Question: What are the best products to use for color treated hair?
Answer: As gorgeous and lustrous as dyed hair can be, it’s important to keep in mind that coloring hair always causes damage. However, don’t fear, because there are several things you can do to cut down on that damage and protect your locks. First of all, be sure to keep your hair in top condition prior to getting it colored so that you’re starting with a healthy base. This can be done by using a deep conditioner or hair mask once a week, such as the Kérastase Masque Age Recharge. For a more affordable alternative, try Aussie’s Moist 3 Minute Miracle. If you have any split ends, go for a trim so you’re starting your new dye-job with healthy ends.
After your hair is dyed, be sure to use the right shampoos and conditioners to lock in your color while also moisturizing and protecting your hair. There’s nothing worse than having that beautiful color wash down the drain after the first few washes, so it’s not a bad idea to invest in a quality color shampoo. Another winner from Kérastase is their Bain Miroir shampoo that protects color and also shields hair from harmful UV rays. An inexpensive alternative is . Of course, after shampooing, you should always follow up with a good color conditioner to keep your hair ultra-moisturized and soft.
A great conditioner for color treated hair is Biolage Color Care Therapie. This conditioner deep-moisturizes and detangles unruly dyed locks. You know that straw-like feeling your hair can get after it’s colored, especially when it’s highlighted? Not with this conditioner. It’ll give you a silky, shiny hair in seriously a matter of seconds. A less pricey alternative? Herbal Essences Color Me Happy. Plus, it smells like Heaven.
In-between shampooing and conditioning, try using a long-term treatment. For starters, if you’re using heat products on your color-treated hair like a blow dryer, straightener, or curling iron, definitely look into using a thermal protector like Redken Heat Protectant, or the less expensive alternative like TRESemmé Thermal Protector. These products act as a leave-in conditioner to apply to wet hair. When used with heat appliances, the moisture will be taken from the product rather than your hair’s natural moisture. Another great long-term repair treatment is Davines Nounou Nourishing Illuminating Cream, made with sweet almond butter and vitamin F to restore any color-induced damage. You can also try using a hair mask like Redken’s Color Extend Mask or Kérastase’s Professional Hair Masque.