7 Tips to Take Care of Your Colour-Treated Hair

Celebrity colourist Marie Robinson shares important hair care intel (that you might not have heard before!).

Ever since I bit the bullet and went for all-over (coppery) colour with a smattering of tone-on-tone highlights—instead of run-of-the-mill blonde highlights on my natural mousy base—I've been obsessed with hair colour maintenance. As you probably know, shades with red in them are the most difficult of all to keep up, and since my colour is also blondish, I need to worry about brassiness as well. Beauty is such hard work.

Enter the über-talented celebrity colourist and Clairol colour director Marie Robinson (you've already seen her in these videos on colour trends and colour 101). Guys? PLEASE don't miss this final vid in our little series here, because her advice on taking care of your colour will seriously rock your world. (It certainly did mine—I've had a major upgrade in my routine.) Sure, we've all heard that colour-treated hair needs colour-treated hair products... but there is oh so much more.

Here's the vid:

So based on this, here's how I care for my colour now:

1. I only wash it every other day—or sometimes every third day if I can stand it. (It's tough with fine, straight hair though... I need a heck of a lot of dry shampoo.) I used to wash every second day, and in between just rinse my hair with water instead of shampooing (and then apply conditioner). Now that Marie has filled me in on how even water can disperse colour molecules, I try not to do this unless I'm desperate!

2. I'm using shampoo specifically designed for colour-treated hair (and on the days I need it, the new category of combo colour-safe/volumizing ones). But based on Marie's advice, I've unfortunately had to ditch my beloved organics.

3. After I shampoo the first time, I repeat a second time with this brilliant product (introduced to me by my colourist Tony Chaar's assistant, Kasia). It's a colour-depositing shampoo.

This one is the strawberry shampoo (for strawberry and copper blondes), but they have a bunch of other options. (True blondes should use their violet one to prevent brassiness.) I picked up a giant bottle for about $40 at Cosmetic World in Toronto—they'll be able to advise you on which one you need. The label says you're not supposed to leave it on, but I put it in for about a minute or so while I wash/scrub my face in the shower... then rinse.

4. This is another tip from Kasia. Instead of applying a regular conditioner, I'm now using a colour-treated HAIR MASK every time I shampoo.

The key is to apply it only to the lengths (like just the hair that you can pull back into a ponytail) and then leave it on a couple of minutes before rinsing really, really well. Let me repeat that: rinse REALLY well. The richer mask is superior to regular conditioner to help repair the damage from the colour, but being extra-diligent about rinsing will ensure that it doesn't weigh your hair down.

5. If I know I'm going to be out in the sun for a prolonged period of time (which, let's face it, isn't often—because beauty editors, like vampires, are deathly afraid of sun damage-induced wrinkles), I try to use something UV-protective (although many prodz have it already built-in).

6. I'm still using this excellent shower filter (that I wrote about here) from Jonathan Product.

7. I let my hair air-dry as often as possible.

8. Every couple of weeks I'm going to do the Clairol Nice 'n Easy Colour Seal Conditioner to help "waterproof" my colour. (It's sold separately to the boxes of colour, so you can use it even if you colour at a salon. Buy it here for $5.49 from Well.ca—free shipping and no minimum order in Canada!)

Tell me:

Ever experienced the dreaded hair colour fade or brassiness?

How do you care for your colour?

Ever tried a colour-depositing shampoo? I don't know why, but it makes me happy every time I use it. Try and you will see!

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