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Cleanse your hair with care
In order to counteract brittleness, try using a hydrating shampoo on your coloured hair and picking ingredients that will care for your scalp too - an essential step in maintaining healthy hair from root to tip. As Daniel Campbell notes: ‘If you begin to learn which ingredients give certain effects then you can start to choose a full hair menu to give you the effects you want’.
The exotic cocktail of sea salt, fresh mint and papaya in Rehab shampoo cleanses the hair and boosts circulation to the scalp, for when you want your hair to feel strong, look shiny and maintain body. As jojoba and extra virgin olive oils improve the hair’s tensile strength - meaning it’s easier to brush - take the time to really work the lather into the scalp to give your skin all the benefits of stimulating fresh mint and restorative rosemary.
And there’s nothing funny about about Fairly Traded Honey. Beeswax deeply hydrates and restores hair for the shiniest locks in the land, whilst bergamot oil brings out colour for a queen bee finish. The high content of honey acts as a natural preservative for this product and gently cleanses the scalp without stripping the skin of moisture - perfect for soothing any skin or hair-related tantrums.
Or, if you are looking for an especially sleek and frizz-free finish, you’ll find salvation in Cynthia Sylvia Stout. A combination of vegan stout, balsamic vinegar and fresh, organic lemon juice encourage hair cuticles to lie flat and reflect the light to give your hair a shine worth celebrating.
Packed with an array of nutrient-rich, hair loving essential oils, fruits and butters, solid shampoos are a packaging-free alternative to liquid conditioners. Product inventor and Lush co-founder Helen Ambrosen explains: "Solids have always been an interesting artistic challenge. Shampoo bars grew out of trying to make a pressed soap but instead we realised that we’d created a beautiful solid shampoo that didn’t require packaging, was equal to about 80 washes, and also didn’t need a synthetic preservative."
But high colour doesn’t always have to mean high maintenance. If the scent of intoxicating jasmine has you falling head over heels, Godiva is a low maintenance shampoo and conditioning bar combining balancing ylang ylang, nourishing cocoa butter and macadamia nut. Camelia and gardenia oils condition the hair to help you achieve soft, glossy locks in minutes, meaning haircare has never been easier.
For a deep clean, drench hair in a shampoo bar that smells like fresh lemonade on a hot summer’s day. Montalbano is brimming with balancing rosemary to care for the scalp, fresh lemon juice for blindingly shiny hair and green olives to strengthen the hair cuticles. You will be left with superhero strong hair that is ready for anything.
Your hair mission? Incredible condition
Once your hair has been gently cleansed, give it back moisture and shine with your chosen colour-friendly conditioner. Conditioners work by coating the hair strands in an anti-static charge, pushing the cuticles of the hair down and locking in moisture. The cuticles on chemically dyed hair can sometimes become disjointed, making it difficult for sebum (the oil produced by your scalp) to reach the ends of the hair. Conditioners counteract this by delivering moisture to the ends of the hair where it is needed most, making sure your colourful locks remain soft and sleek at all times. Daniel Campbell explains: "You don’t necessarily need to use conditioner around the scalp, because the scalp already produces sebum, our body’s natural oil. Therefore it is recommended we use conditioner through the ends of the hair because it takes longer to get from the root all the way down to tip."
You may choose to deliver some serious thirst aid to your hair, or opt for a lighter formula to maintain body. Consider how your hair feels and the style you want to achieve. You may also choose to mix it up but deep condition regularly to impart softness and shine to treated locks.
For light touch days, neroli-rich Happy Happy Joy Joy moisturises porous hair to leave it stronger, healthier and smelling divine. With grapefruit and orange blossom for lustrous shine, rose to help soothe troubled scalps and almond milk, this lightweight, beautifying tonic will leave your hair soft and silky. As an added boost, neroli increases serotonin production in the brain, helping to lift spirits with its cheerful, floral scent.
For hair that needs a little more loving, honey water and lavender are here to help. American Cream is intensely hydrating and balancing, keeping roots and scalp content: a thick conditioner for those guys and gals who want reels of satiny, flowing hair. On top of this it has an enticing strawberries and cream scent, rich with vitamin C for healthy hair and with a squeeze of orange juice to add gloss. Your hair will look top dollar.
Alternatively, Retread strikes a happy balance between body and hydration. With a light agar agar base to help revive weary hair, this midweight conditioner also contains avocado and neroli oil to help hydrate split ends and prevent further damage. Light enough that it won’t saturate the hair, but rich enough to give a much-needed hit of hydration, this lovely conditioner will help hair return to balance.
For those on the go, space is valuable suitcase real estate. But globetrotting hair can still get a decent dose of hydration with Jungle: a particularly rich and fittingly tropical conditioning bar. Fair Trade, organic cocoa butter melts onto the hair and delivers nutrients from fresh figs to each lock, while fresh bananas strengthen and condition coloured hair. Added sweet smelling kumquat and passion fruit deliver extra shine to revive vibrance. Made without synthetic preservatives, this solid bar is also packaging free - simply store in a reusable tin and your hair will be a hot tropic in no time.
Or perhaps you would rather butter up your hair with a leave-in conditioner full of seriously hydrating oils and butters? R&B is rich in creamy Fair Trade cocoa butter, olive oil for increased elasticity and organic avocado and cupuacu butter, helping to deliver moisture right to the ends of the hair. R&B can also be massaged into the scalp as it incorporates bay oil to stimulate hair growth and fresh oat milk to soothe and calm. A little goes a long way with this product but each strand will be thanking you afterwards.
A heads up on henna
As discussed, there are plenty of effective ways to care for synthetically dyed hair, but, if you are searching for an alternative, plant-derived dye, henna delivers permanent, natural colour. Originating from the Middle East, this natural dye works as a varnish which protects rather than penetrates the hair cortex, in contrast to a chemical dye. As Mark Constantine trichologist and co-founder explains in his book Herbal Hair Colouring: "Henna adds red shining colour to the body colour of the hair. If the body colour is black, then after an hour or so henna gives a shine and red tones. If brown, the hair becomes auburn and if blonde or white, an orange-red."
Mixed into a rich cocoa butter base and blended with stunning ingredients like indigo herb and fresh organic juice to create different shades from foxy Rouge to raven Noir, you can build colour by hennaing your hair as many times as you like and only improving its condition.
Learn more about this type of natural dye here.
If you are dye-hard about colour, there’s a whole host of products to help defend your locks against damage. Why not take your pick? Or, if you like it blonde, take a look at how to treat fair hair with care here.