Nothing in life is permanent, not even permanent hair colour, and while there is nothing you can do to prevent the inevitable grow out, you can take a few precautions to make sure your hair colour stays bright, shiny and beautiful as long as possible.
- Wait 48 hours to shampoo so the dye molecules have time to set in. Use a shampoo for colour treated hair, we recommend the Paul Mitchell colour protect range featuring sunflower extract for natural UV protection, don’t forget to rinse with tepid water – hot water expands the cuticle (the protective layer of hair shaft) letting colour escape.
- Apply an intensive conditioning mask once a week. The added hydration strengthens strands, making them less prone to environmental damage that causes fading. Conditioning also helps create a smooth surface that allows hair to better reflect light, making colour more vibrant.
- Avoid the Sun – The sun’s ultra violet rays break down the pigment in your strands, lighting chemically coloured hair by as much as four shades every hair colour can benefit from a colour protecting spray. (Try Paul Mitchell Colour protect locking spray)
- Be aware of the beach, salt water raises the cuticle, which lets your hair’s pigment escape. To prevent salt-induced damage, use a leave-in conditioner before your trip to the beach as this will act like a barrier, then rinse with fresh water as soon as possible after returning – the longer you wait, the more potential for colour damage.
- Chlorine – The chemicals that kill bacteria in the pool will be like swimming in bleach for your new colour. Chlorine can leave light hair looking green; turn greys yellow, make red hair less vibrant and dull brunette shades. Before taking a dip, wet your hair with fresh water – it will soak up less chlorine since it’s already saturated, be sure to rinse your hair as soon as you exit the pool to minimise the damage.
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