You have spent hours sitting in the chair at the hair salon so that you can achieve the beautiful hair color you desire. So let’s work on keeping that colored hair safe from its biggest nightmares. The sun and water.
The colored paint work on a car fades over time. The fabric on a sofa or a piece of furniture placed near a window will fade over time. Just imagine the effect the sun will have on the chemicals used to achieve your beautiful hair color.
Colored Hair Nightmare 1 – The Sun.
The power of the sun’s rays will lighten anything. Even if your hair has not been chemically treated over exposure to the sun will definitely take its toll. Your hair will slowly lighten and dry out.
So imagine what happens when you have colored hair. Or chemically treated hair such as a perm or re-bonding. Yes you are right. It will be affected at a far faster and greater rate.
We have all learnt to put a high factor tanning cream or a sun block on our skin when exposed to the sun.
We also need to look at doing the same for our hair. In fact the best thing to do for your hair is
KEEP IT COVERED.
A big floppy hat can work.
Colored Hair Nightmare 2 – Chlorine And Saltwater.
These two chlorine and saltwater. Are a big disaster for your colored hair especially if combined with nightmare 1. The sun.
Think about it this way would you dip your favorite dress or piece of clothing in saltwater or chlorine. Then leave it laying out in the sun for a few hours.
No of course you would not you say “the color would fade and the fabric would damage”.
With the hair being like a sponge. The moment you jump into the sea or a swimming pool the water is sucked up into your hair and chemical actions start to take place.
Chlorine has a chemical reaction on the hair it removes the natural oils covering your hair.
This will result in the loss of shine and flexibility. It will also create a mild bleaching effect on your colored hair. Combine this with the sun and hey presto you have major hair color fade.
The reaction of chloride on keratin (of which the hair is made of) will weaken the chemical bonds between the fibres. Which form the hair shaft.
Hence your hair will become weak and the ends of the hair split.
The cuticle of your hair may also get affected by the chlorine seeping between the scales and pushing them up. This will make your hair feel rough and prone to damage and breakage.
Sea water on the other hand has a high salt content. This causes moisture to drain from your hair so that it tends to becomes dry and brittle.
You can find that your hair can become very difficult to comb out. If your hair happens to be colored the salt water damage will make it feel hard to the touch.
If Going For a Dip Think Of Your Colored Tresses.
· At the least soak your hair under a shower before entering the water. With your hair sucking this in first it means the less chlorine or salt water will be absorbed into your hair.
· Slick your hair back with Argon or coconut oil if not use some conditioner or hair mask. These will coat and protect the cuticle which in turn will help protect your colored hair. Do this before you dive in.
· Always be sure to rinse your hair with fresh water directly after getting out from the sea or pool. To rinse away as much of the salt water or chlorine as possible. So as to cut down the effects of the chemicals and salt on your colored hair. As soon as you have time shampoo and condition.
· If chlorine deposits are making your hair look dull. Try an apple cider vinegar rinse after you shampoo yet before your final rinse. This can be a natural clarifier and remove any chloride deposits left in your hair. Mix one part apple cider vinegar to four parts of water.
So work on keeping your colored hairs nightmares at bay remember healthy hair does hold your hair color longer.