Experimenting with hair colors is fun. But, if you do not take proper care of colored hair, the hair will damage soon. Many people get confused about how to treat their colored hair. Some of them skip applying oil fearing that it will fade the color. In this blog, we’ll see whether applying oil to dyed hair affects the hue. If Yes, how long will the dye last? And, if ‘No’, how to apply oil after coloring the hair?

Okay, let’s come to the point.

Can You Use Hair Oil After Dyeing Your Hair?

In one word, YES.

Most of the hair dyes contain peroxide and ammonia. Peroxide strips away the current color of your hair. And, the ammonia penetrates deep into hair cuticles, making the hair brittle and weak. Consequently. Your hair starts to become dry and straw-like. The more you apply color, the more your hair damages.

Hair oil, on the other hand, moisturizes the hair and strengthens it. Moisturized hair doesn’t look like a straw. Moreover, keeping your hair moisturized will prevent it from getting dry. At the same time, we’ll recommend you choose semi-permanent hair colors. The semi-permanent hair colors though not last long yet promise a less damaging effect.

Does Oil Remove Hair Color?

No, oil doesn’t remove hair color.

Oil protects your hair from getting damaged. The basic structure of oil enables it to go deep inside the hair shaft. If you apply oil to the colored hair once or twice a week, the dyed hair will remain moisturized. Using oil will prevent the hair from getting damaged. Moreover, the oil will increase the shine and lubrication of the hair.

There are many people who have complained that their hair colors start to fade after applying oil. The main reason behind fading of the dye is not the oil. Maybe they’re using harsh shampoos. Plus, exposure to the sunlight for hours also fades the color fast.

How to Apply Hair Oil after Coloring?

Apply the hair oil just before the day of your shampooing. Wait for at least 2 days after dyeing to let the color set in. Now, follow these steps to apply hair oil to the colored hair the right way.

Step 1: Rinse out all the leftover dye from your hair and scalp.

Step 2: Detangle the wet hair with a wide-toothed comb.

Step 3: Pour generous amount of coconut oil onto your palms. Distribute the oil gently throughout your scalp and hair.

Step 4: Make sure you’re applying the oil from roots to the ends of hair.

Step 5: Wear a shower cap and wait for 2-3 hours.

Step 6: Now, shampoo your hair with normal water.

Step 7: Apply a conditioner for enhanced effect.

Which Oil is best for Colored Hair?

Oils on colored hair are mainly used for deep conditioning. Hence, you can use any oil like argan oil, coconut oil, almond oil, or castor oil. But, among these, coconut oil is the best.

Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid. As such, it reduces the loss of protein from hair when applied pre or post-wash. The low molecular weight of coconut oil enables it to diffuse inside the hair shaft easily. Hence, coconut oil ensures better protection than other oils.

Here’s before and after result of applying coconut oil on colored hair.

What are the Benefits of Applying Coconut Oil on Dyed Hair?

Some of the benefits of using coconut oil for colored hair are:

a) Your hair will look healthy even after several days of applying the color

b) The hair color will last long

c) Your tresses will become soft and smooth

d) You’ll find it easier to comb every time you brush your hair

e) Reduces the harmful effects of chemicals hair dyes have


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