The trends of the ’80s are back and so are the big bouffant hairstyles with perms hitting the catwalk at fashion shows like the new Marc Jacobs or Lela Rose collections. Whether it be the Krystal Carrington look from Dynasty or Miami Sound Machine’s Gloria’s tight curls, many women choose to perm their hair for more body and bounce while shaking up their style.
A perm can be an ideal option for adding shape to kinky hair and can help get rid of lanky, lifeless or flat straight locks.
Perming requires applying strong chemicals to your locks to get the desired effect, a process which can damage the hair if you don’t use caution and proper care. Just like perming, coloring your hair can also cause damage of some degree. Chemicals used for both perms and coloring can both cause drying and sometimes even splitting of the strands.
Processing the hair with various types of chemicals means you have to be very careful in maintaining a nourished mane! Following a routine that promotes healthy hair and using a shampoo that keeps the hair well moisturized can keep that beautiful perm looking good even when colored. Let’s glimpse at some of the best ways to keep your hair healthy and at shampoos that can leave you hair silky smooth with a lustrous shine.
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Most hair stylists would recommend getting your perm first before applying dye to the hair to ensure that the perming process does not interfere with your newly applied color. Chemicals in the neutralizing solution for perms can react with hair dyes and cause them to go lighter.
In addition, perming the hair opens up the follicles which can absorb more color and you may not need such strong coloring chemicals or may even be able to use semi-permanent dyes which are much more gentle on the hair.
Watch this informative video for guidance on perming and coloring:
Before coloring or perming your hair, you should try to get it to the best condition possible. Cutting off any damaged hairs and moisturizing can greatly benefit your overall hair health. A visit to a professional stylist can help pinpoint whether your hair is damaged and examining the ends of your hair for splits can be indicative of dry hair, or damaged strands.
If your hair is very dry, a deep conditioner used at least once a week can help lock in moisture. Remember, chemicals from perming or coloring can strip the hair of natural oils and leave the strands dry and brittle, so better to prepare beforehand.
Before Coloring, Repair Your Hair
A period of at least a fortnight should be left between perming and coloring to allow the chemicals used by the perm to normalize on your hair, which enables it to accept the color more evenly when dying. Conditioning your hair daily with a moisture repair shampoo will restore the hair’s natural moisture and prevent it from drying out further when you apply a color.
If you don’t want to wait two weeks or simply want less chance of causing any damage use a hair color formula that’s less harsh. Choosing a darker color tends to be better for the health of your hair, as lighter shades often use hydrogen peroxide to ‘bleach’ or fade the hair, which will also strip yet more moisture and damage the follicles. Temporary dyes, semi-permanent dyes, color powders or color shampoos can be a more gentle alternative to ammonia or peroxide based dyes and can be more effective on permed hair as the cuticle layers of the hairs are more open from the perming process.
Remember a ‘perm’ is permanent and will last until it’s cut out from your hair, a color may have to be reapplied every four to five weeks for best results. Always do a strand test when putting color on top of chemically processed hair to check the hair will accept the color without causing further damage.
What to Look for in the Best Shampoos for Permed and Colored Hair
Most shampoos that are formulated for color-treated hair can also be of benefit to permed hair and vice versa. Shampoos are designed to repair damage to the hair and add moisture that may have been stripped by the various chemicals. Wherever possible try to avoid shampoos that use sulfates or parabens which can cause further drying out of the hair and possible irritation to the follicles and scalp.
I know we keep mentioning moisture, but moisturizing or hydrating the hair is key to healthy, shiny curls and a vibrant color. Many shampoos have added color boosting or locking ingredients that help protect the color from fading while repairing the damage done to the hair by excessive dyeing. Insufficient moisture caused by the chemicals of perming or coloring can lead to ends with splits, scalp irritation and in extreme cases hair thinning or loss.
Both the perming and coloring processes use harsh chemicals that strip away natural oil and break down the proteins of the hair. A shampoo that contains more natural botanicals and fewer chemical constituents has less chance of reacting with chemicals that may have lingered in the follicle while gently cleaning the hair. After color or perm treatments, it‘s advisable to not wash the hair daily and allow the scalp time to replenish its natural oils to the hair. A dry shampoo between washes can keep your hair looking shiny and smooth as well as adding volume and bounce to the curls.
The Best Shampoos for Color-treated Hair
Although there are some specialized shampoos for hair that’s been both colored and permed, most shampoos tend to focus on the damage done by chemicals. A good repairing and moisturizing shampoo can protect both your color and your general hair health. We’ve looked at many of the top selling shampoos to choose, in our opinion, five of the best shampoos for permed and color-treated hair.
Ends with splits can be a big problem for anybody with permed or color-damaged hair caused by insufficient natural oils stripped away by chemical processes or damaged by heat treatment. A patented microcapsule delivery system ensures that oils are delivered direct to the hair shaft and smooth the cuticles before splits occur. A mixture of argan oil, mango, broccoli and shea botanicals works alongside the microcapsules to keep your hair moisturized and looking its best.
