Raise your hands if you are one of the many who either weren’t happy with their natural colour, or who decided that it’s time for a change.
Now raise your hands if it has felt as though your colour has faded, changed, gone dull, or almost completely disappeared from the moment you walked out of the salon…
Before you decide to give up on dyeing you hair completely, we’re going to share with you a few tips on how to keep your colour vibrant for longer, whether its traditional colours such as blonde or brown, or out-there purples, pinks and blues.
Longer lasting colour starts with healthy hair, as the dye doesn’t stick when the strands are damaged. Make sure you keep your hair nurtured and strong by applying a hair mask every few weeks.
Don’t just focus on the health of your hair though; healthy hair starts from a healthy diet. Maintain a balanced diet and drink plenty of water to keep your strands hydrated.
How to wash colour treated hair!
It makes sense that washing your hair on a regular basis will make your colour fade faster, so try not to wash your hair every day.
Instead, aim for two or three times a week and as always, try to find a shampoo that doesn’t contain sulfate or any alcohol-based products. The salt found in these will strip the colour from your hair faster than anything.
Make sure that you follow up every shampoo with a good conditioner formulated for colour treated hair to lock in the colour. Turn down the temperature and either lukewarm or cooler water as heat makes the hair cuticles open up allowing the colour pigment to escape.
When you’re not washing your hair, try to tie it up or wear a shower cap as even plain water can dilute the colour.
Turn down the heat!
Dye is more susceptible to damage so try to avoid using heat styling tools such as straighteners and hair dryers. After washing, try to let your hair dry naturally rather than blasting it with hot air.
If you need to use heat styling tools, always use a heat-protecting styling product and use the hair dryer on the lowest/coolest setting.
Just like your skin, your hair needs protection from the suns rays, especially if it is color treated.
Try to avoid long exposure to the sun, and treat your hair using products containing UV protectors.
Most products these days do already contain them, along with added vitamins to help prevent further damage. Cover up your hair using a hat or a scarf when you know you’re going to be in the sun for prolonged periods of time.
Make a date with your hairdresser!
The best thing to do if you have colour treated hair is to keep up regular appointments with your hairdresser. Consistent trims keep your hair healthy and visiting your hairdresser regularly allows them to keep an eye on your hair and its current state of health.