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Going grey is, sadly, an inevitable part of life that both men and women must endure at some point. And sure, there are home jobs that work as a temporary fix, but the reality is you should be seeing a professional when it comes to successfully ridding yourself of the salt-and-pepper look. Here are a few tips, tricks and products to use after your salon visit to make sure your new hair colour stays in pristine condition.
Using a shampoo that’s intended for dyed or coloured hair is so important when it comes to retaining your dye-job’s fresh-from-the-salon vibrancy. Sulphate-free shampoos, like Mizani Supreme Oil Sulfate-Free Moisturising Shampoo, gently cleanses and hydrates your hair. It includes argan oil and surface-coating sesame oil which nourishes and protects your hair from the inside out, adding shine, bounce and life to colour-treated hair.
When shampooing colour-treated hair, make sure you turn down the water temperature in your shower. Hot water sucks dye out of hair faster, and strips it of its colour because it opens the surface of the hair strand, allowing the dye molecules to escape. So, stick to lukewarm or cooler water temperatures after your visit to the salon.
You may notice your hair beginning to frizz after it’s been colour-treated. This is because you’ve essentially changed the porosity of your cuticles. In other words, you’ll need a good moisturising product like Dark and Lovely Moisture Plus Satin Oil , that seals off the cuticle, thereby smoothing out your hair while retaining its colour.
Vitamins are another great way of keeping colour-treated hair healthy and shiny. Low levels of vitamin B5, for example, are associated with greying of the hair. By increasing your B5 intake, you may be able to slow the greying process naturally. When it comes to retaining colour, choose vitamin C. It keeps blood vessels in the scalp healthy by supporting hair follicles, and helps you absorb iron from plant proteins. Biotin, an essential B vitamin, strengthens weak hair and improves its texture. You can find this essential nutrient in salmon, carrots, egg yolks and sardines.
Leave-in conditioners not only help detangle your hair and protect it from the heat – they are also specifically designed to protect colour-treated hair. Dark and Lovely Moisture Plus Oil Moisturiser strengthens and fortifies hair fibres to help reduce breakage, and provides heat protection to prevent further heat damage to colour-treated hair. Another excellent option is Dark and Lovely’s Ultra Cholesterol Intensive Treatment, which provides five-minute rinse-off care specifically for damaged, relaxed and colour-treated hair.
So, while there’s always shoe polish in a pinch, we’re pretty sure your hair stylist wouldn’t recommend it as a regular grey-fighter. If you’re not ready to rock the salt-and-pepper look just yet, visit a salon near you and a professional will sort that right out!
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