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How to Take Care of Dyed Hair, According to Science

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Welcome, color enthusiasts, to the fascinating world of hair care science, where we share the scoop on how to take care of dyed hair so that it maintains its vibrancy and longevity.

With a plethora of research and science-backed insights at our disposal, we’ll delve into the science behind color-treated hair fibers and provide practical tips for maintaining and managing them. We’ll also list the essential ingredients that work well for color-treated hair and provides basic information on how to moisturize and hydrate them.

Our mission is to arm you with a step-by-step guide on how to cherish and protect your colored tresses, from selecting gentle yet effective hair care products to providing the nourishment your hair craves.

So, join us on a journey to learn the knowledge and tools needed to keep your hair looking fresh like it was done at a salon.

What is Color-Treated Hair?

Image of my red dyed hair.
That time when I was a redhead.

Color-treated hair refers to hair that has undergone any form of permanent coloring treatment, including but not limited to all-over hair color, balayage, highlights, or ombre.

People choose to color their hair for a variety of reasons, such as to cover gray hairs or to add a pop of fun color. Common types of dyes and pigments used in coloring treatments include semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and permanent colors.

The process of coloring hair involves the use of chemicals that can cause damage to the hair if not done properly.

Therefore it is important to take extra care when caring for color-treated hair to maintain its vibrancy and health.

Color-Treated Hair: The Connection To Science

Hair coloring changes the color of your hair by removing the natural pigment through bleaching and introducing new color molecules to the hair fiber. The changes can either be temporary or permanent.

Temporary hair coloring is short-lived and fades within a few days to two weeks. In contrast, permanent hair coloring has better color retention and vibrancy since it involves bleaching the natural hair pigment (melanin) in the hair and creating new coloring molecules through a series of oxidation reactions. 1,2 

Hair coloring not only changes the color of the hair fiber but also affects its physical, chemical, and cosmetic properties, making it different from natural, virgin non-chemically treated hair. To maintain their hair color and increase its retention, we often search for personalized hair care routines.

How Color-Treated Hair is Different than Natural Hair

Permanent hair coloring, such as oxidative hair coloring, is a popular choice for consumers due to its long-lasting results and vibrant color options. The superior color retention and gloss also make it a top contender in the hair coloring market.

However, permanent hair coloring causes damage to the hair fiber as it involves the use of hydrogen peroxide, a strong oxidizing agent, and is done at a high pH using either ammonia or monoethanolamine. The treatment bleaches melanin grains in the hair.

When hair is oxidized to create a new color, the hydrogen peroxide used can also affect the protein components of the keratin structure. This includes breaking down the disulfide bond and oxidizing cystine into cystic acid. As a result, the hair’s natural mechanical strength is weakened.3,4

Color-treated fibers are found to be delicate, highly porous, prone to breakage while combing/brushing, and have high frizz levels as per the cosmetic analysis. The natural anti-oxidant potential of hair decreases due to melanin degradation, and UV radiation results in severe damage to the structure and protein components of hair.

To put it simply, if you use permanent hair dye, your hair may become damaged. It’s important to use hair care products that are made specifically for colored hair to restore its texture, shine, and moisture, and to compensate for any protein loss.

Ingredients to Avoid for Color-Treated Hair

As someone who has gone through tons of color (including bleached hair), I have picked up a few tricks to protect my dyed hair.

To maintain the color of your hair and avoid dryness or damage, it’s important to steer clear of ingredients that can worsen these issues. Make sure to check the ingredients list on your hair care products and avoid any that contain such ingredients.

  1. Sulfates: Found in many shampoos, sulfates (such as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate) can be harsh detergents (if used in excess) responsible for creating that rich lather. They can strip away natural oils and essential proteins, leading to color fading and dryness. Opt for sulfate-free shampoos to keep your color intact and your hair nourished.
  2. Alcohol: High concentrations of alcohol in hair products can dry out your hair, making it more prone to breakage and color fading. Avoid products with alcohol listed among the first few ingredients and instead, choose those with moisturizing elements like glycerin or aloe vera.
  3. Ammonia: Commonly found in permanent hair dyes, ammonia lifts the hair cuticle, allowing the color molecules to penetrate. However, this process weakens the hair structure and can cause damage over time. Look for ammonia-free color options or low-ammonia alternatives for a gentler coloring experience.
  4. Silicones: While silicones give your hair a smooth and shiny finish, they can build up over time, leading to dullness and color fading. Choose water-soluble or lightweight silicones, or opt for natural alternatives like argan oil or jojoba oil to maintain your hair’s radiance without weighing it down.
  5. Chlorine: This chemical is commonly found in swimming pools and can wreak havoc on color-treated hair. Before diving in, protect your tresses by using a pre-swimming treatment like Aqua Guard or wetting your hair with fresh water to minimize chlorine absorption.

