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How to Care for Color-Treated Hair

Updated on March 2, 2014
Red and dark brown hair
Red and dark brown hair

Color treated hair

Caring for color treated hair does not have to be hard. With just a couple steps you can ensure that your hair keeps its beautiful shine and remains soft long after being colored. Dyed hair that is not cared for properly can look and feel terrible. The process of hair coloring is damaging to hair but with the right tools and treatments it can bounce right back.

Conditioner for color treated hair
Conditioner for color treated hair
Deep conditioner
Deep conditioner


When you dye your hair it is stripped of moisture and its natural oils that keep it healthy. The best way to keep your hair hydrate and put the moisture back in is to condition regularly.

Every day conditioning and care

For every day shampoo and conditioning be sure that you are using a shampoo and conditioner especially made for color treated hair. You can even find shampoo for the specific color like brunettes or reds.

Leave in conditioners

Leave in conditioners are another great way to condition your hair. To use these you simply spray in the conditioner when your hair is dry. Then brush your hair to spread the conditioner out more. Leave in conditioners help condition your hair all day leaving it looking shiny and feeling soft.

Once a week deep conditioning

At least once a week you want to deep condition your hair. You can buy a deep conditioner or use your regular conditioner. When using a deep conditioner coat your hair completely and leave it in for about 15 minutes before rinsing it out. When using your regular conditioner coat you hair completely and leave it in your hair for about a 30 minutes before rinsing it out. Deep conditioning helps put moisture and vitamins back in your hair.

Eggs are full of protein
Eggs are full of protein


Healthy hair is full of protein. It keeps your hair from becoming brittle and dry. When you color treat your hair a lot of this protein is lost. You can put the protein back in your hair using eggs or mayonnaise. I prefer using eggs because the smell is not as stinky. Put the egg or mayo in your hair for an hour or two and then wash it out. This conditioning method works beautifully. You can fee the difference immediately after one use.

Heat protectant spray
Heat protectant spray

Prevent fading

The best way to prevent fading is to avoid or cut down on the all of the things that are listed below.

  • Heat styling
  • Long periods of direct sunlight
  • Washing everyday
  • Pool water
  • Salt water

There are things you can use to help prevent color fading they are listed below

  • Shampoo for color treated hair
  • Conditioners for color treated hair
  • Heat protectant
  • Vinegar ( If used immediately after you dye your hair)

Combing and trimming hair
Combing and trimming hair

Brushing and trimming


Color treated hair is more likely to break and snap. This means that you have to be more careful when brushing your hair. Never brush your hair when it is wet. Try to avoid using brushes especially with wet hair. Try combing out your hair with a wide tooth comb instead.


Trimming your hair once a month or every six weeks is very important. This helps get rid of split ends and old damage hair. The hair at the very ends is the most damaged because it has been on your head the longest. Cutting off the damaged hair and split ends keeps it from further splitting the healthy hair.


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