How to Care for Color-Treated Hair: Your Definitive Guide

The best expert tips and must-have products to make your hair shinier and softer.

Almost all women resort to hair dye at some point in their lives to hide gray hair or change their look. But color-treated hair is more sensitive and it is normal for it to dry out, lose shine and luminosity, become rougher…. That is why it is important to learn how to take care of it with specific products and some advice from hair professionals.

Dyeing hair is a very common gesture among women, either by choosing a trendy color of the season or highlights to bring luminosity to the mane. But color-treated hair, if not properly cared for, can become drier, rougher, duller, brittle?

 Our team expert explains that contrary to popular belief “the dye is not responsible for damaging the hair, but the lack of the necessary care. When a person dyes their hair, they need to change some habits and one of them is to keep the hair hydrated and nourished so that it remains healthy and strong”.

Use a Shampoo for Color-Treated or Sulfate-Free Hair

If you’ve decided to dye your hair or wear highlights, the first thing you need to do is change your shampoo. And it’s not just us, it’s all the experts. Shampoos for color-treated hair “contain gentle formulas that nourish the fiber and reduce color oxidation, while fixing the pigments. If they are not used, the pigments are lost more quickly, and the hair loses luminosity,” according to our team expert.

In addition, many shampoos for color-treated hair contain sun filters, as one of the main problems of color-treated hair is that it is more sensitive to external factors such as the sun, pollution, chlorine, etc. That is why colored hair is more damaged in summer.

On the other hand, it is becoming increasingly common for hairdressers to recommend washing color-treated hair with sulfate- or silicone-free shampoos. Sulfates carry away the pigments in colored hair and can also dry out the hair more.

Blonde-colored hair deserves a special mention.  Our team expert tells us that “to maintain this light color, so that it does not oxidize and turn yellow or green, it is best to use a silver or violet shampoo at least once a week because they are mattifying shampoos”.

The Main Care for Color-Treated Hair: Moisturizing

If you have colored your hair, you will have noticed that your mane becomes drier, even if your hair is oily. The main problem with color-treated hair is dryness, which results in a rough, dull and lackluster mane. Our team expert points out that “in addition to a specific shampoo and conditioner, once a week you should apply a moisturizing mask and leave it on for a while, covering it with a shower cap or cling film so that it penetrates better”.

How to Eliminate Color Contrasts in Your Hair

And if you have opted for an extreme dye, such as platinum blonde or fantasy colors, moisturizing is even more important to keep your hair beautiful.

As for serums, oils, styling creams and other products specifically for colored hair, although they will not prolong the color, they will help your hair to be brighter and shinier, softer and more hydrated.

Does the Frequency of Washing Influence the Duration of the Color?

In the case of color baths or temporary dyes, it does have an influence. In the case of permanent dyes or highlights, it has little influence. The duration of the color depends mainly on the growth of the hair. What washing can do is “lighten a tone or a tone and a half”, according to Our team expert.

Watch Out for Flat Irons and Blow-Drying!

Color-treated hair is more sensitive to heat from irons, curling irons and hair dryers. On the one hand, the hair fiber suffers more, as it is chemically treated. On the other hand, excessive use of these tools can cause colors to fade and lose their shine. That’s why experts recommend using heat protectors at all times, but even more so if your hair is colored or highlighted.

Two Extra Tips for Color-Treated Hair

Our team expert recommends “using coconut oil once a week. Apply to dry hair and leave on for at least 3 hours. It will help maintain hair color. And on blonde hair, it prevents the color from oxidizing”.

They also advise us to “wash it with a pigment shampoo according to our tone once a week or every ten days”.

Care for Color-Treated Hair at the Salon

In hairdressing, there are also specific treatments to care for colored or highlighted hair, which can help you to make your mane more beautiful and shiny. They recommend the Chronologie protocol, which includes a moisturizing mask with caviar, a hair and scalp massage and penetration with cling film under a heat source for 20 minutes.

After each color process, they recommend using an extra supply of lipids and nutrients, and every three months, a cauterization. In most hair spa treatments to moisturize and add shine and amino acid-based products that give body and shine to the hair.

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