There's nothing worse than regularly spending a fortune having your hair coloured to notice only weeks later that your colour is fading. There are various contributing factors, including washing your hair too often, frequent use of heat styling tools without using the appropriate protectant products, swimming in chlorine without wearing a swimming cap, as well as extensive sun exposure. If you've noticed that your colour is looking a little worse for wear and fading all too fast, we've got the tips and tricks to get your hair picture-perfect for the party season.
- Choose shampoo, conditioner and styling products that are designed to cater for coloured hair, and even more specifically, those tailored to every different hair colour. To maintain your colour and shine in-between salon visits, try Aveda's three-part system Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner (from $12.95 each) and Aveda Color Conserve Conditioning Treatment ($49.95), featuring soy-derived vitamin E and other enriching plant-based ingredients.
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- Don't wash your hair every day! Frequent washing strips the colour from your hair, causing it to look faded and dry. However if your hair tends to be on the oily side, minimise the amount of shampoo you use and lightly massage it into your scalp and try and prevent it from running through the full length of your hair.
- Treat your locks to a deep conditioning treatment at least once every two weeks to keep it protected and strengthen. We like Matrix Total Results Color Care Intensive Mask ($24.85) with vitamin E and sunflower oil to maintain your hair colour for up to 45 washes.
- While it might not be something you would normally consider, wearing a cap while swimming in chlorine can prevent your colour from fading — blondes especially, as it can go green from exposure to the copper elements in the chlorine.