But what do you do when your scalp is itchy and flaky and you need relief now?
Scalp health should be a priority no matter what. But when it comes to choosing a shampoo that is equally as safe and effective for your scalp as it is for your color treated hair, things can get tricky.
In this article I will share the truth about dandruff shampoo for color treated hair and 3 color safe solutions for an itchy scalp.
Has your scalp ever hurt very badly? Well, traditional dandruff shampoos that treat dry skin on the scalp and provide itch relief can have harsh ingredients that may strip your hair and cause your color to fade more quickly.
Hot oil treatments are a great way to nourish and moisturize both a dry scalp and your color treated hair.
Before you wash your hair, you can warm and apply an all natural oil with an ingredient like menthol to your hair and scalp. Let it sit for up to 30 minutes and then rinse it out.
This will refresh your scalp and relieve the itch. It will also condition your dyed hair strands and seal your cuticles to help your color stay vibrant for longer.
2. Check Your Sensitivity to Hair Products
Prevention is key. You should do a strand test before you dye your hair. If you have an allergy to an ingredient in your hair color, it’s best to determine this before you apply it to your entire head. You may need to swap it out for a gentler formula or a different hair color brand.
If it isn’t your hair dye that is causing your scalp irritation, it may be another one of your hair products. Consider switching to vegan, pH balanced hair products that contain nourishing ingredients for your color treated hair and your flaky scalp.
3. Shampoo Only When Necessary
Shampoo is essential when it comes to maintaining a healthy, dandruff- free scalp. You have to cleanse your scalp regularly to remove dirt, product buildup, dead skin cells that can clog your hair follicles.
However, most hair color experts recommend that you limit how often you wash your hair in between color treatments. Washing too frequently can cause your hair color to fade more quickly.
If you need to wash your hair more than once a week to treat your dandruff, you can apply the shampoo to your scalp only for one of those washes.
Don’t skip shampooing your hair altogether, but occasionally shampooing your scalp only can help treat your dandruff without ruining your hair color.
When you wash your hair, you should wash it with lukewarm or cool water. Do not use hot water to wash your color treated hair. Using hot water will open up your hair cuticles where your hair color is deposited, and cause your color to fade.
Cool water has the opposite effect. It seals the hair’s cuticles and prevents shampoo from penetrating your hair strand and affecting your hair color.
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Scalp Health Over Everything
Hair color is a worthwhile investment that has to be protected and maintained–but not at the expense of your scalp.
The scalp is the most important part of your hair because it’s where your hair grows from. If you want healthy color treated hair, start at the foundation and keep a healthy scalp.
You don’t have to choose between one or the other. With the help of the tips listed above, you can have both a dandruff free scalp and vibrant color treated hair at the same time.