Whether you’re a hair dye virgin or are looking to dye for the first time, you should always go through all of the options and prep for the end result in order to give your hair the best chance. None of us want a hair dye job worthy of a viral video, all sizzled, falling out and slightly yellow. Veer away from the colour palette of nightmares by going through our fail safe check list!
#1 Use a Colour Specific Shampoo
This tops the list as now that your hair is colour treated, you need to consider how to keep the colour from being drained out every time you wash it. One of the most significant changes to the condition of your coloured hair will be by using colour-friendly shampoo. Sulphates contain salt and therefore damage the hair regardless of whether it’s coloured or not, but if you colour it, your hair is more sensitive to damaging factors like this, plus the sulfates strip the colour from your hair over time. Use a shampoo that is marked as specifically designed for coloured hair. Brands such as L’Oréal (the EverPure Range), Aveda (Color Conserve), and Kérastase (the Bain Chroma range) are all heavyweights in the realms of colour protection!
#2 Give it a Rest
If you’re one to wash your hair on a daily basis, now is the time to scale back. Doing so washes the natural oils from your scalp, aggravating it and causing it to produce more oils as a result, getting yourself into a vicious cycle. When your hair is coloured, it needs all the love and conditioning it can get, so don’t strip it constantly with this excessive daily washing. After you get into the habit of washing it every second or third day at the most, your hair will respond and stop needing it as regularly as it had done.
#3 Rinse and Repeat with Lukewarm Water
Washing your hair with hot water will open the cuticles and remove the moisture from your hair, so for that reason it is an obvious no-no for gals with hair already affected by dye. Rinsing your hair with lukewarm water will do the same job of washing without taking away precious moisture.
#4 Seal Cuticles with Cold Water
Following the rinse with lukewarm water, seal the cuticles with a splash of cold water. This will keep in the moisture you’ve just added to it and ensure it doesn’t fray or frizz. Don’t worry this won’t mean you have to end your nice warm showers feeling like a freezing cold drowned rat, it will suffice to just splash the ends of your hair rather than the roots.
#5 Find a Hydrating Conditioner for Every Wash
If you have ever skimped on conditioner before, now it’s time to break that habit! Whereas your hair may not have needed the deep conditioning step before, you’ve coloured it now so it’s a requirement every time you wash. Invest in a deep conditioner that leaves your hair restored afterwards rather than some of the cheaper culprits that give you a quick boost of shine but don’t actually do anything long term.
#6 Cut Back on Heat Styling
If it hasn’t been drilled into you yet over the last few tips, it’s all about keeping onto the moisture. Heat styling will inevitably dry out your hair, so minimising the exposure to this damage is really important. If you simply must, make sure to use a heat protectant every single time.
#7 Olaplex Bleach Baby
Now considered a miracle product for those with bleached or dyed blonde hair. Even Kim K gave it her seal of approval after she bleached her hair, and it wasn’t an endorsement. Given she spends the big bucks on her beauty regime, this says enough. It’s not a conditioner, but a three-step process that begins in the salon and ends at home, with multiple applications. The process undoes the damage you have put your hair through, reconstructing the strands on a cellular level.
#8 Use Dry Shampoo Instead of Daily Washing
Going back to one of the first tips, here is the answer to your limp roots resolved in one quick step. Get a dry shampoo that is marked as colour safe and spray away on days in between washes! Use an invisible one, such as COLAB, if you’re afraid of white marks showing up on dark hair.
#9 Silky Soft Conditioning
Leave-in conditioners are like a friend you haven’t talked to in years and then – BAM – they’re back again. Aveda are masters of looking after hair that’s treated, while Living Proof also have some killer scented products that will leave your hair frizz free and soft without weighing it down.
#10 Swim Safely!
If your hair has even an ounce of bleach in it, it will hiss with unhappiness at the touch of chlorine. Chlorine can make light-toned & colour treated hair go brassy or even green with excessive contact, so maybe get one of those tight suction caps for your next swim and risk looking like a granny for the sake of your roots, girlos.
#11 Back to the Roots
If you find your hair has become an endless money pit due to constant salon visits for a retouch, extend the life of your colour by trying out an at home root concealer. These new-to-the-market inventions are great for when you are staving off more appointments and stretching the cash until payday. They conceal roots with a brush or spray and lasts without transfer until you wash it out.
#12 Hair Brushing Tricks
As we know, our hair will be weaker if dyed with a permanent colour or bleach especially, and another way to treat it kindly following the dye job is to use gentle but effective hair brushes, which won’t break the hair while unknotting it. The Tangle Teezer or using a wet hair brush are two amazing versions that will keep you Rapunzel ready.
#13 Use a Microfiber Towel
This is a must-have for not only those with frizz-prone or curly hair, but dyed and damaged hair. Unlike ordinary towels, this won’t cause friction against your hair and make it more frizzy and dried out, it will simply just do the job of removing excess water.
#14 Skip Clarifying Shampoos Unless It’s Pre-Salon Wash
This may be hard to resist if you use a lot of products such as texturizing sprays but a clarifying shampoo will strip the colour from your hair regardless of any precautions you take. The only time you should use them is the wash before you go for the next dye job. Make sure not to wash the hair for two days before you dye it as if there is no oil at the roots then they will be damaged.
#15 Relax, Don’t Do It!
If you have processed hair such as relaxed or permed hair, don’t even try to dye it a light colour or it will literally dissolve. It is simply too much strain on the follicles and they will be destroyed, so pick one or the other!