Is there a better feeling than walking out of the salon with a freshly dyed do? 

We think not.

Whether you’ve opted to lighten, brighten, or darken your hair, newly coloured hair always puts us in a good mood. But what about washing hair after coluoring it? Many often wonder, “Should I wash my hair before I colour it?” Or, “how long should I wait to wash my hair after colouring?” No one wants to ruin their fresh colour because they were too eager to wash their hair.

1. How often should you wash coloured hair?

If this is the first time you’ve dyed your locks, you might need to adjust your weekly washing routine. This is to make sure you’re not over-washing your hair. Hair that’s dyed with a lot of pigment can look more faded, the more you wash it. If possible, try to only wash it every other day at most, or, ideally, every 2 to 3 days. However, DON’T DON’T DON’T wash your hair too soon after the beautiful colour we have just given you, especially with all over glosses and tints. During the colouring process, cuticles have to be opened to allow the colour process to happen. Once open, they naturally close. However, this can take up to 1-2 days for this to happen naturally.

2. Do hot showers make your hair colour less vibrant?

Yes, they can. Hot water opens up the hair cuticle, possibly making more colour leach out. In contrast, cold water tends to ‘seal’ the cuticle. Be aware that the more time you rinse coloured hair under hot water, the more it can lose its vibrancy. Therefore, giving the hair a quick blast of cold water or placing a shower cap over your hair after it’s been washed are so much easier (and less chilly) ways to protect coloured hair.

3. Add a moisturizing mask into the mix

As colouring is a chemical process, it can leave your hair looking and feeling a little dry. Also, this can affect the overall vibrancy, as moisturized hair will reflect light better, giving you a high-shine finish. Use one of our ultimate treatment masks to define the colour and maintain its luminosity.   We love Goldwell 60 second treatment for instant fuss free condition.