Video: Are you taking care of your colour-treated hair? 7 really good tips (that you maybe haven’t heard before)

Fendi spring 2011

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.

Artec strawberry shampoo Video: Are you taking care of your colour treated hair? 7 really good tips (that you maybe havent heard before)

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.

Schwarzkopf BlondMe hair mask Video: Are you taking care of your colour treated hair? 7 really good tips (that you maybe havent heard before)

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).

Kerastase Aqua Seal Video: Are you taking care of your colour treated hair? 7 really good tips (that you maybe havent heard before)

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

jonathan product beauty water shower purification system Video: Are you taking care of your colour treated hair? 7 really good tips (that you maybe havent heard before)

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!)

Clairol Nice n Easy Colour Seal Video: Are you taking care of your colour treated hair? 7 really good tips (that you maybe havent heard before)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!

25 Comments

Thomas
Tuesday, July 19/2011 at 11:01 am

ITS HERE!

SO happy it’s finally been posted! I’m really shocked about the organic shampoo thing though. I guess people assume because it’s natural it’s not harmful, but I can see what Marie means by the chamomile for example, as I have spent many a summer’s day with chamomile and lemon on my head in the garden, desperately trying to naturally lighten my hair – it didn’t work. At all. BUT I have already bought a colour protect shampoo for when I dye my hair (next friday – eek!!) and I’ve also got the nice and easy colour seal conditioner, only in the UK they sell them in blonde, brunette and red (I have red even though I’m going brown). I can personally vouch for how absolutely amazing they are, you get a bottle for about 3 uses for long hair for only 99p, and its just incredible. I’ve used far more expensive hair masks and treatments in the past, and none of them compare to this, for colour AND condition.

Huge fan, fellow blonderexic Thomas xx

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, July 19/2011 at 12:27 pm

Oh wow I hope they bring them out in different shades here! That’s a great testimonial too by the way – I love when inexpensive products turn out to be better than the spendy ones.

So Friday is the big day! Are you feeling ready to be brunette? I find there is a huge difference psychologically…

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marta
Wednesday, July 20/2011 at 6:03 am

Let us know how it goes, Thomas :)

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Lisa
Tuesday, July 19/2011 at 1:06 pm

I’ve been using the John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo pretty faithfully and I don’t see any difference. In fact, it makes my hair dull.

Marie has got fantastic brows! Just sayin’…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:26 am

I think Artec’s have a lot more pigment.

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Meeka
Tuesday, July 19/2011 at 2:04 pm

I used to use a color depositing conditioner about once a week, which I think, for reds especially, is quite useful. I think I need to track it down again.
I wish I could manage not washing daily but I have an extremely oily scalp. I know I know, the more I wash the worse it is, but I assure you, I pushed through that for months and never saw a difference.
I’ve also heard that washing with cold water helps though I never really noticed myself. The tip about organic shampoos is interesting, I hadn’t heard that before but I can certainly see how they could adversely affect color.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:28 am

I hear you! All of these people who do that ‘no poo’ method and tell you to just stick with it (it being not washing) just Do.Not.Understand. The most I can go is 3 days (and that is pushing it) and that is only on freshly-coloured hair. The closer it is to when I need to get my colour touched up, the more often I have to wash my hair… usually every day at that point.

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Arianne
Tuesday, July 19/2011 at 7:08 pm

Thank you for this! It’s just what I needed.

Years ago I got bright red streaks and I used that same L’Oreal Artec shampoo to deposit colour back into my hair. It worked amazingly! I mixed it with my regular shampoo though, because the SMELL! It smells awful. Thanks for the tip about the store that carries them. :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:30 am

My pleasure! I could spend hours in Cosmetic World. I actually do my regular shampoo first, and then do the Artec next, leaving it in for about a minute. It doesn’t lather very well otherwise.

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Arianne
Tuesday, July 19/2011 at 7:13 pm

Also, it’s impossible for me NOT to wash everyday, especially now that I bike to work and back. I’m a sweaty girl, so I can’t even start to think about wearing sweat hair on day 2.

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Ashley
Tuesday, July 19/2011 at 11:13 pm

Are there any chains that would have the artec? I live out west you see…
Are you finding it better for warmer toned hair? I have a gold blond and a copper blond so the blue/violet shampoo the one hair stylist recommended seems to suck the life out of it. I used to used the John Freida color glaze for warm blonds which they now dont make… *sigh* story of my life. anyways just wondering what the color deposit was like.

