There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking out of a salon with freshly coloured hair. It can make you feel happier and more confident and help to put a spring in your step. There’s a good chance it’s also taken quite a dent out of your purse, so making your colour last as long as possible is a top priority. Thankfully, there are things you can do which will prolong the life of your colour and keep it looking glossy and vibrant for as long as possible. Here are five of our top tips for keeping your coloured hair looking good:
Deep Condition First
Hair which is well-hydrated will be more receptive to colour and will hold on to dye better and for longer. While deep conditioning treatments aren’t a great idea for a while after you’ve dyed your hair, making sure your hair is hydrated BEFORE you have it coloured will help. Use Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Hair and Scalp Mask to help restore softness and strength to dry, damaged hair.
Cool the Shower
If you take showers which are super hot, there’s a good chance that this will dull your hair colour. Hot water opens up the cuticle of the hair which releases the moisture and the colour from your hair. Simply turning the temperature down when you wash your hair will help your colour to stay in place and keep it looking fresh for longer.
Hold Off on Washing
We know that you want to keep your new ‘do looking fresh, but you should try to wait as long as possible before washing your hair for the first time after having it dyed. A minimum of 48 hours is recommended, but if you can hold off for longer, that’s even better. Try to use a mild, sulphate-free shampoo like Dermalogica Daily Cleansing Shampoo.
Consider a Filter
You might have a filter for your drinking water, but did you know that you can get a filter for your shower head, too? The water that comes through our taps contains chlorine and other chemicals which can make your colour fade or strip it away altogether. Invest in a shower head filter and it will get rid of all of these nasties and help you to prolong the colour of your locks.
If You Must Use Heat, Protect
It’s a fact that heat styling with hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons will all contribute to your colour becoming dull. However, we’re also sympathetic to the fact that pretty much everyone uses some form of heat to style their hair and getting rid of it altogether is a big ask. If you must use heat, try to add a protective oil like Decleor Aroma Nutrition Satin Softening Dry Oil as this will give the hair a protective barrier and hydrate the hair for colour longevity.
Last updated on 28/10/2019.