Our hair colour is as unique as we are, and needs special care.

Here are some factors that affect how you should treat your coloured hair.
If you’re using shampoo every time you shower, stop what you’re doing immediately!
Shampoos remove the essential oils and moisture that your hair needs to stay hydrated, making it hard to achieve shiny, moisturized strands. Instead, use a little dry shampoo or go for a chic low-pony on days you’re feeling a little greasy.

Ideally, you should wash your hair once, twice or at most thrice a week depending on how greasy your hair gets, but not more than thrice. Wash your hair using a mild shampoo to suit both your scalp and hair needs but more importantly to care for your new colour that you spent your hard earned money on. While shampooing helps you get rid of dirt, debris and grime, remember conditioning makes your hair softer, smoother and more manageable.

Whether you have platinum blonde, brunette, black, red, or even blue hair, colour treated hair needs a little extra attention if you’re wanting your colour to last long.

How To Wash:
Wash your hair using a sulfate-free shampoo or colour safe shampoo. Restrict using your shampoo to your scalp as that is what needs cleansing.
Turn down water temperature when shampooing.
Though hot showers feel amazing to me, it isn’t so great for my hair colour. Washing hair with hot water, open’s the hair’s cuticle layer, allowing your color to wash out.

Coming from someone who has had pink, orange, black, brunette, and my more natural colour, blonde, I have had to learn a thing or two about getting colour to last longer. Here are my tips that I have gathered over the years!

Try use sulfate-free shampoo.
By using sulfates, you run the risk of stripping your hair of its natural oils and moisture, which can then lead to stripping your beautiful colour treated hair (which you just spent hours and money at the hair salon to achieve).

Tip: After colouring, wait a full 72 hrs before shampooing.
After coloring, wait a full 72 hrs before shampooing
When coloring hair, your cuticle layer is opened, making it easy for color to penetrate the hair shaft. When you wash your hair too soon after your appointment, the cuticle layer could still be open which then leads to your color being washed down the drain. It takes up to three days for the cuticle layer to fully close, so the longer you wait to shampoo your hair after you color your hair, the more time the color pigment will have to soak into the hair cuticle – which will help your color last longer in between salon visits.

Whats the buzz about “sulfate-free shampoo”?

Sulfates are found in many of our every day personal care products. Sulfates are detergents and they’re extremely good at what they do, cleansing [hair and the scalp] by cutting through dirt and grime.

We have seen many of our favorite brands have introduced shampoos whose labels now read “sulfate-free”.
But what is all the fuss about, “I have been using regular shampoo all my life”, I hear many clients say.

If you have been using a shampoo containing sulfates over the years and haven’t experienced any side effects, you can continue doing so.
On the other hand, if you suffer from sensitive skin or want to maintain your pricey salon colour for longer, then we suggest you do the switch to a sulfate-free formula.

Your hair texture, is an important factor to consider in your hair care routine.
If your hair is naturally dry and you want to keep it naturally moisturised, a sulfate-free shampoo can help with that.
If you suffer from a sensitive scalp or scalp conditions like,
eczema, then it is best to replace your regular shampoo with a sulfate-free one.

If you are experiencing any conditions like dandruff or an extra greasy scalp, you can talk to your doctor and follow his/her recommended regimen.

Avoid chlorine
Chlorine is a chemical bleaching agent that cleans pools and will definitely strip color from your hair when enjoying a sunny pool day. Blonde hair is susceptible to turning a greenish tint, while darker shades may become dull, dry out, and lose its shine. So, if you find yourself wanting to go to the pool, try a swimmer’s cap! Or, try getting your hair wet in the shower, use conditioner, and then don’t rinse it out. This will create a barrier on the hair shaft so that the chlorine won’t penetrate.

Add dye to your conditioner
If you’re rocking a brighter look like pink, purple, or even blue, try adding a little bit of your dye to your conditioner when washing hair. This will slightly re-dye your hair every time you wash to keep it looking fresh until your roots grow out.

Use heat protectant spray before using hot tools
Heat will strip away color and hydration and lead to damaged hair. To help prevent these problems from happening while using hot tools, try using a heat protectant spray before blow drying or styling. Heat protectant sprays will help reduce moisture loss from inside the hair, smooth the outside of the hair, and protect your hair from humidity after heat styling which, in all, will help maintain your color.
Use leave-in treatments to protect hair color when styling

Remember:
Just like your skin, your hair too is exposed to environmental elements that can damage the texture and worsen the condition of your hair strands. Coloured and chemically treated hair needs extra hydration and protection from the sun to prevent damage and loss of nutrients to the hair.
Leave-in treatments will help keep your hair smooth and hydrated, and it’s important to find one with UV protection so that the sun won’t fade your hair colour.
Once a week, it is ideal to treat your hair to some real love and care, with a prescribed hair mask.

Continue to live your life beautifully.
Natasha von Brandis

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Natasha von Brandis

When it comes to all things “Hair” I am your girl, master stylist, extension expert and colour connoisseur. Being in the hair industry for 25 years a salon owner and stylist, always bringing creativity all aspects of my work and I am not afraid to push the limits.
Staying ahead of most through innovating new styles and techniques,  that I bring to my clients with personal flair.
I am just a girl that wants you to  look and feel your best, by bringing out the Queen within you.

This article was published in partnership with Media Xpose.

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6 Comments

  1. Aretha J

    Beautiful writing! Thank you for sharing your expertise.. xxx..

    Reply
  2. Desseray Beeton

    Lovely Article and very informative. Thank you so much Tach. I certainly learned a thing or two about color and how to take better care of my own color ✨

    I would also love to learn about home remedies to treat your hair between salon visits 🙌🕊

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  3. Carey

    Such amazing advice and a true professional! Thank you Natasha

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  4. Liesl

    Love this. I always wash May hair in hot water because does just feel amazing. I have learnt something new. Thank you!

    Reply
  5. A-iesha

    Kudos to this article! 👏🏻👑Makes me wanna get pink hair again because now I am more aware on how to care for it better!

    Reply
  6. Veronica Oosthuizen

    Thank you for the article, factual and very informative

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