I started dying my hair when I was 11. Yes. 11. And now aged 22 I am still changing up my hair colour every now and then, although it’s probably more of the ‘now’ and less of the ‘then’. Now despite the many years of bleaching and dying, my hair is in pretty good condition, even my hairdresser is surprised I have ANY hair at all. So I thought I would share my top tips for keeping that hair in good condition while keeping that colour.
You think you can go from bright red to platinum blonde in 1 day? Think again. Something drastic like this requires time and multiple bleaching sessions. Your hair NEEDS and DESERVES a rest, so waiting a couple of months between bleaching sessions is always recommended.
2. Deep condition
This is the best thing ever! Wash your hair as normal but when it comes to conditioner, leave it in your hair for around 5 to 30 minutes depending on how damaged your hair is. If you don’t have time for an intense condition, then you’ll love the ‘Bleach London reincarnation mask’ which gives an amazingly deep condition in less than 5 minutes. Even better, if you have a Bleach London bleach kit, you get one in the kit for free!
This is key. Shampoos vary greatly depending on hair types and there are some that you should avoid if you have coloured hair. For example, head and shoulders is one brand to avoid if you regularly dye your hair. This is because they are generally stronger shampoos aimed at reducing dandruff and although it won’t cause the colour to fade drastically, continued use will cause the colour to fade quicker than using shampoo alternatives.
A new shampoo on the market aimed at protecting coloured hair is the L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo which has no foam, low sulphates and washes and nourishes the hair with just one step.
4. Semi-permanent dyes
If you feel like changing you hair without any commitment, the best thing for your hair is using semi permanent dyes. These can simply be wash-in-wash-out or spray in such as the L’Oreal Colorista range or ones that can last for up to 10 washes such as the Bleach London dyes.
The great thing about these products is that they are highly conditioning and do not damage the hair at all. The biggest downside is that to achieve the pastel look, you hair has to be bleached to a blonde to platinum blonde for the colour to show.
5. Dry Shampoo
This is your new best friend. Seriously. Washing hair too often not only fades the colour but dries the hair out so washing it less is highly recommended. The downside is that we’ve all been brought up with the notion that greasy hair means your dirty and unhealthy. Step in dry shampoo and all it’s glory. Dry shampoo has come a LOOOOONG way and now comes in a variety of colours, scents and even comes with a built in conditioner. What a time to be alive!
So keep those different looks girl and own every single one of them! Because why should we have to stick to just one colour?