Dyed hair can look great for the first few washes, but what can you do if it starts to fade?
Celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Lauren Conrad always have amazing, glossy hair, but for us mere mortals who don't have a hair stylist on speed dial, it's a bit more difficult to keep our colour looking fresh and bright.
The secret is looking after your hair for the whole duration of the colour, not just after you dye it. Follow these easy steps and you'll have a gorgeous, glossy mane for weeks and weeks...
Step 1: Choose which level of colour you want. Permanent will last until your hair grows out, but is likely to fade after 6-8 weeks, Semi-Permanent lasts for up to 24 washes or a colour rinse enhances your natural colour for 6-8 shampoos.
Perfect 10 hair dye, £4.85, Superdrug
Choose a hair dye that suits your skin tone and is no more than two shades away from your natural colour. If your skin has cool undertones, then go for ash shades like icy blonde, ash blonde, cool brown or black.
If you have warm undertones, then go for golden or red shades like caramel, golden brown, chestnut, auburn or black. If you're going for permanent, then we reccommend Perfect 10, as it is extremely easy to apply and develops in just 10 minutes!
Step 2: Before dying your hair, brush it through with a comb, cover your shoulders with a towel and read the instructions carefully. Apply to the roots in sections and leave for the majority of the time, then work down to the ends and leave for just over 5 minutes. This will stop your roots becoming lighter than the ends as the colour fades.
Step 3: Most hair dye comes with a weekly gloss treatment, so make sure you use it straight away and every week when you have a pampering session.
Step 4: If your hair colour could use a bit of perking up, then try a colour glaze - we love this clear one that is suitable for all hair colours.
John Frieda Luminour Color Glaze, £4.99, Boots
Step 5: Replace your regular shampoo and conditioner with ones that are specifically for coloured hair. They will enhance your colour and protect it against fading caused by the sun, pollution and styling.
Charles Worthington's Results range has different shampoo, conditioner and styling products for all hair colours and types, so you can't go wrong.
Charles Worthington Results Colour Bright range, £4.55 each, Boots
Give our tried and tested anti-fade tips a go and see how long you can make your colour last. You'll have glossy lock like The City girls in no time!