How to fix colour damaged hair

Written by cheryl grace myers
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How to fix colour damaged hair
Repair colour damaged hair. (Joseph Linaschke/iStock/Getty Images)

Colour damaged hair is frizzy and difficult to style. Split ends may break off or split further up the hair shaft, inhibiting volume and new hair growth. Colour is uneven, and colouring your hair again leaves you with more damage and uneven, blotchy colour results. New hair growth improves the overall condition of your hair, but it can seem like forever until it grows out. There is hope. You can fix colour damaged hair to make it shiny and healthy again, and you may not have to wait long before you can colour it again.

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Things you need

  • Conditioner
  • Bonnet dryer
  • Olive oil
  • Processing cap
  • Colour gloss

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  1. 1

    Do not shampoo your hair regularly. Try washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. It will clean your hair just as well as shampoo and it leaves your hair silky, manageable and tangle-free.

  2. 2

    Get a trim every four weeks to remove split ends and restore lustre and manageability. You may need a haircut instead of a trim to remove most of the hair damage. Your hair grows about 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) a month, so trim this amount from the ends to keep the ends from splitting up the hair shaft.

  3. 3

    Buy a bonnet dryer and perform weekly conditioning treatments. Intense conditioner or hot oil treatments dramatically improve the condition of your hair. Apply the oil or condition to your hair and sit under the hair bonnet for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash out with a moisturising shampoo.

  4. 4

    Style you hair without using hot tools or other damaging hair appliances. Hot hair tools further damage the hair, so allow hair to dry naturally. Use styling gel or make your own by rinsing your hair with 15 ml (1 tbsp) of honey with 1 litre (35 fl oz) of water. Other tools, such as Velcro rollers, can pull and tug on the hair, making the hair break off. Try foam rollers and other gentle tools for styling hair.

  5. 5

    Make a homemade hair mask and leave it on overnight. Massage olive oil on your scalp and through the length of your hair. Apply a processing cap, leave on for eight hours, and wash out with a conditioning shampoo. Consider using a colour-depositing shampoo as the olive oil treatment set your hair in condition to accept colour and absorb evenly.

  6. 6

    Use a conditioning gloss or colour correction process. Conditioning gloss improves the vitality of hair, making it shiny and manageable. It lasts up to six weeks, and may prevent further damage or hair loss. Try a colour correction process, removing hair colour and depositing new hair colour that fortifies your hair during the colour process with nutrients, such as wheatgerm, soy and keratin.

Tips and warnings

  • Shop-bought hair conditioners contain harsh ingredients because they are more economical for the brand to produce. Buy conditioner and other hair products at hair salons.
  • The purpose of shampoo is to strip the hair of oil and dirt. Those with damaged hair need the oil. If you insist on using shampoo, use a moisturising shampoo made for colour treated hair.
  • Those with oily skin types may experience acne when using oil for conditioning treatments.
  • Avoid products containing ammonium laurel sulphate. It is a harsh ingredient for any hair type, and especially damaged hair.

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