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How To Treat Coloured, Damaged Hair Without Going To The Salon

We all suffer from some level of hair damage, whether it be dryness, brittleness, split ends, or breakage. Hair damage usually occurs as a result of damage to the outer layer of the hair, called the cuticle. The cuticle is open and makes the hair shaft vulnerable to further damage.

Can Colouring Your Hair Damage It?

You may damage your hair a bit when colouring your hair permanently, particularly if you are taking it to a lighter shade. This is because bleaching your hair involves removing its outer layers, right?

The cause of chemically damaged hair is often the result of over-colouring or home-dying ,since lightening agents require professional expertise in order to prevent damage and colour mishaps.

Over time, the cuticles of your hair become weaker when you repeatedly lighten your hair (or leave the chemicals in for an extended period of time), resulting in bristly hair. They become more porous, letting out both new colour and moisture.

A fast-fading colour can cause you to lighten more frequently, which in turn damages your hair even more and causes it to fade more rapidly. This can lead to a vicious cycle.

But you can treat damaged, coloured hair at home without going to the salon. Here are some tips.

How To Treat Coloured, Damaged Hair Without Going To The Salon

1. Keep your hair trimmed

To prevent or eliminate split ends, have your hair trimmed once every 6-8 weeks. If left untreated, split ends can cause your hair to become brittle, dry, and damaged.

2. Use homemade masks

Avocado, banana, and eggs are among the best at-home hair masks you can use to repair damaged hair and restore its health [1].

3. Make use of hair oils

In addition to repairing hair damage, coconut oil is considered an excellent moisturising agent and can help replenish your hair's lost moisture. Olive oil also penetrates the cuticle of your hair, repairing hair damage. Almond oil assists in rehydrating dry hair and reducing frizz. In addition to being enriched with vitamin E and A, argan oil also prevents breakage of hair [2].

4. Invest in better hair care

Switch to a gentle hair care routine. Research is required before purchasing shampoo, conditioner, oil and serums. Washing and conditioning hair are essential steps in any hair care regimen [3].

If your hair is damaged, you should purchase products free of sulphates, parabens, alcohols, dyes, and artificial fragrances. Deep conditioning treatments contain more potent ingredients and last longer.

5. Use heat protectors

You can continue using styling tools even when you protect your coloured hair. Use heat protectants! Heat protectants not only prevents damage caused by hot styling tools (which can weaken, break, and even burn hair fibres), it also helps to rejuvenate damaged hair. Furthermore, it provides lightweight conditioning to smooth damaged hair, reducing knots and tangling as a result.

On A Final Note...

If you have coloured hair, avoid brushing it and rubbing it with a rough towel; instead, use a wide-toothed comb and gently squeeze out excess moisture with a soft cotton t-shirt before drying on low heat.

Story first published: Sunday, January 8, 2023, 15:15 [IST]
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