Jennifer Aniston's colorist says making this mistake between salon visits is ruining your hair

Getty/Kevin WinterJennifer Aniston is renowned for her enviable hair.
  • Showering in really hot water could be damaging your hair colour in between visits to the salon.
  • Jennifer Aniston’s long-time colorist Michael Canalé told INSIDER that this is something not many people know.
  • It’s not just hot water either – heat from the sun can cause colour to fade too.
  • Canalé shared his tips for best maintaining hair colour.
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Colouring your hair is an investment many of us make a few times a year – but it’s not cheap.

Whether highlights or the whole head, balayage or just a touch-up of the roots, a visit to the salon can set you back at least $US100 each time.

While this is worth it for many of us – there’s nothing like the confidence a new ‘do can give you, after all – when you’re dropping a hefty amount of your hard-earned dollar on your hair, you want that colour to last.

But it turns out there’s a very simple mistake many of us are making in between visits to the hairdresser that is damaging our colour: taking hot showers.


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“Using too-hot water can actually fade your colour,” Michael Canalé, Jennifer Aniston’s long-time colorist, told INSIDER.

Canalé has been colouring Aniston’s hair for 24 years now (he’s the co-creator of the iconic “Rachel” ‘do) and has also worked with Heidi Klum, Kate Hudson, Shakira, and Penelope Cruz, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about hair colour.

Heidi klumMichael Loccisano/Getty ImagesMichael Canalé has also worked with Heidi Klum.

It’s not just hot showers you need to avoid though, but heat in general.

“Stay out of the sun as much as possible because that bleaches up your hair,” advised Canalé.

“Try using a gloss with a UV sunblock in, especially during the summer months when the heat really lifts the colour and alters it. It’s just like hot water – heat from the sun is just as damaging.”

So, what can you do to maintain your colour between visits to the salon?

1. Stay out of the sun

Avoiding the sun altogether is unrealistic for most people, but because the UV will change your colour, maybe think twice about lying out for hours.

2. Wash with cooler water

If you want to help prevent your colour fading, skip the scalding hot shower for a milder one, which will be a lot gentler on your hair.

3. Use a colour-safe shampoo

“You need to use a mild shampoo that stimulates the hair from the inside,” Canalé said. “Basically a good, colour-safe shampoo is important. From there, regular conditioning.”

4. Apply a deep-conditioning treatment at least once a month

This is particularly important if you have curly hair, because curls tend to be altered when the hair is coloured. “When you condition the hair it puts it back to its natural curl pattern,” Canalé explained.

When hair is dry, it becomes stiff and won’t curl properly. A good conditioner adds moisture, softens, and soothes the hair, allowing the natural curl pattern to return.

With summer approaching, if you’re off to the beach Canalé actually advises not fully washing your conditioner out when you wash your hair – lightly rinsing and leaving a bit of the conditioner in will protect the hair and thus the colour from the sun.

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