How to Care for Colour Treated Natural Hair

Dyeing natural hair can really take its toll on your kinks, coils, curls and waves. Here are some of our best tips on maintaining good hair health with colour treated tresses!

1. Don't colour on wash day

Regardless of your curl texture, you should not use dye on freshly washed hair.  The natural oils that your scalp produces help to avoid any irritation from the chemicals in the dye. So always allow a few days after wash day before applying your colour.

2. Prep your hair properly

Prepping your hair for dye is extremely important to prevent breakage. On your last wash day before colouring your hair, use a good strengthening and hydrating treatment to protect your hair strands as much as possible. Mielle Organics Babassu and Mint Oil Deep Conditioner would be a great option for this.

Mielle Organics Babassu and Mint Oil Deep Conditioner

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3. Form a deep conditioning routine

Hair colour can be very drying to your natural locks. Keeping up a deep conditioning routine after you've coloured your hair is important! This will help maintain moisture, strength and colour vibrancy. If you feel like your hair is starting to become limp, dull or dry, Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment will help bring your curls back to life.

Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment


4. Use a line of products designed with coloured hair in mind

Another great tip to maintaining the health and colour of your dyed hair, is finding a brand with a line of products specifically for colour treated tresses. These products are designed to be used together and are formulated with ingredients that contribute to the general health of your hair and the longevity of your colour, keeping it radiant and toned. The Shea Moisture Rice Water Strength + Colour line is infused with purple rice, wild orchid and sweet violet extract to help keep your coloured hair looking its best.

Shea Moisture Purple Rice Strength + Colour Shampoo

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Shea Moisture Purple Rice Strength + Colour Conditioner

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Shea Moisture Purple Rice Strength + Colour Primer and Styler


Shea Moisture Purple Rice Strength + Colour Masque


5. Wash with cool water

When washing your natural hair after using hair dye, use cool water to keep your hair cuticles sealed. Colour treated hair is already porous, and hot water will open up the cuticles further, resulting in drier hair that is more prone to breakage.

6. Go for a protective style

Protective styling is your best friend when it comes to colour treated textured hair. Wearing styles that keep the ends of your hair tucked in is a great way to avoid breakage, keep moisture locked in and help your colour last. Try any protective styles you love, like braids, twists, updos, cornrows or wigs!

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