Your hair deserves nothing less than for you to take good advice on natural hair treatments that will work for you. Before you colour your hair, make sure you don’t use hair shampoo for a day or so to ensure that your scalp has a good amount of natural oils present. This helps your hair treatment colour to adhere better. If you haven’t washed your hair, this will also allow the hair colour to penetrate more deeply into each follicle, which makes the colouring job last longer. Unwashed natural hair will also protect your scalp so that the chemicals in the hair dye don’t irritate it.
After the colour is applied, wait another day or so afterward to wash your natural hair. This will give the colour more time to be absorbed, and the colour will be richer. It will be tempting to wash your hair sooner, but if you can stand the wait your hair colour will be more beautiful and consistent.
Most people wash their hair every day so that it will look and feel clean for work or school. But after you have your hair coloured, every time you wash it you remove some of the colouring and it fades faster. Shampoos, conditioners and other hair products don’t give you any protection against sun rays, which causes blond, brown or black hair colour to fade. So, it’s best for your hair if you shampoo and condition it every other day, or maybe even every third day, to help your hair colour last longer.
If you enjoy using hot oil treatments, be aware that these are usually acidic which can strip your hair’s colour. If you still wish to use hot oil treatments, make sure you select one that is specifically designed for colour-treated or damaged hair.
Using other products like permanents, relaxers and straighteners, will add chemicals to your natural hair that can cause the colour to be damaged. This may even cause your hair to become brittle or broken.
If you want your colour to last the longest it possibly can, ask your stylist about adding a gloss or glaze to your natural hair when it is coloured. This will seal the cuticles of your hair and extend the life of the hair colour. You can select a semi-permanent gloss that uses heat or no heat to help your hair colouring last longer and to make your hair shinier.