There’s nothing more exciting that unveiling a new look but if you’ve ever dyed your hair before, you’ll know that this do is temporary and that plenty of things can prematurely fade the colour. So, what can you do if you’re anxious to cover up grey hair or simply don’t like your shade? Well, you might want to hit the hair dye again straight away but, as I explore in today’s blog, this might not be such a good idea for keeping your locks happy and healthy.
The toll dye can take on your hair
One of the main reasons you may wish to hold off re-dyeing your hair straight away is the impact that dye can have on your hair. In her blog ‘Is dyeing your hair bad for your hair?’ my colleague Gill from our Auchterarder store goes into a little bit more detail about how hair dye can negatively affect your hair so if you want the full disclosure please read that article. Here, I’m just going to cover the basics.
The biggest issue with hair die is that it contains chemicals which can cause damage biggest thing about hair dye that can damage you hair is the chemicals it may contain. Most supermarket hair dyes are loaded with ammonia, peroxide and alcohol which can easily irritate your scalp and harm the protective outer layer of your hair (hair follicles) leaving your hair more vulnerable to split ends, dryness and breakages.
Naturally, your hair may take some time to recover from this process and, if you’re immediately re-dyeing your hair again with permanent dye, you’re only going to cause further problems and weaken your hair even more. That’s why most brands recommend that you wait at least 5-8 weeks before attempting to add more hair dye into the mix.
What about natural dye?
Even if you’re using a natural hair dye such as Naturtint, it’s still advisable that you stick to this estimate. Although natural dyes are gentler on your hair, they’re still introducing new colour pigments to your hair follicles. That’s why, rather than focusing on swapping your colour immediately, you should be working on maintaining the quality and vitality of your hair. The more effort you put in here, the sooner you may be able to re-dye.
Make sure your shampoo & conditioner are colour-friendly
Generally, it’s accepted that you shouldn’t wash your hair for at least 72 hours after applying hair dye as it may cause your new colour to fade. When you do finally hit the shower again though, it’s important that you’re using a shampoo and conditioner that are compatible with your newly coloured hair.
Shampoos are particularly important as, by their design, they are formulated to lift excess oils from your scalp, which can have quite a drying effect. That’s why I always recommend a more natural alternative like John Masters’ Organic Lavender Shampoo in combination with their Honey & Hibiscus Organic Hair Reconstructor. These two products are extremely soothing and contain nourishing plant-based ingredients to help condition your hair, leaving it softer and more manageable.
Use oils and serums
Once you’ve got your shampoo and conditioner sorted out, you can start to consider other hair care products. If you’ve noticed that your hair is looking drier, duller and more prone to frizz, you could try a nourishing oil like John Masters’ 100% Pure Argan Oil. Argan oil really is king when it comes to hydrating and conditioning hair as it is extremely rich in omega-6 fatty acids which can help to prevent hair breakages. That’s not all though, it’s crammed full of antioxidants, helping to keep your hair strong and healthy.
Whilst oil lends itself to protection and care, a serum can help to style and tame rogue hair into place. Green People’s Quinoa and Avocado Hair Serum would be our top pick here as, similar to John Masters’ products, it prefers to utilise natural ingredients such as avocado oil, aloe vera and rosemary. It’s gentle and helps to keep tearaway strands in place without weighing your hair down or causing any oiliness.
When you do re-dye your hair, go natural!
If you didn’t use a natural dye the first time round you should definitely use one this time. You want to make the colouring process as easy as possible for your hair and natural products can make this possible, providing great coverage but without the consequences of conventional dye. Naturtint, as I mentioned earlier, are one of our favourite hair dye brands here at Jan de Vries and for good reason.
All of their hair dyes are completely vegan-friendly and 100% ammonia free so you know you’re getting a high quality product that’s going to be a lot kinder on your hair. It also helps that they have a really impressive range to choose from, with shades ranging from Ash Blonde to Fire Red to Ebony Black.