How to Maintain Healthy, Beautiful Hair With Color

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Hair color can add beauty, character and personality to your hairstyle. It also can damage your hair and make it unhealthy. Here are some tips for maintaining healthy hair with color.

By Crystal Giles | Email the author | April 29, 2011

To wear hair color, you must educate yourself on the various professional hair care products designed for color-treated hair and develop a system for using them.

The basis of maintaining hair color and healthy hair is determined by the types of shampoos and conditioners used on your hair and the frequent use of these products.

A good professional moisturizing shampoo and conditioner should be used on a weekly basis. To determine what products to use on a weekly basis, you should consult a professional hairstylist. You should ask your stylist which products can extend the lifespan of your hair color, help with fading hair color,  make your hair color look natural and not brassy, and keep your hair healthy.

The type of hair color you apply to your hair will determine your weekly routine.  Semi-permanent and cellophane color do not usually cause damage to the hair or alter density of hair. Therefore, you can maintain healthy hair by following your basic weekly routine.

You can reapply semi-permanent and cellophane every 6 to 8 weeks. Semi-permanent and demi-permanent are very similar in many ways because they both do not lift the natural hair color nor penetrate the hair shaft. They are both deposit-only hair colors, and you can follow the same weekly routine to maintain healthy hair.

Demi-permanent requires a once a month reconstructor treatment with keratin and protein to create long lasting healthy hair. It can also be reapplied every 6 to 8 weeks.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have permanent hair color which requires more attention. Permanent hair color can lighten hair while penetrating the hair shaft. As a result of this process, permanent hair color requires a weekly deep conditioner or a weekly professional conditioner with keratin and protein to help strengthen hair integrity. When determining how often permanent hair color should be reapplied, you should consult with a professional hairstylist.