Here's The Trick to Making Your Hair Colour Last Longer

Here’s the Trick to Making Your Hair Colour Last Longer

Charmaine Kon by Charmaine Kon on Feb 2, 2016
Why you should care

Want to make those coloured locks last a little longer than usual? A regular trim is just one of 6 different ways to do so!

Luscious locks are a gift from heaven because while you cannot change the colour of your eyes (not really), your nose (not really), or mathematical abilities (not at all), you can change your hair colour.

It’s nice to go from being a red-head to a blonde, then a unicorn tail but colouring your hair too often damages it.

Today, we let you in on the secrets to making your hair colour last longer so you’ll always have the colour you want while maintaining healthy hair.

1 Shower Tricks

Washing Hair With ShampooFirstly, never wash your hair right after you get it dyed. It takes up to 3 days for hair cuticles to close and trap colour molecules. Washing it off early means the colour won’t get a chance to properly stick. Yikes!

Secondly, always opt for cold or lukewarm water when washing your hair. Hot water quickens the colour-fading process. So if you’re in love with your new nanny grey ‘do, trade in hot showers for chilly ones which are much kinder to your hair.

A third hair-wash trick is to simply not do it that often! The expert advice is to wash your hair only on alternate days. If you have particularly dry scalp or hair, try skipping 2 days before the next wash. This will help preserve your hair colour, although you might no longer be your colleagues’ favourite at work. On no-wash days, try a dry shampoo to keep your hair grease-free.

2 Load Up On Colour-Friendly Products

White Bottle SprayDeciding to dye your hair and wanting to keep it healthy and manageable requires quite a range of products. Make sure that your shampoo and conditioner are colour-friendly. Look for sulfate-free ranges as sulfate (a popular component in shampoos) is believed to dry out hair, leaching you of your colour.

Don’t just stop at regular conditioning, but invest in a good hair mask and apply this once, twice, or more a week depending on how dry your hair is. Keeping your hair moisturised protects the colour from running.  For extra colour protection, try a leave-in conditioner as well. While maintaining this range of products might seem costly, they actually save you dye-job money in the long run.

3 Home Remedies
Egg DIY Hair Mask


Speaking of hair products, if you’re not willing to burn a hole in your wallet, try home remedies to keep your hair hydrated. They are great because you’ll know exactly what you’re putting on your hair. Plus, you get to play masak-masak while you’re at it.

This kind of mask is packed with protein which nourishes the hair. Besides that, components like fatty acids and Vitamin A makes your hair shiny and prevents breakage.

4 Stay Away from Hot Tools

Hair Style ToolColoured hair is more vulnerable to heat. Just as you should avoid hot showers, reduce your hot tools usage like blow dryers, hair straighteners, and hair curlers. These tend to dry out your hair, quickening the fading process. If you must sport a Goldilocks look to a dance, use a heat protectant spray beforehand.

5 Regularly Trim Your Hair 

Trim Hair ScissorsGet your hair trimmed every month or two. As hair ends are the oldest parts of our hair, they are more prone to damage and split ends, which is particularly the case for coloured hair. For even hair colour and to prevent split ends, trim your hair regularly.

6 Opt For Touch-up Dyes

Once your hair grows out and your roots start to show, avoid recolouring your whole head of hair. Instead, ask your stylist for a touch-up dye at the roots. He or she will know to match your roots with your current hair colour. This way, you don’t put your hair through another round of colouring. And yes, this means that you won’t get to change your hair colour too often but hey, there are worse things #firstworldproblems.

Why you should care

Want to make those coloured locks last a little longer than usual? A regular trim is just one of 6 different ways to do so!

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