28 Sep How to Extend the Life of Your Colour
Coloured hair is beautiful, but it can be high-maintenance. If you’re not careful, your newly dyed locks can fade very quickly. The good news is that there are a few simple things you can do to prolong the life of your colour and keep your hair looking vibrant for longer.
Avoid chlorine and salt water
Chlorine and salt water can be very damaging to coloured hair, causing it to fade and become dry and brittle. If you’re going to be spending time in either of these environments, make sure to protect your hair with a swim cap or scarf. Apply leave-in conditioner or serum before swimming to act as a barrier against chlorinated water.
Skip the sulfates
Sulfates are harsh cleansing agents that can strip away both natural oils and colour pigments making it more susceptible to damage, so it’s important to use sulphate-free products if you want your colour to last. Look for products that are specifically designed for coloured hair, as these will be more gentle on your locks and will help to lock in moisture.
Try to avoid washing your hair too often, as this can also cause colour loss. Once or twice a week should be plenty if you’re using the right products.
Hold the heat
Heat styling tools like straighteners and hairdryers can cause serious damage to coloured hair, making it dry and brittle. If you must use them, make sure you use a heat protectant spray first and try not to use them too often. Air-drying whenever possible is the best way to protect your hair from heat damage and prevent your colour from fading prematurely.
Cool off with cold water
Hot water can cause coloured hair to fade more quickly, so try washing with cold water instead (it’ll be good for your skin, too!). If you find that cold water is too harsh on your scalp, wash with lukewarm water and finish with a blast of cold water to seal the cuticle and lock in moisture.
Stay sun smart
UV rays can cause coloured hair to fade, so it’s important to protect your locks when you’re spending time outdoors. Wear a hat or scarf whenever possible, or use an umbrella for added sun protection.
By following these simple tips, you can help your coloured hair stay looking vibrant for longer. Of course, regular trims are also important for keeping damaged ends at bay and preventing split ends from working their way up the shaft of your hair – but we’ll save that topic for another day!
Our talented team of hair stylists at Freedom Hair Artistry would love to take care of you and your colour.