Ruth Griffin: Caring for coloured hair
Sulfate-free products are the key to prolonging highlights and hair dyes
As much as I applaud women who leave their hair go naturally silver, I headed straight for my colourist when my first grey appeared.
Recent reports have stated that 81pc of us colour treat our hair. If there's one lesson I've learnt, it is to buy the correct hair care products to complement all that effort and expense.
Choose specific colour-protect shampoos and conditioners and avoid sulfates, pearlised agents and plastics in these products (see description below). These ingredients leave a residue that distorts hair colour and can clog hair follicles leading to breakages, hair loss and overall weakness in the hair.
Sulfates are the main culprits in colour loss. They can also strip hair follicles of essential oils, cause breakages and frizz and damage to the scalp. As a result of this, most hair care brands have sulfate-free colour protect products.
Treat VS cheat
Amazon Beauty Rahua Elixir
This 100pc natural South American oil is a real treat due to its small molecular structure that penetrates the hair follicle. Exclusive to Dylan Bradshaw Salon, dylanbradshaw.com
La Bella Figura Bohemia Verdia Hair Elixir
This blend of avocado, jasmine, coconut, argan and Camilla oils make for a good budget-friendly alternative. From labellafigurabeauty.com
6 of the best: Colour care products
This product cleanses the hair with conditioner rather than shampoo, and is a soap-free, low-lathering option that won't strip your hair of moisture. The colour-protection range is free-from sulphates, parabens, paraffin, mineral oils, synthetic dyes and allergens.
Precious Nature Cleansing Conditioner, €12.50, Alfaparf Milano from selected salons nationwide or xpertpro.ie
Unless you have very oily hair, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners should only do great things for your hair (very greasy hair can require the extra cleansing properties of the SLSs). This is quite a gentle, calming line for the hair and perfect for women with dry to normal hair.
Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluid, €19
Redken is a brand well known for its colour-protect ranges and was one of the first to introduce a specific sulfate-free colour-protect hair range. Hair dye will definitely last longer with this.
Redken Colour Extend Magnetic Sulfate-Free Shampoo, €16.50, and Conditioner, €18.50, from selected salons nationwide and strawberrynet.com
Model January Russell Winters uses this little gem of a hair care range to keep her Titian locks in great nick, and I have to agree, this is a great line. All of Pureology's products are natural but deliver salon results. This is totally free of sulfates and mineral oils, it leaves hair silky and nourished and colour intact. Pureology Serious Colour Care Smooth, €22.50, Peter Mark salons nationwide and online at feelunique.com, €20.50
Lots of women complain about the high price of professional hair care products, and can be put off following their colourist's home hair care advice as a result. This product is available at supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide and is a budget-friendly, effective way to mind your hair colour at home. Added botanical rosemary and juniper oils leave a really silky feel to the hair
L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverPure Sulfate-Free Colour Care System, €5.99
No Chemical Nastie
In addition to sulfates, tap water, air pollution and sun can all lead to hair colour fading. This range uses sustainable plant science to preserve hair colour without the use of toxins. Instead, plant-based, sulfate-free agents nourish and shield colour-treated hair. It has a light lather that cleanses without over-drying or stripping the much-needed natural oils in our hair.
Intelligent Nutrients PureServe Colour Saving available at Avoca stores nationwide. Shampoo €27, Conditioner, €36
Backstage beauty with January Russell Winters
January Russell Winters is a fashion model with agencies here and abroad, a blogger and radio personality, famous for her porcelain skin and stunning Titian hair. Instagram: @JanuaryWinters, gold-and-bold.com
Your top five make-up picks:
Firstly, YSL Touche Éclat Foundation, it's a great colour match and makes my skin look fresh. I also use No7 Instant Illusions Radiance Balm. Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner is another one of my favourites, it's super easy to apply and stays on for ages. Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara does a lot of favours for my lashes and it never clumps. Charlotte Tilbury's The Dolce Vita luxury eye palette has amazing colours.
What is your skincare routine?
I always use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my make-up. Then I use the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I use that in the shower, so it feels like I've just had a facial by the time I'm done. Also, Crème de La Mer Eye Balm as I get quite dry eyes. Lastly, Elizabeth Arden Eight-hour Cream on my lips.
Do you colour your hair?
Yes, I do colour my hair, I prefer it to look more of a vibrant red than an auburn tone. Tina Hayes at Zara Cox's Salon colours and cuts my hair.
Top tips for keeping your hair in good condition:
With work my hair gets put through an awful lot, so I use the OGX Renewing Argan Oil from Boots on the mid-lengths and ends every day. Philip Kingsley Trichtotherapy Volumising Scalp Treatment is great, too. Heat protection spray is also a necessity in my line of work. Wella Thermal Image and Lee Stafford Heat Protectant Spray are my favourites.
What's the biggest mistake women make with hair and make-up?
Using the wrong products, like the wrong foundation or using hair products that don't suit your hair can be a disaster.