POV: You’re leaving the salon after spending the past few hours with your feet up relaxing, gossiping with your stylist, and now you look and feel like a movie star.
Truly one of the best feelings!
But how do you keep that feeling and your salon colour lasting as long as possible? We’re here with our top tips on how you can maintain your salon colour like a pro at home.
1. Use products which are specifically for colour treated hair.
If you’re using any old product to get the job done, this is your biggest mistake. You’ll want to invest in shampoos, conditioners, and any styling products which are specifically designed for colour treated hair.
Particularly ones which are rich with antioxidants as these are what will protect your shade to prevent it from fading so quickly. Antioxidants essentially act as a shield to limit damage caused by outer elements – weather, pollution, heat from styling, etc. This helps to improve the integrity of the hair as well as colour retention. Remember: if your hair is healthy, your colour will distribute more evenly and will last longer before needing a touch up.
Now we know it’s not as simple as buying any products which say “for colour treated hair” as all hair is different. Some people have fine or thick hair, dry or oily, pin straight or frizzy… the list goes on. Well, from the range of products we stock by high-end brands, such as Wella, Kerastase, Olaplex, Moroccanoil and so many more… our stylists can chat with you about your hair needs to recommend the perfect products for you.
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2. Limit how often you’re washing your hair.
We missed out some key information in our first tip as it’s an important one… which is how often you should be washing your hair.
The more you wash your hair, the quicker colour molecules will fade and if you’re over-washing, you’ll strip away its natural oils. Each individual strand expands when it is wet, which causes a small amount of colour pigment to seep out. Extending the wash cycle can greatly reduce the time it takes for the pigment to leave your hair.
Your wash cycle will depend on your hair type however in between washes, we recommend using a handy dry shampoo to refresh your hair and keep it looking clean. It will also help to add a little volume to your locks which is a bonus!
3. Apply weekly conditioning treatments.
Applying weekly hair masks will help to replenish moisture, which is key to maintain colour-treated hair: especially during the colder seasons!
During autumn and winter, you’ll likely be applying more moisturiser and lip balm to prevent your skin from drying out and cracking, therefore the same kind of treatment should be applied to your hair.
A weekly nourishing mask will help to restore moisture stripped by the cold weather. Not only will this strengthen your strands to prevent breakage, but it will also preserve shine and colour vibrancy.
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4. Be careful with heat styling.
With colour-treated hair, you’ll want to be a bit gentler when it comes to using heat.
Excessive blow drying, curling, or straightening can lead to hair feeling very dry and sensitised, creating a texture that is very difficult to work with. This texture can also make your colour look very flat and dull - not what you need when you’ve got plans and need your hair to look its best!
Where possible, it will be best to avoid heat. Possibly by letting your hair naturally dry and embrace your natural texture. When heat is needed, opt for a lower heat setting as this will cause the least damage. And the key step: make sure you’re using a heat protectant whenever using heat! Picture this as a layer of armour over your hair. It will prevent heat from penetrating deep into strands and lock in moisture to make sure you’re not drying it out when styling.
5. Get regular trims to prevent split ends.
If you want even tone throughout and a healthy colour that shines, we recommend getting regular trims in between your colour appointments.
Splits ends are always a pain, no matter the season, but can be worse during the winter. Colder weather can severely dry out hair, making it prone to static, frizz, and more split ends.
By removing the dry, sensitised split ends, this will give your stylist a better base to apply colour and will allow your hair to absorb the pigment properly for an even application.
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