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The Golden Rules Of Colouring Your Hair

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From zigzag balayage to coffee-inspired hues, there’s never been more ways to enhance your hair with colour. But how to best to look after it and ensure your new shade lasts? We caught up with Global Creative Director at Color Wow, Chris Appleton, for the full scoop...

Don’t Stick To Trends

When it comes to finding the right hair colour for you, it’s important to consider your skin tone, eye colour and personality (if you want to blend into the crowd, don’t go too loud). Keep an eye on trends by all means, but tailor them to you. Also think about how high maintenance you’re prepared to go and be realistic – the more detail you can give your colourist the better.

Skip The Shampoo Post-Salon

Never wash your hair straight away after getting your colour done – give the hair at least 24 hours before shampooing and conditioning so the colour can absorb and settle in the hair. Remember your newly coloured hair is delicate, so treat it with care: use only one shampoo application each time you wash and remember to turn down the temperature of your shower.

Disguise Roots

To keep highlights and colour looking fresh in between trips to the salon, invest in a root touch-up kit. They’re surprisingly easy to use and the results are incredible – Color Wow Root Cover, £28 is waterproof and won’t come off between washes.

If you’re looking for a style to hide your roots, try a ponytail. A chic ponytail without a parting (remember if your parting is on show, this will give away your roots) is a good place to start – pull it back and fill in any greys or roots the Root Cover powder. For a more natural finish, pull a few strands loose to frame the face, remembering to camouflage them with the powder too.

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Avoid Sulphates

When you’ve invested in your colour, it’s worth buying a good-quality shampoo and conditioner. Avoid the likes of sulphates, silicones, conditioning agents and pearlising agents in shampoos, as they can leave behind a residue which will dull the hair and block the follicle.

Don’t Sleep With Wet Hair

If you wash your hair before bed, make sure to dry it thoroughly before you hit the pillow, as when hair is wet, it’s super fragile. When you sleep on wet hair, it dries unevenly, meaning it'll be unruly and knotty come morning, causing more styling work and more damage to your hair.

Turn Down The Heat

Be wary of using too much heat on coloured hair, especially if you’re blonde. As a general rule, the lighter your highlights are, the lower the heat should be on your tongs, hairdryer or straighteners. Also don’t apply too much pressure with straighteners or tongs – avoid clamping tightly and leave on the hair for less time.

Try Olaplex

If you haven’t yet tried Olaplex, do. It’s the savvy girl’s way to keep coloured hair in perfect condition. Ask your hairdresser about it on your next trip to the salon – it can be mixed into your colour or used as an at-home treatment.

If You're…

BLONDE: While it may sound obvious, any product with pigment in it can leave residue on blonde hair and make it look dull. Use shampoos, conditioners and oils that are crystal clear in colour – try Color Wow Shampoo and Conditioner, £9 each, which are specially formulated not to darken blonde hair.
GREY: Have regular trims and use a weekly treatment to keep it soft – grey hair has no pigment, so can easily become course.
BRUNETTE: Don’t overload the hair with highlights. Instead, try subtle low lights and reverse balayage, using Color Wow Brass Banned Mousse, £16.50, to banish brassiness.
REDHEAD: Make time for a weekly treatment to keep strands in top condition. Red pigment leaches out easily, meaning you have to colour your hair more often.

Hair Perfector No.3, £24.95 | Olaplex

Root Cover Up, £28.50 | Color WOW

Intensive Masque Fine Hair, £28.50 | Jo Hansford

Brass Banned Mousse For Blonde Hair, £16.50 | Color WOW

 Aura Botanica Bain Shampoo, £18 | Kérastase

Heat-Protective Silk-Straightening Cream, £18 | Kiehl’s


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