Hair Colour Aftercare – and what not to do!

Once we have achieved the perfect colour, it is then left in your hands to maintain and look after your hair at home to get longevity from the colour and retain good hair health between salon visits.

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Written by Director and Head Colourist Jamie

 

As stylists, we create beautiful bespoke colours for our guests. We do more than just put a generic colour squeezed from a tube on to your precious hair… We carefully choose the correct type of product for each individual person and mix (sometimes many) different tones and depths together to create the perfect colour needed to enhance, neutralise, add depth, blend or lighten hair.

 

Once we have achieved the perfect colour, it is then left in your hands to maintain and look after your hair at home to get longevity from the colour and retain good hair health between salon visits.

 

First, and most importantly, its shampoo and conditioner. 

 

What you wash your hair in really does matter. If you are willing to spend money on your hair in the salon why not invest in the correct aftercare to ensure you love your tresses for longer. 

Cheap supermarket shampoos will strip the colour. Toners will not last, blondes will go brassy and colours will fade. Our stylists can recommend the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and needs.

 

Paul Mitchell is vegan, cruelty free and has products that feature clean formulas, organic botanicals and carbon negative packaging. Products can also protect against sun damage.

 

Our favourites are Paul Mitchell Colour Protect shampoo and conditioner and Tea Tree Special Colour Shampoo and Conditioner. 

 

Honestly, it’s not about the selling of the product, it’s about getting the best result for longer. 

 

Spending over £100 for a hair colouring service and then washing it in £5 supermarket brands just seems like a waste of money. Our duo’s start at £23.95 and because they are quality products, you only need to use a tiny amount. 

The bottle will last a lot longer than the water filled cheaper options from any supermarket and will actually have a beneficial outcome for your colour. Using the products in small amounts, (that’s all you need), the bottles can last up to 6 weeks… definitely value for money and if your colour lasts longer as a result, less money spent on maintaining your hair at the salon! 

 

Next up – heat damage.

 

I know, I know…all hairdressers ask if you use it and from experience consulting with clients, a high percentage don’t. But do you really understand why it’s important?

 

Hair straighteners, wands, crimpers and hairdryers on full heat can and WILL cause damage to the hair… but so can the sun, showering in water way too hot or blasting the car heaters on the highest setting.

 

Mechanical and environmental heat does damage the hair cuticle. When this happens the hair becomes dry and brittle leaving it prone to snapping. Your locks can become difficult to manage, hard to brush through while wet, frizzy and almost certainly your colour will not hold. Dark hair will fade quickly, vivids will change rapidly and blondes will wash brassy, fast!

 

Imagine one strand of hair. It is covered in overlapping tiles, like a roof. When cuticles are damaged, these tiles break away leaving the others around it lifted. 

Colour sits within the centre of the hair shaft and is held in by the ‘tiles’. 

If they are missing the colour will escape… it really is as simple as that.

No amount of recolouring at the salon will help… it all comes down to using the correct aftercare at home to help repair your hair so it will hold on to the colour better.

 

For those of us that love a bit of heat, we always recommend using heat protection while styling. These can come in creams and sprays applied to wet hair or aerosols for use on dry hair. Olaplex is a game changer – read our blog about olaplex here!

 

Our favourite heat protection products are – Clean Beauty heat styling spray, Olaplex No9 and Hot Off The Press.

 

Next time you blowdry your hair, check the heat setting. Always use medium heat and never high. If your hairdryer gets ridiculously hot then invest in a new one, you’ll thank us in the long run. 

 

Hot tools such as straighteners and wands often have heat settings on them. If you have fine to medium hair then you really don’t need it at 230 degrees. Try turning the heat down a little and save the long term singeing. Using excessively hot tools can turn blondes yellow-orange and will make darker colours or vivids fade rapidly.

 

So to recap – for best results when it comes to longer lasting colour, aftercare is essential.

If you need any help or advice, you are very welcome to book a free consultation at either of our salons, our stylists are always happy to help.

You can book online by clicking here.

 

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Ta ta for now!

“Elevator music”

 

Jamie 

xoxo

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