Dye My Hair Dos and Don’ts
If you’ve been asking yourself, “should I dye my hair?” this article should go a long way towards answer those troublesome doubts to rest. Getting a new hair color is one of the quickest, most effective ways to revamp your look. Depending on your choice of hair dye, it can also make you look younger. But there are a lot of considerations to be made before opting to dye your hair – whether it is done by a professional or using your own home dyeing kit. The chemical treatment can have a significant impact on the overall health condition of your strands.
Are you considering getting your hair dyed? There are a few things you need to know that will help you come to a decision. First off, dyed hair requires superior care and maintenance. Double processed hair, to be specific, is something you need to be willing to spend time and money on for optimum hair health. The biggest risk associated with dyed hair is the possibility of the hair’s natural texture changing. It will noticeably become drier and coarser to the touch. Make sure that you understand these before you proceed with dyeing your hair.
Are you willing to invest time and money to care for your hair?
Introducing hair dye and color chemicals into your hair can make it vulnerable to damage. The process aggravates the porosity of your hair, especially if you have existing issues from other chemical treatments. The hair’s internal protein structure is damaged in the process causing it to become less resilient when it comes to fighting other stressful issues that your hair is exposed to on a daily basis.
In the process, you need to be aware that dyeing your hair will require you to invest in products designed for color-treated hair. A regular trip to the salon might be recommended, as well. It is important for a professional hair stylist to diagnose your hair condition and fight damage as it occurs.
Is it the right time to dye?
Another important consideration before you decide to dye your hair is the period of time in-between chemical treatments. If you just had a relaxer treatment, or any other chemical treatment for that matter, you need to think twice before getting dyeing your hair. The ideal time in between such treatments several weeks. If you can go for longer, then that would be much better.
If you dye hair sooner than this recommended window, your hair cuticle will be aggravated. When the hair cuticle is under attack, you can expect to suffer from hair breakage.
What is your hair’s existing condition? Is it in optimal health?
The chemicals in the hair dye can beat down on the hair cuticle and make it exposed to damaging elements. You need to assess your hair’s condition before dyeing it. If you do not know how to assess your hair, you can always visit an expert hairstylist. They know what the characteristics of a healthy hair are. If you insist on dyeing hair that is not in top health will only add to the problem. Besides, you probably won’t be happy with the result either.
Have you considered other semi-permanent hair color options?
There are several types of products to color your hair available in the market. Have you taken the time to learn about them? Have you considered opting for the temporary hair color route, which is far less damaging on your hair and requires no long-term commitment?
Hair shadows or hair chalk are quite popular these days. They are also good options if you would like to try out bright colors or hues.
What kind of prepping to do for your hair?
Another vital step to take care of if you are considering dyeing your hair is preparation. Hair care experts recommend that you need to undergo deep conditioning treatment before you dye hair. Choose a deep conditioning recipe that contains protein or keratin. This kind of treatment is intended to fortify the hair strands and introduce lots of moisture into each strand. Pre conditioned hair absorbs dye more effectively so you can get a vibrant new color, as well as protect your hair from further damage.
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