How to Take Care of Ombré Hair

While ombré is one of the most low-maintenance hairstyles, there are still a few tips and tricks you can incorporate into your hair care routine to really make your new hair colour go the distance.

The ombré hair trend is still one of the most requested hair colours at salons, and it’s easy to see why. It works on all hair types, colours and textures and is considerably lower maintenance than all-over colour or highlights since it allows you to make the most of having darker roots. If you have recently dyed your hair ombré or are thinking of taking the plunge, you’ll want to have this guide on hand. It’s got a cheat sheet on how to care for your new mane and includes everything from how to tweak your hair routine by using a shampoo for colour treated hair to using a hair toner like purple shampoo.

Cut back on washing your hair

One way to make the most of your ombré hair colour is to cut back on the number of times you wash your hair. Fewer lather/rinse/repeat sessions will help ensure that you keep the gorgeous colour on your locks instead of washing it down the drain. In addition, the less you wash your hair, the less you’ll be styling and exposing your hair to hot tools or other potentially damaging elements. To make your blowouts last longer, try dry shampoo. It helps sop up excess oil and refreshes your hair. L’Oréal Paris Magic Invisible Dry Shampoo comes in five mood-boosting scents and absorbs oil on greasy roots without drying out the ends.

Start deep conditioning with a hair mask

When you lighten your hair—whether you use an all-over bleach or lighten your ends with ombré—essential oils and moisture get stripped, making your strands more susceptible to damage. Boost your hair’s hydration levels with weekly deep conditioning treatments and a moisture-boosting hair mask. L’Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Restoring Hair Mask works to deliver nourishing ingredients deep into the shaft of your hair. Enriched with cicamide and pro-keratine it helps to restore damage from daily wear and tear and gives your locks a serious hydration boost and help mend dry, damaged ends.

Colour-proof your hair products

As soon as you’ve swapped out your natural hair colour for an ombré look, you’re going to want to maintain your new hue for as long as possible. To make your colour go the distance, replace your usual shampoo with a colour protecting shampoo that will help seal it in. L’Oréal Paris Color Radiance Shampoo for Coloured Hair not only protects colour-treated hair from fading but also contains UV filters that will help shield your ombré strands from those damaging colour-stripping rays. Follow up your colour shampoo with L’Oréal Paris Color Radiance Conditioner for Coloured Hair for an additional nourishing colour-safe boost. And once you’re out of the shower, here’s another essential step to keep your coloured locks happy and healthy: Spritz on a heat protectant. This spray will help to protect your colour from damaging hot tools, UV rays, pollution and other colour-dulling environmental aggressors.

Try a purple shampoo

If you notice that your blond hair is starting to turn a little brassy, here’s a tried-and-true insider tip: Once a week or so, try a purple toning shampoo for ombré hair like L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo. This purple shampoo will help boost your blond hair and get rid of brassiness that sometimes occurs in lighter hair thanks to hard water and colour fading.

Put down the hot tools

While making over your hair care routine is an important step in maintaining your ombré hair, limiting the amount of heat and hot tools you use is another. When too much heat is used on blond hair, it can actually strip away the colour. Occasionally, try embracing your natural hair texture by letting your strands air-dry instead of reaching for your blow-dryer and curling iron or flat iron. Just run a texturizing spray or mousse through your mane and let your strands do their thing. This will not only help maintain your new hair colour but also help avoid further damaging your strands.

Wave goodbye to grey hair

Just because you have a perfectly done new ombré hair colour doesn’t mean pesky grey hairs aren’t going to pop up. If you want to camouflage any grey hairs that appear but you don’t want a complete do-over of your dye job, there’s an easy option for you. Grab L’Oréal Paris Root Rescue a foolproof at-home option for root regrowth that allows you to colour just the grey hair at your roots without touching your blond ends.

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