Once you start colouring your hair, it is almost impossible to stop. Either you’ve found a colour that really suits you, or you’re constantly at the hair salon to experiment with different tones and hues. There are a few ways to protect your hair and make sure it’s looking fresh and glossy despite all the colouring!
Choose a quality product
There are so many hair colouring products that you can buy in the shops, and they are a fraction of the price of a hair salon. It can be tempting to do a home dye job because of the cheap price – but remember, it’s cheap for a reason! When you visit a quality hair salon, you can ask them about the type of products they use for hair colouring and get a detailed response. It’s important to feel confident that the product going onto your hair will be safe and won’t damage your luscious locks!
You can even choose a hair salon based on the products they use. Do some research into the salons that use high quality products. They may be more expensive, but in the long run, you’ll be saving your hair from damage (and a poor-quality colour job!) Hair colour products that contain no ammonia are highly sought after, as the ammonia can damage the hair cuticles and degrade your hair’s structural integrity – that’s a big no no!
Avoid prolonged sun exposure
Unfortunately, the sun is a natural cause for hair damage, especially for coloured locks. If you’ve just had your colour freshly done, do yourself a favour and protect your hair (and your skin) from the sun with a wide brimmed hat. Prolonged sun exposure will make your glossy colour look washed out over time.
The natural pigments and treated colour in your hair will be bleached by the harmful UV rays, so we suggest investing in a UV protection hair product that you can spritz all over.
Use a treatment
Many people use the same shampoo and conditioner for years. But have you ever stopped to wonder why you’re using that product? Do you like the smell? Or the packaging? Or maybe it’s simply a force of habit? It’s time to rethink what you’re putting in your hair – especially if it’s coloured!
Blonde locks (especially cooler shades) should use a silver hair shampoo or conditioner. These will need to be applied once or twice a week to lock in your fresh colour and prevent it from going yellow or brassy.
For other colours, including brunettes, blacks and red heads, make sure you invest in a quality shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for coloured hair. It will help keep your colour vibrant and will reduce fading.
You can also shop around for a hair colour treatment or mask. There are so many different products available, so we suggest asking your hair stylist what they would recommend for your hair type. The decision will vary depending on your colour, hair length and amount of dryness.
The only way to keep your hair colour looking fresh in the long run is to make sure you book in for regular appointments. Again, everyone is different – your hair might hold onto its colour for longer if you’ve been protecting it, whereas some colours will fade quicker and need a quick roots touch. If you decide on a colour and stick with it for some time, you’ll soon fall into a natural pattern of how often you will need your hair cut and coloured, so just book your next appointment when you’re at the salon. That way, you’ll never be overdue on your next treatment.
Don’t forget to follow our key rules for protecting your coloured hair when in between appointments. You’ll save yourself time and money in the long run – plus, everyone will be commenting on how fabulous your hair looks!