One of the biggest challenges of maintaining color-treated hair is keeping it shiny and glossy. I’ve found that some hair care products can dry out my color-treated strands within a few hours after application, leaving my hair looking dry and brittle. However, there are some products and hair care strategies you can use to keep hair looking shiny and maintain its natural luster and sheen. Here are several tips on preserving shine in color-treated hair:
1. Avoid over-shampooing your hair. Color-treated hair is already weak and damaged from the coloring process, and washing your hair with shampoo too often can make it even more damage-prone. When you do shampoo your hair, make sure you are using a moisturizing, conditioning shampoo that’s designed specially for color-treated hair, so that you don’t cause unnecessary damage to the cuticle.
2. Use a leave-in conditioner. Your hair will appear shinier and healthier when you use a leave-in conditioner at least three times per week. Conditioner protects the hair cuticle and also nourishes the hair at a deeper level. When your hair appears less damaged, it will look much shinier and healthier.
3. Avoid using heated styling products. Hair straighteners, curling irons and other heated hair styling tools will cause more damage to the hair and can dry up any natural lipids present on your locks. If you have color-treated hair, avoid using these products regularly, so you can keep your hair looking shiny and strong. When you are using these products, protect the strands with a heat-protecting spray or gel, so that you can prevent exposing vulnerable hair shafts to the extra heat.
4. Stay out of the sun. If you want to preserve the shine and color of your chemically treated hair, try to stay out of the sun. UV rays can be just as damaging to the hair as to the skin, and they will dry out your strands, making them more susceptible to damage from all fronts. Use hair products that contain sunscreen, if you do plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time, or wear a hat all day to protect your hair and scalp from direct sunlight.
5. Use a glossing glaze or shine spray after drying. If you want to enhance your color or create a super-sleek, glossy look, you can apply a glossing glaze or shine spray to your strands when they are dry. You can run a dime-sized amount of glaze or a few spritzes of shine spray through your hair using a fine-toothed comb or your fingers, then lightly blow dry your hair to style it. Remember that a little goes a long way!
Preserving shine in color-treated hair can be challenging, especially if you have been coloring your hair for several years. Fortunately, there are several ways to protect your strands and keep your hair looking glossy, smooth and shiny. Use these tips and strategies to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy and to reduce the risk of further damage to the weakened hair cuticles and hair shafts.