Even though colouring your hair is perhaps one of the easiest ways to give yourself a complete makeover, the truth of the matter is that coloured hair requires maintenance. To keep the colour fresh and prevent it from fading, you need to invest in the right hair care products and adopt better hair care practices. Clueless about where to start? We’ve got you covered.

Here are five simple ways to prevent your hair colour from fading and keep it looking fresh and vibrant until your next salon appointment…

 

01. Use sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner

01. Use sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner

The harsh surfactants present in hair cleansers and conditioners strip your hair of moisture and make the colour fade faster. Sulphates, one of the most common stripping surfactants, is present in a lot of hair care products. To ensure your colour stays locked in and vibrant, you need a non-stripping, sulphate-free formula like the TRESemmé Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo and Conditioner duo. It’s formulated with Moroccan argan oil that provides gentle care to coloured hair, delivering long-lasting vibrancy and shine.

Pro tip: Use cold water to rinse off the conditioner. It helps close the cuticles, locks in moisture and delivers incredible shine.

 

02. Use both tepid and cold water for hair wash

02. Use both tepid and cold water for hair wash

Apart from using the right hair care products, it’s necessary to use the right water temperature to wash your hair. Hot water is particularly drying and opens up hair cuticles, allowing hair colour to be easily washed away and fade faster. Make sure to wash your hair with lukewarm and cold water for best results. Use the lukewarm water to shampoo your hair and cold water to rinse off the conditioner.

 

03. Avoid over washing

03. Avoid over washing

One of the best ways to keep your hair colour from fading is to wash your hair as little as possible. Why? Well, apart from stripping away the natural oils from your hair scalp, it is inevitable to wash away some of the hair colour with each wash. Extend the life of your hair colour by investing in a dry shampoo like the Dove Fresh & Floral Dry Shampoo to keep your hair grease-free in between washes.

 

04. Use a heat-protectant

04. Use a heat-protectant

Using heat styling products too frequently is a complete no-no if you have coloured hair. Heat strips away moisture, increases dryness and in turn makes the colour fade faster. Now, since giving up on heat tools completely is asking for too much, make sure to at least spritz on a generous amount of a heat protectant spray like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray before styling. This product not only protects your tresses against heat damage, but also fights frizz, detangles knots, boosts shine, soften your hair and tames flyaways — a must-have product in your hair care routine if you ask us.

 

05. Moisturise them

05. Moisturise them

Strong and healthy hair is better able to retain colour than weak, damaged hair. That’s why it’s necessary to include a damage repairing mask like the Dove Intense Damage Repair Hair Mask in your hair care routine. It’s packed with 1/4th moisturising cream (deeply nourishes hair) and keratin actives (repairs hair damage) to refresh, revive and repair your colour treated hair. Use twice a week to keep your hair healthy and colour looking as good as new.

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