-tip, oil your hair before you wash it. The oil will form a protective barrier around the hair shaft and minimize fading. Simple! In fact, cutting down on your washes might actually be a good idea.

When you do start to wash your hair, use a shampoo and conditioner specifically for color-treated hair to help repair damage and increase the longevity of your dye.

Our pick is the Pravana Chromasilk Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner

Rinse with cold water

This is a no-brainer. Hot water can cause your hair cuticles to rise, and lead to frizzing. It also makes the hair more susceptible to damage. A good way to avoid this is to always use cool to cold water for rinsing. It seals your cuticles and your frizz, and helps maintain your new hair color. If you’re one of those people (like me) who cannot handle taking a cold shower, simply rinse your hair with cool water after a lukewarm shower. 

Get regular trims

Now would be a good time to start getting regular trims, and by regular, we mean every 6-8 weeks. Since dyeing causes some hair damage, getting regular trims will be crucial for maintaining hair health and reducing damage to your hair. This is the best way to avoid split ends and hair breakage.

Hydrate your hair!

Common after-effects of hair dyeing are the loss of moisture and dryness in your hair. The only way to avoid this problem is to incorporate hair conditioning and masking treatments in your beauty regimen regularly. Use conditioning ingredients such as banana, yogurt, olive oil, honey, and aloe vera or a targeted oil treatment.

Our pick is the Fanola Botugen reconstructive mask that will hydrate dyed hair while strengthening damaged fibers

And there you have it! Our top tips for how to take care of your hair after a dyeing treatment. Hopefully, this will motivate you to get out there, and get the hair coloring treatment that best speaks to you! 

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