1. Space out your wash
Right after colouring, wait at least two days before washing your hair. This gives your hair cuticles more time to seal in your new colour longer. And space out shampoos – we’re talking twice a week, max.
Try: Label. M Brunette Dry Shampoo, $58 (200 ml).
Label.M Brunette Dry Shampoo uses rice starch to soak up excess oil, and leaves hair with a matte, slightly texturised finish.
Try: Batiste Medium and Brunette Dry Shampoo, $12.90.
To tackle greasy roots or smelly strands, try a scented, coloured, dry shampoo. It’ll absorb any oil, prevent more from building up and give your locks a refresh in-between washes.
Try: Moist Diane Perfect Beauty Extra Moist and Shine Shampoo, $16.90 (450 ml).
Moist Diane Perfect Beauty Extra Moist and Shine Shampoo contains organic argan oil and keratin to repair damaged strands while enhancing vibrancy of coloured hair.
Try: Vichy Dercos Ultra-Soothing Color Cleansing Cream, $29 (250 ml).
If you have a sensitive scalp, the Vichy Dercos Ultra-Soothing Color Cleansing Cream is formulated without sulphates, and contains scalp-soothing active ingredients that won’t cause colour fade.
Try: Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Wash Shampoo, $40 (250 ml).
Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Wash Shampoo also contains colour-preserving ingredients and a wheat protein complex to guard against UV rays and humidity.
3. Keep your mane moisturised
The more moisturised your hair is, the better it holds colour. However, styling or treatment products that have alcohol listed in the top five ingredients can dry your hair out and strip the colour.
Try: IGK Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-in Conditioner $42 (179 ml).
Protect and quench dehydrated hair with the nourishing IGK Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-in Conditioner which also helps keep frizz in check.
Try: L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask, $6.90.
Activated by steam, the L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask saves you time by letting your moisturise your mane in the shower.
Try: Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask with Temporary Coloring, $77 (250 ml).
Neutralise brassy tones and put the radiance back in highlights with the Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask with Temporary Coloring.
4. Turn down the heat
Hot water is the biggest culprit for fading colour, so keep the water temperature as cool as possible when showering to make your shade go the distance.
Using hot styling tools for your daily blowdry or weekly straightening contributes to colour fade too, as heat fries the colour by opening the cuticle (where colour is locked in), lifting it out from the hair in the same way hot water does. Limit your use of heat tools as much as possible, and when you do use them, always apply heat protectant beforehand.
Try: Keune Care Absolute Volume Thermal Protector, $27 (200 ml).
It has a vitamin-enriched formula to strengthen hair fibres from within, while protecting it from the harsh heat of your heat-styling tools.
5. Use in-shower pigments
Sure, there are products made for colour-treated hair that work to preserve your just-dyed mane, but the next best things are in-shower pigments to help improve colour longevity, adjust the shade of your locks and lightly cover any greys.
Try: Aprilskin Turn-Up Color Treatment, $13 (60 ml).
Hydrate hair and enhance your colour with Aprilskin Turn-Up Color Treatment, a temporary hair tint that lasts about two weeks.
Try: L’Oreal Paris Colorista Washouts, $16.90 (80 ml).
Refresh your colour or switch shades with L’Oreal Paris Colorista Washouts, a semi-permanent hair colour treatment that slowly fades over one to two weeks.