How to maintain K-pop-inspired hair color, according to pros

Where’s my “I swore to never dye my hair but I ended up dyeing it anyway, thanks to K-pop” squad at?

First, let’s be real. The moment you decided to tamper with your hair, you damaged it. I don’t make the rules. You may be feeling like a new person, all fierce and powerful, but we all know that with great power comes great responsibility so you better step up and take on that role. 

Two tone hair color from Sir George Salon

Shampoo less

Just as it is important to maintain the cleanliness of one’s hair, so should maintaining its natural oils. Frequently washing one’s hair with shampoo strips the hair of its natural oils leaving hair dry, something already expected from dyed hair. Additionally, frequent washing makes hair color fade faster. Limit washing your hair to two to three times a week if possible and leave the rest to dry shampoo. If you find that, out of habit, not washing your hair is impossible then going straight for the  conditioner instead of shampoo is a good alternative to get soft and nourished hair without the intensity of washing. 

Luxliss intensive moisture shampoo from Cre8 Salon

Update your hair products

Processed or color-treated hair requires more care and attention hence, investing in hair care products is expected and should not be treated as optional if you want healthy hair. Your usual hair products may not be giving you the same benefits they used to give your untreated hair, so you might want to look into products that are made specifically for treated hair such as color protective shampoos, which keep hair color vibrant and slow down fading while doing the job of a regular shampoo. Choose products low in sulphate content, if not sulphate-free, for longer lasting hair color. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more for products with added benefits such as keratin or aloe vera for that added nourishment.

Keratin Treatment from Team George Salon

Invest in hair care products

Just as it is important to drink enough water to keep your body hydrated, colored hair requires a lot of conditioning. Invest in products which cater to damage- prone and brittle hair such as oils, butters, and hair masks for softer and shinier hair. You’ll find that adding a few additional minutes of hair masking to your hair regimen will produce immense results that you’d regret discovering this late. You think your idols’ hairs are okay after sporting highlighter and rainbow hair colors? No! Just as you are picky with your skincare routine, treated hair requires a good hair regimen for optimum results and damage reduction. 

Moroccan argan oil hair mask from David’s Salon

Avoid heat 

I get it. We love our idols’ silky straight and/or fluffy curls—it’s seriously mesmerizing seeing them swish around— but you might want to chill with the blow dryers, straightening and curling irons. Your hair is already prone to damage so constantly putting heat on it could accelerate its deterioration and could lead to hair breakage. Gasp! I know we joke about our biases’ breathtaking performances making us go bald on stan twitter but no one really wants that, right? If you must apply heat on your hair, it is recommended that you apply hair oil to serve as a protective barrier from the heat whilst nourishing one’s hair. UV light is also a threat to treated hair so you might want to look into UV filter sprays for that added precaution. Of course, there’s the option of going to a salon for hair that does not need constant fixing such as a relax or rebond treatment.

Volume rebonding from Shia Hair Salon

Remember, just as diet affects one’s skin, the food we eat also contributes to the state of our hair. Consume products high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and mackerel to get shiny hair, and get enough vitamin E in your system for stronger hair. Look into supplements to help give you that added boost of shine and strength. Not only are you taking care of your crown, but you’re also helping your body get the nutrients it lacks. Perhaps hair routine can be the new skincare routine. 

Got any more tips or products to recommend? Leave them in the comments section below to help fellow K-pop stans achieve and maintain their K-pop-inspired hair!

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