By being mindful of these ingredients and making informed choices, you’ll be on your way to preserving the vibrancy of your color-treated hair while maintaining its health.

Key Aspects for Maintaining Color-Treated Hair

Image of a before and after photo of my hair color from blonde to red.
My natural hair color is black, but then I decided to dye it blonde. After that, I changed the color to red and then eventually went back to blonde again.

To make sure your hair remains healthy and vibrant for as long as possible, there are a few key things you need to know.

  • Dryness – Color-treated hair often becomes dry as a result of protein loss and oxidation of protein components. To combat this dryness, it is recommended to use a concentrated blend of hydrating ingredients combined with emollients.
  • Porosity – When hair loses protein, it becomes highly porous. And when hair is highly porous, it feels rough.
  • Color Retention -To maintain vibrant hair color, it is important to prevent color bleeding. This can be achieved by using a hair care routine that supports color retention and prevents fading, especially during cleansing. One of the main factors that causes color loss is water. Therefore, it is recommended to use a shampoo designed for color-treated hair that helps control color bleeding.5
  • Detangling & Manageability – If you have high-porosity hair, you may struggle to comb and style it. This is because the hair fibers rub against each other, causing tangles and knots. To make it easier to manage, you should look for hair care products that are designed for color-treated hair. They should help with detangling and make it easier to comb your hair.
  • Shine – During permanent hair coloring, the cuticles are oxidized. This damages the outermost layer of the hair shaft, causing roughness that makes the hair appear dull and lifeless. As a result, the natural shine of the hair is reduced. To bring back the vibrant color and restore the natural gloss, the surface smoothness of color-treated hair needs to be recovered.
  • Protection against UV radiation – When you have color-treated hair, it is important to protect it from UV radiation. This radiation can damage your hair. You should use a leave-in conditioner that contains antioxidants like Vitamin E or Olive Oil to protect your hair from the sun.

Ways to Avoid Damage and Dullness in Color-Treated Hair

When it comes to caring for color-treated hair, there are certain ingredients that you should look out for. These ingredients help to nourish and repair hair fibers while providing color-protective benefits.

Cleansing

For those with color-treated hair, it is important to use a mild shampoo that is free of sulfates and helps to hydrate hair fibers. Sulfates can be harmful for color-treated hair, as they may cause the color to fade more quickly or bleed. Additionally, sulfates can cause scalp irritation and make hair feel dry and brittle.

Here is a list of sulfate surfactant bases that are suitable for use on color-treated hair.

  • Glucosides –  Decyl glucoside, coco-glucoside, lauryl glucoside
  • Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate (Amino acid derived)
  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Mild, rich creamy lather)

Conditioning, Hydration

Color-treated hair is dry and lacks moisture. It needs to recover its moisture level. This should come with a systematic approach from shampoo, conditioner, and a deep hydrating mask working synergistically to boost the hair’s water content and restore its natural texture by reducing the dryness index.

Here are some hydrating ingredients that you should look for when buying new hair care products for color-treated hair.

  • Betaine – a super water-holding molecule derived from beetroot extract.
  • Propenediol – a sister molecule of propylene glycol derived from corn, a natural and sustainable.
  • Sodium or Zinc PCAs are also deep hydrating agents and part of the natural moisturizing factor.

To help make hair easier to comb and manage static, it is necessary to use cationic hair-softening agents.

A few of our favorites are listed here:

Fiber Reconstruction

With color-treated hair, it’s important to handle it gently when combing or brushing to prevent breakage. To strengthen the hair and prevent further damage, you need products that contain both natural and synthetic polymers.

These polymers can penetrate the hair fiber and help repair any broken parts. Using products that contain protein can also help increase the strength of the hair fiber by allowing the peptide fragments to penetrate deep into the hair’s cortex.

We have provided a list of our top candidates for the job here:

  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Amino Acids
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol

Oils

Natural oils and butter are excellent emollients that can effectively lubricate color-treated hair that is dry and porous. They comprise long-chain fatty molecules that form a delicate layer over the hair shaft, reduce friction between fibers, and prevent moisture loss from the scalp and hair.