Argan oil is well known for its hair-nourishing properties being rich in fatty acids and vitamin E that deeply hydrate the hair. Shea butter prevents the hair from losing moisture and can make that coloring touch up so much more gentle. Although not especially designed for permed hair, this shampoo use all-natural ingredients and is sulfate free for a treatment that’s gentle enough for permed or color-treated hair or even hair that’s both.
All-natural formula is gentle and hydrating
nourishing the hair to leave it smooth and shiny.
Most effective shampoo we found against split ends
particularly common in chemically treated hair.
Protects against color fade.
Ten-in-one anti-frizz control system with built-in heat protection that helps deep condition
repair and rehydrate hair that's dry or damaged.
without sulfate and only uses the finest organic Moroccan argan oil.
Packaging leaves a lot to be desired
reports of broken or leaking bottles.
Very small 8-ounce bottle (this product is so good
the whole family will want to use it!).
although it does lather up quite well so may last longer than similar organic SLS-free shampoos.
Market leader Pantene has produced a very affordable shampoo that uses lightweight moisturizers to build a protective layer around your hair fibers. Hydrating while it nourishes, the Pro V Color Preserve adds fullness to your color treated hair. Cleansing surfactants gently remove product build up to reveal vibrant colors and add volume to your curls.
This product appears to be sulfate free and has been formulated to be gentle enough for use on both color-treated and permed hair. Pantene’s so sure you’ll be satisfied with this product it offers a two-times money back guarantee!
Leading brand known for shampoos that can strengthen and repair damaged hairs.
Boosts radiant colors.
Nutrient rich and nourishes hair for effortless detangling.
Fresh scent is very appealing and clean smelling.
Money back guarantee.
Can feel heavy and weigh hair down
some users reported their hair feeling greasy after continuous use.
Formula seems to have changed recently with many people finding it appeared watered down.
Not completely natural; if you’re prone to a sensitive scalp
Clean Curls shampoo by Royal Locks is a sulfate-free shampoo for gentle cleansing and hydrating of curly, dry, fine, damaged or permed hair. Ingredients include argan oil for hydration and make it suitable for use on colored hair without fear of fading the color.
This formula is a natural healing treatment which restores and strengthens the hair and is suitable for use on all types of hair including wavy, curly, coarse or fine. Rich in proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals this shampoo invigorates and repairs lifeless hair. Gentle enough for daily use.
Suitable for all hair types not just permed or color treated.
Argan and macadamia oil cleanse the scalp and hair strands while restoring pH balance for lasting scalp health.
Protects against styling damage and environmental pollutants.
Color safe for highlighted hair too.
Very strong overpowering perfume scent.
Safe for color but may not boost it as much as specially formulated color-protecting shampoos.
Foam or lather can be quite disappointing as with most sulfate-free shampoos.
Nozzle that comes with bottle can get bunged up very easily.
Framesi is well known in the hair care products world for quality formulas that can protect color for up to 95 percent longer. This sulfate-free shampoo is gentle enough for use on permed hair and will add definition to your curls.
Infused with quinoa, Aloe vera and a unique rice curl formula this shampoo nourishes the hair making it stronger and enhances any curls or waves. Nutrients also act to combat dull, dry or frizzy hair.
Natural botanicals condition the hair.
Protects hair color up to 95 percent.
Very reasonably priced for color protection formula.
In addition to hydrating your hair, this sulfate-free shampoo from Enjoy contains ingredients which strengthen the hair. Ideal for use on chemically treated hair, this shampoo gently cleanses and nourishes to leave it strong and silky. Soy proteins and avocado oil are used as sources of protein which help repair the hair proteins broken down by the perm process, and add volume.
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate has molecules which are larger than the dreaded sodium lauryl sulfate and can’t penetrate the skin or hair follicles making it a very effective surfactant for cleansing the hair with a rich lather. A color-holding formula locks in hair color yet is gentle enough for daily use.
Sulfate free yet still gives a rich cleansing lather.
Color holding formula.
Hydrates hair for unbelievably smooth and silky hair (also strengthens).
Light consistency absorbs easily into hair and eliminates frizz from product build up.
Incredibly expensive but many customers who use the Enjoy range swear by its quality.
Some customers found the shampoo to be too watery.
Coloring your hair after a perm treatment is something you should be very careful with, it’s always advisable to seek the advice of a professional before embarking on any chemical treatments for your hair. But with a little tlc and by using a shampoo that can gently cleanse yet condition your hair, you can still achieve the brilliance of color that complements your curly locks.
For its gentle all-natural formula, deep conditioning and hydrating properties plus the powerful split end repair system, in our opinion the best shampoo for permed and colored hair is the Vitruvian Beauty Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo. Treat yourself, your hair will love you for it!