It’s no secret that color can be really tough on hair. Hair dyes are basically a cocktail of chemicals that you put onto your head (ammonia and peroxide, for example). Not only can the chemicals be damaging to your hair, but they can also zap all of the moisture out, leaving you with dry, brittle strands.
Before going dark, I used to get highlights and balayage. The last round of highlights I got left me with straw-like strands. My hair, which is typically thick and healthy, turned fragile and rough. The only thing that got me back on track were a series of at-home hair masks that helped repair my damaged strands. My hair needed an approximate ton of moisturizing and nourishing ingredients.