Additionally, these oils can combat frizziness by decreasing the porosity level. To boost the shine of the hair fibers, low-viscosity oils with a high refractive index are recommended.

Our favorites for color-treated hairs are:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Mango Butter

Daily Hair Care Routine for Color-Treated Hair

  1. Wash your hair using a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo once a week.
  2. Wash color-treated hair twice a week using a sulfate-free conditioning shampoo.
  3. To properly condition your hair, apply a rinse-off hydrating conditioner immediately after shampooing. Let it sit on your hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off.
  4. A leave-in conditioner is a must-have product. Always apply a leave-in conditioner.
  5. To restore the mechanical strength of your hair, use a protein-rich Deep Hydrating Mask every two weeks (twice a month).
  6. Oil application is vital. It is important to apply a natural oil of your choice at least twice a week. It is recommended to leave it on overnight and wash your hair the next morning.

Products for Dyed Hair

Cleansers

To keep your hair healthy, we recommend using products that provide moisture. It is also a good idea to wash your hair less frequently so that it can hold onto its natural oils as frequent washing can damage color-treated hair and cause it to lose its luster faster.

dpHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, PEG-150 Distearate, Glycol Distearate, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Silk, Polyquaternium-10, Quaternium-80, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid, CI 60730 (Ext. D&C Violet 2).

Virtue Recovery Shampoo

Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glycinate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycol Distearate, Cocamide Mipa, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Methyl Isethionate, Keratin, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Lauric Acid, Lactic Acid, Zinc Laurate, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Isethionate, Caprylyl Glycol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Coconut Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cellulose, Acrylates Copolymer, Citric Acid, C11-15 Pareth-7, Sodium Hydroxide, Trideceth-12, C12-16 Pareth-9, Sorbic Acid, Isopropanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Acetate, Mica, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).

IGK Pay Day Instant Repair Shampoo

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamide MIPA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Glycol Stearate, Propanediol, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, sr-Spider Polypeptide-1, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Coconut Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Coco-Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyquaternium-73, Sodium Isethionate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol, Isopropanolamine, Sodium PCA, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Glycolate, Sodium Formate, Fragrance (Parfum), 1,2-Hexanediol, Red 33 (CI 17200).

Conditioners and Masks

Conditioners and masks are needed to replenish the moisture lost during the coloring process and maintain healthy, vibrant color-treated hair. Look for products that contain nourishing oils, natural extracts, and proteins to strengthen the hair fibers.

You can swap out a rinse-out conditioner for a deep conditioning treatment. I like to do this about every two weeks.

Briogeo Superfoods Mango + Cherry Oil Control & Balancing Conditioner

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Behentrimonium Chloride*, Isopropyl Palmitate*, Brassica Alcohol*, Cetyl Esters*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract*, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Fruit Extract*, Papain*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil*, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate*, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Behentrimonium Methosulfate*, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract*, Cetrimonium Chloride, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Juice*, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Averrhoa Carambola Fruit Extract*, Citric Acid*, Panthenol*, Punica Granatum Bark Extract*, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Fragrance (Parfum), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Beta-Carotene CI 40800*. *Coconut, vegetable, or plant-derived.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol*, Brassica Alcohol*, Propanediol*, Stearyl Alcohol*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Panthenol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate*, Biotin, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein*, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein*, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein*, Panax Ginseng Root Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Laurus Nobilis Leaf Extract*, Palmaria Palmata Extract*, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil*, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil*, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil*, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil*, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride*, Cetyl Esters*, Isododecane, Cetrimonium Chloride*, Behentrimonium Methosulfate*, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate*, Citric Acid*, Isopropyl Myristate*, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin*, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol. * Coconut, vegetable, or plant-derived.

PATTERN Beauty Intensive Conditioner

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-8 Beeswax, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Acacia Decurrens Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyquaternium-37, Polyquaternium-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglycerin-3, Vegetable Oil/Olus/Huile végétale, Tetrasodium EDTA, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Benzoate.

Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Wash Day Deep Moisture Masque

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Acetamide MEA, Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium 10, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygaldus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil.

Roux Rejuvenating Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqua (Water (Eau)), Propylene Glycol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Oleyl Betaine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Keratin Amino Acids, Butylene Glycol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Polysorbate 20, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Biotin, Linolenic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Inositol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Mica.

Leave-In Treatments

Using the right leave-in conditioner can not only nourish your hair but also make it easier to detangle and style. Additionally, certain leave-in conditioners formulated for specific hair colors can help bring out and enhance your desired hue.

