The Unfortunate Truth About Chemically Dyeing Your Hair

By Alexa Santory


What. A. WEEK! We got down to the nitty gritty about color treating your hair and we learned a whole lot. Let’s go over some of our top tips for color treated hair!

  • There are three levels of hair dye: temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent. Temporary and semi-permanent dyes are perfect for those of us who are scared to commit to a permanent color or wish to reduce the amount of damage inflicted by the dye. Permanent color works by opening up our hair’s cuticle and lifting the natural pigment out, changing the proteins and, sometimes, the texture of our hair.
  • Frequent bleaching and dyeing, without proper care, can lead to some serious damage. We’re talking breakage, split ends, extreme dryness, frizziness, the works. Hair bleach leaves the hair and scalp pretty vulnerable too, and is made with ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, which strip the hair of its nutrients completely. Frequent coloring also wears down the keratin our hair naturally produces, resulting in thinner, weaker hair.
  • Virgin hair is just untreated, untouched, totally pure hair. It’s never been processed or manipulated by chemicals and it’s highly sought after. And no, you don’t have to cut all your hair off and be bald in order to get your hair back to a virgin state. Practicing healthy hair habits can go a long way over time, and can lead to healthy virgin hair.
  • Stop washing your hair so much, stop using hot tools so often, stop using products with sulfates, and introduce oils into your hair’s life. These are a few simple steps you can take to keep your color treated hair healthy and long-lasting.
  • There’s a hair mask for nearly all of your dyed hair problems. Always remember: dyed hair needs moisture. More than anything. Opting for any type of moisturizing treatment will make a world of difference when deep conditioning your color treated locks. Choose a more targeted mask for more specific issues, like breakage or dullness! All of ‘em offer moisture as a focal point somehow.
  • Let’s face it, chemical dyes are really bad for your hair….and your body. Your scalp absorbs any and every chemical it’s exposed to during the dyeing process, including some nasty ones like PPD, ammonia, and resorcinol, all of which have been linked to certain cancers, respiratory issues, and scalp problems, among other things.
  • Nature has a really cool way of giving us pretty much everything we need including, you guessed it, hair dye! Much gentler and often less intense than chemical dyes, natural dyes are a great alternative if you want a more natural wash of color or if you’re covering up greys. I recommend using henna if you want something that’s gentle but effective. The best part about natural dyes is that they always have something great to offer our hair and scalp. Henna keeps the hair long and strong, while coffee and rosemary stimulate growth. Seems like a pretty good alternative to me, no?

No matter the method you decide to use to dye your hair, always remember one thing: moisture is key. Now go forth and color!!!


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