How good is a trip to the salon? A solid few hours of uninterrupted me-time in one of those comfy spinny chairs, latte in hand and guilt-free perusal of the trashy mags piled up in front of you. Yep, but we know you don’t hand over all that dosh just for the in-salon experience – you also want your hair colour to last well beyond Saturday night, right? If you’re finding that your hair colour is fading too quickly, there are a few clever tweaks you can make to your haircare routine that’ll see you spending less time with your hair stylist, and more time fending off admiring glances.
- Switch To A Sulphate-Free Shampoo + Conditioner
If you haven’t already joined the party, here’s reason #456 to go sulphate-free: they can cause your colour to fade. How? Sulphates can strip moisture and natural oils from your hair, which means your colour is less protected and likely to fade faster. So? Opting for sulphate-free products is a super simple way to lengthen out the time between salon visits.
- Add A Filter To Your Shower
If you’re showering in hard water (translation: water that contains a high mineral content), your hair may be more prone to dryness, which is not coloured hair’s friend. Some experts maintain that a filter on your showerhead will minimise the amount of impurities running over your strands when you wash or rinse them, resulting in less stripping of your glorious new colour. Filters aren’t as exxy as you’d imagine and can be easily attached to most shower heads.
- Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often
While we’re all for keeping your strands lovely and clean as can be, in case you missed it, there is definitely such a thing as over-washing your hair. Aside from drying it out, wetting your hair very frequently (say, every time you shower, or every day) can actually work against that hot AF new colour job. This is because each time you wet your hair, the cuticles will open up, which can cause some of the colour to be lost from the hair shaft. While your hair type will no doubt be different from the next girl’s, our recommendation is to wash your hair no more than every couple of days. If you’re less prone to oily locks and can go longer between sudsing up? Do that, and your colour (and wallet) will thank you.
- Stick To Warm (Not Super Hot) Showers
Heat and steam work to open the hair cuticles, which, as we mentioned above, allows your precious colour to escape way too soon. So, try showering and washing your hair with warm water – and then, if you can brave it afterwards, rinse with cold water to seal the hair cuticles, and your gorgeous colour, too
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