We’ve all been through the same disappointing journey. You step out of the salon rocking bold, bright tresses, only to see it morph from mermaid perfection to 50 shades of brass after a few weeks.
If your fading hair colour is getting you down and you don’t have the time or budget to make a trip to the salon, then you might consider restoring your hair colour at home. Nope, we’re not talking about box dyes here, which could damage your colour-treated locks even more.
Well, a member of the Daily Vanity team, Natalie, found a way to salvage her hair colour and restore its vibrancy with an affordable haircare duo that you can find easily at your nearest drugstore.
Curious to know which products breathed life into her locks without the use of dyes and harsh chemicals? Keep reading. Before we introduce the new formulas, let’s take a quick look at your daily hair habits to find out what’s causing your hair colour to fade faster.
- What causes hair colour to fade quickly
- Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment: The best way to restore vibrancy to coloured hair
- Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment review: First impressions
- Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment review: Results after 6 days
What causes hair colour to fade quickly
1. You don’t protect your hair from the sun
Here in sunny Singapore, it’s almost impossible to get away from the sun’s UV rays. While we’re (hopefully) diligent about applying and reapplying sunscreen on our faces during the day to protect it from the sun, we often neglect our hair.
What you might not know is that UV rays are one of the major culprits that cause your hair colour to fade much faster than it should. So if you’re constantly under the sun, be sure to wear a hat. The sun’s UV rays don’t only fade hair colour, but it exposes the natural remaining pigments, which are usually the brassy tones.
These UV rays are also a form of free radical, which causes oxidation. This is why regular shampoo and protective products aren’t enough.
2. You use heat styling tools too often
If your hair colour fades almost immediately after you’ve tried to style it, chances are, your heat styling tools are the ones to blame.
In fact, famous hair colourist Guy Tang (you may have seen him on Bling Empire) demonstrated in a YouTube video, showing us how straightening your hair for five seconds (literally!) with an iron can completely ruin your hair colour. Using a blow-dryer set to high heat can cause your hair colour to fade fast too, according to the hair colourist.
Where possible, try to adjust the settings on your blow-dryer to low heat or cool air. You’ll also want to apply a heat protectant before blow-drying.
3. You’re not using products that are formulated for colour-treated hair
Not all shampoos and conditioners are created equal. Traditional products don’t just strip your hair of its colour faster, but they also can’t do anything to restore your hair’s radiance. What’s more, most drugstore brand shampoos are formulated with sulfates, which can be incredibly drying and can cause your hair colour to bleed and fade fast.
This is why it’s important to look for a system of shampoo and conditioner that’s specially developed for colour-treated hair, such as the Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment.
Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment: The best way to restore vibrancy to coloured hair
It protects and repairs hair with Miracle Prism Coat
Unlike most products that are made for colour-treated hair, the Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment stands out from the crowd for its use of Platinum and Gold Keratin. Yup, you read that right.
These two formulas contain Japan’s first-ever blend of Platinum and Gold Keratin, which is able to penetrate deep into the core of each strand to replenish lost proteins within the hair structure.
While we’re most familiar with gold in our skincare, this key ingredient is also known for its ability to heal micro-damage. The formulas deposit it inside your hair shaft to capture and reflect light from its core, so it adds luminosity to your tresses and illuminates them from within.
The shampoo and treatment are also formulated with Erucalactone, an ingredient that is activated by heat to seal the hair cuticles, lock in moisture and nutrients within your hair, while it imparts a smooth lustrous appearance on each strand. This way, you can say goodbye to frizz and tangles!
If you reach for the blow-dryer often, this haircare duo can help reduce damage from the heat and preserve your hair colour for longer.
It shields your hair from harmful UV rays
Environmental factors play a huge role when it comes to preserving vibrant hair colour. This is why the Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment (as well as the entire Miracle You range) are formulated with Borealine, a powerful hair antioxidant that’s extracted from the Canadian Boreal forest.
This ingredient effectively seals the surface of your hair to create an umbrella, which shields your hair from the sun’s harmful rays. These UV rays emit free radicals that alter the chemistry of the colour molecules in dyed hair. Borealine brings the oxidation process to a halt, so your hair colour won’t fade as quickly. It’s amazing what it can do to reveal the full beauty of your hair.
