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Pulp Riot - Maintaining your Bright Hair Colour

Bright hair looks created at Chumba with Pulp Riot


You’ve just left the salon, invested a pretty penny and are now proudly part of the unicorn gang, so let's talk aftercare!

Here are some top tips from Pulp Riot to keep you looking fresh.


1.   Wait at least 2 days after getting your colour done to shampoo.

The more days you wait the longer the colour has to settle in the hair and not rinse straight out.

When you shampoo your hair it opens the hair cuticle to release any oil or dirt build up from the outside world but it also releases the colour molecule and is the main reason our colours fade.

Especially after a chemical service at the salon, the hair can be in a more sensitive state and needs time to settle.


2.   Use a colour safe shampoo.

This means no sulfates or parabens and needs to be salon quality shampoo. Your stylist will help pick out the best home hair care for you, this is especially important with bright colours to help keep longevity.

Shampoos that are not colour safe often contain sulfates and a surfactant which is a long way of saying a heavy duty cleaning agent that strips oil and dirt.

It may clean the hair but it will definitely leave you with a lack luster result as well as a very faded colour.


3.   Use cool water when washing.

I know being in Melbourne in winter time this may sound like a torture session but it will 100% keep your colour vibrant for longer.

Hot water opens the hair cuticle allowing colour to rinse out of the hair easier. When we wash with cold water, the hair cuticle closes, trapping the colour in and also adds shine.

We aren't saying you need to have cold showers, just when you shampoo try to rinse with cooler water. You will notice a difference immediately.

Also you only need to put shampoo on your roots and massage the excess shampoo will run down the rest of the hair and clean the mids and ends.


4.   Use a water filter.

In some towns and older houses you can find a hard mineral deposit in water. If you know this to be true of your water supply we suggest a water filter on your shower head.

Hard mineral deposits can cause colour fading and dryness, which leads to frizz because of the excess mineral buildup in hair.


5.   Dry shampoo will become your best friend.

Using a salon quality dry shampoo will help your hair look fresh between washes and you won’t need to shampoo as often.

Dry shampoo helps absorb the excess oils sitting on the hair and leaves the hair looking more volumized. It’s a must have for anyone with brights and pastels.

Just be wary of a cheaper alternative which can sometimes contain talc, alcohol and LPG’s (liquid petroleum gas) which can cause scalp issues and dry out the hair.


Pulp Riot aftercare information



Author - Jessica Burt is an Artistic Director at Chumba's Windsor Salon.


Jessica Burt Artistic Director



Meet Jessica, she is what we refer to as a ‘True Blood’. Born into the Chumba Hair family from her very beginning of her career she has lived a closeted life with the walls of our Hair Asylum. All that has resulted in a freak hairstylist full of Chumba magic hair tricks and is crazy good in her skill sets.

Blessed with a calm that anchors the entire team she is a foundation stone of the Windsor Salon.

When you mix the styling skills and the technical prowess of Colleen Stanford and the magical energy of Chris Gratton you get this - you get Jess the culmination of all of her mentors all wrapped up into one Super Star person.

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