Hair stylist reveals how long it will take our coloured locks to recover from lockdown

This is when we'll get our shine back

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Most of us were desperate for that first hair appointment post lockdown - whether we needed our roots coloured or our split ends desperately chopped off.

However, with so much time in between appointments, one hair colourist has warned that we shouldn't expect our locks to go back to pre-lockdown condition after just one colour.

Katie Hale, head of colour at Charles Worthington Salons, says it could take a few appointments for our hair colour to settle, while she's revealed how we can treat coloured hair in between appointments —to help bring back that glow. 

Katie warns the condition of our coloured hair won't be the same as we venture back into salons: "Our roots will be more visible and our hair will most likely feeling limp and flat—as colouring the hair can plump up your follicles.

So, don't expect your hair colour to go back to pre-lockdown condition too quickly: "Allow a few appointments for your hair to return back to its former self, if you have highlights imagine your first set of highlights.

"With hair that is tinted you will need a longer appointment for the colour application as the sections of hair need to be treated differently,  like a virgin application."

While Katie also recommends booking in extra time for your appointments: "If you have a half head highlights or balayage book for a full head foils and balayage. As you may need more colour applied than usual. "

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The hair stylist also advises looking after your hair in between colours as the 'healthier the hair, the longer the colour will stay looking rich and vibrant.'

While she goes on to add: "Using a top-Quality range like Kerastase Chroma Reflective will lock in colour molecules, with its UV filters that reduce colour fade. A rich treatment mask will also help give the hair that extra added moisture and oil to nourish the hair fibre."

While if you are looking for colour that's easier to maintain Katie reveals: "Balayage is easier to maintain and the grow out isn’t as obvious as the colour is there to compliment the roots. If you are a solid blonde who has back to back foils, your roots will show a lot sooner and can be harder to cover up."

But if balayage isn't for you, there is an alternative: "Baby lights with a root shadow can go out nicely too as the highlights are fine and scattered and the toner is softer and again more complimentary on your natural colour. "

If you're weighing up the Dyson Corrale vs GHD Platinum or thinking about investing in the L’Oréal Professionnel SteamPod 3.0, you'll want to protect your hair and its colour with good heat protection and styling sprays, too.