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Haircare for every colour

Whatever your shade, here's how to make hair colour last longer

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Garnier

Garnier

Redken

Redken

Davines

Davines

Kiehl's

Kiehl's

Elvive

Elvive

Phyto Phytargent

Phyto Phytargent

Aveda

Aveda

Pureology

Pureology

Klorane

Klorane

Pureology

Pureology

System Professional

System Professional

Wella

Wella

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I'm often asked whether colour-protecting haircare products are worth investing in. From my perspective, when we spend so much time, effort and money in getting our hair to that perfect shade, it makes sense to ensure that we get as long as possible out of it.

I'm often asked whether colour-protecting haircare products are worth investing in. From my perspective, when we spend so much time, effort and money in getting our hair to that perfect shade, it makes sense to ensure that we get as long as possible out of it.

"There's no point in your colourist spending hours getting your hair looking glossy and healthy for you to go home and wash it all out," says Dean Monks, a senior stylist at The Hive Salon (thehivesalon.ie) and semi-finalist in this year's Wella Trend Vision Colour Artist of the Year Award. "Some shampoos and conditioners are filled with sulphates and silicones, which aren't good for your colour," he continues. "During the summer months, when we all tend to spend more time outside, a combination of the wind and sun will also fade out your colour. Using your professional products will reduce this."

Dean recommends the System Professional range, but there are lots of colour protection products available at varying price points. Below, I've listed some great options that will keep your colour looking vibrant and your hair healthy for as long as possible. I've divided the products into different hair colours, but you can also use general products. Just look for the terms "colour protect", "colour extend" or "colour safe" on the packaging.

 

Brunette

Flash fixer

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Elvive

Elvive

Elvive

 

Elvive Rapid Reviver No Leave-In Time Colour Protect Conditioner, €6.95, is a rapid-action conditioner infused with amino acids and vitamin E. It leaves coloured hair feeling nourished and protected, without weighing it down. If you don't have time to do a mask, this little gem is for you, as there's no leave-in time required. Specifically formulated for coloured hair, it has twice as many nourishing ingredients as a classic conditioner and can be used daily. From pharmacies nationwide.

Colour keeper

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System Professional

System Professional

System Professional

 

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Colour expert Dean Monks recommends using this haircare range. The System Professional Color Save Shampoo, €25, works to protect your hair's keratin structure and colour vibrancy. It gently cleanses hair and defends against dullness, while a UV filter shields your barnet from sun damage and colour fading. From salons nationwide and allbeauty.com

Hydrating heroes

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Pureology

Pureology

Pureology

 

My personal favourite, I've been using this range for years and it never lets me down. Pureology's Colour Care Hydrate Shampoo, €21.40, and Conditioner, €24.90, cleanse the hair with zero stripping of colour. The organic, nourishing formula will hydrate dry, damaged, colour-treated hair and leave it softer and shinier. From Peter Mark.

Blonde

Super strengthener

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Redken

Redken

Redken

 

Blonde dye can often cause brittle, damaged, weak hair. Redken's Color Extend Blondage Shampoo, from €18.90, has been developed with a triple acid protein complex to combat this. This purple shampoo cleanses hair whilst nourishing and strengthening it to help protect from breakage. Be sure to wear gloves to keep your hands free of the purple colour when using this. From salons nationwide and lookfantastic.com

Brightening beauty

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Pureology

Pureology

Pureology

 

Bring out your best blonde with Pureology Strength Cure Best Blonde Shampoo, €21.50. It's suitable for all shades of colour-treated blonde, highlighted and lightened hair. Created with violet toning properties, this sulphate-free purple shampoo has an anti-fade complex that protects against heat damage and keeps highlights bright and vibrant while refreshing brassy, yellow tones. From Peter Mark and haircare salons nationwide, and millies.ie

Pamper pack

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Kiehl's

Kiehl's

Kiehl's

 

Colouring hair definitely dries it out, but using conditioners can also cause colour to fade. Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak, €32, is a silicone- and paraben-free product infused with sunflower oils, apricot, vitamin B3, B5 and B6, and a UV-protective filter to keep blondes looking vibrant all summer; from Arnotts and department stores nationwide. Kevin.Murphy Blonde Angel Conditioner, €24, is another brilliant natural option; see kevinmurphystore.ie

Red

Fade fighter

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Aveda

Aveda

Aveda

For an all-natural way to protect your hair colour, try the Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo, €25. This is a gentle, plant-infused shampoo that helps your hair resist colour fading. Containing certified organic lavender, geranium and grapefruit, it smells divine too! From department stores and salons nationwide, and cloud10beauty.com

Hotter hue

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Davines

Davines

Davines

 

The Davines Alchemic System was created exclusively for coloured hair. Not only does Davines Alchemic Shampoo for Natural & Coloured Hair (Red), €19, retain existing colour, it also infuses hair with a deeper hue, while still protecting it. Also comes in copper, warm chocolate, silver, deep chocolate and blonde. From mack.ie

Mighty mask

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Wella

Wella

Wella

 

To keep colour-treated hair from looking thirsty, frizzy and unhealthy, use a rich, colour-preserving treatment mask once a week. The Wella Brilliance Treatment for Colour Treated Hair, €24.50, helps restore hair's vibrancy and sheen. This isn't too gloopy or heavy so is perfect for fine-to-normal-textured hair. From salons nationwide.

Grey

Shimmering steel

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Klorane

Klorane

Klorane

 

Those with silver or shimmering grey hair can find it tricky to maintain a clean, bright colour. Klorane Shampoo with Centaury, €11.50, combats brassiness and is a lovely natural alternative if you don't fancy using traditional synthetic purple shampoos. Centaury, a blue flowering plant harvested in France, naturally enhances the radiance of white, grey, silver and platinum blonde hair. From pharmacies nationwide.

Natural silver

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Phyto Phytargent

Phyto Phytargent

Phyto Phytargent

 

If you don't colour your hair (a trend that's growing massively) and are going naturally grey, you still want your hair to look more silver fox than the dull yellow that comes from natural oxidation. A brightening shampoo specifically for white/grey/platinum hair is your best bet here. Phyto Phytargent Brightening Shampoo for Grey/White, €16, is a gentle cleanser that detangles while it intensely hydrates and softens the hair fibre, from pharmacies nationwide. Schwarzkopf Live Stay Bright Booster Silver Shampoo, €4.70, is another good option, from Boots stores.

Brilliant white

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Garnier

Garnier

Garnier

 

White and grey hair is naturally dry, so it's vital to condition and nourish it after each wash. Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana, €8.99, is made from 98pc natural ingredients and is a treat for thirsty mature hair. Use as a conditioner or mask. You only need a tiny amount so this tub will last you ages! From pharmacies.

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