Stepping out of the salon with your hair freshly dyed in a gorgeous shade of brown or blue is one of the best feelings ever! It completely transforms your look and puts you in a good mood. But watching it fade in just about a few weeks can be upsetting. I mean, getting your hair coloured in a salon is an expensive affair and watching all that money go down the drain is no fun.

You need to pay extra attention to your colour treated hair if you want the dye to last longer. How you wash it and what products you use are the most important factors. In this article, we will guide you through the right way to wash your hair after colouring.

 

Wait for 72 hours before washing

Wait for 72 hours before washing

While dyeing, the hair’s cuticle layer is opened, allowing easy penetration of colour into the shaft. Washing your hair too soon may lead to your colour getting washed down the drain as the cuticle layer may still be open. It takes approximately three days for the cuticle layer to go back to its original form. Therefore, it is advised to wait for 72 hours before shampooing your tresses after colouring.

 

Use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner

Use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner

Sodium Laureth Sulfate or SLS is a common ingredient found in shampoos. It is a cleansing agent and makes your product lather. However, this ingredient can strip off natural oils from your hair along with your hair colour, which you spent hours and money on at the salon. Using a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner can prevent your colour from fading. The Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo and Conditioner range is perfect for all hair types. Infused with Moroccan argan oil, it imparts a healthy shine to your gorgeous mane.

 

Avoid hot showers

Avoid hot showers

Hot water opens your hair cuticle and makes it easy for the hair colour to get washed off easily while shampooing and conditioning. Decrease the water temperature and rinse off with cold water to help seal in the moisture from your conditioner and prevent colour from fading.

 

Wash hair less often

Wash hair less often

If you want your hair colour to last longer, avoid washing your hair every day. Every time you wash your hair, a little bit of natural oil and dye goes down the drain, so stick to 2-3 washes per week. If your hair gets greasy or dirty in between washes, use a dry shampoo like the Dove Fresh & Floral Dry Shampoo. It will refresh and revive your coloured hair and make it look voluminous

 

Stay away from chlorine

Stay away from chlorine

Lazing in the pool on a sunny day while sipping pina coladas may sound great, but chlorine is your hair’s worst enemy, especially when it's colour-treated. Light shades may develop a greenish tint, while darker shades may lose their shine and appear dull. Avoid chlorinated water as much as possible, or wear a swimmer’s cap before diving into the pool.

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