How to Repair Color-Damaged Hair

Color-damaged hair is overprocessed and brittle. It's hard to style and even harder to hide. Luckily, the new generation of color products are enriched with conditioners to help give your locks luscious rich color and gloss. Any dryness or damage can be managed with some hair repair TLC.

Step 1

Wash your hair with a shampoo formulated for color-treated hair. When you wash your hair, always finish with a cold water blast to close off the hair's cuticles. When cuticles are closed, they lay low and add shimmer to your strands.

Step 2

Condition, condition, condition. Restore strength and integrity to your locks by using an ultra-nourishing conditioner daily and a deep conditioning hydrating mask weekly. You can also apply a leave-in conditioner for an extra boost of moisture.

Step 3

Don't overbrush your color-treated hair. Brushing can pull or break hair if it is damaged by color processing. Use soft boar's hair bristles on your hair.

Step 4

Minimize heat styling on color-damaged hair. Reduce blow-drying times by letting hair air dry until 90 percent dry. Use a lower setting of heat. Skip or cut back on curling irons and flat irons. On occasions you must style with heat, use a heat-protectant spray before you fire up your rod or iron.

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