Spending time and cash for a new hair colour is no joke. With that much effort and resources on beautification, you will want to keep your hair looking glamorous just like when you stepped out of the salon. Thankfully, there are ways to make your new hair colour pop and keep it from fading.
The 48-Hour Rule
Caring for coloured hair starts before you go to the salon to get your hair done. Hair care experts suggest not to wash your hair 48 hours before getting it dyed to prevent possible scalp irritations. Avoid using other products, like wax, during and after the prescribed time period as it will prevent the colour from locking into your hair.
Use the Right Shampoo
Using the right shampoo will preserve your new hair colour. The simplest choice is using dry shampoos, which absorbs excess oil from the strands, keeping your hair looking fresh. If dry shampoos do not work for you, you can always use special “colour-protecting” shampoos that are formulated to help the pigments set in.
Hair colouring chemicals do not only damage hair, but also stress the scalp. Investing on additional hair care treatments is a must if you want to prevent long term damage, such as bald patches or thinning hair. Scalp treatments and other forms of hair therapy helps in shielding your hair and revitalizing the scalp to keep it rich and healthy.
Beat the Heat
Heat is your hair’s worst enemy, as it is damaging and accelerates fading. Hair serums and SPF hair sprays are perfect options, especially when you plan to go outside on a hot summer day. Hair SPF protects your coloured locks from cooking under the sun. Make sure the product you use has UV protectors and a mix of Vitamins A, C, and E to restore natural lustre.
Easy on the Dryer
Dryers, curling irons, and straighteners strip the hair of essential nutrients, making it porous—this does not hold colour well. A good alternative is to use a towel or to let it dry naturally.
You will need to take extra care of your colour-treated hair. Using specially formulated products, avoiding things that cause hair damage, and following your stylist’s advice will keep your colour treatments last longer.