How to protect coloured hair


Whether it’s radiant red or bright blonde, colour is best when it’s show-stopping. But you know how it is – a little sun damage or a few too many styling tools and suddenly you find your formerly brilliant colour… well, not so brilliant. And hair that’s stripped of colour just makes us shudder!

So, that’s why we say let it shine, baby – with our coloured hair products. From ombré to solid colour, brunette, blonde or bronde (it’s a thing), your hair colour is as important as the clothes you wear.

How to protect hair colour

How to protect coloured hair brings with it constant strands of queries: can you stop your buttery blonde from going brassy?; how often should you wash coloured hair?; why do some colours fade faster than others? But don’t let any of that worry your pretty little red, brown or pink head any longer, as how to protect hair after colouring can be as easy as switching to products that are specially formulated to maintain the vibrancy of your locks.

In the act of infusing your hair with your delicious new hue there is inevitable damage caused along the way so coloured hair needs special attention. The process of opening the hair shaft to deliver those aussome active colour molecules means it’s been weakened. So, how to keep hair healthy after dying comes down to thoughtful and considered aftercare. Treat your hair like you would a new puppy or kitten, gently, with loads of TLC and you’ll get more ooh’s and ahh’s than even the most viral cute pet meme.

If you want to stop that eye-catching new colour from washing straight down the drain, you’ve got to make extra hydration and protection from heat, the environment and everyday abuse the top of your to-do list. The blueprint for gorgeous hair between colouring sessions is in careful consideration of your everyday hair care products. That’s right, hair colour protection starts with a haircare revamp. To fight the fade, while also keeping your hair soft and silky, reach for a colour protecting shampoo, conditioner and mask at the very least. This trio will keep your chosen colour glossy for longer, while also prolonging the time between your trips to the salon.

Colour protect with the right products

Aussie Colour Mate Shampoo will keep your hair as vibrant as you, gently cleansing from root to tip without stripping the hair of any of that incredible colour intensity. Boasting an insanely high level of antioxidants, hair colour protection comes courtesy of the Australian Quandong Peach and the whole formula is silicon-free to ensure your tresses stay true to your hard-won hue.

Follow this with your colour conditioning crew of choice. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour Mate is enriched with Australian Wild Peach extract which provide a plethora of benefits for hair. You might need some headphones ‘cause your colour is about to go BOOM!
Or, if three minutes is just too long (we get it, sometimes you just gotta run) then Aussie SOS Moisture Treatment Shot works faster than a video takes to go viral, delivering a direct dose of colour hydration straight to where your locks need it most – a hair colour protection must-have. Simply apply through damp cleansed lengths, massage through and rinse. Protected, perfectly conditioned hair pronto. Shucks, we’ll do anything to make you happy.

For hair colour so bright, you’ll need to wear shades there’s one insider tip that won’t give up. And for good reason, it works. You ready? We’ll admit it’s fool-proof, but freezing. Rather than rinsing your locks with warm, or even dare-we-say-it hot water, you’re going to have to turn the dial right down to as cold as you can possibly bear. Every expert agrees that this one basic, but oh so brisk habit, really does close the cuticle, locking in moisture and sealing in shine for true hair colour protection.

Hair colour protection: style smart

Addicted to your hair dryer or straightener? Unfortunately, our favourite hairstyling gadgets can actually cause your hair colour to fade more quickly, especially right after treatment. Skip the styling tools and go for a no-heat hairstyle in the week following your salon appointment and thereafter be meticulous with heat protection. Our fave for coloured hair is Aussie SOS Heat Saviour Conditioning Spray. It fortifies hair’s defences against the damage caused by heat styling tools with a little help from Aussie’s miraculous formula combined with the Aussie superfruit, Tasmanian Pepperberry. Heat protection is the ultimate trick if you’re looking for the lowdown on how to protect dyed hair.

Once hair has been coloured, it’s often more porous. Without getting too school-grade science teacher on you, when the cuticle is frayed and lifted, as in the case of highly porous hair, colour penetrates too easily and the formula can further weaken strands. It also means, that it can lose any semblance of shine. And who wants coloured hair that doesn’t scream its gorgeousness when the sun comes out? Or indeed when you add a filter to make it really pop in pictures. Get that light reflecting glass like sheen back with Aussie Shine On Serum that protects your colour with Australian Jojoba Seed Oil. Or, if you prefer a spray that smells so good it’ll have passers by asking what you’re wearing, try Scent-sational Conditioning Mist: Shine. Don’t say we don’t love you.

Strengthened and nourished from root to tip with a mirror-like shine, how to protect dyed hair? You got this.

For more Aussie hair hacks, we’ve done the hard yakka (that’s Australian for hard work) to gather insider secrets that’ll lead you down the path to bouncy, beautiful hair, no matter the hair hassle.