For quite sometime I had been craving to switch up my hair and go a bit lighter. This was a huge step for me as it would be the first time I would actually dye my hair, like ever. So I dived into Pinterest and researched (as one does) before biting the bullet, but after enough waiting and planning I finally decided to just go for it, this past September. And I absolutely loved the color, but not what the chemicals did to my hair.
I started to notice massive breakage in my hair as soon as the day after dying it. Not sure if this was normal for "just dye" but it was happening nonetheless. So there I was, doing my research once again, but this time on how to keep my hair healthy and strong post-process. Below are three tips that have helped me in getting my hair back in shape:
1. Mask it up once a week
Now this is a no brainer if you're Dominican, or Caribbean for that matter. We LOVE our tratamientos, which is Spanish for hair masks. I believe it's partly due to the fact that we fry our hair so damn much (visiting salones every week) that we truly depend on them to repair the damage. But even if the blow dryer isn't your BFF and you barely expose your hair to heat, once you've dyed your hair you will notice how drying and damaging the process is on your hair. To regain the shine and strength the chemicals stole from you, treat your locks with a hydrating mask at least once a week.
2. Protect before you blaze
Granted, for optimum results it's probably better you don't ever use curling and straightening irons on your hair. But if you must, do use a heat protector 100% of the time! This is a golden rule that I completely ignored in the past, which is why I think my hair was so weak when I dyed it, eventually leading to all the breakage. The one I currently use (and love) is CHI's iron guard. You can get your hands on it at your local Target or beauty supply.
3. Cut those ends, girl!
I know, I know, it's like taking that medicine that you hate the taste of but you know it'll be good for you in the end. My best advice: don't even think about it too much and just go in for that mandatory trim. It'll give your hair a breath of new life and some even say it helps your hair continue growing!
If any of you have other tips on how you keep your mane healthy and shinning or have gone through a similar situation, please do share in the comments! I'd love to hear about it.