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Six ways to protect your hued locks

Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times   February 09, 2014
First Published: 15:45 IST(9/2/2014) | Last Updated: 16:32 IST(9/2/2014)

Finally indulged in your teenage dream of getting that rockstar blue hair streak, or went for a full-cover striking auburn to perk up your look? Your job is just half done, ladies, now comes the hard part. Get ready to face brittle, coarse and everything-eventually-turns-blonde hair, lest you take measures to take care of your pretty, newly coloured tresses.

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From the comfort of your home, nourish your trendy locks with one-track attention, easy DIY packs and constant conditioning.

Here are six easy ways to make sure your colour stays intact and looks hot from the salon, at all times.

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• Shampoo solution: For the first few times you wash your hair post colouring, some of it will come off. While you will lose colour for the first few washes, you don’t want the colour to fade away that fast. To combat withering hues, go for a colour protect shampoo. (in clinical terms, some experts recommend sulfate-free shampoos.) An accompanying conditioner is a must.

• Have a protein rich diet: Ammonia in the colour can make your hair dry and brittle, and can cause hairfall, that’s why coloured hair needs extra care and pampering. What you eat reflects directly on the wellbeing of your hair. So, have a protein rich diet and ask your hair expert to prescribe a biotin supplement.

• Heat Protection: "Remember to use |alcohol-free products, be in spray or gel form. Also, remember to wash you hair with lukewarm water and use heat protectors while using tongs, strengtheners, blow dryers — because heat opens your head cuticles and the colour tends to fade," recommends hair and beauty expert Ishika Taneja.

• Clash cause: For newly coloured hair, it’s important to keep consistency in terms of the products you use. Your protecting hair cosmetics should not clash with your other hair care staples. "Don’t use hard shampoos which contains too much chemical like anti dandruff or hydrating shampoos," suggests hair expert Aashmeen Munjaal.

• Cover up: When your hair is freshly coloured, you need a cover-up when going out in the sun. Similarly, you also need to chemical-proof it. If you swim often, protect your locks from chlorine by wearing a swim cap and wetting your hair before jumping into the pool.

• Pack up: "Make a pack out of mashed bananas, honey and a few drops of milk. Apply this for about 20 minutes and rinse off well," advises Taneja. Munjaal adds, "Don’t apply curd or lemon for conditioning. Go for almond oil massage with steam to nourish the roots."

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1. Matrix Biolage Colour Protection Conditioner, Rs. 147 from Purplle.com; 2. Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist, Rs. 650 from Flipkart.com and 3. L’Oréal Plum Casting Creme Gloss Hair Colour, Rs. 529 from Myntra.com. (HT Photo)


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