Hair System Oxidation

Anytime you’re outside in the sun or otherwise expose your hair to UV light, chemicals or hair products, a natural process known as oxidation can slowly cause your hair to lighten and/or have reddish undertones.

To get scientific, this is a direct result of the loss of pigment – specifically green pigment – in the hair shafts, caused by exposure to the elements or chemicals. Oxidation causes the microscopic outer layer of hair follicles to peel back, releasing green color pigments and leaving behind red pigments, and thus producing a reddish undertone.

Oxidation damages the outer layer of the hair shaft. The processed hair used in hair systems is very vulnerable, because most of the protective cuticle layer has been removed. Therefore it is likely to fade faster than growing hair. Through a similar chemical process, synthetic hair also oxidizes.  

In order to prevent this, it's important to care for your system properly and protect the hair. By protecting the hair, your original color will last longer.

How to avoid oxidation

Color loss or change in your hair system isn’t something you should stress about. Here are a few tips to help you easily maintain color longer:

Sun protection

The sun is a major factor in color loss. We recommend using products that create a barrier against the sun's rays. Our store provides plenty of product choices that contain UV protection.

If you plan to spend long periods of time outdoors, you may want to consider wearing a hat or baseball cap. Whenever you protect your hair system from direct UV light, you delay oxidation.

Proper hair products

It’s important to wash and condition your hair with products that protect color and minimize oxidation. Try to use shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate-free or specifically designed for color protection; they will balance hair color and prolong vibrancy. Conditioning is very important to keep the hair soft and pliable, but it also helps prevent premature color oxidation. There are a wide range of specially-formulated color-correcting products available in our store.