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How to make your hair colour last longer

Blondes look best when they’re shiny and silvery. Chocolate browns should be as rich as their namesake. Redheads glow when they’re vibrant and fiery.

The tone of your hair colour speaks a lot to its health and maintenance. Why go to all the effort agonising over which colour to go for, then spend hours in a salon, only to waste it on neglect?

Check out these tips for healthier, shinier, longer-lasting coloured hair.

  •  Prepare your hair before it’s coloured. You want it to already be in a really healthy state so it can best accept its new colouring. Freshly cut and recently deep-treated is the ideal way to go.
  •  Use a specially formulated shampoo for coloured hair. Look for a shampoo that is free of fading sulphates in order to protect and prolong your colour. This is an absolute must for maintaining vibrancy.
  • Blonde and grey hair will benefit from a purple shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for these colours to remove unwanted brassy tones. Not wanting to accidentally go orange? This is the solution.
  • If you’ve gone lighter in colour, use a deep conditioning treatment like a mask once a week. This will help restore and fortify your hair, as any form of bleaching dries out the hair shaft.
  • Here’s something you might not know. For a deep brown or red dye, intensive treatments can actually wash away some colour. The alternative? Use a normal, silky conditioner and simply leave it in for longer before rinsing.
  • Before swimming, pop in a leave-in treatment to act as a layer of protection. If you’re a blonde who doesn’t want to be a green, consider how often you dive into chlorine.
  • Avoid showers that are too hot, as this damages the hair and shortens the life of the colouring. Try rinsing with cool water after conditioning, which closes the cuticle as quickly as possible to seal in the colour.
  • Wash your hair as little as possible. The frustrating reality is that every time you wash your hair, the colour is stripped away a little bit. Cut washing back to twice a week if you can. Dry shampoo is your new best friend.
  • Similarly, cut down on heat styling. Here’s a red hot tip: go for a heat-proof style like a plait, bun or twist. If you must use heat, be sure to use a heat protect spray first.
  • When washing, restrict the use of shampoo strictly to the scalp and roots, where the oil is. Any lower down isn’t necessary and will be washing out the colouring. Plus you may realise that a little bit goes a long way, which is better for your hip pocket.

Fading Colouring your hair is an exciting choice that can brighten your face and lift a whole outfit, so don’t be scared to take the plunge. is sadly inevitable, but practice these tips to maintain your colour and vibrancy for as long as possible.

Still have questions? Reach out to our friendly team for all your colour queries.

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