Blondes to brunettes, reds to blacks, purples to pinks, and every colour of the rainbow, there’s nothing quite like stepping out of the salon with your new coloured do. A new hair colour has the power to change your entire look, take you from drab to fab, and bring out the sparkle in your eyes. To keep that fresh out of the salon new-colour-good-vibes feel going for even longer, there’s a few simple hints and tricks that you should always follow.
Remember this helpful rhyme and repeat it all the time: the most important thing you can do for your hair is to follow proper after care. (Wonder if we could send that to Beyonce for her next album?)
After colouring, make sure to wait a full 72 hrs before shampooing
When you get your hair coloured, your cuticle layer is opened up so the colour can penetrate and stay. Problem is that if you rush home and immediately shower after the initial colouring, the cuticle layer could still be open which means that the freshly applied colour is washed away before it has time to do it’s job. It can take up to three days for the cuticle to close properly, so the longer you leave it without washing it the better. We know it can feel kinda grubby leaving it unwashed for that long (especially in Hong Kong summers) but it’ll be worth it.
When it’s time to wash, use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner
Sodium laureth sulfate, aka sodium laureth ether sulfate, is a chemical that creates that foaming effect in your shampoos and conditioners (in other words, it makes things bubbly). Sulfates are extremely harsh on your new colour, and using a product with sulfates in it will run the risk of stripping your hair of its natural oils and moisture, which can then lead to stripping your brand new colour.
Save yourself a lot of heart break and anguish and invest in some sulfate-free products. Ask your colourist, hairdresser, or anyone at the spa and see what they would recommend.
Have a cool shower
No, we don’t mean wear your sunglasses and groovy hat into the shower, we mean that you should shower in low temperatures. High temperatures open up the cuticle, which as we know is a big no-no in maintaining hair colour. We suggest using a lukewarm temperature for the shampooing segment of your shower as the slight warmth helps the shampoo to penetrate and clean, and then if you can manage it a cold temperature for the conditioning segment.
Wash your hair less often
You really shouldn’t be washing your hair everyday, and when you have dyed hair that frequency comes down even lower. The best thing you can do to maintain your colour for longer is to wash your hair at most 2-3 times a week. Any more than that, and you’ll be stripping away the colour. If you cannot stand having dirty hair (we feel you), then make sure to follow this handy tip:
Dry Shampoo is your best friend
The yin to your yang, your saving grace, and every girl’s best friend, dry shampoo will help you adjust to washing your hair less frequently and avoid that extra dirty hair look. Grab a colour-safe dry shampoo from Mannings, Sasa, Bonjour, or any local beauty store and use it when needed. Hold your dry shampoo about 30cm from your hair and spray, work it into the roots using your fingers, and then let it sit for a few minutes before brushing through. Instantly clean hair!
Use heat protectant spray before using heated styling tools
You don’t go out in the sun without sunscreen, so why should you subject your hair to heat without protection? Help protect your new hair colour by spritzing some heat protectant on your locks before using a hair dryer, straightener, curler, or any other fancy gizmo that introduces heat to your hair.
Get your hair trimmed regularly
Having dead and split ends will make your hair fade even faster. Book in with your hairdresser every 6-8 weeks to get those ends tamed and your look freshened up. If you’re worried about the costs of going to the hairdresser that frequently, make sure to book in with BloomMe to get additional discounts on the treatment.
If you find yourself fighting a losing battle against split ends, maybe there’s something else that’s not quite right in your routine. Time to armour up, grab a sharper sword, and head onto the battlefield to fight that split-end monster.
Blondes to brunettes, reds to blacks, purples to pinks, and every colour of the rainbow, there’s nothing quite like stepping out of the salon with your new coloured do. A new hair colour has the power to change your entire look, take you from drab to fab, and bring out the sparkle in your eyes….