Dyed and coloured hair needs a little extra care to make sure it looks its best and doesn’t fade. Find out how you can keep your colours bright.
To stay bright and avoid colour leaching, you need to keep dyed hair healthy.
But you can’t just grab your nearest shampoo to do that – once you’ve coloured your hair, you need to start taking some special hair care steps.
Hair dye and hair care
Dying your hair is more than just a simple paint job; it works by taking advantage of the natural structure of your hair and the chemical makeup of the dye to get the job done.
There are actually a couple of ways that hair dye can work, depending on how permanent you’d like the colour to be.
Basically, it works like this:
- Your hair is covered by a protective outer layer, called the cuticle
- Hair dye uses chemicals to penetrate this layer with colour molecules
- Depending on your hair type and the colour you’re going for, dyes can include chemicals like ammonia, hydrogen peroxide or sensitizers to help change the shade of your hair
The upshot of all this is that your hair a) needs healthy cuticles to keep the hair dye in place, and b) can actually be damaged by the dyes themselves.
That makes your hair care routine particularly important for making sure that your hair colour lasts.
Caring for dye coloured hair
Because the cuticle is responsible for keeping dye molecules in the hair fibre (not to mention its main job of protecting the health of your hair), you need a hair care routine that will keep the cuticle in good shape.
That means moisturising.
A good moisturising shampoo like Head & Shoulders Supréme Colour Protect Shampoo is ideal for this; it helps to nourish and smooth the cuticles, locking your hair colour in place, and giving your hair a smoother look to boot.
For even better results, add a moisturising conditioner that will give your hair an extra moisture boost, and help to temporarily seal the cuticle so it’s better protected from damage.
Try using Head & Shoulders Supreme Colour Protect Conditioner, which is formulated to protect your colour while boosting the good work your anti-dandruff shampoo has done.
Do it right, and your hair colour will stay bright for longer.