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When you get your hair dyed at the salon, the stylist will often recommend a special shampoo and conditioner for your new colour. These products can come with a hefty price tag, so you may be wondering they are worth shelling out for. Today, we take a closer look at these products and learn some hard truths about shampoos and conditioners for colour treated hair.

Those with bleached hair will be familiar with the blue shampoo or purple shampoo. Hairdressers swear by these products to prevent your hair from turning brassy. The key claim here is that it prevents these brassy or orangey tones. Most purple shampoos are not strong enough to correct brassy tones once they develop, or if they are already present in the hair. It is important to remember that not all purple shampoos are created equal. This does not necessarily mean that you need to spend big, as there are relatively affordable products on the market that are also quite effective. As always, it is best to ask your stylist for their recommendation on which purple shampoo will be more effective for your hair. The truth about purple shampoo is that it is necessary if you have bleached hair and will help your hair look fresh for longer between touch-ups at the salon.

Purple shampoo will do nothing if your hair unless your hair is very light (whether natural or colour treated). If you are hoping to achieve a blonde look by using purple shampoo on your dark locks, you will be in for disappointment. The only way to lighten your hair is through bleaching it.

Faux redheads have their own category of shampoos and conditioners for colour treated hair. These products deposit a small amount of colour on the hair with each wash. Skip the supermarket products that make claims around colour locking. You will get much more vibrant results by springing for one of the shampoo and conditioner combinations that contain a small amount of colour. Be aware that if you use a red shampoo on natural brown or blonde hair, you will end up staining your hair. The red shampoos should only be used if that is the look you are going for, especially because it is notoriously difficult to lift red dye out of your hair.

Finally, those with dyed brown hair can obtain special shampoos and conditioners for colour treated hair. Typically, these products do not contain colour, and are instead aimed at extending the life of your dye job by preventing fading. While these products can be moderately effective, you may find that you prefer to address different concerns (such as dryness) through your washing routine for better results. You can ask your stylist for a personalised opinion when you are at your appointment.

To book in an appointment with us at Radical Hair Design, you can contact us by phone on (02) 9651 3200, or reach us by email on info@radicalhair.com.au.


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