Hairdresser’s tips for longer lasting colour – and shampoo mistake we’re making

Beauty salons and hairdressers have now reopened in England which means we’re finally able to give our locks the TLC it deserves.

So, we employed the help of hairstylist Rob Czlapka, owner of Manchester-based Barber Below to explain how we can maintain the condition of that new do.

Rob revealed that shampoo is one of the biggest reasons our hair loses its colour, as well as how to care for your newly dyed hair.

Rob said: “Shampoo is a harsh cleanser – it cleans your hair but also strips the hair of natural oils and texture.

“When washing your hair, the chemicals used in shampoo combine with oil on your scalp and hair, removing all oil when rinsed.”

This process also removes the healthy oils produced by your scalp to protect the hair which is why your hair will often feel dry without a conditioner.

He added: “By stripping the hair of natural oils, you encourage the sebaceous glands to overreact and produce even more oil, resulting in greasy hair.”

So, Rob urges people to avoid shampoo that contains many strong detergents, preservatives, sulphates, and synthetic fragrances.

Instead, he suggests using an oil-based shampoo with essential oils and organic ingredients, which will clean the scalp while leaving hair colour intact.

“That way, your hair will recover and thrive after a new colour session and will stay vibrant for longer,” he adds.

Not only does a shampoo-free lifestyle ensure healthy hair, but for those who have booked in for hair appointments since April 12th, avoiding shampoo can massively extend the life of your new look.

How to increase the lifespan of your hair colour
Don’t wash your hair for 72 hours after a colour

Each hair strand contains tiny pores that open and close, called hair cuticles.

These open during the dyeing process to absorb the new colour and take time to close.

If you wash your hair (especially with detergent-based shampoo) within 72 hours of having it coloured, the dye can wash out of the cuticles before they’ve had a chance to close.

This quickly fades your hair colour.

Turn the temperature down when washing your hair

These cuticles also get opened and damaged by extreme heat.

Turning your shower down to a lukewarm temperature when washing helps to avoid dye running from your hair.

Let hair air dry

While many people are still working from home, now is the time to let that new colour stay fresh for longer.

Blow drying hair on high heat can damage the cuticle and colour, so, instead, let your hair dry naturally.

Avoid heat

The sebaceous glands in hair produce natural oils that protect your hair from heat and other damaging elements.

Straightening your hair immediately after a wash doesn’t give your hair time to create these protective oils, causing hair frizz and damaging colour pigments.

If you’re planning a night out (to the local pub garden), leave several hours between washing your hair and straightening it.

Wash your hair with water

As gyms reopen and more activities are allowed, you may need to wash your hair several times a day or more than usual daily to help get rid of sweat and buildup.

To avoid hair becoming frizzy and losing hair colour, rinse your hair during these extra washes, but don’t add any product.

This will preserve colour and natural oils, leading to healthier, more vibrant hair.