How to Avoid Breakage After You’ve Dyed Your Natural Hair
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There is no denying that colored natural hair looks great. Plus the array of colors you can choose from makes the option of dyeing your hair even more exciting. You can be a red head one day and a blonde the next, but there's no getting away from the fact that dye can have damaging effects on the hair.
"Hair dye contains harsh chemicals like ammonia and peroxide which removes color from the hairs shaft to deposit pigment. These chemicals permanently break down certain bonds in the hair structure and cause the hair to become weaker and more fragile," says Stacey Ciceron, celebrity stylist and textured hair coach. "Hair dye often alters the curl pattern of natural hair. The lighter you choose to go, the more damage you can expect on the hair."
Below, Ciceron shares some tips to help restore the strength of your hair after color treatment.
Wash with Care
Ciceron advises to always use shampoos and conditioners designed for color-treated hair. "These products are formulated with ingredients that help to preserve your color and add longevity," she says. "I like Oribe's Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color."
She also recommends using cold water when washing your hair. "Shampooing with hot water can make your hair dry out and your color fade faster," the stylist adds. "Heat opens up the cuticles, while cold water helps to seal them."
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Moisture and Seal
Moisture retention is a key factor in maintaining elasticity, pliability, and growth.
"Moisturize and seal your hair daily with products like Oribe Styling Butter Curl Enhancing Crème, EVO Total Recoil Curl Definer or aloe vera juice," says Ciceron. Start by spritzing your hair with a combination of aloe vera juice and water, and seal with the styling butter. Water is a basic moisturizing agent and assists in hydrating the hair.
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If the ends of your hair are stringy or breaking off, chances are you need a trim.
"Removing over processed ends that are dry and split can help reduce further splitting," says Ciceron. Split ends can travel up the hair strand and cause even more damage. By timing them off, your hair is kept in the strongest possible shape.
Color treatments can cause natural hair to become dry and brittle and snap with the least bit of tension. Deep conditioning improves the elasticity and strength of the hair by smoothing the shaft with intense moisture.
"Follow your color application with a deep treatment mask. I like Oribe Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque, it's made with coconut and almond oils and quenches thirsty curls to repair breakage and leave the hair silky," says Ciceron.
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After you've moisturized your hair, the last thing you want is for the oils to get absorbed by your cotton pillow case. Ciceron recommends protecting your hair at night with a satin bonnet like Grace Eleyae's Satin-Lined Cap. This magical cap is a hydration haven and helps to prevent friction that can cause damage to the hair.
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