How to maintain your shiny black hair colour
24 April 2019
Some girls love their blonde tresses, but for others, there’s nothing quite as sultry and sensual as black hair. Not to mention that these days there are so many different shades of black to suit a variety of skin tones. Whether you have blue-black, brown-black or even velvety plum-black hair, one thing’s for sure – black hair needs some lustre to keep it looking glorious!
Stop black hair from fading and losing its shine
Black hair dye contains a lot of pigment, so it goes without saying that it’s also the hair colour that fades the fastest. Coloured hair is also drier than ‘virgin’ hair. When your hair is dry, it loses its shine. The less shiny your hair is, the less vivid the colour will be.
Long story short, unless you look after your black hair the right way, you’ll get trapped in a vicious cycle of dryness, dullness and fading colour. These tips will help you maintain salon-perfect vibrancy in between root touch-ups.
1. Use products for colour-treated hair
Products specially developed for coloured hair aren’t just a scam to get you to buy something new. They really work, and if you’re serious about keeping your hair beautiful, you’ll use them.
We love the Pureology Hydrate System because it has special anti-fade ingredients and no sulphates. This range includes an exclusive blend of antioxidants and full-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens, plus vitamins C and E, all of which work together to stop your colour from fading. These products are also exceptionally moisturising for damaged locks, thanks to soy protein, jojoba oil, green tea and sage extracts.
Use Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner every time you wash your hair, and Pureology Hydrate Shine Max for extra nourishment when styling.
Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk is a lightweight, leave-in treatment that can be used every day for a moisture boost, ensuring that your strands are always soft and shiny.
2. Use a wide-tooth comb
This tip applies to all hair colours and types – using a wide-tooth comb to comb hair when it’s wet, will prevent further breakage and split ends. A regular comb tends to stretch and snap the hairs, leading to damage and frizziness, which reduces overall shine.
3. No tight hairstyles
Be gentle with your hair and it will reward you with a beautiful shine. Wear it down, or in a loose braid or bun, and reserve high ponytails for special occasions. Stretching your hair into a tight style every day damages your hair and causes breakage. And remember, certain hair ties work better with certain hair types.
4. Avoid heat styling
Anything that dries your hair out will make it less shiny, and as a result, the colour will be less vibrant. If you absolutely have to straighten your hair, then ALWAYS use heat-protective styling products.
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