As someone who has been colouring their hair for way over a decade now, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the downright weird when it comes to dyes, treatments and maintenance products.
From flamingo pink, to turquoise, violet and beyond (and oh-so-much bleach!), my poor locks have been through a lot over the years! Nowadays, shiny liquorice-hued hair has been my go-to look, and ever since I got my sleek, 1920s-inspired bob at BLOW about 18 months ago, keeping my hair colour healthy and vibrant is just as important as the cut itself.
I also have sensitive skin on my scalp, so I’m pretty picky about the dyes and products that I choose to put in my hair. No-one likes to feel THAT kind of burn, trust me!
Recently, I was introduced to Paul Mitchell’s Color Protect range, which I’ve started to use to wash, condition and strengthen my hair colour. So far, I’ve been really impressed. As well as being a leading salon brand, Paul Mitchell also have become well-known for their cruelty-free approach to product development – standing up for furry friends since 1980.
So, not only are their products kind to my hair colour and my scalp – but also kind to animals. Now, that’s something I can truly get behind!
The Color Protect Daily Shampoo helps colour to last longer and boosts shine, while the Color Protect Daily Conditioner moisturises and smooths hair. Both work together to prevent hair colour from fading and protect against UVA and UVB rays (and with so many sunny days recently, heat protection is a must!). It’s no secret that the sun’s rays can seriously affect hair colour, so for extra protection I’ve been spritzing my hair with Paul Mitchell’s Color Protect Locking Spray – which does an awesome job of extending colour intensity.
But what about vegan dyes? After a consultation with my stylist, Rachel at BLOW, I decided to incorporate some animal-friendly colour into my latest dye job. In case you hadn’t heard, BLOW have recently partnered with Manic Panic hair colour – another company that stands against animal testing – and have incorporated the brand’s range into their menu of hair treats. With so many fun shades to choose from, we talked about mixing two together to create a custom colour – a twist on a classic!
Mixing together Manic Panic’s After Midnight and Raven, the result was an intense black with a slight blue sheen and a ton of shine. Who said that cutting back on chemicals meant cutting back on quality?
Cleansing and conditioning my newly-dyed locks with the Color Protect range also means that my hair colour still packs a punch AND stays nice and glossy!
With a rainbow of shades available at BLOW and an amazing range of products from Paul Mitchell to help keep things bold and beautiful, there’s never been a better – or easier – time to choose cruelty-free care for coloured hair.
Do you have any tried-and-tested favourites when it comes to gentle, animal-friendly products? Has your hair colour changed over the years too?