colortreatedhaircare

Are You Considering Color Treating Your Hair? 

Human hair typically has a 4.5 to 5.5 pH level, which is ideal. To color hair permanently, cuticles must lift and allow permanent color into the hair shaft, essentially altering the acid-alkaline balance. Because hair dye’s pH levels can range from 11-14, they can be extremely harmful to hair. An effective way of bringing pH hair levels back down to an optimal level is with an acidic rinse, such as apple cider vinegar (ACV). Rinsing with ACV will help close cuticle scales, which cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft, ultimately balancing pH levels. 

Two weeks before your color job, be sure to prep your hair with a protein rich, deep moisturizing conditioner. Your hair can be treated with the protein/moisturizing combo at once, or by separate products that provide both benefits. Once your hair has been properly treated, it will be better suited to undergo the coloring process.You may also want to consider using plant based hair dyes like henna or indigo. Overall plant based hair dye are by far the safest route to go when color treating your precious strands of hair. Henna and indigo can be used on natural or relaxed hair without harming your tresses.

Color Damage Woes

Color-treated hair is more vulnerable to damage and breakage. Coloring your hair penetrates the cuticle with chemicals and removes your natural pigment, It changes the structure of your hair, making it more susceptible to damage.

Once the bleaching process has began you have already altered the strength of your hair, making it weaker. If you add blow drying and styling on top of bleaching, you can really damage your hair, causing breakage, a dull look, and split ends. Color-treated hair needs extra moisture, and using a leave-in conditioner at least three times per week can restore lost moisture and improve the luster and texture of your hair. Deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis will help replenish lost moisture and keep locks shiny and resilient. To reduce the threat of color damage prep your hair in advance. Two weeks before coloring your hair, be sure to prep your hair with a protein rich, deep moisturizing conditioner. Your hair can be treated with the protein/moisturizing combo at once, or by separate products that provide both benefits. Once your hair has been properly treated, it will be better suited to undergo the coloring process.