With the New Year approaching, you may be considering updating your look. Hair color has become an easy and popular way to do so but before you run to the store or the salon—remember, there may be repercussions of coloring your strands.
Coloring your hair can leave your hair dry and brittle, which is especially problematic if you are experiencing any hair loss or thinning. If you do plan to color or perm your hair, make sure to condition your hair regularly and follow these tips from board-certified dermatologist Paradi Mirmirani, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco to make sure you’re keeping your hair healthy in the process:
- Select a hair dye that is darker than your natural hair color to minimize hair damage. If you do decide to go lighter, choose a dye within three shades of your natural color since lightening more than three shares requires more peroxide, which is harmful to the hair.
- Test store-bought hair color before using. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you develop a rash or redness, swelling, burning or itching, you are having an allergic reaction to the dye. Do not dye your hair and consult your dermatologist for further allergy testing.
- Protect your hair from the sun. The sun can make your hair weak, dry, rough, faded and brittle. This is especially true if you dye, bleach or perm your hair. Wear a wide-brimmed hat when you go outside.
- Use caution when perming hair to prevent long-lasting damage. Set a timer to know when you should rinse the perm solution. Always follow the package instructions. If you experience excessive stinging and burning while the perm solution is on your scalp, wash it off immediately and consult your dermatologist.