More and more guys consider dying their hair especially when it ‘s needed to cover a few gray areas here and there. Changing hair color is a great way to bring a fresh new twist to an old hairstyle and to give the overall appearance a new look. However, there are a number of things to remember when it comes to dying your hair to ensure you get the best results. Here are a few important tips to remember after you dye your hair.
- Wait 48 hours before washing and shampooing colored hair.
In most cases, the chemicals in hair coloring need a few more hours to ‘cook’ after they are applied. Waiting after 48 hours will ensure that the hair color has turned to the correct shade and there is less risk of disrupting the chemical process before it is done.
- Use lukewarm or cold water for your first shampoo.
Never use warm water when you shower after a hair color since warm water can strip the colors from the hair. Cold water, on the other hand, helps in seal the cuticles so you avoid split ends and your hair color stays intact. Washing with warm water will often result to dull, brittle and faded color in a matter of weeks, which is something you want to avoid.
- Use shampoos and conditioners.
Men’s hair react the same way as women’s hair after it is colored. It is important to use shampoo specially formulated for color-treated hair since regular shampoo may be too harsh and strip the hair strands of their new color. The wrong shampoo can also react with the new hair color and damage your hair.
- Use hair products that have sun protection to protect the color from the sun.
UV protection for hair can help increase the longevity of your hair color, making the colors stay vibrant for longer. These products also have the added benefit of helping protect your scalp from sun damage.
- Use shine enhancing leave-on products to improve gloss and shine.
Extra shine can give a color-boost to hair, making it appear healthier and more vibrant.
- Undergo a weekly hair treatment to condition that hair and prevent dry and brittle strands.
Weekly or even monthly conditioning treatments can go a long way in keeping your hair and scalp healthy. Hair color can damage your hair but a conditioning treatment can help restore damaged hair’s vibrancy and shine. A deep conditioning can also help you avoid dandruff, especially if you are naturally prone to a dry and flaky scalp.
- Minimize the use of heated styling tools.
Colored hair can fade when you use heated styling tools on a daily basis. Try to minimize your use of straightening irons and even blow dryers to avoid stripping the color off the hair. If you must use a blow dryer, use in on a cool setting to avoid too much damage to the hair.
A new hair color can do wonders for a tired old hairstyle. Give your look a fresh lift with a modern haircut and new color. Most importantly, make sure to follow the tips above to ensure that your new hair color stays bright, shiny and vibrant for longer.