Hair color can be a fun enhancement to your appearance, but it may damage your hair if not done in the right way. Choosing the right product and taking good care of color-treated hair goes a long way toward preventing hair loss. Here are six men’s hair coloring tips from hair experts and dermatologists to help you make the best decision.
Use ammonia-free hair color.
Many hair colors contain ammonia which is an alkaline chemical and may damage your hair. “Thankfully, there are several non-chemicals, non-ammonia containing, and even natural preparations available that are much kinder and even nourishing to the hair,” Adam Mamelak, MD, dermatologist and founder of Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
Avoid using bleach.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, choose a color within three shades of your natural hair color. Changing your hair color to a very light shade may require intense bleaching, which may damage your hair. “Coloring doesn’t cause hair loss, but keep in mind that using bleach can,” Paul Labrecque, hairstylist and artistic director at Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa in New York, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
Add a protein treatment.
The hair coloring process may weaken your hair so it’s a good idea to get a protein treatment done along with hair coloring. “These proteins (often keratin) work to add nutrients back into the hair while the cuticle is vulnerable from the coloring process. This reduces harm done to your hair and may leave your hair feeling more soft, shiny, and healthy,” Scott Paviol, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Paviol Dermatology in Charlotte, North Carolina, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
Consider a semi-permanent color.
Semi-permanent hair colors are less damaging to hair because they are free of ammonia and peroxide. Also called hair gloss, they may bring shine and change the tone of your hair. “You may use [a] semi-permanent color. It has less harsh chemicals compared to permanent colors,” Sabit Hantal, hairstylist & founder of SH Fifth Avenue Salon in New York, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
Try a conditioning hair color.
A number of conditioning hair dyes contain conditioners in their preparations. Conditioners smoothen and detangle your hair, and also restore the hair by preventing damage. “Avoiding conditioners may lead to hair breakage and the appearance of thinning hair,” Mamelak says.
Take care of your colored hair.
Colored hair needs special care. Use a shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated hair. “Haircare doesn’t end at the salon so, if you are doing color or chemicals in your hair, ask your stylist to recommend home care. A good shampoo and masque go a long way,” Hantal says.
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