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Hair-Care Tips for Your Colored Treated Hair

Dec 2, 2007
Whether your hair is dyed, highlighted, or streaked, you have the same problem that most women with color treated hair have, hair that lacks luster and shine. When your hair is treated with color, it loses its vitality and natural shine. Have you ever noticed that after your hair is colored it has a different feel to it, ... A feel that's synthetic, almost similar to hair weave? Well, the reason why is because colored treated hair has been processed with chemicals that deplete your hair with a process called oxidation. Oxidation is loss of hydrogen. Coloring agents contain these chemicals that wear down on your hair follicles and remove the proper moisture balance from your locks. The end result is dull, frizzy, and lifeless hair. Follow these tips to revitalize your shine and luster after your hair has been colored.

Begin caring for your color treated hair immediately after the processing. I know that it sounds a bit exaggerated, however the wearing down process that damages your hair follicles begins immediately, so you must start your anti-damage treatment as soon as it begins. The sooner the better! The best way to begin this treatment is to spray your hair with a good oil sheen a few nights a week before you go to bed, and place a silk bonnet or cap over it to retain the moisture. I know, I know, who wants limp locks that have been sprayed with oil, where's my body going to go? In order to maintain your hair's body, roll your hair with large or jumbo rollers, preferably sponge. Avoid excessive sheen, a little shot will do.

Use a good conditioning shampoo. Whether you wash your hair every other night or once a week, depending on your own needs, (naturally oily hair needs to be washed more often) you need a conditioning shampoo. I suggest, KeraCare products. This is an awesome shampoo that works to keep natural moisture in your hair, as well as a deep penetrating cleansing that is necessary for your color treated hair. After shampooing your hair, follow up with a conditioner, at once.

Condition with a quality product. You want to invest in a quality conditioner that will coat your hair follicles and restore proper moisture balance. It also needs to contain a UV protection agent that will protect your delicate hair from harsh sunrays. Make sure that your conditioner contains humectants, which help to restore moisture balance as well. Investing in quality conditioning products will ensure that your follicles won't be stripped of its coating. These products that contain these ingredients actually provide your hair with a coating that protects your follicles. You won't be sorry for it.

Hot oil treatments are needed on a regular basis. The actual time span varies from person to person, just depending on the condition of your hair. Most stylists suggest twice a year, but of course some could use more frequent treatments. Some key ingredients here to look for in hot oil treatments are avocado, jojoba, and coconut oils. These leave the hair looking healthier and shiner. This is a good preventive measure to use in-between salon visits.

Visit your stylist on a regular basis. It is important to see an expert on a regular basis when your hair is color treated. They can detect future problems and attack them head on. Unless you are a licensed stylist, you may not always know the warning signs of damaged processed hair. Do some research and find a good stylist that has a reputation of providing good service and caring for color treated hair. They can also add to your tips of home care in-between visits.

As you see, the key is replacing the much needed moisture in your hair to revitalize and care for healthy colored treated hair. Who says you can't have color and healthy hair simultaneously? Enjoy your beautiful, color treated hair!
About the Author
Donna Rice is the owner of a black hair styles directory for African American salons Blackhairplanet.com.
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