While most people opt for bleaching and dyeing their hair, those who are looking for a less permanent fashion and don't want to damage their hair with bleach often choose to dip-dye their hair.
Dip-dyeing is a fashion which involves dipping the ends of your hair in dye (usually lighter than your natural hair colour), while leaving the roots with their natural colour. The results of dip-dyeing can vary from stripes to gradients to ombre styles and there is no real blend between the two different colours.
Due to the fact that dip-dye isn't as permanent as bleaching your hair, many people face some problems after dip-dyeing their hair when they don't research how to properly care for their hair, I recently decided to dip-dye my hair and I'd like to share some things I've found helpful in keeping the colour and preventing it from fading too quickly.
After Dyeing Your Hair
If possible, refrain from washing your hair for three days after dyeing your hair, I've made that mistake before and the dye just gets very noticeably washed out of your hair and if your hair is dyed any shade of red, your shower will quickly look like the setting of a horror movie.
Even after a few days have passed, washing your hair every day can also cause the colour to fade, a few times a week should be enough and it's also that's often enough to keep your hair clean and keep the colour in for a longer period of time too.
If you usually wash your hair 3-4 times a week, try to cut it down to 2-3, this is completely hygienic, will keep your hair clean and the dye protected, as well as help to preserve the natural oils in your scalp that nourish your hair
Shampoos & Conditioners
No matter what type of dyeing method you've used, it's recommended to use sulfate-free shampoos, as they dry your hair out less than shampoos with sulfate and is much gentler on your hair too, meaning they're less likely to wash away your hair dye.
It's best to use shampoos which are not only sulfate free, but specifically targeted towards coloured hair. I've just started using Sephora's Bumble and Bumble Color Minded Shampoo and Conditioner, though I haven't been using it long enough to be able to give my opinion on how efficient it is.
Sulfate-free shampoos are also recommended if you have very frizzy hair, as it helps to tame the frizzy and is gentler on your hair, making it easier to brush and take care of. Most sulfate-free shampoos and labelled to let you know that they are sulfate-free, but if they aren't just read the ingredients for anything containing the word sulfate.
As well as being sulfate-free, natural shampoos containing products like Argan oil are also highly recommended for coloured hair.
Washing Your Hair
When washing your coloured hair, it's best to use cool to lukewarm water, as hot water can open up your hair cuticles, this not only makes it more likely for the colour to wash out, but can also lead to moisture loss and frizz. Washing your hair with cool water seals the colour by closing your cuticles. Personally, I prefer hot showers, so I just wash the rest of my body with hot water and wash and rinse my hair off with cool water at the end of the shower.
Refrain from using heat styling tools and if you use a hairdryer, try to keep it on a cool setting and at least 15 centimeters away from your hair. If you choose to use products such as straighteners and curling irons, try replacing them with safer options such as curlers and if you are unable to do so, then always use heat protectant before using any heat styling products.