making hair colour last longer

Maintaining coloured hair can be a chore. But, with the right products and a few tips, it doesn’t have to be. In last month’s blog post, we went over some of this year’s most anticipated hair trends—some of which included dyed hair. If you’re considering experimenting with the trendy hair colours of 2024, its important that you know how to keep the colour fresh until your next salon visit. To help you keep the colour of your locks vibrant, we have compiled a list of daily habits and stylist-recommended products. Follow along below to learn more about caring for coloured hair. 

What Habits Can I Adopt to Preserve My Dyed Hair?

  1. Turn Down the Temp of Your Shower

A good habit to get into when you have freshly coloured hair is to keep your shower temperature at a minimum. However, this does not mean that you need to take a freezing cold shower. Instead, try keeping the heat warm and then rinsing any products out with cooler water. Showering at a hot temperature can cause the colour molecules in your hair to rinse out of your locks. For those with red hair, this effect is amplified, because red dyes tend to have larger molecules. So, if you’re following this year’s red hair trends, this is a tip you’ll want to keep in mind. 

  1. Use Products Without Sulfates

If you’re a frequent hair dyer, you’re likely to know that sulphates can be enemy number one when it comes to maintaining your colour. If your shampoo and conditioner are packed with these chemicals, consider opting for a gentler formula. There are several hair wash products available that do not contain high amounts of sulphates. This will ensure that you prevent your new hair colour from fading. Regardless of whether your hair is dyed or not, switching to a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner will keep your hair healthier! 

  1. Avoid Excess Heat

Another way to keep your hair colour fresh is by avoiding excessive heat. This means ditching your heat tools when possible. Your flat iron and curling wand are major culprits for removing moisture and colour from your hair. If you must use these tools, be sure to apply a heat protectant and keep the temperature of your tools on a low setting. Additionally, letting your hair air dry as opposed to blow drying it, can be of benefit!

Other Tips to Note

  1. Stay Out of Direct Sunlight

Ever wonder why vampires have such luscious locks? It’s because they stay out of the sunlight! Bad jokes aside, being sun-smart is a good habit to get into when caring for your coloured hair. Just the same as heat tools and hot showers can fade your hair, so can the sunshine. Exposing your locks to the harshness of the sun’s UV rays can give a brassy or bleached look. To avoid sun damage, wear a hat or stay in the shade if possible.  

  1. Choose the Right Colour

If you want your hair to look vibrant without needing to do a ton of maintenance, it’s best to stick to shades that are within one to two depths of your natural hair colour. Doing so offers several benefits. For example, a more forgiving fade, less noticeable growth and a gentler dying process. This is especially true for those who want to go from dark to light shades or vice versa. By choosing a colour range that is close to your natural locks, you’ll be afforded more flexibility between hair appointments. 

  1. Shampoo Less

Washing your hair less isn’t always the most appealing thought. However, avoiding your shampoo can be one of the easiest ways to keep your hair dye fresh for longer. The formula for most shampoos, no matter how gentle they are, can still cause the dye to be stripped from your locks. Shampoos are designed to clean your locks and strip away dirt and oil. Unfortunately, during this process, some loss of colour is inevitable. Washing your hair less frequently and using dry shampoo in between washes is a good strategy to take on. Talk with your stylist about what dry shampoos and washing products they recommend for keeping your hair colour bright!

Contact us About Hair Colouring in West Kelowna Today!

Are you looking to switch up your hair colour for 2024? Book an appointment with one of our stylists today! Be sure to contact us if you have any hair or beauty-related questions. We look forward to seeing you in the salon soon. Don’t forget to submit your hair care questions to our “Ask a Stylist” forum.  Moreover, be sure to check back next month for more hair content and visit our social media