7 Tips to Keep Coloured Hair Bright and Beautiful

Updated on November 11, 2019
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Lynsey loves trying out beauty tips and products. She often makes her own products and enjoys sharing any useful information that she finds!

I love dyeing my hair bright colours. These are the seven things I recommend to keep your colour looking brighter for longer.
I love dyeing my hair bright colours. These are the seven things I recommend to keep your colour looking brighter for longer.

Having bright, colourful hair means that you will inevitably have to do a fair bit of maintenance, no matter which colour you choose. While you could splash out and go to a hair salon every couple of weeks, it really makes more sense to just maintain it at home.

I like to top up my colour at least once a month. With some colours, however, the fade can happen a lot sooner. In between re-dying your hair, there are a few steps you can take to prevent your colour from fading.

1. Pre-Lighten Your Hair

Even if you are naturally light-haired, using pre-lightener first will make your colour stick better and look much more vibrant. You don't have to get experimental with bleach, Schwarzkopf do platinum blonde kits are much nicer for your hair and easy for novices. Just make up the solution and apply for the recommended time. You can also enlist a friend to help you.

keep in mind you are using harsh chemicals! Do a patch test first and follow the developing time instructions exactly.

2. Shampoo Well

If you aren't pre-lightening your hair first (i.e. if you're just doing a top-up), wash your hair well before dying. Use at least two shampoos. Using a medicated shampoo like T-gel will give you the best results and allow your hair to retain as much of the colour as possible.

Remember not to condition your hair before dying. As hard as it may be, you need to allow your hair to remain porous so that it can retain all of the lovely colour. If your hair is particularly tricky to manage without conditioning, you can condition, brush through, then shampoo again afterward—this will allow your hair to be worked much more easily.

3. Colour for Longer

Leave the colour on as long as you can. I would only recommend this when using semi-permanent dyes such as La Riche and Schwarzkopf Live HD colour. I have left these in for over two hours and had no issues. It may be worth doing a test section first to ensure you don't have any reactions to the product or development time.

Please remember to never leave bleach or pre lightener on your hair longer than the specified time as the chemicals can break your hair down, causing irreparable damage.

4. Wash Your Hair Less

After you have dyed your hair, don't wash it too often. This sounds disgusting, I know, but I have gone from washing my hair every day to washing maybe twice a week. I think you can get away with a bit more greasiness when you have a bright colour as opposed to a natural shade.

When you do wash your hair, use cooler water than normal—the colour will run less than if you use hot water. You can easily get into a routine and plan your washes for when you have a night out the next day. You will be surprised how quickly your hair adapts and how healthy it looks after a few months. Dry shampoo will help when it's just too greasy.

5. Hold Off on Product

Don't use too many hair products if you can help it. Mousse, gels and sprays tend to have alcohol in them, which can strip the colour out. Obviously, this excludes dry shampoo.

6. Boost Your Colour

If you find your colour continues to fade too quickly, you can do mini top-ups by adding some colourant into your conditioner (I usually do about half and half) and leaving it on your hair while you shower. The longer you can leave it, the better.

7. Review Your Shampoo

There are many shampoos designed for retaining colour. Some are even pigmented to top up your colour as mentioned previously. Have a good look the next time you are at Boots or Superdrug for something affordable that also promises to protect your colour.

Brightly coloured hair can look great for a long time with proper maintenance.
Brightly coloured hair can look great for a long time with proper maintenance.

Overall, your hair colour will look as good as the effort you put into it. I usually recolour my hair every month (which incidentally coincides with payday) and prelighten my roots every two months. My hair feels a lot healthier since I started dying it red, and I have actually gotten used to not washing it as often.

Are there any tips that I have missed? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to retain the vibrancy of your hair colour? I'd love to hear them!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Lynsey Hart


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