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Whether you’ve been covering up those pesky grays since your early twenties or you’ve dabbled with coloring over your natural hue, there are some myths floating around out there about hair coloring. Fear not, we’re here to set the record straight. Below, seven myths about coloring your strands that simply aren’t true.
Truth: Quite the contrary. The lightening agents used to color your hair make the cuticle swell, so individual strands appear thicker and fuller. And when it comes to coloring your hair, swelling is actually a good thing. The more swollen the hair shaft, the easier it is for the color to stick.
Truth: When you apply dye to your hair, you’re opening up the cuticle so that color can be deposited, and yes, that causes damage. But using the right product can help prevent it, like moisturizing and color-protecting conditioners.
Truth: Not necessarily. In fact, we’re huge fans of having a slight contrast between your hair color and your brows. Plus, darker brows frame your face better than lighter ones do.
Truth: You should wait at least a full 72 hours before washing your hair after coloring. Why? That’s how long it takes for the hair cuticles to fully close, which traps in the color. Once you start washing your hair again, use lukewarm or cool water to prevent your strands from drying out. Oh, and the pool is a no-go for at least two weeks—the chlorine will strip the cuticles, allowing minerals to get into the shaft and alter your hue. No thank you.
Truth: Investing in products that are specially designed for color-treated hair is worth it and can save you money in the long run. Here’s why: These products not only prevent color from fading fast (limiting the number of trips back to the salon) but also help restore shine and moisture (two qualities that can be stripped away after a color job).
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