Over the last few years I have experimented with bleaching and dying, after a while (sometimes sooner than I’d hoped!) my hair resembles that of a scarecrow. Making me regret my home dye job all together. I have found a few helpful techniques which work to keep my hair colour lasting.
Use a conditioning hair dye, it will hydrate your hair and it will give a glossy finish. At the moment I have been using La Riche Directions Semi-Permanent Hair Colour in Violet (£3.29). Much to contrary belief do NOT use conditioner when dying your hair. I know so many people add conditioner to their hair dye to make it more pastel, if you wish to do this use a pasteliser, that’s what they are there for. Using conditioner just before or whilst dying you hair prevents the dye from reaching the hair properly, wasting your time and money. If you do wish to use a conditioner it should be silicone free, which I didn’t realise until recently are far and few in the market!
Buy specific shampoos and conditioners for dyed hair, I really like Tresemmé’s Colour Protection shampoo and conditioner (around £5 each) and found the loss of colour in the shower is much less. John Frieda has a range of tailored hair colour protecting shampoos with moisturising properties, Brilliant Brunette (£1.94) contains crushed pearls and almonds to revitalise colour-treated brunette hair. I often use this shampoo when I have my natural brunette hair and have found it has given more shine.
Using a hair mask frequently will add moisture to your dried locks. A favourite of mine is Bleach London’s Reincarnation Mask (£6), concentrating the product on my ends and leaving for 15 minutes before rinsing. Looking for cheaper alternatives I came across Tresemmé’s Keratine Smooth Concentrated Smooth Treatment (£1.49) a 60 second shot treatment. Like most beauty products I leave the mask on much longer than suggested, making my hair silky and nourished.
Things to avoid include over washing your hair, this can lead to the colour coming out sooner than you’d wish. Wash your hair in cool water this will wash out less colour and is more gentle on your hair general. Also, minimise your usage of heat appliances, I have found that when I straighten my hair the ends will break off as they are weakened by the previous bleaching and dying. Turn the heat down, this will help reduce breakage. I give my hair a couple days off in between heat styling to recover. Of course regardless of having dyed hair, always use heat protection!-You don’t want frazzled locks. I’ve been using Tresemmé’s Heat Defence Styling Spray (£3.50) for years, generously applying to my freshly washed damp hair.I have found that the combination of these tips has helped the longevity of my hair colour.
As you can tell I have a lot of Tresemmé products, do you have any other recommendations? Feel like I need to branch out.- I’d love to hear from you.