Freshly-coloured hair quite literally looks brilliant. Shiny, healthy, and glossy, having colour done is a fast route to feeling groomed. But it doesn't last that long; if tinted, the lustre will start to fade after 5-10 washes, while even permanent colours lose some shine after a month or so. Adding in the daily damage of heat styling, UV rays, and brushing will all make hair more porous and therefore less likely to hang onto colour, meaning more frequent trips to the hairdresser.
The life of a dye job can, however, be extended with relatively little effort, by switching in a colour-depositing conditioner weekly. They work similarly to a blue rinse, depositing little pigments in the hair that can either enhance colour or counteract tones like brassiness or flatness. They're all designed to work differently, but as a rule you want to switch one in place of your conditioner, leaving it to do the job of depositing colour for between 10-15 minutes.
Keen to try one? Here's our definitive guide of all the best colour-depositing conditioners out there...
1. Evo Fabuloso Colour Intensifying Conditioner
Add a few pumps of Evo's conditioner to your mid-lengths and ends to instantly add a rich gloss to those faded highlights.
Available at | £21
2. eSalon Devoted to Hue Colour Enhancing Mask
eSalon make five of these masks to nourish and hydrate while packing hair with pigments to really keep colour vibrant. Use weekly to really revive your hair colour.
Available at | £15
4. Davines Alchemic Conditioner
Because red has the largest colour molecule, it slides out of the hair shaft much easier than its blonde and brunette counterparts, making the shade more prone to fading. Make sure to use a flame-toned conditioner like Davines' Alchemic formula in Copper to keep your colour vibrant.
Available at | £20
5. Joico Colour Infuse Red Conditioner
Fact: one bottle of Joico's blue-based true red will last you forever—the color is super-saturated, so just a little bit goes a long way to keep your hue pristine.
Available at | £13