Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Dye/Coloured Natural Hair

Colour-treated natural hair


Dying your healthy natural hair is just fine as long as you're prepared to take care of your hair.I have managed to maintain healthy colour-treated hair and have a few suggestions for maintaining healthy dyed natural hair at home. You must be careful about replenishing the protein that permanent colour usually breaks down and moisturise regularly to keep your hair from becoming brittle and breaking.

Coloured Natural Hair
For healthy colour-treated hair, I suggest:

  1. don't do a permanent colour when a semi-permanent will do. I suggest semi-permanent dyes for covering up greys. Semi-permanent colours are usually more gentle than permanent colours.  
  2. weekly deep conditioning treatments. Never skip a treatment. 
  3. using moisturising shampoos.
  4. alternating between light protein (like Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor) and a moisture condition of your choice each week. 
  5. moisturising with a water based leave-in and sealing in the moisture with coconut oil every night. 
  6. always sleeping with a satin bonnet to protect your more fragile coloured hair. 
  7. protecting your hair from chlorine by wetting hair and applying a leave-in and shower cap before taking a dip.
  8. not overlapping your touch-up on your previously dyed hair if you can help it. It's just as how you wouldn't overlap a relaxer. Overlapping can cause damage to previously dyed hair. This is especially so for a permanent colour.
  9. avoiding using heat. Heat dries out your hair and dyed hair tends to get dry easily. Try roller sets and wrapping the get the curls you desire. And, of course, always use a heat protectant. 

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