While all of us love colouring our hair, maintaining them is another story altogether. Losing your vibrant hair colour can happen literally overnight, if you make the mistake of using shampoos, conditioners and other products that are not equipped to enhance and maintain the pigment.

We understand the heartbreak of spending big money at your hair salon for that trendy colour and then having it fade after a week because you messed up a shampoo. Here are some of the best hair colour-maintaining tips that we swear by...

The 72-hour rule
 

The 72-hour rule

The cuticle layer that has opened during the hair colour process tends to take about three days to fully close. This is why it is important to wait at least 72 hours before your first shampoo if you want your colour to last longer in between salon visits.

Sulphate free products
 

Sulphate free products

Sulphate products tend to strip your hair of its natural oils and moisture, which can then lead to stripping your beautiful colour treated hair. Always use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner if you want to keep your hair colour from fading.

Have a cold water shower
 

Have a cold water shower

Though hot showers feel amazing, your hair colour does not love it. When washing hair with hot water, it opens the hair’s cuticle allowing your colour to wash out while shampooing and conditioning. This is why it is important to give your hair a cold water rinse after conditioning. This helps seal in the moisture from your conditioner while preventing colour from fading by sealing the hair’s cuticle.

Use dry shampoo
 

Use dry shampoo

Alternate your normal hair washing days with a dry shampoo. A colour-friendly dry shampoo will refresh your hair and make it look like you just got a blowout without even having to wash your hair!