If you dye your hair, it’s especially important to ramp up the TLC and look after your coloured hair to keep it from drying out, fading or frizzing like mad. Here are some of our tops tips to keep your hair in great condition before and after you have it ‘done’.
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Shampoo your colour-treated hair less frequently.
Shampoo is a hair colour’s worst enemy. As well as the grease and grime, it strips the pigment from your hair with every wash. So it makes sense to shampoo less. We’re talking once or twice a week MAX. And only with specially formulated colour shampoos. Check out our top 7 here.
Use the best shampoo for coloured hair.
If you have coloured hair, you need to use a shampoo that is made to be gentle on your colour and look after your coloured hair. We recommend the Top 7 shampoos for coloured hair here.
Stay away from sulphates.
Sulphates are the nasty chemicals that strip your hair colour. Sulphate-free shampoos like this one from Bumble & Bumble still make your hair feel gloriously clean while being kind to your colour.
WAIT! Give it two days before your first shampoo.
Shampooing less often starts IMMEDIATELY after you have your colour done. Wait a couple of days before you wash it to give the colour plenty of time to set. And then wait a couple of days after that.
Spruce up your locks using only conditioner.
If you really can’t wait that long in between washes, consider skipping shampoo and just using a great conditioner for coloured hair like this Colour Stay Conditioner from Label m. Your hair will appreciate being topped up with moisture and you’ll be back to smelling delightful again without stripping the colour with shampoo.
Use deep-conditioning treatments and hair masks.
Once a week, smooth your coloured locks with a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask to lock in moisture and keep your colour lustre. We love this hair mask from Redken Color Extend Magnetics Deep Attraction which is especially for colour-treated hair. Leave it on as long as you can to really soften the straw.
Always rinse your hair with cold water.
Hot water causes your hair shaft to rise which makes it lose moisture and be more prone to damage and frizz. Giving your hair a final rinse with cold water whenever you wash or condition it will help to seal the shaft – locking moisture and colour in.
Get regular trims.
To keep your hair in great condition, make sure you visit the hairdresser for regular trims. Getting rid of your split ends not only makes your coloured hair look healthier, it prevents against damage to your already frazzled hair shafts.
Cut down on heat styling.
Straighteners, tongs, hairdryers, crimpers (!) bad, bad, bad. But we’re hardly going to stop using them completely. So at least try and use them LESS or on a cooler setting if your applicance has one to help look after your coloured hair.
Let your hair dry naturally whenever you can. And when you do need to glam up, make sure you apply a heat-protecting styling product like this Pureology Colour Fanatic 21 Benefits Hair Treatment Spray, 200 ml.
Top up time between colourings.
When your natural roots start showing, help is at hand. There are plenty of root touch up sprays or powder out there that can convingly cover your roots until you’re ready to visit your hairdresser. The L’Oreal Magic Retouch Temporary Instant Root Concealer Spray is our favourite for it’s range of colours. If you find applying a spray tricky, then go for COLOR WOW Root Cover Up which comes as a power and brush and lasts for AGES.
Give your hair some nourishment.
If you feel like your damaged hair is always breaking and probably beyond help, it’s not. It’s just time to fortify it with some lovely, problem-solving protein. This Label M Protein Spray is a favourite of ours, not least because it makes your hair smell absolutely divine. Spray it into your wet or dry roots and massage your scalp to stop your hair breaking from the root down.
And don’t forget the oil.
Giving your coloured hair a good old routine oil treatment will form a protective layer over your hair to seal in colour and moisture. From a leave-in overnight to a quick hot oil treatment before your shower, there are a variety of ways to slick up your hair and make it silky smooth. This is a brilliant treatment that works for all types of hair, coloured or no. Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment 100ml.