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We always feel good walking out of the salon with our brand new hair colour, but after a while you might notice it starting to look a little dull and faded. Your once concealed roots start appearing through your hairline, or you’re starting to see yellow tones in your platinum blonde. We’ve gathered together some tips and tricks for each of your colour concerns that will see you through to your next salon appointment.

Root touch-up

Seeing those roots peak through your hairline can be a pain, especially if the time between your salon appointments is getting longer. It sounds difficult to do a root touch-up yourself as it requires precision, but there is a simple solution if you can’t wait until your next salon appointment. It’s time to introduce you to root touch-up sprays like the L’Oréal Professionnel Root Touch-Up Concealer Spray. Water, sweat and stain resistant, its lightweight formula seamlessly covers your roots up in seconds, including greys.

How do I use root touch-up spray?

Step 1: Spray hair

On dry hair, apply the L’Oréal Professionnel Root Touch-Up Concealer Spray in light and even strokes ten to fifteen centimetres away from your hair. For a natural finish, gently massage it through your roots with your fingers.

Step 2: Dress it out

After leaving the spray to dry, gently lift your hair with a dress-out comb.

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Colour boost

Colour protection shampoos and conditioners are great for keeping your hair colour refreshed, but sometimes they just aren’t enough. If you’re craving salon fresh vibrancy before your next appointment, then temporary hair colour is the way to go. Quicker and easier to use than permanent colour, temporary dyes give your colour a super glossy shine while keeping it soft and healthy.

If you don’t know which semi-permanent range to pick then you should definitely start with the bestselling Maria Nila Colour Refresh collection. Lasting 4-10 washes, these vegan colour masks come in a variety of natural shades and use a soft blend of argan oil to keep your hair silky smooth.

How can I temporarily dye my hair at home?

Step 1: Be prepared

After washing and towel-drying your hair, wrap a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes from any possible staining.

Step 2: Massage through your hair

Wearing gloves, massage the Maria Nila Colour Refresh cream through your hair with your fingers, going over with a comb to even it out.

Step 3: Be patient

Leave the colour to develop for 3-10 minutes depending on your hair type and desired intensity.

Step 4: Wash it off

Rinse out thoroughly with water to get rid of any excess colour and finish off with the Maria Nila Luminous Colour Conditioner.

Refresh your colour with Maria Nila

Bright hair

We’ve all thought about taking the leap and trying out bright rainbow hair, but it comes with a lot of questions: “Will it cause damage?” “Will I be able to maintain it?” “Will it work on my starting colour?” Vibrant semi-permanent hair dyes use large colour pigments that coat the outer layer of your hair, so they are more convenient to use at home as they don’t require a developer. Lasting 8-12 washes, the best results are on blonde and light shades. With this in mind, you might want to get your hair pre-lightened by your hairdresser if you have dark hair.

If you’re ready to go with your bold and bright hair, cult favourite Crazy Color offers a rainbow of semi-permanent shades that are perfect for embracing your wild side.

How do I use Crazy Color?

Step 1: Be prepared

After washing and towel-drying your hair, wrap a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes from any possible staining.

Step 2: Glove up and go

Wearing gloves, apply the semi-permanent colour evenly throughout your hair, from roots to ends, using your fingers or a comb. Massage it well into the hair.

Step 3: Be patient

Leave the colour to develop for 15-30 minutes, remembering that it will become more intense the longer you leave it on.

Step 4: Wash it off

Rinse with water to get rid of any excess colour and finish off with a colour-fast conditioner.

Embrace your Crazy Color

Bright hair

Brassy reduction is all about cancelling out those unwanted yellows and oranges in your blonde hair. It’s something that can happen to any natural or lightened blonde (even lightened brunettes) over time, and it’s an easy fix that requires one simple addition to your routine: toning products. Comprising of purple shampoos, conditioners and hair masks, they use ultraviolet pigments to neutralise yellows and oranges. You only have to use them once a week, so they are also great if you’re looking for a cost effective solution to treat your brassiness.

Which toning range should I use?

We have an extensive selection of professional toning ranges to help you banish brass, and a great one to start with is Redken Color Extend Blondage. Its luscious shampoo, conditioner and mask are perfect for any blonde, natural or lightened hair, as they’re enriched with Redken’s Triple Acid Protein complex and ultraviolet pigments to neutralise and tone unwanted yellows. Boosting your hair’s strength, Color Extend Blondage leaves your blonde looking noticeably cooler and brighter.

Remove brass with Redken Color Extend Blondage

Top Tips

Now that you’ve found the solution to keep your hair looking fresh for that little bit longer, here are some final tips to keep your colour bright:

  • Heat styling can cause damage to coloured hair, so always use a heat protectant before using straighteners, curlers or hairdryers.
  • The sun can cause hair colour to fade, so prolong it by using styling products containing UV filters.
  • Hot water can open the hair cuticle and strip your colour, so try washing with cold or lukewarm water.
  • Less washing means less colour fading, so skip a day in your washing routine and use a dry shampoo to deal with excess greasiness.

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