When you pay big bucks for beautiful hair colour, you’re going to want to keep it that way for as long as possible…

Semi VS permanent hair colour

If you’re going to colour your hair, decide beforehand whether you’ll use permanent or semi-permanent colour – each of these has their distinct advantages.

Permanent colour covers greys, and can usually give you more vibrant colour results, especially if you’re aiming for reds. On the downside, you’ll have a solid regrowth after four weeks if the colour is more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour, which means you’ll either have to be religious with maintenance or walk around with regrowth until you colour again.

Semi-permanent hair colour fades gradually, but don’t expect it to fade completely.

It will look less obvious when your hair grows out as the colour won’t be as vibrant or dark anymore, so you’ll have a little leeway with recolouring. Lightening hair with semi-permanent colour generally isn’t very successful, and it doesn’t cover greys as well as permanent colour.

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Home VS salon hair colour

Home hair colour has come a long way, and if you’re doing a pretty simple colour you should be able to manage it yourself. You’ll also save quite a bit of money, which in turn will mean you’ll be able to afford maintaining your colour. You are at risk of making mistakes with your home colour though, and even if you do get it right you’ll likely end up with colour bands after a few months (lines where one colour stops and the next ends).

The benefit of having a professional colour your hair is that the process is much more controlled. They’ll only apply colour exactly where needed (e.g. only on the regrowth if that’s all you need), and they can offer expert advice and additional services when required.

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How to care for coloured hair

The more frequently you wash your hair, the faster your hair colour will fade. Try your best to stretch the number of days between hair washes by using dry shampoo

You can also slow down the fading process by using shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for colour treated hair – look for low sulphate or sulphate free shampoo. You can go one step further by using a shampoo for your specific hair colour – there are specific formulations available for the needs blondes, brunettes and redheads.

How to style coloured hair

Heat styling is the enemy of hair dye. Ensure that you use a heat protection product every time you style your hair. While you’re at it, you should also make it a habit to use it every single day – heat protectors also protect your hair and your colour against UV damage.

Protect your dyed hair

Aside from using products to protect your hair against the elements, you can also use physical methods of protection. Braid your hair if you’re going to be outside in the wind all day. Wear a sun hat. If you’re lounging around in a pool for hours on end, tie up your hair so it’s not exposed to the chemicals in the water the entire time and rinse it immediately after you get out of the water.