Whether you colour your hair at home or have it done professionally, most Australian and New Zealand women have their hair dyed regularly.
In fact, over 75% of us like to change the colour of our hair. And with a professional treatment costing between $100 and $200 it’s no small investment.
So what’s the best way to maintain your hair, so you can enjoy beautiful colour that last for longer? We’ve come up with some tips that will help you and your hair look and feel great between treatments.
Firstly, changing your hair colour is never a completely natural process. To make sure your new colour doesn’t just wash away, the cuticle of each hair has to be opened using strong chemicals – usually a solution of ammonia and/or peroxide. In fact traditional hair colouring isn’t recommended for certain people – including pregnant women and teenagers – because of those dangerous chemicals! There are some alternatives though, and many hairdressers are now using safer options. Just do a search for organic hairdressers to find one in your area.
But still, if any colouring process isn’t handled carefully it can damage your hair, leaving it dry and brittle.
Here’s what we recommend
1. Prepare your hair
In the two weeks before your colour treatment, use a moisturising treatment to deeply hydrate your hair. Jojoba Oil or Sweet Almond Oil can be applied to dry hair, wrapped with a warm towel and left for 30 minutes (or overnight). Or try our Deep Hydrating Treatment Conditioner that uses Fennel and Geranium for maximum hair health. This will increase your hair’s moisture levels, which will help it take up the colour more easily – and give you healthier hair after the dying process.
2. Clean your hair
Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo in the 24 hours before your treatment, to remove any impurities and coatings your hair might have. If you’ve been using conventional shampoos your hair may be coated with silicone and this needs to be removed so your colour treatment can penetrate properly. We recommended our Rosemary and Lavender Shampoo which has a very low pH and will help the colour penetrate.
3. Protect your scalp
Your hair and scalp are intrinsically linked. So if you have a very sensitive or problematic scalp, it’s a good idea to protect it before you start putting any dyes on your hair. You can do this by applying a small amount of Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil to your scalp to create a barrier. Part the hair and aim directly for the scalp, so you’re not coating your hair in oil and making it harder for the dye to work. The let the oil rest for a few minutes so it can be absorbed.
4. Apply the colour
If you’re visiting your hairdresser they will take care of this part. If you’re applying a home colour follow the instructions carefully – no need for surprises at this stage!
5. Wash it out
This is even more important than it sounds, and we recommend an anti oxidant shampoo like our Anti-oxidant After-dye Shampoo. You want to use this type of shampoo for its repairing qualities as much as its cleansing ability – it will repair the damage that’s an inevitable part of the colouring process. Following this shampoo with a repairing conditioner will help close the cuticles and seal your new colour in for longer. Our Anti-oxidant Conditioner, Intensive Revitalizing Yoghurt and Millet Conditioner or Aloe and Sandalwood Protein Rebuilder Pac Solution are all great choices.
6. Look after it
Coloured hair is very different to untreated hair and needs some special love and attention. Apart from the antioxidant wash above, we recommend not washing your hair for the first 48 hours, to let the colour sit on the hair for longer.
Once you’re ready to wash, the best (some might say ‘the only’) shampoo to choose is one specifically designed for coloured hair. Make sure its sulfate free, to avoid stripping your new colour away, and look for lots of nourishing ingredients to feed and moisturise your hair. And it may seem obvious, but make sure your shampoo is the right colour for your hair.
Caring for your colour
We love our Flower Shampoo range because it’s been designed by organic hairdressers to care fore your coloured hair without any chemical nasties. These natural shampoos are 100% vegetable-based and cover the five colour groups to keep your hair looking great.
Cool blonde and silver
Worried about brassy colour coming through your blonde treatment, or want to keep your silver looking stylish? Our Lavender shampoo is the best purple shampoo we’ve found. Full of botantical extracts and essential oils, it can be used on all hair types daily, as a toner to reduce brassiness in blonde hair and to maintain a beautiful healthy shine on silver hair.
If you’ve gone for gorgeous honey blonde hair, the best daily shampoo for you is our Chamomile. It’s so gentle you can use it every day, to maintain a brilliant healthy shine with rich gold tones.
From strawberry blonde through to copper and auburn, red hair colour has its own special spectrum. A red hair shampoo like our Rose Shampoo is designed to keep your red colour looking good for as long as possible. Packed with nourishing botanical extracts and free from nasties, daily washing with it will enrich your red tones instead of stripping them away.
Healthy brown hair has an unmatched brilliance, depth and shine. Our natural Clove Shampoo is designed to bring out the best in brown coloured hair, especially darker tones. It’s specially coloured to enrich those beautiful rich tones and glossy highlights, and daily use will help improve the condition of your hair.
Keeping your black hair really black can be hard, because as the pigment gets washed away the intensity of the colour fades. By using our natural Orchid Shampoo you can add colour back every time you wash to keep your shiny black colour looking beautiful and maximise the time between treatments.
Follow any of our Flower shampoos with a rich, nourishing conditioner for maximum moisture and shine, and you’ll be loving your hair in whatever colour makes you feel beautiful.