SINGAPORE – When I coloured my hair recently at a hair salon, I faced a steep hair care learning curve when it comes to maintaining my tresses. My hairstylist drilled in me the importance of hair care products in order to maintain the colour and keep my hair from being too frizzy or dry. Simply put: dyed hair just needs some extra TLC.
So how do you keep your hair colour fresh – and your hair smooth and non-frizzy?
The easiest step is to wash your hair less as this reduces the colour from fading. The best way is to just wash your twice or thrice a week, but living in such a humid climate like ours, this would pose a challenge.
Step-by-step guide for a good hair care routine at home
1. Pick the right shampoo:
Colour-protective shampoos were created for a reason. These products normally contain formulas such as low-to-no sulfates and parabens that actually work to protect your hair and keep it soft and silky – without washing away your hair colour down the drain.
2. Add a conditioner to your routine:
Believe me, this is a lifesaver. Coloured hair tends to be more fragile, and if your colourist does a whack job, your tresses can become brittle over time. Protect your hair with conditioners that contain hair polymers and hydrating elements for a lasting colour.
3. Don't miss out on heat-protecting spray
if you blow-dry your hair frequently, be sure to use a heat-protecting spray. The spray acts as a protective barrier against heat that can further dry your hair.
4. Elevate with hair mask
Lastly, if you're very diligent, add a hair mask that can supercharge your hair with some added nourishment.
Here are some hair colour products you should add to your beauty routine.
12 hair care products to buy now
1. Artnaturals, Purple Shampoo, For Blonde & Bleached Hair
Brighten up and revive blonde or silver color-treated hair with hydrating Coconut and replenishing Vitamin E for radiant color and super shine.
2. Giovanni, Smooth As Silk, Xtreme Protein Hair Infusion, For Dry, Damaged Hair
This product contains moisturising Shea Butter, softening Macadamia and rich Kukui Oils for smooth, hydrated and rejuvenated hair.
3. Love Beauty and Planet, Blooming Colour Shampoo
This shampoo is infused with Amazonian Murumuru Butter, which helps moisturises for a healthy-looking gloss.
4. Artnaturals, Argan Oil & Vitamin E Shampoo
Drench your delicate strands with hydrating Argan while you strengthen tresses and boost elasticity with nourishing Vitamin E.
5. Mild By Nature, Pomegranate Mint Balancing Conditioner
A proprietary blend of Pomegranate, Seabuckthorn, Açaí, and Goji helps protect your hair and scalp from oxidative and environmental damage. In addition, the product contains Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Coconut oil, Colloidal Oatmeal and Amino Acids to further nourish and balance normal hair.
6. Herbatint, Royal Cream Conditioner, Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Wheat
Rich in proteins and vitamin F, its unique formulation combines the properties of aloe vera, jojoba oil and wheat germ extracts, to deeply nourish and revitalise dry, damaged or colour-treated hair.
7. Giovanni, Vitapro Fusion, Protective Moisture, Leave-In Hair Treatment
A unique protein-rich formula that delivers essential elements to each tress to help protect hair from styling damage while providing moisture to dry hair.
8. Petal Fresh, Hair ResQ, Thickening Shampoo, Color Protection
This product contains Certified Organic Quinoa and Soy Proteins that retain hair moisture, improve elasticity and help protect colour.
9. Kerastase Chroma Absolu Anti-Porosity Strengthening Conditioner
This lightweight rose cream sublimates and hydrates hair for a soft touch and a brighter and shinier longer lasting hair colour.
10. Joon Haircare Saffron Rose Hydrating Set
The Saffron Rose Hydrating Set was formulated with the “Antioxidant Powerhouse” created by Saffron, Rose, Pomegranate and Pistachio to moisturise, fortify, nourish and protect hair against future damage.
11. Living Proof Restore Conditioner
This conditioner deeply conditions and fortifies weak, damaged, coloured, or chemically treated hair, reducing breakage and damage-inducing flyaways and static.
12. Shiseido Fino Premium Touch Hair Treatment Essence (Mask)
This product contains seven beauty ingredients that penetrate deep into the hair layers for nourished and shiny hair including Royal Jelly EX and squalane.