How to Care For Freshly Dyed Hair

Because the real challenge begins after the salon.

Whether your rock some natural balayage highlights, try out the latest two-tone hair color or opt for some striking platinum tresses, maintaining your freshly dyed hair at home can be a bit of a challenge. But while it can be tempting to wash your hair as much as possible, washing too often can lead to unwanted color fade, dryness and even damage. To make the most of your freshly dyed hair at home, here are some helpful tips you’ll want to keep in mind. Read on:

Freshly Dyed Hair: 4 Easy Tips To Remember

Maintain Freshly Dyed Hair By Washing Less
Washing your hair needs to be done carefully when maintaining freshly dyed hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Don’t wash your hair right after.

One of the key ways to care for freshly dyed hair is to let it sit for at least 24 hours after coming home from the salon. Stylists say this helps the color absorb better and encourages a more vibrant hue, after that first rinse. And when you do wash, try doing it as infrequently as possible, as being overzealous with wetting freshly dyed or bleached hair can lead to dryness and even breakage.

While washing your hair daily may definitely be tempting, scaling back on shampooing your hair is definitely recommended. This allows your natural oils to condition and protect your scalp, roots, shaft and ends. For healthier hair habits, try washing three to four times a week to give your hair the break it needs. Also be sure to invest in a good boar-bristled brush to carefully distribute your essential natural oils throughout the hair.

Maintain Freshly Dyed Hair By Using Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo can help you wash your hair less.

2. Use dry shampoo.

But while washing less is definitely encouraged, it’s important to note that skipping out on daily shampoos can leave your hair greasy and full of oil. To help sop up extra grease and sebum, as well as refresh your hair’s look, feel and scent, it’s wise to use a good dry shampoo product on all the days you don’t wash your hair. For a dry shampoo that keeps your hair fresh and matte, try Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo on your roots and shaft. This keeps your hair (and second-day styles!) grease-free and full of natural body and movement.

Maintain Freshly Dyed Hair By Using Color-Saving Products
Use color-safe products to help boost your color look.

3. Invest in color-saving products.

As you continuously wash, your color can become dull over time, making it important to invest in the right products that help you keep your color fresh and glossy. Investing in a great color shampoo and conditioner is essential for those who dye their hair, as it can keep brassiness and fading to a minimum. For a good cleansing and conditioning duo that can help shield your color, use Suave Professionals Color Protection Shampoo and Suave Professionals Color Protection Conditioner whenever it’s time to give your hair a wash.

Care For Your Freshly Dyed Hair By Trying Heatless Hairstyles
Try heatless hairstyles to avoid breakage and damage.

4. Keep heat styling to a minimum.

Heat styling is another source of color breakdown, as constantly straightening and curling already-vulnerable hair can definitely cause damage. To cut down on this, try to opt for gorgeous heatless styles that are cool and chic on alternate days. Bobby pin and braided hairstyles, for example, always give the hair a polished and sophisticated vibe, without subjecting your hair to damaging temperatures. Getting into the habit of using a hardworking thermal protectant, like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, is also super beneficial, especially for colored strands.

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