If you have recently colored your hair or done a keratin treatment, you may be wondering what this means for your hair care routine. What needs to change, if anything? And what is the difference between your hair before the treatment and after? One marked difference is that the cuticles of color processed hair tend to be open, therefore colors are able to penetrate and color the hair faster. Virgin hair on the other hand, because it’s in its natural state, takes longer to process. With keratin treated hair, it varies greatly depending on the brand of treatment you received, the strength of your treatment and the length of time the treatment was on your hair. 

  1. Avoid sodium chloride - If you have keratin-treated hair, you need to stay away from products that contain sodium chloride. Opt for a moisturizing cleanser like the Dominican Magic Nourishing Shampoo
  2. Low pH balanced products - For hair that has been colored, we recommend using a gentle shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner with low pH balances, around 4. 
  3. Clarify once a month - When hair has been processed, it’s very important that you use a clarifying shampoo once a month. Clarifying shampoos work to remove silicone and metal build up that occurs in the hair over the course of the week. Once a week it’s important to use nourishing shampoo to provide your hair with extra moisture like the Ultra Straight Clarifying Shampoo.
  4. Use leave-in conditioner between washes - The best tip for conditioning processed hair is to use leave in conditioner during the week. This will help maintain your moisture level in between wash days. 
  5. Avoid peroxide - When dying or lightening hair, make sure to stay away from color with peroxide. This will aggravate any damage your processed hair has already undergone.
  6. Use heat protectant - Always use hair serum or protective straightening products when drying hair. 

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