- You shouldn’t deep condition your hair right after dying it.
- It’s because if you apply a deep conditioning treatment immediately after coloring your hair, the hair dye will fade. After all, the cuticles haven’t closed back down.
- Therefore, after coloring your hair, you should wait three days to apply a deep conditioner.
This is a question I receive almost every day at the salon.
“Alejandra, when I dye my hair at home, it gets very straw-like. Can I apply a deep conditioner immediately after rinsing out the hair dye?”
My answer is a resounding NO.
It doesn’t matter what type of dye you use.
Whether you dye your hair with a semi-permanent or permanent hair dye, the answer is always NO.The only thing you can use after coloring your hair, if you do it at home and use a kit, is the post-color treatment included in the box dye.
To deep condition your hair after coloring, you should wait three days.
You should also choose a deep conditioner that won’t fade the color.
As you may know, applying an aloe vera mask that is 100% natural isn’t the same as using a commercial mask that contains chemicals and other elements.
Your mane has no life of its own and will absorb any product you apply. It cannot decide if the deep conditioning treatment will fade your hair dye.
Also, honestly: how was your hair before you applied the hair dye?
Surely, your answer is that it needed deep conditioning before dyeing it.
Most likely, your excuse will be that you didn’t have time to moisturize it. That’s fine.
If you could live with your hair in that condition up to this point, what makes you think it won’t survive three more days without deep conditioning?
If you wait three days to deep condition your hair after coloring it, you’ll extend the duration of the color and help it look vibrant.
Still in doubt?
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What if I deep condition right after coloring my hair?
Do you want the truth?
If you apply a deep conditioner immediately after coloring your hair, you’ll need to touch up the hair dye five days later.
I’m not exaggerating.
Therefore, you’ll have two problems.
- You’ll have wasted your money on hair dye and deep conditioner.
- You’ll subject your hair to the chemicals in the hair dye quickly. Therefore, you’ll dry it out even more.
It will go from dry to straw-like, dull, and untamable frizz.
When you apply a permanent hair dye, your cuticles open for the color to be absorbed by the hair. Those cuticles stay open for three days.
So, if you apply the deep conditioner or hydrating mask immediately after coloring, your hair will absorb the nutrients from the treatment.
Seen this way, it seems appropriate. But, here comes the bad news. After applying the deep conditioner, you’ll need to rinse your hair.
What happens then?
Since the hair can absorb products up to a given limit, it’ll expel the excess when rinsing. It’s the excess it can no longer absorb.
What excess will it expel?
The hair dye! But some of the nutrients from the deep conditioner will also fade away.
In case you’re thinking of claiming victory because you’re using a semi-permanent hair dye, I think the news is worse.
As semi-permanent hair dye doesn’t penetrate the hair core, when you apply the deep conditioner the cuticles will open up to absorb the nutrients.
When rinsing, the color film deposited by the semi-permanent hair dye will disappear down the drain.
So, once again, whether you color your hair with a semi-permanent or permanent hair dye, you should wait three days to apply a deep conditioning treatment. Which one can you use?
That’s what I’ll talk about next.
What products can I use for deep conditioning three days after coloring my hair?
I’ll let you in on a secret. Most of the big brands that advertise on TV make deep conditioners that contain sulfates.
Those sulfates are the worst enemies of color-treated hair.
So, my advice is to check the label of the deep conditioner you will be using.
Basically, a good idea is to look for a specific product for color-treated hair.
- If you have already purchased a mask, search for words such as “sulfates,” “sodium lauryl,” “laureth sulfate or ammonium lauryl,” or “laureth sulfate.”
If you find any of these phrases or words, that deep conditioner isn’t for you.
If don’t usually read the labels of every product you use, I’ll make it simple for you. I’ll name three deep conditioners that are safe for color-treated hair.
- If you want to deep condition your color-treated hair but your scalp is very sensitive, use ART NATURALS.
You can use it without fear. I know this from my own experience. One of my clients was using moisturizing masks that made her scalp very burning and itchy.
Of course, as long as her colored hair felt softer, she put up with it. However, the last mask made her scalp so itchy that she hurt it from scratching.
When she called me, I recommended this mask. Since then, she never used any other brand. Of course, she never uses it immediately after coloring her hair, but only three days after.
- If you want to deep condition your colored and curly hair, your best choice is ARVAZALLIA PROFESSIONAL SERIES.
Your curls will come back to life due to the action of argan oil, vitamins, and nutrients without damaging your color.
- If you’ve had your hair colored at the salon and have included Olaplex in the process, opt for Olaplex 3.
This deep conditioner continues the treatment you applied at the salon and doesn’t fade the hair dye. While it may be a bit more expensive than the other conditioners, it’s worth it, especially considering you also paid for the Olaplex at the salon.
Any of these deep conditioners will give your color-treated hair shine, elasticity, and softness. It’ll also protect your color.
If you prefer natural products, you can opt for an oil such as coconut or castor oil, which works as deep conditioners. With just a few drops, your hair will look great and your color won’t fade.
How to apply deep conditioner three days after coloring hair
Each manufacturer has its own instructions. So, I recommend reading them before you start applying the product.
All deep conditioners have one thing in common: they rinse out without using shampoo or conditioner.
Here’s a general step-by-step for you to follow as a guide:
- Comb your wet hair and apply a good amount of the mask starting with the lengths and ends.
- Then, apply it to your roots.
- Comb through with a fine-tooth comb to remove excess.
- Leave in for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Rinse with plenty of lukewarm water. Don’t use shampoo or conditioner.
- Drain the water with a towel.
- Dry your hair with a hairdryer at a low temperature.
Remember that this is a general step-by-step. Some conditioners, like Olaplex 3, can work in your hair for up to two hours.
Regarding natural conditioners, you can apply them the night before and rinse your mane in the morning. That way, your hair will have more time to absorb the nutrients and vitamins.
One last tip?
- If your color-treated hair is severely damaged, apply deep conditioners once a week.
- If your hair is mildly damaged, use them every two weeks.
You should wait three days to deep condition your hair after coloring it. Check the label because you should choose a sulfate-free deep conditioner.