Ingredients:

IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-In Blonde Toning Drops

Ingredients: Water, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Glycerin, Polysilicone-29, Panthenol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Fruit Extract, Cetearamidoethyldiethonium Succinoyl Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, BHT, Glycolic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2).

Oribe Power Drops Color Preservation Booster

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, Propoxytetramethyl Piperidinyl Dimethicone, PEG-7 Dimethicone, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Amodimethicone, Laureth-7, Ascorbic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Bioflavonoids, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein, Styrax Benzoin (Amber) Resin Extract, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Keratin, Citrulline, Panthenol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-6, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate, Polyquaternium-37, C11-15 Pareth-7, Laureth-9, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Trideceth-12, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acetic Acid, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Lactic Acid, Sodium Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Phosphate, Dextrin, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Benzoate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool.

K18 Hair Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask

Ingredients: Water (Aqua) (Eau), Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetyl Esters, Behentrimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, sh-Oligopeptide-78 (K18Peptide), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Isopropyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Geraniol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol.

Stylers

Using the right styler can help you enhance and protect your hair color while adding texture, volume, and definition.

Bounce Curl Avocado & Rose Oil Clump & Define Cream

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetrimonium Chloride, VP VA/Copolymer, Sorbitol, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Rosa Cetifolia (Rose) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed oil, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, *Nigella Sativa (Virgin Black Cumin) Oil, Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Fenugreek) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) seed oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Phthalate Free). *Certified Organic.

Giovanni Cosmetics Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner

Ingredients:  Aqua (Purified Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, *Betula Alba Extract, *Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, *Achillea Millefolium Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, *Equisetum Arvense Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, *Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, *Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, *Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract. *USDA Certified Organic.

Boucleme Curl Cream

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, ***Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Diheptyl Succinate, Bis-(Isostearoyl/Oleoyl Isopropyl) Dimonium Methosulfate, Coco-Caprylate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Distearoylethyl Dimonium Chloride, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, ***Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, *Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Red) Peel Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Sweet) Peel Oil, *Origanum Majorana (Marjoram Sweet) Leaf Oil, *Michelia Alba (Magnolia) Leaf Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, *Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Pentylene Glycol, *Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, *Styrax Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Resin Extract, *Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Leaf Oil, *Michelia Alba (Magnolia) Flower Oil, *Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil, *Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, **Limonene, **Linalool, **Geraniol, **Benzyl Benzoate, **Citral. *Essential Oil. **Potential Allergen. ***Certified Organic. Vegan | Sulphate free | Silicone free | Paraben free | Mineral oil free.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Ingredients: Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Glycerin (Vegetable), Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Polysorbate 60, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Oleth-10, Panthenol, Cetrimonium Chloride, PEG-150 Stearate, Steareth-20, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Silk Powder, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Maltodextrin, Triethyl Citrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzoic Acid, Fragrance.

Hair Oils

Righteous Roots Oils

Ingredients: COCOS NUCIFERA OIL (COCONUT), RICINUS COMMUNIS (JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL), OLEACEAE OIL (OLIVE), PERSEA AMERICANA MILL OIL (AVOCADO), VITIS VINIFERA OIL (GRAPESEED), SESAMUM INDICUM OIL (SEASAME), MENTHA PIPERITA OIL (PEPPERMINT), MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA LEAF OIL (TEA TREE), SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS SEED OIL (JOJOBA), ARGANIA SPINOSA OIL (ARGAN), ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS OIL (ROSEMARY).

Virtue Healing Oil

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Parfum (Fragrance), Alpha Keratin, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Silicone Quaternium-3, Trideceth-12, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate.

Lanza Healing Oil

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Orbignya Speciosa Kernel Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Keratin Amino Acids, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Coffea Arabica Seed Oil, Cereus Grandiflorus Flower Extract, Dimethiconol Meadowfoamate, Sodium Pca, Magnesium Pca, Zinc Pca, Manganese Pca, Isopropyl Palmitate, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl P-cresol, Polysilicone-15, Propylene Glycol, Water/Eau (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum), Cinnamyl Alcohol, Alphaisomethyl Ionone, Red 17 (CI 26100), Yellow 11 (CI 47000).

Summary

Hair that has been colored or chemically treated is different from hair that has not. It is more fragile and prone to breakage, and it can become frizzy and porous.

To take care of this type of hair, it is important to use products that are formulated specifically for it. Hydration is particularly important to mitigate the dryness that can accompany this type of hair.


References

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