Welcome! Unfortunately permanent box dyes are damaging, more so if you don't prepare your hair with coconut oil and hydrolysed protein. Your hair will now be more porous, less elastic and less water resistant that before so would benefit from an altered routine. Contrary to popula belief ammonia free colours are not less damaging, they are just less smelly - that ingredient is replaced by another damaging alkaline agent.
Proven beneficial ingredients for post colour patch repairing are coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. Shea butter does not penetrate so not particularly beneficial for colour damaged hair. Do also try to use products at pH 4.5 to 5.5 where possible to help your cuticle lay flat again. Products worth considering include Colorful neutral protein filler from Sallys, Komaza Care Matani spray, Komaza Care Matani leave in conditioner, any pure coconut oil from the grocery store.
Next time do patch tests (skin) and strand tests (hair) by mixing a little of the product in a small dish rather than mixing the entire tube and bottle together. Patch tests for skin are particularly important since a PPD allergy can occasionally kill.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.
CO-wash: Inecto coconut
Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Experimenting with: going back to basics
Last edited by Firefox7275; 08-25-2013 at 01:59 PM.