The same chemical processes that can transform hair from a boring brown to a lustrous chestnut brunette – or from a drab mousey shade to a gorgeous, golden blonde – can also leave hair dull and lifeless if not properly cared for. Luckily, good aftercare for hair has never been easier. Follow these top tips to ensure your colour-treated hair remains beautiful even between visits by your hair stylist.
1. Don’t use too much water
Believe it or not, most colour loss is caused by rinsing with water, not shampoo. The colouring process leaves hair more porous than before, which allows water to more easily wash away the dye. To avoid excess colour loss, only rinse your hair as much as necessary after shampooing and conditioning. Also, if you can stand it, use cool or lukewarm water to rinse your hair, as cool water doesn’t carry away as much colour as hot water.
2. Use a colour-protecting shampoo
This is one area where it doesn’t make sense to skimp: a good, £15 bottle of shampoo and conditioner can save you plenty of money when it comes time for your hair stylist to come around. Colour-protecting shampoos are designed to be both gentle on your hair and protective. Avoid clarifying shampoos, which strip your hair of its natural oils and will leave colour-treated hair brittle and damaged.
3. Condition every time you shampoo
Even if your hair is fine, colour-treated hair needs to be conditioned regularly. Just like with shampoo, you’ll want to spend a few extra quid on a high-quality conditioner. You especially want to condition the shaft of the hair and the ends, not just the roots. The ends are the part of your hair most susceptible to damage.
4. Leave your conditioner in as long as you can
To maximize the power of your conditioner, shampoo your hair and condition as soon as you get in the shower, and don’t rinse it out until you’re ready to get out again. This way you’ll ensure your colour-treated hair is as protected as possible.
These simple fixes will keep your colour-treated hair healthy and luscious, even when you don’t have time for a visit from your stylist. As an added bonus, healthy hair is much easier to colour than damaged hair – meaning that not only do you look better, but you also save time and money!