How to make your hair colour last

Aug 5, 2021

There are many variables in ensuring your hair colour lasts. Everything from your water temperature to the ingredients in your conditioner can affect your colour and the time you have with it. You want to keep your colour looking fresh and your hair looking healthy and shiny. We’ve compiled a list of some of our key tips to keep your colour looking like you just walked out of the salon weeks after your appointment!

Colouring your hair can be damaging to your hair’s health if it is not done correctly. Proper at-home care is just as important as getting the service done in the salon. Professional products will help to maintain the colour, minimize potential damage, and help aid in styling. It will also save you more time and money in the long run.

Twentyseven Faves:

Davines NouNou Conditioner

R+CO Television Perfect Hair Conditioner

Davines Oi All in One Milk

Getting your colour

For first timers looking to dip their toes into the world of hair colour, we recommend trying a hair gloss like the Redken Shades EQ. A hair gloss is a professional colour service that can be done in just 20 minutes. It can darken or change the tone of your existing hair without changing the make-up of your natural colour. If you want low-commitment hair colour this is the product for you. 

Infused with wheat amino acids, Shades EQ is a demi-permanent hair colour that thinks it's a conditioner. It is an acidic demi, which means that it doesn't damage hair, at all. It fades off slowly so you don't have to worry about build up. A hair gloss product, like Redken’s Shades EQ, will leave your hair feeling silky and shiny for four to six weeks, and give you a subtle touch of colour without all the damage. If this sounds like the service for you, book an appointment with us!

Hair care to help you keep your colour for longer

1. Keep your hair conditioned:

Using a rich conditioner can keep the colour looking great on your length and ends, just like your natural oils on your scalp keeps the colour hydrated and looking fresh on your roots. 

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Davines Minu Conditioner

OI Conditioner 

R+CO ONE Prep Spray

2. Use the right towel:

Using a microfiber towel will reduce breakage and frizz.

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Act+Acre Intelligent Hair Towel

3. Wash your hair less:

The more you wash your hair, the more it fades. Using a colour-safe shampoo and leaving at least a day or two in between washes will make your colour last longer. It's also important to use a gentle and moisturizing shampoo. Avoid showering in hot water, as it can open your hair cuticle and allow the colour molecules to escape.  We recommend  washing your hair using cool or lukewarm water.

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Davines Minu Shampoo

Davines Momo Shampoo 

R+CO Crown Scalp Scrub

4. Use weekly hair masks:

Hair masks keep your hair looking healthy and happy. Using these weekly will reduce signs of dry, damaged, and frizzy hair. You need to take care of your hair to maintain the colour.

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Davines Minu Hair Mask

NouNou Hair Mask

Artifact Glossy Mane Mask

Olaplex #3

Finding your perfect colour

1. Salon:

If you want to find your perfect colour, try bringing in a childhood photo of you. Your natural hair colour will look the best on you, so why not recreate it in its best form!

2. At home:

Try one shade lighter than your intended colour. At-home hair colour tends to look a little darker than expected, so try going a shade lighter. Also, your hairline tends to hold colour differently than the rest of your head, so buy one shade lighter than you’re using for the rest of your hair and reserve it for your hairline. 


Doing your roots at home

As we’ve learned in a year of lockdowns, doing your roots and greys at home in between appointments sometimes becomes necessary. However don’t try to get creative, stick to just your roots and greys to avoid any unwanted surprises. It’s better to leave all-over colour and highlights to professionals. When colouring your roots, be careful to only colour up to the demarcation line, or else you're colouring over colour which can make your line look darker and create a band.


How to prevent brassiness and fading

1. Try to avoid hot tools where you can:

Using hot tools, like curling irons and flat irons, will fade your colour. Check the temperature of the irons, you definitely don't need it on the hottest setting. If you have bleached hair and are not using a heat protector, you will get breakage. 

2. Be mindful of your water:

Different places have different minerals in their water, which can affect your hair texture and colour. If there’s been a sudden change in your hair, it might be your water. For instance, iron can make your hair look brassy, and calcium can make your hair look darker. Try a shower head filter to reduce the effects of these minerals on your hair. 

3. Try to avoid chlorine and the sun:

Your hair is porous, so having your hair in chlorinated pools or out in the sun extensively can damage it. Protect your hair like you would your skin. Try misting your hair with product that has UVA/UVB protection to give your hair and scalp the protection it needs. When in doubt wear a wide-brimmed hat for that extra added protection.

Twentyseven Faves:

Twentyseven Hat

Davines SU Milk

Davines SU Mask - After Sun Replenishing Mask