How To Wash Coloured Hair Regularly

Contrary to what I may have said two years ago, and to what others (and hairdressers) might say, you don't have to wait a week to wash your hair. You can wash it regularly. Some of us have the unfortunate problem of having an oily scalp, and while some people can "train" their hair to not be so oily, some of us just can't - it's not in our DNA. Literally. So for us, washing our hair often is a must. Especially if we're leaving the house. And it can, actually, be done without causing our hair to fade. 

Having coloured hair usually means high maintenance to make sure the colour doesn't fade too quickly. According to some people, having red hair means even higher maintenance (so not true). This means having to calm down on the shampooing. Because we all know what that does to your hair, and it's just not colour friendly. But you don't have to forego washing completely, you just have to avoid washing it daily and it's a good idea to have a routine of when you'll wash. Leave a day or two in between to let your natural oils build up a little to moisturise your hair and to give it a break. Then find yourself the products that will help keep it in good condition. 

Use a shampoo that is sulphate free and doesn't lather up too much, points for anything organic. Sulphates are harsh (they are a detergent after all) and they strip your hair of everything it's worth, including colour. Lathering is also something to keep an eye on. While you may think building up a lather is a good thing, it's actually not. It removes way too much natural oils and colour. When you're massaging your hair, just keep it light and don't spend too much time on it. Don't let it lather up too much and rinse out straight away - in cool water. 
When washing coloured hair (or any hair) regularly, the key is in the conditioner - condition like your life depends on it. Even if you're using permanent box dyes, the colour will fade if you're just washing and washing without colour care. The key to keeping your colour while also washing it regularly is to mix a semi-permanent cream dye with thick conditioner. Fudge Paint Box is great for this because it's a conditioning dye, double whammy. 
By washing the hair and then smothering it all over with coloured conditioner, not only are you adding back in the colour you stripped with the shampoo, but you're giving your hair a luxurious moisture mask as well. That will seal it all and help keep it healthy. It adds back the moisture that was stripped and then some.

Washing regularly can leave your hair brittle and dry, so always mask with a good, thick conditioner. Let the hair sit in it for as long as you can to make sure the colour lasts, and to ensure the health of your locks. This way you can have clean hair without losing its vibrancy, and the colour + conditioner provides nourishment the hair needs. 

If you're lucky enough not to suffer from an oily scalp, you may even be able to get away with co-washing, which is simply washing with conditioner only - no shampoo at all. That means you can use less dye in your conditioner, and you can do it as often as you'd like with no damage worries at all. Bonus. 

All photo's by Sheree Grace

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