The ancient practice of Ayurveda recognizes three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha - that prompt the functionality of various organs, attributes, emotions and the physique of a person. It is believed that everyone embodies one or more of these doshas. An imbalance can have detrimental effects on a person’s health and wellbeing.
According to the teachings of Ayurveda, optimum hair health can be achieved by protecting and honouring one’s mind and body. This can be achieved by regulating stress to manage emotions, the right nutrition, massaging hair and scalp with oil a couple of times a week, and choosing good, natural products to apply to your hair.
Often people shy away from coloring their hair, afraid that it will cause more harm than good and will be difficult to manage. The main ingredients in most hair colors are ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and phenylenediamine. These are known to strip the hair of moisture, rendering it brittle, and can change the natural color of hair in the long run.
Curating a hair-care routine can go a long way in keeping those fears at bay. Its two-fold benefits include optimal color protection and damage control.
Here are 5 ways you can protect your coloured hair.
Don't Shy Away From Oil Massages
Regular oil massages aid hair growth and moisturization by deeply nourishing the scalp and hair follicles. They also promote blood circulation in the scalp, keeping the roots strong and healthy. Warm oil massages are known to reverse issues triggered by hair treatments like hair fall, dry scalp, drying out of hair strands and split ends. For best results, use Amrutam’s Kuntal Care Hair Oil.
Hair color treatments are said to unsettle the Vata and Pitta doshas of the scalp. A good oil massage is said to correct that, and helps seal in the color for a longer period.
Use Hair Masks Regularly
Hair masks hydrate and revive dry and damaged hair caused by hair coloring. Hair masks, like Amrutam’s Kuntal Care- Do-It-Yourself Hair Spa, can be used as a deep conditioner before a shower as a thorough hair therapy. Masks rich in amino acids, protein and iron nourishes, strengthens hair and helps prevent scalp infections that can be caused by hair colors.
Check Your Shampoo
Most shampoos contain chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), known not only to strip hair of color treatments but of the cuticle layer of hair strands as well. Opting for mild, sulphate-free, herbal shampoos, like Amrutam’s Bhringraj Hair Therapy- 2 in 1 Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner, meant specifically for cleansing colored hair, can cleanse, protect and hydrate the scalp and hair.
Color is more likely to be washed away with hot water as it opens the cuticle layer of the hair.
It is advised to wash colored hair using lukewarm water and finish it off with a cold shower. This helps close the pores that were opened when the hair is wet, securing both- color and moisture in the hair
Limit hair washes to 2-3 times a week. The ingredients in shampoos that are meant to cleanse the excess oil and dirt from the scalp and hair can strip off hair color as well. Dry shampoo is a great alternative for oily hair.