It nourishes hair and restores shine
A superfood that’s been touted as a miracle cure in Ayurvedic practices since ancient times, ghee is rich in vitamins A and E as well as minerals. So it’s no surprise that the entire Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair range has also incorporated this ingredient into their advanced formulas.
Made with the milk from grass-fed cows in the Netherlands, this organic and cosmetic grade ghee is from Ghee Easy, which deeply conditions your hair and provides a boost of vitamins and antioxidants to damaged, grass-like tresses, bringing your locks back to their healthiest, most manageable state from root to tip.
Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment review: First impressions
Our colleague Natalie had her hair done at a salon in the middle of May this year, and stepped out with a head of pinkish-brown along with blonde highlights. However, the gorgeous colour was short-lived.
“The colour started to fade about one week after getting it done, where it changed from a natural-looking light brown to a brassy blonde. You could tell that certain parts of my hair are bleached,” Natalie shared.
Instead of heading back to the salon, she turned to other options such as hair oil, which she uses regularly. “However, I would say it’s not a long-term treatment as I realised my hair is still really dry after shampooing. The oil only smoothens my hair during the day,” she says. Hair oils typically grant a lovely sheen to the hair, but the effects don’t last very long.
Upon receiving the Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment, she said, “The packaging is beautiful and both bottles have a unique holographic sticker that gives it a pretty rainbow effect.” After the first wash, she noticed that her hair felt softer than before, though her hair was still dry and her damaged ends were visible.
“It also has a very pleasant, fresh, flowery fragrance that anyone would enjoy,” she notes. That’s all thanks to the brand’s Sunshine Sparkle Fragrance. The fresh scent opens with fruity top notes of pink grapefruit and raspberry, which pave the way for sensual woody notes.
This shampoo and treatment duo was able to cleanse Natalie’s hair effectively without leaving behind any residue. Naturally, she was excited to continue using both products to see what they could do for her hair in six days.
Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo and Treatment review: Results after 6 days
Six days is a relatively short period of time to truly put a haircare product to the test, but in such a short amount of time, Natalie already saw improvements in her hair’s condition with every wash. Her hair looked less frizzy and she saw fewer flyaways, which gave her hair a sleeker, neater appearance.
“The texture of my hair is now softer than before. The shampoo and treatment were also able to restore the vibrancy of my hair colour, just like a salon treatment would,” she raved, noticing more radiant hair that doesn’t appear as dull as it used to. Salon treatments are also usually packed with harsh chemicals, which is why the haircare duo is a gentler alternative.
When it comes to the Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Shampoo, a little goes a long way. “All I had to do was mix it with a little bit of water and it would foam up generously,” she noticed. “It’s relatively easy to rinse off and it doesn’t cause tangles as I’m doing so, unlike other shampoos I’ve used.”
As for the Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Treatment, she enjoyed its lightweight texture, which left her hair feeling fresh and light after rinsing. “I don’t need to spend forever in the shower trying to make sure I’ve rinsed off all my conditioner,” she says. Plus, the formula doesn’t weigh her hair down or make it feel greasy post-wash.
At the end of her six-day trial, she felt that the duo has helped moisturise and soften the texture of her hair. She particularly enjoyed the lasting fragrance both products imparted. “These products have a fragrance that lasts the whole day. I’ve even had people complimenting the scent of my hair,” she exclaims. A shampoo that doubles up as an intoxicating perfume is a major win in our book!
Natalie even compared the Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Treatment to a hair mask that she was using to keep her hair colour looking fresh. “The treatment has been effective in maintaining and brightening the colour of my highlights, delivering results that are just as impressive as what my hair mask produced, but in a much more fuss-free and convenient manner.”
If you’re struggling to manage damaged, bleached, and brittle strands, you may also want to check out the brand’s Miracle You Damage Repair series (pictured above). The products in the range will strengthen strands that are prone to breakage for more manageable tresses.
It’s ideal for those who use heat stylers very often, and are looking to address breakage and split ends. On top of that, the range also protects your hair colour for lasting results.
Diane Perfect Beauty Miracle You Prism Repair Treatment retails for S$18.90, and is available at Watsons, Fairprice, Don Don Donki, MyCK, as well as the Moist Diane official store on Lazada and Shopee.
This article is brought to you by Moist Diane.