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7 Things That Destroy Your Hair Color

Obviously you wouldn’t purposely spend precious time and money to transform your hair color to a gorgeous shade of caramel or achieve perfect honey highlights only to ruin it the second you step out of the salon.

Unfortunately, many of the seemingly harmless aspects of your daily beauty routine — from showering to using your favorite hair products — may take a bigger toll on your dye job than you think. Here, all the things you should look out for to protect your hair color.

1. Water
While shampoo has long been deemed one of the main causes of premature fading, saturating strands with water alone can wreak havoc on dyed hair. Water swells the hair fiber and lifts the cuticle, allowing water-soluble dye molecules in the matrix of your hair to escape, And if your hair’s cuticle is compromised (which is most likely the case if you color it, heat-style it, and so on), it’s even more susceptible. If your hair is damaged, it swells more easily when wet, making dye even more likely to get out.

2. Heavy Styling Products
Although it seems counter-intuitive, some hair oils and shine serums that you often reach for to soften your over-processed strands could, over time, have the reverse effect. That’s because these types of formulas often contain ingredients like heavy silicones, that coat the outer cuticle layer of hair. Some types of silicones can build up on hair and when product builds up, it can also attract dirt and particulates from the air, all of which can cause color to look more dull even if it’s actually intact in the hair fiber.

3. Physical Aggression
Ripping through tangles with a brush or comb or constantly putting your hair up in tight ponytails and buns. Eventually, it damages the cuticle. Roughing up the hair is going to compromise the integrity of the structure itself, which means dye molecules will release out of strands and lead to your color fading much faster than it should. To help lessen the wear and tear, apply a light leave-in detangling or hydrating treatment daily on wet or dry strands to create better brush glide, and opt for softer, looser ponytails and buns.

4. Heat-Styling
Hot tools scorch strands — literally. And the more damaged the hair’s cuticle layer is, the more susceptible it is to allowing water absorption to increase the loss of color and make your hair’s hue appear dull. Even though the color molecules may be inside strands, when hair is damaged, the surface isn’t in great shape, so it’s not laying flat down to reflect light. The goal: to keep strands smooth and align the cuticle for a natural shine benefit.

5. Skipping Trims
Think about it — the ends of your strands are the oldest, which means they’ve had to withstand the most heat damage and chemical processing. Over time, the ends become more and more damaged. This is why the dye molecules take differently to this section of hair … not because of the split ends. The result: the bottom of your hair doesn’t have the same fresh color as the rest of your hair. Getting regular trims is recommended — every 10 to 12 weeks depending on the length and health of your hair — as well as using a treatment to help keep splits to a minimum.

6. Never Using Conditioner
Not only is using a daily rinse-out conditioner with hydrating styling products essential to keeping your color bright, using a hair mask, regardless of your texture, is crucial. Once you strengthen your hair and get it as close to its virgin state as you can, the easier it’s going to be to get the color that you want and the more choices you have in colors. When hair is extremely damaged from drastic color changes (like that time you went from blonde to black and back to brunette), it suddenly doesn’t hold onto dye as well and can end up looking ombré even thought it’s not.

7. UV Light
The sun’s rays can lead to the break down of hair’s matrix, which, as we now know, can exacerbate hair color fading along with a long list of other not-so-pretty side effects such as making hair dry, brittle, dull, and difficult to style. Unfortunately, hair products are yet to be laced with super effective sunscreen, so the best sun protection for hair is a wide-brimmed hat, says Mancuso. To help replenish lost moisture from over exposure to the sun’s UV rays, use a lightweight leave-in conditioner daily. We recommend applying a hydrating mask to damp hair before wrapping it up into a low bun or loose braid. This helps hide some strands from excessive UV exposure, especially the ends, which are the most prone to damage.

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DIY Hair Masks for Dry Hair

DIY masks for dry hair are the perfect way to restore its lost moisture and shine without the extra cost of special hair care products or unneeded chemicals. Making a mask for dry hair isn’t hard at all and it doesn’t require any special skill, special products or time you don’t have. And here are a few treatments for dry hair you can try:
1. Coconut Pack

Rich in proteins, fatty acids, vitamin B and C, zinc, potassium and iron, coconut will definitely prove to be one of the best treatments for dry hair ever! Invest in a jar of extra virgin coconut oil and simply apply it on your hair whenever you know that your hair is going through a lot of stress (example: hot summers) or when you notice that your standard hair care routine is lacking something. Work the oil into your hair section by section, massage it into your scalp, pack in a warm towel and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse, wash and condition as usual.

2. Honey and Olive Oil Mask for Dry Hair

As weird as it sounds, honey actually does great things for both your hair and your face. Olive oil, well we’ve already discussed this awesome ingredient of most DIY hair masks. Now all you’ll have to do is to put these two together by mixing 4 table spoons of honey with 6 table spoons of olive oil and you’ll get one super nurturing mask that will transform your hair! Let it sit on your hair for 15 to 30 minutes and don’t forget to cover it with a plastic bag.
3. Milk and Honey Mask

Milk and honey infusion might have been a luxury a few hundred years ago but it’s something a modern woman her use whenever she pleases! And if you have dry hair, you’ll definitely want to indulge in it every week or two. Use a half to a full cup of full fat milk (room temperature) and add either one or 2 big tablespoons of honey. Mix well to get the honey to melt, then carefully pour it over your hair making sure the most of it really ends up where it should. I usually allow it about an hour to work, then rinse it off using my regular shampoo. This wonderful pack won’t weight your hair down or make it greasy but give it wonderful, healthy shine and softness instead.

4. Avocado, Olive Oil, and Honey Mask for Dry Hair

Next on the list of great DIY masks for dry hair is a simple, yet incredibly nurturing mixture of some of the best natural products ever – honey, avocado and olive oil! Mash one nice, ripe avocado (use it’s flesh only) and add one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. Blend it all well and apply on your damaged tresses. Wrap a plastic bag over your hair to maximize the effect of this mask and leave it to work its magic. Twenty minutes is okay if you’re in a rush although I always prefer to leave it on at least an hour.
5. 30 Minute Mask for Split Ends

If your hair looks too damaged, dry and split and you can’t really tell which parts desperately need a chop, definitely invest 30 minutes of your life and give this mask for dry hair a go! You’ll need two tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of almond oil and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (feel free to double the amount in case you have long hair). Mix these together and slowly work the mixture into your tresses focusing on the ends and going up until you’ve covered all the damaged bits. Let it sit there over the next half an hour (or more) then rinse off. The mask alone won’t help you get rid of splits (you will have to visit your stylist and get them chopped off) but it will dramatically improve the appearance of the rest of your hair as well as all parts that used to look like they should be chopped off but had enough life in them to be restored.
6. Mayonnaise Pack

Have you ever tried using mayonnaise to restore your hair’s natural moisture? Well, you should definitely give it a try! And the next of my treatments for dry hair is actually super-simple. All you need is some mayo (and don’t tell me you don’t have it – it is, after all, one of the most popular guilty pleasures) and a few drops of some essential oil, just to keep your hair smelling nice! Massage mayonnaise into your dry sections, leave in on for the next 15-20 minutes then shampoo and style as usual.
7. Strawberry Mask

The last on the list of DIY masks for dry hair is something that most certainly won’t make your hair smell bad and will give it lots and lots of moisture and shine! In order to make it you’ll need 200 grams of fresh strawberries, one egg yolk and 2 big spoons of olive oil. Mash or blend your strawberries, mix in the last two ingredients and apply to your hair. Leave it in and rinse off after 20 to 30 minutes.