There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your grey hair but for many women, it can be a source of embarrassment which is why hair dye is popular. However, the problem with this is that all hair dye, no matter how permanent, will eventually fade. That’s why today I’m going to be taking a look at a few ways to enhance the longevity of your hair dye to keep those pesky grey strands under wraps.
Is grey hair more difficult to dye?
When it comes to dyeing grey hair, there are a few things you need to consider.
Firstly, grey hair does differ in texture compared to younger hair – it tends to be wirier and more prone to damage which means that colouring it can be trickier as the dye may not permeate your hair follicle as easily. That’s not even mentioning all of the negative impacts of hair dye could potentially be exacerbated so, before I go into any real details about the best ways to preserve your coloured hair, it might be best if we first take a look at the dye you are using.
In her blog ‘Is dyeing your hair bad for your hair?’ my colleague Gill elaborates a little bit about some of the harmful effects that dye can have on your hair, largely due to harsh ingredients such as ammonia, SLS and parabens. Grey hair, as I’ve mentioned, could be even more susceptible to these chemicals as, with age, your hair can become finer plus your sebaceous glands can start to produce less oil, leading to drier, rougher locks.
That’s why I think it’s really important to look into more natural options when it comes to hair dye and a standout brand we’re always shouting about here at Jan de Vries is Naturtint. Naturtint are natural brand that are 100% vegan-friendly and completely ammonia free. They instead prefer to utilise more plant-based ingredients in their dyes such as organic rosemary oil, linseed extract and wheat proteins to help nourish and strengthen your hair.
My top tip #1 – Get your shampoo sorted
I’ve just spoken a little bit about the vulnerability of grey hair so, if you’re selecting a shampoo and conditioner for colour treated grey hair, it will need to meet a range of needs. This can be tricky to get right as you’ll need a shampoo that’s gentle, can provide enough moisture and volume for your hair and is suitable for hair that’s been dyed. Fortunately, there’s one shampoo that may just be able to fulfil this criteria – John Masters’ Organic Lavender Shampoo.
This formula is enriched with a range of botanical ingredients, from cleansing aloe vera to calming chamomile. Not only does this mean it’s incredibly gentle, unlike conventional shampoos which can be quite harsh, it also contains soy proteins and amino acids to help strengthen your hair, making it more resistant to pollutants and irritants.
My top tip #2 – Think about how often you’re washing your hair
It’s no secret that washing your hair can gradually cause the dye to fade, which is the last thing you want, especially if you’re cautious about dyeing your hair in too short a space of time. Now, I’m not about to say you should avoid the shower for days at a time, however, you may wish to consider limiting the number of times you shampoo your hair each week.
This is because shampoo, above all other things, is designed to strip oils and dirt away from your scalp, which could weaken grey hair. When you do rinse your hair, it could also help to use lukewarm water rather than steaming hot as warmer water can open your hair follicle, causing colour to bleed out. Cooler water works better, especially after you’ve used the conditioner, as using colder water beforehand can cause your hair follicle to close prematurely, meaning you miss out on much of the benefits your conditioner has to offer.
My top tip #3 – Style with care
Curlers, hair dryers and straighteners are the go-to options when it comes to styling your hair but these can severely weaken your hair, impacting its appearance and natural vitality. That’s why it might be worth moderating your use of these appliances or find alternate means to achieve the look you’re after.
Fortunately, my colleagues have already came up with a quite a few ways you can do this – if you’re after straight hair, Liz from our Prestwick store has devised several ways to do this without using thermal heat in her blog ‘The best ways to straighten hair without heat.’ However, if you really have to use thermal heat, it’s important you take protective measures both before and after you’ve applied styling irons to your hair.
Here is perhaps where argan oil can take centre stage. Rich in omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants, argan oil can help to keep your hair hydrated and protects it from free-radical damage which, as I’m about to discuss in a minute, is a huge cause of premature ageing. Once again, here at Jan de Vries we turn to John Masters and they don’t disappoint with their 100% pure and organic Argan Oil.
My top tip #4 – Consider sun protection
Did you know that sunlight, or UV radiation, is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing? Not only can it cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear on your skin, your hair can suffer too as sunlight can potentially cause irritation with your scalp, weaken your hair and damage your hair cuticle (the protective outer layer of your hair). If your hair has been colour treated it also has the additional bonus of causing that colour to fade.
Now you might be wondering what you can do to protect your hair from the sun – with your skin, the answer is obvious but nowhere offers sunscreen for your hair, do they? Well, there are some natural ways to defend your hair from UV regulation – you could use oils such as coconut oil or avocado oil which have natural protective qualities.
Simply rub a small pea-sized amount on to your fingertips and then apply to your hair, using a wide-toothed comb to make sure the oil is distributed evenly.
My top tip #5 – Learn more about natural cover-ups!
Okay, so I’ve mentioned a few simple ways to preserve your colour and keep grey hair looking healthy but are there any ways to cover up grey hair without using more hair dye? Well, I’m glad you asked as last week I wrote a blog on the subject entitled ‘How do you cover grey hair naturally?’ There I go into plenty of detail about the natural ways you can cover up grey hairs, from lemon juice to brewing some tea!