Harsh wet winds and changing temperatures can have a seriously negative affect on coloured hair, causing damage, dryness, and maybe most annoyingly, colour fade. When we invest time and money into our hair achieving that perfect depth, coverage, condition, and tone there is nothing worse than watching the pigment prematurely disappear or split\dry ends creep their way up your lush tresses.
Wearing a protective hat always helps, or using a silk pillowcase, but first and foremost great quality haircare is essential!
Below I will list several concerns and suitable remedies for you to mull over to help you extend the life, condition, and vibrancy of coloured hair.
Protection for All Hair Types
First and foremost, there is a bevy of wonderful colour protection haircare out there, which work to protect the pigment and increase shine on all hair types. Introducing haircare specifically designed to protect fade and add shine is a no brainer if you suffer from dullness, loss of depth and limited vibrancy. Redken's Color Extend Magnetics works amazingly to lock in colour, nourish your hair and protect it from fade. Their Christmas gift set also includes the amazing Redken One United which not only protects from the elements, but provides heat protection, repair, moisture, and a list of other benefits that is too long to mention.
While it is a constant battle to keep lightened hair healthy, this can be especially true in the wintertime, so it is important to prevent breakage and increase moisture levels to maintain movement, elasticity, and strength. To do this I recommend using haircare that is both reinforcing and hydrating, like Kerastase Blond Absolu Luxury Mask Gift Set which works through Hyaluronic Acid and Edelweiss Extract to deeply hydrate your hair, offer protection, and repair and strengthen damaged and sensitised hair. This is perfect for bleached hair that needs movement, shine, strength, and protection; however, it works beautifully for all hair colours suffering the effects of damaged hair.
Maintaining Vibrancy and Shine
Strong winds and wet weather can cause sensitivity and early colour fade, not to mention frizz, which eliminates any chance of reflective shine. Keeping your hair hydrated and imparting rich pigment will help to combat those bad hair days, the more hydrated your hair the less moisture it will absorb from the atmosphere, and the more pigment is deposited the lusher and more vibrant your colour will be. A super easy way of managing this is to introduce a pigmented mask, such as NAK Colour Masque. This is available in an array of colours, from light and vibrant, to deep and rich so provides a little something for everyone. Leave on for up 25 minutes for the most impactful result. Revel in stunning shine as moisture is locked into your mane with Macadamia Oil and NAK’s Vegan Nourishing Complex. It is also sulfate free.
Embracing Natural Texture
Reducing heat styling and allowing your natural texture to flourish will reduce the negative daily impacts on your hair and help your colour to survive longer. This does of course mean bringing major hydration to natural texture to fight the effects of winter weather. If you are happy to embrace your natural texture or curl, but worry about frizz, and your curls getting out of hand Kerastase Curl Manifesto could be just what you are looking for. Suitable for all hair types but especially gorgeous on kinky, coily, and tight curly hair that seeks nourishment and definition. You can gain literal hours back into your week by rolling with your natural texture and shape, rather than fighting it. Allow your curls to naturally frame your face and attain perfect curl definition without stressing your hair with this Luxury Gift Set, steeping your hair in hydrating and healing Manuka honey, to assert control and give stunning shine to even the driest of hair types.
The Natural Choice
If you want to keep on the natural side of your colour protection options Davines Minu Colour Protection Range is amazingly light and focused on colour protection and luminous shine. Suitable for hair types, this range feels lush but remains weightless. With only natural active ingredients Davines Minu is also sulfate free, so perfect for anyone with extensions or twelve-week blowdry, vegan friendly, and sustainably sourced. It is packed in food grade plastic that is either recycled, recyclable, or bio-based. Davines affords you luxury haircare without compromising your standards.
This is just a snapshot of how to protect coloured hair, so please feel free to get in touch and I’ll be happy to help you with recommendations.
Head Educator, Haircare Department