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Caring For Colored And Bleached Hair During Colder Months
Photo: Nicole Richie Instagram
Nicole's naturally blonde hair has been dyed a beautiful blue-black hue.

No matter if you’re a box red head, brunette, blonde or part of the skittles rainbow, there are a few things you need to know about taking care of your hair color during the fall and winter to keep your hair healthy (read: strong and breakage free) and shiny. Amena, our resident Aveda certified stylist and expert colorist, has got you covered with a few winter hair care tips for color treated hair to keep your natural hair on point into the new year and spring:

NEVER FORGET THAT YOU NEED BOTH PROTEIN AND MOISTURE DURING YOUR WASH AND CONDITION

Between the dry air outside and the dry air from the heat inside, winter can do a number on any head of hair but can really put in work on colored treated hair. To combat this you need a balance of both protein and moisture. The moisture keeps your hair from drying out and combats the dry air and the protein helps to fill the gaps in your hair strands from the coloring (if your hair is colored it’s weaker than it would be in its virgin state) and helps to seal in the moisture you put into your hair.

LEARN WHAT YOUR HAIR NEEDS MOST BY THE WAY IT FEELS

Pay attention to your own hair–it will tell you through how it feels what it needs. Dryness means it needs moisture and stretchy, elastic hair when wet means that it needs protein.

Make sure you are on top of your moisturizing and protein conditioners. Ideally, you would be already alternating (every other wash at least every two weeks) between protein and moisturizing conditioner all year round but if you are not, now is the time to start. If your hair is bleached blonde and you started with naturally dark hair (think a natural brunette like Naomi Campbell) you should always use a protein deep conditioner every time you wash your hair as opposed to alternating–you never leave out the protein step. That also means you can do a moisturizing wash out and a protein deep–being sure to do your deep conditioner first after you wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo. So your routine would look something like: moisturizing shampoo followed by a protein deep conditioner followed by a moisturizing wash out conditioner.

For specific product recommendations check out: The Best Shampoos And Conditioners For Curly Color Treated Hair, An Ode to Ravishing Reds (And How To Maintain Your Red Hair Color), Five Effective Ways To Keep Your Blonde Color Healthy And Bright, How Can I Safely Dye My Natural Hair Pink? and Luxurious Hair Hair Masks For Dry, Damaged Hair To Splurge On This Winter

NO MATTER WHAT, NEVER SKIP ON THE PROTEIN

If you are bleached and you hair is naturally lighter brown or blonde (think Eva Marcille, Beyoncé or Nicole Richie) you’d in theory have less damage from the bleaching since your hair does not have to go through as many levels to lighten. You may not need to alternate as much but you should probably do a protein deep conditioner at minimum at least once once a month.

As for my own winter hair color routine, I’ve been a copper red head about nine months. Before that I was a violet red for two years. I wash my natural hair every two weeks–going no more than 10 to 14 days–and I shampoo with Lush’s Fairly Traded Honey, which is super moisturizing and is my favorite shampoo, or Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo. I deep condition every single time with Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner, a protein conditioner, or Aveda Damage Remedy Treatment Mask. I follow that up with a good moisturizing rinse out which will be either Aubrey Organic Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner or Lush Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner.

Amena BelledeSoleil is an Aveda certified cosmetologist and owner Hair Polish Natural Hair Studio in Los Angeles. Find her on Facebook.

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