This is for the all the girls who love switching up their hair color!
There is something fun, exciting, and empowering about being able to change your hair color anytime you want. After all, having a new hair color is like having a new persona and starting a new life.
That’s probably why women—and men, we don’t discriminate here—love to experiment with hair color. But just how many changes can your hair undergo without damaging it too much?
When should you update your hair color?
When it’s a matter of necessity
Some people decide to re-color the moment those unsightly roots start to show since nobody wants those ugly looking roots or an unintentional two-toned hair. Others color because they want their hair to stay bright and bold, and vibrant. Some hair colors, especially pastel colors, tend to get duller over time so recoloring will retain its hue but there’s more upkeep involved than it seems. So if it’s a matter of necessity, then go ahead and color your hair.
Editor’s tip: protect your hair color and feed the hue vibrant for longer with a good hair conditioning routine. We love Cream Silk Color Protect Conditioner as it has a Color Protect Complex and is specially designed to protect colored hair from dryness and dullness.
When you’re aware of the coloring process
Coloring your hair also has a profound effect on your tresses. The process involves more than just staining your strands especially for us with an Asian descent. Usually, to get that perfect hair color we want, we need to bleach our hair first. Since the bleaching process involves harmful chemicals, we recommend going to a salon professional to get it done. Having the wrong mixture may induce damage on your hair, on your scalp and even on the skin surrounding your face
What happens to your hair when it’s colored?
First, the ammonia found in your hair dye breaks through your cuticles (your hair’s protective barrier) to let the dye’s molecules in. Once that’s done, the peroxide strips your hair of its natural color to make way for the new color. While this allows you to play around with your hair any way you want, the harsh chemicals found in dyes can lead to brittle, frizzy hair and split ends.
Even a one-time hair coloring process can cause damage to your hair. Repeating it over and over again over a small timeframe would damage it even further and may even lead to hair loss. So before you schedule another hair coloring appointment, assess your tresses and determine if it can withstand another round of coloring.
Editor’s tip: to keep your hair from frizzing out and feeling rough and dry, include a hair mask as part of your weekly hair care routine. We recommend TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Treatment Mask as it helps to nourish hair by infusing keratin from root to tip, great for hair damaged by hair coloring.
But don’t let this deter you from expressing yourself and trying all the hair colors available out there. If you’re itching to get a new shade for your mane, schedule it in four or six-week intervals to give your strands time to recover.