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Nicole
Monday, July 25/2011 at 3:55 pm

You can get it on ebay :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:35 am

I loved the Colour Glaze! Do you have any beauty supply stores near you? I would try there… or ask at salons, they may either sell it or know where to buy it. I can’t seem to find a full product listing but I believe they offer a few blonde choices – not just the violet. You could probably do the one I use – strawberry – if you want warmer tones.

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Lime
Wednesday, July 20/2011 at 1:53 am

Shampooing too much might be the reason your fine hair gets oily fast. Sometimes you have to let your hair ‘transition’ into less washing and your scalp will cut down on the oil production. Surprisingly water fades colour more than shampoo, which I recently found out.

Your tip about the filter is really good. Mineral deposits will change your colour. Hard water made my hair really waxy.

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marta
Wednesday, July 20/2011 at 1:25 pm

I agree! And the transition is hard but it pays off (at least it did for me).

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:38 am

Hmmm I don’t know if every other day is shampooing too much, but at any rate – I’m not willing to go through the transition period to see if my hair “adjusts”! :-) And even then who knows if it will – see Meeka’s comment above.

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Meeka
Wednesday, July 20/2011 at 2:51 am

By the way, I’m not sure if you’re aware but it seems that the ARTec stuff is discontinued. The one I used to use is by Goldwell, which they still make :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:39 am

No! Really? Maybe that is why I can’t find a proper listing of their products online. I’ll have to go back to Cosmetic World and buy out all their stock.

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Marina(Makeup4All)
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 5:19 pm

Great post, thanks Michelle. I’ve never heard of Colour Seal Conditioner I think so I will take a look now.

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Gimped
Tuesday, August 16/2011 at 2:33 pm

During my blonde experiment my hair went green, and really quickly (within the first week of it being bleached). I researched a lot online and eventually bought a shower filter. It’s not the same as the one you reco, tho. See here. I didn’t really notice much of a difference though (maybe because my hair was already damaged?) Right now I am contemplating getting some highlights/lowlights done, but I don’t want the blonde to go green on me. Will my filter be sufficient? If not, where did you get yours?

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Gimped
Tuesday, August 16/2011 at 2:34 pm

Wow, that was worded really badly! I should note that my hair is NOT blonde anymore, it’s my natural mousy brown icky colour. No bleach has seen my locks in about a year.

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Annette
Friday, November 25/2011 at 3:04 am

I bleach my hair to white from med. ash brown. I usually get clear toner for shine and all is well. This last time my hair had a great deal of breakage. I tried to use a ph balance shampoo to soften my hair which stripped the clear toner out and left my hair extremely porous. I tried clarifying shamoo and ph balance again but my hair is still extremely porous and I cant seem to correct it. It’s extremely uncomfortable because no matter how much I dry it, i feels damp and its making me feel terrible. I thought about applying another clear toner but I don’t want to make the situation worse.

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Thomas
Friday, November 25/2011 at 11:13 am

It sounds like you’ve majorly over processed your hair, you definitely need to go and speak to a professional about this!!! Sometimes when you over process your hair way too much it can react badly and turn to jelly… Seek help before its too late!! Honestly, no matter what you read on the internet or whatever about how to remedy this, go see a pro because from your description it sounds like the slightest thing could cause a lot of damage, and possible breakage. I really hope it all works out!

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Bett
Friday, January 13/2012 at 1:27 pm

Not all organic shampoo or products contain the kinds of things you’re talking about. I’m quite sure that Aveda products are extremely good for your colored hair. There are also kid’s shampoos that are designed to be gentle and also don’t contain chemicals or even botanicals, and also are not tested on animals. That last is important – if you wouldn’t strap an innocent kitten or bunny down and smear caustic chemicals in her eyes, why would you buy brands who do this? Please don’t buy animal-tested brands.

Also, you can write to the organic shampoo companies and ask for ones that don’t contain harmful chemicals.

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Revie Maine
Tuesday, December 4/2012 at 9:42 am

I started using Shielo’s Color Protect Shampoo with the Shielo “HYDRATE” Conditioner (NOT the color protect conditioner) when my over treated hair had become dry. This is because the Shielo Color Protect Shampoo cleans my hair without removing the color, and the Hydrate Conditioner DEEP conditions it, without removing color. AMAZING!

It smells wonderful and lathers without having to use very much. My hair that use to be a RATS NEST after washing has become much easier to manage, plus my hair isn’t falling out as much..Try it and see what you think…of course like anything else, give it a couple of months to give it a chance to correct the damage your hair is in….MIRACLE PRODUCT!!

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