Have you ever thought your hair may be more stressed out than you? Is that even possible? Like many this summer, you’ve bleached, highlighted, toned, and colored your hair so much only to realize that it may be coming with a consequence. While repeated trips to the salon to keep your hair in vogue this summer may have been a priority, overstepping your hair health boundaries could have caused unnecessary stress to your hair. Maintaining healthy color-rich hair certainly doesn’t require expertise, but does require knowing a few basics if you want to keep your strands stress free this season and beyond.
How often should you be coloring your hair? If your hair fiber is strong and your scalp is less sensitive, then coloring every 4 to 6 weeks will be ok. Hair that is more fragile and prone to damage should wait a little longer between color services. When lightening your hair be mindful as this process is harsher than simply adding a deeper color. Lightening hair removes healthy fatty acids from the hair shaft which can weaken the hair strand. If you are someone who likes to frequently change your hair color, consider a semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair color as these color solutions place less stress on your hair.
Permanent hair color works by swelling the hair cuticle, lifting the pigment and depositing new color. Coloring too frequently can lead to damage by causing the hair to become more porous thus losing valuable proteins. When this happens, strands become stressed and become noticeably more brittle, dull and frizzy. These lack luster strands can also become harder to comb out leaving you in a tangled conundrum. Also, if your hair is drying much faster than normal, it could be from the increased porosity of your hair, yet another unwanted signal of hair stress.
Hair is made of approximately 91% protein. Since coloring your hair can cause the loss of these valuable proteins, it’s important to replace those loss lipids as quickly as possible. For the quickest concentrated boost of protein, consider a protein treatment from your local salon. Shampooing should only occur two or three times a week followed with a deep conditioning mask at least once a week. A protein-rich masque is preferred versus a daily conditioner since the masque will reach the cuticle of the hair shaft versus resting on the outside of the hair. The masque will add back that much needed moisture and protein leaving your hair feeling stronger and stress free.
Yes, you could regrow your hair back to its original condition but who has the time for that. Since the one thing we’re all trying to capture is beauty, why not follow these few simple tips. If you do, you’re sure to have color-rich, stress-free hair which is truly the best of both worlds.