While coloring and perming your hair are common beauty treatments, the process can leave your hair dry and brittle.

Fortunately, dermatologists, who are experts in the care of the skin, hair and nails, offer tips for coloring and perming your hair while keeping it healthy.

Smooth tips for permed & color-treated hair

Tips for healthy permed & color-treated hair

Board-certified dermatologist Paradi Mirmirani, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, shares some advice for healthier hair when using hair treatments:

1) When dyeing your hair, consider choosing a dye that is darker rather than lighter than your natural color to minimize hair damage,”

2) If you do choose to go lighter, select a dye within three shades of your natural color, as lightening more than three shades requires higher volumes of peroxide, which is harmful to the hair.

3) Test store-bought hair color before using. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. If you develop a rash or redness, swelling, burning or itching, you are having an allergic reaction to the die. Do not dye your hair and consult your dermatologist for further allergy testing.

4) 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.

5) Use caution when perming hair to prevent long-lasting damage. Set a timer to know when you should rinse the perm solution. Always follow 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.

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Original publication date: Nov. 12, 2013

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