How I Keep My Hair Bright

How I Keep My Hair Bright

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I recently dyed my hair bright orange! I am so in love with it. So in love, I can’t stop taking selfies and even did a photoshoot with the lovely Kaye recently (I can’t wait to show you the rest!). I haven’t dyed my hair a different colour for a long time and I really fancied a change.

Since dying my hair bright orange, I’ve received a number of comments most of which have been lovely. My dad told me I need to let my fringe grow and my mum said it wasn’t her favourite. In addition to these mixed bag of comments, I’ve also had a ton of questions thrown my way too. Today, I thought I’d shed some light on how to get your hair orange and how to maintain it as well. Although this will be mainly for orange, you can probably implement some of these tips for other colours. Just maybe change up  your products.

How I got my hair bright orange

As a teenage emo, my hair has been a whole range of colours. However, red was always my favourite. It was impossible to escape and I just kept coming back to it. Bright red hair and a wonky fringe was my signature growing up. Surprisingly, I have only used bleach once on my hair (and it was on the ends only) in the eleven years I have been colouring my hair. To get my hair red, my hairdresser would strip it first then put the dye on. But this time round, I just thought fuck it! I spent last summer trying to go ginger and it just didn’t work. With the sudden urge to go one up and go orange, I decided to leave it to the professionals.

So I headed down to Rush and let them do their magic. She bleached my entire head and it was so weird. The burning sensation is really quite bizarre. After that, they put the dye in. It was really quite thorough, there was a lot of checking and they washed/conditioned my hair beautifully. I get my hair cut at a different salon and they said my hair was in great condition considering it has just been bleached.

What shampoo do I use?

I haven’t dyed my hair consistently for a while, because I wanted to let it grow. For years, I have been using Mane n Tail. Described as a horse to human cross-over, this duo really helped me. It made my hair thicker, softer and also really helped reduced breakage. I make a point of getting my hair cut every six to eight weeks. Doing that, using Mane n Tail, along with some other tricks, has really helped keep my hair in great condition. Since going vegan, I’ve started to look at all the hair and beauty products I own. Annoyingly, the shampoo/conditioner I use (their Herbal Essences one) is the only non-vegan combo! For more info, see here.

I turned to Twitter and asked for some vegan hair recommendations. The lovely Tamsin from Eco Fluffy Mama highly recommended the Brave Botanicals range from Faith In Nature and I’m in love! From the packaging right down to how it actually feels, everything about it is just absolutely gorgeous. You only need a little bit to get a good lather going as well, which is good for dyed hair. My friend recommended trying not to lather up as much if you want dyed hair to last. I wash my hair once a week and my hair feels lovely and soft all week if I don’t use other products in it.

Ask anyone who has dyed hair and they’ll tell you dry shampoo is essential. I’ve been using Batiste for years and it’s definitely my favourite. I love that they have products for other stuff too such as creating more volume etc. Sometimes I use talcon powder in my hair instead, if there is a build-up of dry shampoo. But I try put my hair up during the week to combat that as well.

I’ve discovered a whole new conditioning technique and it’s great

My love for Faith in Nature also extends to the conditioner. I quite like buying shampoo and conditioning combos for more than one reason: 1) the matching bottles and 2) most of the time they do work well together. This combo is no different, together they make my hair feel incredible. The conditioner is really creamy, something I didn’t know I would enjoy. My boyfriend tells me that my hair smells good when I use it too, which is a nice bonus. If you want our hair to smell nice, I highly recommend!

Another product that was recommended to me was this colour intensifying hair conditioner from Evo. It’s propylene glycol free, sulphate free, paraben free and cruelty-free! Although it’s a little expensive (£23.00 on Amazon), it’s a huge bottle and 100% worth the price. It basically dispenses colour every time you condition your hair and I really notice a boost. Although my roots are starting to show, my hair has stayed bright even weeks after having it done. Perfect if you can’t afford to maintain bright hair regularly. I believe there are other shades available too. Pro-tip: wear gloves when applying!

Other stuff I use

I asked my Instagram followers for some recommendations earlier this month and here’s two I’ve started to implement. I recently used Bleach London’s ‘Tangerine Dream’ dye (mixed with conditioner) as a hair mask to top-up the colour. If I’m going to be doing a colour top-up, I’ll use Lush’s R&B as a pre-shampoo treatment and leave it in for twenty minutes. As I mentioned in a past post, I’m currently looking for a replacement for this!

I now have a weird penchant for brushes

I’ve had a Poundshop tangle teezer for years and I thought it was about time I invested in a proper one. I personally don’t mind spending a little bit extra on hair care because it’s important (to me) and I know these will last a long time. I’m very much into buying stuff that lasts ages. I use this new tangle teezer every day and it’s brilliant. I mainly use it after I’ve washed my hair and I’m no longer pulling all my hair out as I brush. Another favourite of mine is the ‘Ultimate Air Dryer’ from EcoTools. Reducing heat is a priority for dyed hair, so I blow dry my fringe and let the rest air dry most of the time. This brush helps speed that process along.

I also recently picked up a boar bristle brush. Since looking into the low-poo life, this was something that came up time and time again. The idea is that using this brush is a conditioning treatment in itself as it naturally conditions your hair using the oil your scalp produces! I also found that it can eliminate the need for styling products and helps improve the texture of my hair. I tend to use this when I want to put my hair up, so a couple of times a week.

A weekly hair routine

  • Pre-shampoo treatment: Put some R&B on your hair and work through with your hands. Focus on ends, put some on roots if scalp feels sore. Wrap in cling film and leave on for 20 minutes.
  • Shampoo hair twice: using a little bit of the Faith in Nature shampoo both times.
  • Conditioner or hair mask: Comb through hair using tangle teezer, use some of the Faith in Nature conditioner mixed with Bleach London hair dye. Use a tint brush if you have to, leave in for 5 – 10 minutes. Wash till water runs clear (colour top-up). Apply 4-8 pumps of Evo Copper conditioner (depending on hair length), leave in for 5 minutes. Wash till water runs clear (weekly condition).
  • When I’m letting my hair fade, I just use the Faith In Nature on its own.

Obviously different things work for different hair types and ultimately you need to find what works for you. I hope this was helpful to some of you, or interesting at least!


Portrait photography by Kaye Ford


EDIT: It has come to my attention that Batiste sell in China, which means they cannot be considered 100% cruelty-free.



  1. May 27, 2017 / 3:06 am

    I’m so glad to hear you found products that helped with that gorgeous orange. I love the eco tools brush! Never seen it before. I’ve got a boar bristle brush, too. It really does make a difference, as do wooden brushes with wooden bristle things. No more static and helps keep hair looking good all week! Glad you love the Faith In Nature haircare – it’s one of the few affordable vegan brands and I really love it. Thanks for the mention, too! X

    • Tara | C&CO.
      July 18, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      I love the wooden brushes too, so good!

  2. May 30, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    This hair colour is so banging on you! It’s great that you’ve got a hair care routine going. I discussed getting some pastel dye in my hair with my hair dresser a few months ago but chickened out haha. Even though I haven’t dyed my hair for a while, I like the idea of dedicating more time to your hair…I need to find a good hair mask!

    • Tara | C&CO.
      July 18, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you so much!

  3. June 2, 2017 / 10:54 am

    I really enjoyed this post! Your hair colour looks amazing and like its been freshly done, very envious of your orange locks! It’s useful to know there are some amazing vegan products out there that do the job just as well as the non vegan ones.

    Hannah x

    • Tara | C&CO.
      July 18, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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