For those of you that don’t know, I am planning on dying my hair purple. I’ve been planning to dye my hair purple for approximately 4 years, so needless to say I am a bit of a scaredy-cat. I have spent a long time trying to get healthy, bouncy, long curls and the thought of bleaching my hair and losing my progress is terrifying. I have tried some methods of dying my hair without bleach that has only given my hair a purple tint in the sunlight, so one day I will hopefully muster the courage to carry it out. Some people however, have definitely surpassed me on the bravery scale and dye their hair on a regular basis which I find amazing. I love the way hair dye can make you stand out and can be so empowering, you can be subtle or you can be bold its completely up to you. However, when it comes to dyed hair, often times it is more fragile especially on coily, tightly curled hair textures.
How Dye Impacts Your Hair
Obviously, hair dye changes the colour of your hair. Well, for hair dye to work, it has to penetrate the hair shaft so the dye can enter the hair. To do this, the dyes chemicals (e.g ammonia), elevate the pH of the hair, and in doing so, the cuticle relaxes and lifts up. This is what impacts your hair porosity levels and causes people to have high porosity, meaning their hair struggles with absorbing and retaining water. For the colour to be absorbed by your hair, chemicals like peroxide from the hair dye then break down your hairs natural pigment. This can also be drying for your hair and can have a lasting impact on the hair. Loads of people have asked me for advice to help restore their colour damaged curls so here are some tips.
Hair Dye Hair Tips
- High Porosity Hair products There are plenty of precautions you can take to ensure that hair dye doesn’t completely damage your hair, but the truth is that it will probably alter your hair’s porosity, or its ability to retain moisture. Hair dye can alter your hair porosity making it higher and reducing its ability to retain moisture. This means that your hair tends to be frizzier and easily tangled. Hair will struggle to retain moisture so it is important to use sealant products will help to close the cuticle e.g raw shea butter, coconut oil etc. It might also be helpful to use products specifically formulated for the care of high porosity hair.
Below are some examples you might find helpful:
- Reduce washing
Freshly coloured hair is vulnerable to damage and bleeding. Colour bleeds when you wash your hair often so one of the best ways to make it last longer is to cut down on your washes. Not only will this help make the colour last but also preserve the natural oils produced by your scalp that nourish your hair. Also, make sure that when you do rinse your hair you do it cold water. Hot water causes the cuticles on the outer layer of your hair shaft to rise which can cause excessive, moisture loss and frizz. On the other hand, cold water seals your cuticles, controlling frizz and sealing the colour in your hair shaft.
- Hair Masks and Conditioning Treatments As mentioned, hair dye can really dry out hair. The only way to deal with this problem is to hydrate your hair with conditioning treatments. Incorporate co-washing, oiling, and hair packs with conditioning ingredients like avocados, bananas, yoghurt, honey, mayonnaise, coconut milk, vitamin E oil, and aloe vera gel. Hair dye can also cause protein damage, you can tell if you have protein damage when your hair starts to stretch and snap off. To fix this, you will need to nourish your hair with protein. You can use store-bought protein treatments or DIY hair masks. Regular oiling must also be an important part of your hair routine. Whether it is applying oil to your hair before bed and washing it off in the morning, or a brief hot oil treatment, no hair care routine can be complete without oiling.
I hope this post helps you deal with any damage from colour treated hair or can help you to prepare for the aftermath of dying your hair. Bear in mind that all hair is different and some hair will react more extremely hair dye than others but hopefully this post can be a guide and give you a bit more insight into the effects of hair dye.
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