How to Keep Hair Healthy After Using At-Home Dye — Expert Tips
Linkov says to keep blow dryer heat on a low setting and to avoid high temperatures in shower water as well. It’s also worth considering skipping heat altogether if you can. It will give your hair a much needed break and help it stay as hydrated as possible as you sport your new color.
If you must use heat, Rez suggests using a heat protectant spray like Redken’s Extreme Play Safe 450 to avoid damage and cuticle splitting, calling it a “next-level, leave-in conditioner that will reduce hair damage, strengthen, and protect hair while reducing the appearance of split ends by 70 percent.”
Mask Once A Week
As Lin says, “Can you tell the theme here is moisture and hydration?” He suggests using a mask like Pai-Shau’s Supreme Revitalizing Mask “at least once a week” to ensure hair stays as moisturized as possible.
“Your hair soaks up all the nourishment from the brand’s Signature Tea Complex, and gives you soft and shiny locks in return,” Lin says.
Masks are great for any type of hair, but if you’ve used bleach or other permanent colors on your hair, consider using a weekly treatment that’s a little stronger, as Roux Beauty Education Ambassador Patricia Williams suggests.
“These formulas penetrate into the hair shaft and can also change the porosity of the hair,” Williams says. A keratin-based treatment can help gradually strengthen and repair any breakage that a permanent dye or bleach may cause.
If you’re looking for product suggestions, IGK’s Antisocial Overnight Bond-Building Dry Hair Mask, Kerastase’s Nutritive Mask For Dry, Thick Hair, and Moroccan Oil’s Restorative Hair Mask are among the highest-rated options on the market.
However, if you’re looking for the bond-rebuilding product that is most likely to be found in professional salons (especially if you’re blonde), look no further than Olaplex.
Consider Using Olaplex If You’ve Lightened Your Hair At Home
If you’ve attempted to go blonde at home and lived to tell the tale, then odds are your hair might be in need of some extra TLC. This, as Jimieson shares, is where Olaplex might come into play. Unlike the protein and keratin treatments listed above, the Olaplex system is three-fold and uses a specific patented ingredient (Bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate) to restore bonds in hair from the inside out rather than just focusing on surface-level damage.
“If you have done a lightening service or if your hair feels damaged, I would also recommend Olaplex 3 as a weekly treatment. It’s a once-a-week breakage preventer,” Jimieson tells Allure, explaining that it’s used in addition to a conditioner, rather than in place of one.
Olaplex is considered a bonding product, because it reforms disulfide bonds in your hair that are often broken when you use bleach. It’s formulated to protect hair from all types of chemical damage, but has become especially well-known for how well it repairs bleached-blonde hair.
Use A Silk Scarf Or Pillowcase At Night
For people who have particularly damaged (or damage-prone) hair, thinking about how your scalp and hair is being affected during the night is important. If you fall into this group and you’ve just colored your hair at home, then it’s especially important to consider the effect your sheets or pillowcases might be having on your hair.
“I also recommend a silk scarf around your hair at night or a silk pillowcase to prevent friction on the hair,” Jimieson says, noting that friction is one of the main reasons for “manual damage,” which is what causes split ends and breakage.
If a silk pillowcase sounds foreign to you, don’t worry; there are a ton of brands that are selling silk pillowcases in all sizes and colors for reasonable prices. For options, consider browsing on ShhSilk, Brooklinen, or even Amazon.
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