7 Tips to Keep Coloured Hair Bright
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, however with some colours, 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.
What colour is your hair?
1- Pre-lighten Hair
Even if you are naturally light haired, using pre-lightener first will make the colour stick better and be much more vibrant. You don't have to get experimental with bleach,Schwarzkopf do platinum blonde kits which are much nicer for your hair, and easy for a novice! Just make up the solution and apply for the given time- or even enlist a friend to help you.
Bear 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 prelightening your hair first (just a top up) then wash your hair well before dying. At least 2 shampoos. Using a medicated shampoo, like T-gel will get the best results. This will allow your hair to retain as much of the colour as possible.
Also, 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 afterwards- 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 easily for 2 hours+ and had no issues. It may be worth doing a test section first, to ensure you don't have any reactions etc with the product or development time.
Please remember 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 Hair Less
After you have dyed your hair, don't wash it too often. This sounds disgusting, I know, but I have went from washing my hair every day to washing maybe twice a week. I think you can get away with a bit of greasiness when you have a bright colour as opposed to a natural shade.
Also, when you do wash your hair, if you use cooler water than normal, the colour runs less than using hot water.
You can easily get into a routine and plan your washes for when you have a night out etc 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 its just too greasy.
5- Hold Off On Product
Dont 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 exclude 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 leave 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.
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 I prelighten my roots every 2 months. My hair is a lot healthier since I started dying it red, and i have actually got used to not washing it as often.
Are there any tips that I have missed out? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to retain the vibrancy of your hair colour? I'd love to hear them!
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.
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