10 Tips to Keep Your Coloured Hair Healthy
Updated: Jan 6
So, you’ve sat for hours on a salon chair and invested a good amount of money on your new hair colour. Naturally, you would want your new hair colour to last as long as possible in between colour touch-ups and also to minimise as much damage as possible due to colouring. How do you do that? Here are 10 tips to keep your hair healthy posy-colouring:
1. Wash your hair less often
It's as basic as that: the more you wash, the faster your colour will fade. So save some time in your daily routine by skipping the frequent hair washing. The best approach to care for your colour is to wash it just twice or thrice a week, then use dry shampoo to soak up oil from the roots as needed.
2. Just use conditioner
After years of washing your hair daily, perhaps you're having problems weaning yourself off of it. At the very least, skip the shampoo and go straight to the conditioner to put your hair on a ‘low poo’ diet. You'll get softness, lustre, and nourishing nutrients without fading away your hair colour.
3. Select the right shampoo for coloured hair
There's a reason why color-protecting shampoo was created in the first place. While certain normal shampoos can strip your colour and cause it to fade faster, other specialty shampoos work to protect your colour, keeping your pastel, bright, or metallic mane looking beautiful and vibrant. Choose a ‘low sulphate’ shampoo if you can, since it will help to remove less colour from your hair.
4. Condition often
When we colour our hair, it becomes more delicate and fragile, as a result, fading occurs more easily. When you apply hair conditioner often, you allow the oils, butters, conditioning polymers, and other moisturising ingredients to establish a protective barrier, preventing your colour from escaping.
5. Apply heat protection
As much as possible, minimise the use of heat styling. However, if you must heat-style your hair, opt to always apply heat protection first. The chemicals in heat protection sprays work to minimise heat damage by levelling out how the hair heats up.
6. Apply hair mask as a pampering treat
If you've been on a colour hiatus and have fallen behind on masking, now is the time to get back on track. Simply masking for 5-10 minutes twice a week can offer a tremendous dose of therapeutic nourishment that helps to repair damage, boost shine, and, of course, keep that colour going stronger for longer.
7. Skip the blow dryer for air drying
All that heat from blow dryers, straightening irons, and curling tongs isn't only harmful to the hair, but it's also causing more moisture loss and jeopardising the vibrant colour of your mane. If you must use a blow dryer, be sure to apply a protective layer over your hair, see number 5.
8. Use UV filter
UV light from the sun is one of the most powerful enemies of long-lasting, vibrant hair colour. Even in the dead of winter, when the days are short and the nights are long, light loves to mess with your hair. So, to show the sun who's boss, add a UV filter finishing spray to your morning regimen or whenever you’ll be going out in the sun.
9. Apply conditioner pre-swim
Do you recall the stories about chlorine turning coloured hair a slimy green colour? Chlorine has the ability to not only change your colour (though not to turn you green), but also to speed up the fading process. Therefore, if you're going for a swim in the pool, make sure your hair is prepped and pre-conditioned beforehand. To establish a protective barrier against chemical damage, apply a layer of conditioner to your hair, twist it into a bun and wear a swimming cap.
10. Tweak your diet
Conditioned hair, like beauty, begins on the inside, so be sure to nourish your hair from the inside out. Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel work to strengthen your hair, making it lustrous and robust. To prevent dry, brittle hair after colour, toss in some walnuts in your salad for a boost of vitamin E.
Coloured hair would require higher maintenance than your natural hair colour. However, beautiful, vibrant coloured hair is worth all the time, money and effort put into it. For more information on hair care tips and products to use post-colouring, or to book your next colouring appointment get in touch with us here!