Preparing & Maintaining Colour Treated Natural Hair


Whenever I make the decision to do something drastic with my hair, I always do my research. Followed by more research with a little bit more research. Clearly I don't mess about when it comes to my hair. Lol.

Colour treated hair has a tendency to become dry, more so if it's not looked after properly. So I wanted to make sure that my hair was fully prepared before I took the plunge. And of course find out the best way to maintain healthy coloured hair.

Now let's start with preparing your hair for colour....

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BEFORE

 

1 / Deep cleansing

It doesn’t hurt to do a good deep clean a day or two before colouring, to remove any product build-up on your hair and scalp. Freshly washed hair helps to ensure that nothing that will interfere with the hair dye deposition.

Tip: Use a clarifying shampoo to remove any product build-up and dirt from hair and scalp. Alternatively you could use a moisturising shampoo, followed by a Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Cleanse to help balance the pH levels of your hair and scalp, and to remove any build-up.

My favourite moisturising shampoo

2 / Deep conditioning treatment

Using a deep conditioning treatment can help to protect your strands and scalp. The idea is to keep as many natural oils in your hair and scalp as possible, to achieve a better more even colour.

Tip: Use a deep conditioner of your choice for at least 30 minutes under a plastic cap/bag or hood dryer.

 

3 / Try to avoid stylers

Try not to use any stylers on your hair a day or two before colouring. If you must, try to only use a small amount.

Tip: It also helps to avoid products that contain dimethicone, as it may inhibit penetration of the hair dye. 

My styler of choice which is dimethicone free.

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AFTER

 

1 / Moisturise

It’s so important to keep your hair moisturised, even more so with colour treated hair. Also don't forget to drink lots of water. It all helps.

Tip: Apply water or a water based product (why not try my Homemade Moisturising Spritz for Dry Hair) before you add your moisturising creams and oils.

Water + aloe vera juice + a mixture of natural oils

2 /  Washing

Try to avoid sulfate shampoos as they tend to strip your hair. Use a sulfate-free shampoo or cowash conditioner instead. This also helps to maintain your hair colour.

Tip:  If you find that your hair is too dry after shampooing, try swapping it for a cowash on your next washday.

This is my cowash of choice, which I use 2-3 times a month. I then shampoo once a month to give it a really good clean. Check out my review HERE

This is my cowash of choice, which I use 2-3 times a month. I then shampoo once a month to give it a really good clean. Check out my review HERE

3/ Protein Treatment

Colour treated natural hair can suffer from cuticle damage and this is where protein treatments come in. Protein treatments are known to temporarily repair and strengthen your hair, so this is great way to ensure that you keep your hair nice and healthy.

Tip: Give yourself a protein treatment once a month to reduce any breakage and to combat dryness. If you have fine, delicate hair like myself, protein treatments are essential part of keeping your hair healthy.

My recommendation - Try my natural DIY Protein Treatment or try ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. They both work wonders.

My natural DIY protein treatment

4 / Deep Conditioning

Ladies please don't forget to deep condition your hair, even more so after a protein treatment. If possible, aim for every time you wash your hair. Also remember to use a good leave-in conditioner followed by a natural oil of your choice to seal in the moisture. Pay special attention to your ends, as they’re the oldest and weakest part of your hair.

Tip: For an added super boost of moisture, shine and softness, try adding a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of natural oil (e.g. extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, coconut, argan etc) to your deep conditioning treatment before you apply it to your hair. For those with dry scalp/dandruff, try adding some aloe vera gel to your conditioner.

My favourite deep conditioners

 

How do you prepare your hair for colour? How do you maintain your colour treated hair? Share your tips below.