In between salon visits? Kate Reid, Color.Me by Kevin.Murphy Director of Education, shares 10 daily habits to educate clients on how to save their hair colour.
1. Wash without Sulphates: Sulphates expedite the fading process, leaving dull, lackluster colour. Swap out your shampoo for a gentle, colour-safe formula.
2. Put Colour on Lockdown: Mildly acidic products seal the hair cuticle, locking in colour for a smoother, shinier hair and lasting colour.
3. Prep Hair Prior to Swimming: Salt water and chlorine are big culprits of colour fading. To keep colour fresh and to avoid mineral buildup, apply a deep conditioning masque before swimming.
4. Undo Damage: Dry, damaged hair is more porous and more vulnerable to colour loss. To boost hair's health and maximize colour longevity, treat brittle, damaged, over-processed hair with a weekly at-home hair treatment, or offer them an in-salon option.
5. Shine On: Smooth, shiny hair is the perfect canvas for showing off colour. Maximize hair's light-reflecting abilities with a shine-enhancing product.
6. Boost the Blonde: Adding a toner is great for salon visits but maintaining the clean blonde at home is as simple as incorporating a violet-based wash and rinse to brighten and tone, keeping warmth and brassiness at bay for a shiny and natural-looking (i.e. not yellow) result.
7. Lather Up Less: Skipping the daily shampoo is one of the best ways to conserve colour. To keep second (or third) day hair feeling fresh mist roots with a dry shampoo.
8. Get Savvy with Styling: Hot tools like flat irons or curling wands pull moisture and colour from hair. Protect tresses and colour fading by applying a heat protection spray prior to styling and choose the adequate heat setting.
9. Be Sun Smart: One of the best ways to maintain those just-got-home-from-vacation sun-kissed highlights is to avoid the sun. Wear a hat if under the sun's UV rays as they leave hair looking warmer, brassier and bleached.
10. Keep Close to the Natural Shade: For maximum colour impact for the minimum amount of maintenance, stay within one to two depths of the natural colour. This provides a more forgiving fade and the least noticeable new growth.
Hair: Zoe Williams @ Ken Picton
Colour: Paul Dennison @ Ken Picton
Makeup: Lara Champion
Photo: Dee Bryan
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