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Coloured hair can look incredible, but it does come with its own set of problems. Namely colour fade, condition and regrowth.
Here’s some tips, courtesy of Matrix on making sure your hair still looks good in between colour treatments.
- Have Your Stylist Use Only Quality, Conditioning Hair Colors
Begin by asking your hair colourist to use a professional hair color with conditioning properties that will continue to condition the hair as the weeks go by. Hair color with natural oils will help retain moisture in your color-treated hair and leave it looking shiny and healthy. Ammonia-free haircolor is another great professional option that treats hair with TLC?
- Remember: Red Dye is Most Susceptible to Color Loss
Red hair colors tend to fade faster because they have the largest molecules. The molecule size makes it more difficult for red dyes to penetrate deeply into the hair, thus they dissipate more rapidly. So when going for a red hue, be sure to have your stylist use hair color that maximizes high-definition color results with minimum stress to the hair’s cuticle.
- Shampoo Your Color-Treated Hair Less Frequently
To prevent water from washing away your vibrant color, the answer is simple: Wash your hair less often. To retain those natural oils that help condition your color-treated hair, shampoo just two or three times per week, and never more than every other day. This will help your color last longer and help maintain health in your colored hair.
- On the In-Between Days, Use a Color-Safe Dry Shampoo on Color-Treated Hair
To help keep color-treated hair looking fresh, flip your hair over and spray dry shampoo at the roots to soak up oil.
- After Coloring, Wait 2 Days Before You Shampoo
When you color your hair, wait at least 48 hours to shampoo, preferably longer. If you can go three or four days before shampooing, even better. This will give the color plenty of time to set.
- When You Don’t Shampoo, Keep Your Hair Dry in the Shower
During those off days, wear a shower cap to keep your color-treated hair from getting wet while showering as this can cause some color to fade. Or, pull your hair up into a loose bun or a ponytail to protect it from getting wet.
- Turn Down the Water Temperature When Shampooing Color-Treated Hair
When you shampoo, stick to lukewarm or cooler water temperatures. Super-hot water leeches dye out of hair faster and strips the color because it opens the surface of the hair strand, which causes the dye molecules to escape.
- Skip Shampoo and Go Straight to Conditioner From Time to Time Try Using Conditioner Only on Colour-Treated Hair Sometimes
If you can, consider using moisturizing conditioner only on your color-treated hair. Shampoo can take more color from your hair more than conditioner. In fact, treat it to a hair mask when you can – try Davines Essential Haircare MINU / Hair Mask.
This hair mask for coloured hair is ideal for coloured hair. Its formula is designed to deeply nourish coloured hair, it also makes it soft and silky, and improves the duration of cosmetic colour. It does not weigh down the hair.
The scent that characterizes the MINU family has a citrus (orange blossom) and fresh note.