Q: I like to mainly color my hair at-home. Is there anything else I should be doing to prevent breakage aside from deep treating?
A: Many naturals love to color their at-home, which is a very affordable way to change up your look. To maintain healthy hair, you’ll need to first assess the health of your hair. Have you suffered from recent damage? Do you have extensive scalp issues? If so, skip the permanent and stick with a rinse or a professionally-applied demi-permanent.
If your hair is in good condition, you can prep strands the day before by applying a deep conditioner or masque. Rinse, dry and keep your hair product-free before coloring the next day. Use a quality box color that’s known for gentle, deep conditioning like Creme of Nature Moisture Rich Hair Color or Clairol Textures & Tones.
Let your color sit for no longer than 30 minutes and DO use the box conditioner, which is formulated to replenish moisture. Color-treated hair is more porous than untreated hair, so you’ll want to use something nourishing to fill up your strands. Add in a copious amount of an additional deep treatment like Design Essentials Restore Vitamin Hair Treatment. Set hair under the dryer in saran wrap for at least 30 mins.
For weekly maintenance, you’ll want to only use shampoo and conditioner that’s safe for color-treated hair.
Photo credit: Spotted at stylist @_lizrich’s Instagram. NOTE: This model has received a professional color job.