It's all about the shampoo you
are using when it comes to keeping the colour as it was when you
left the salon. A certain amount of colour fade has to be expected
especially in sunny climates. The majority of colour fade however,
can be prevented by using the right products especially when it
comes to your shampoo. A good example is that anti-dandruff and
shampoos designed for babies, are sometimes used by hairdressers
to remove some forms of unwanted colour!
It's about balance though, if you
have dandruff and colour your hair copper, as an example, you
really should be using something to help the dandruff. In a case
like this you could use a shampoo for the dandruff and condition with a conditioner with a copper tone added to it
to replace what is fading out by using the anti-dandruff product.
It is also important to follow with
a conditioner every time you wash your hair if it is coloured.
This is because the action of a shampoo is to open up the outer
surface of your hair to clean it. If it is not sealed down by
the action of a conditioner colour can more easily fade.
Other things to remember when caring
for coloured hair:
- Coloured hair needs special protection
when in the sun or swimming if you want to avoid excessive fade
and damage. Try a sun and chlorine protection product
or wear a hat "full" time.
- See our section on
for how not to stress your hair when combing it out.
can be a problem if you
over-dry coloured hair. Always use a
when blow-drying to minimise damage.
Sharon Blain from
the Art of Hair, one of Australia's top salons, has given
us some valuable tips on caring for colour and coloured blonde
"For longer lasting colour
we do not recommend ordinary shampoo and conditioner. That's why
Artec has created a personalised colour shampoo and conditioner
to protect your hair colour from fading and to keep it in great
"Caring for Blonde Hair
- Use a moisturising shampoo
to avoid stripping further moisture from the hair.
- Always condition hair after
- Before applying conditioner,
gently bolt excess water from the hair.
- Deep condition or treat
once a week to rebuild moisture levels in the hair.
- Any cool blonde shades with
icy undertones such as platinum or champagne need a little more
attention at home to help maintain the tone.
- Artec have a program personally
prescribed to your hair colour by your stylist.
- Goldwell also have a Colorance
Mousse easily applied at home.
- Don't forget Goldwell Vivecap
Fluide Serum which is a "takeaway" moisture bath for your hair.
Simply spray on after shampooing and your hair condition will
visibly improve immediately.