Highlighted and colored hair needs special care and protection. Colored hair is most vulnerable in the summer when the sea salt and sun rays weaken the hair, but it isn’t that safe in the city as well. UV rays also damage it, as well as dirt and dust. Here are simple, colored hair tips for healthy and strong hair all year long.
1. Brush your hair more often
The particles of dirt in the air contribute to the creation of harmful free radicals. A chemical reaction occurs in the keratin and this important element in your hair grows weaker with time. Hair damaged this way loses its shine and the color fades.
» Brush and comb your hair twice daily. By brushing the hair you will reduce the congregated gunk. The best choices are wooden brushes and combs, no metal teeth whatsoever.
2. Colored hair needs special nourishing treatment
Hair masks, hair packs and other products that contain nutritive ingredients protect and revive the hair. The moisturizing ingredients of these products compensate for the water lost during hair coloring.
» Use products with natural oils (almond, shea butter or olive oil). Use them during the whole year, and twice a week in the summer is a must. Leave the product in your hair as long as it is recommended on the package.
3. Occasionally rinse colored hair with vinegar
An old but a useful advice: rinsing with vinegar gives your hair a nice shine, and the acidic pH factor helps the hair’s scaly surface tighten up. Such closed scales will maintain the hair color longer. The color and highlights will remain the same for a long time.
» Use regular cooking vinegar, apple if available, dissolve it in water and wash your hair after shampooing.