10 Products You Need to Own If You Dye Your Hair
If you want to live a low maintenance life, do not — I repeat — do not dye your hair. Whether you're bleaching it or getting a single process for a new shade of red, coloring your hair adds a significant amount of work to your routine.
Color-treated hair requires products specifically made not to strip the newly added color from the hair shaft, as well as those made with reparative ingredients to off-set the damage that hair dye chemicals inevitably cause. The good news, though, is that you have plenty of options to choose from — and at a variety of different price points.
"From gentle, sulfate-free cleaners to cuticle-repairing masks, there is a product for every need and hair type," L’Oréal Paris consulting hairstylist and colorist Jonathan Colombini says.
A color-safe shampoo and conditioner set is essential for anyone who dyes their hair, says Colombini, but you'll need to be sure it's free of sulfates. He says it's the number one ingredient to avoid. "Every time you use a shampoo with sulfate you could be stripping out the color," he warns.
You'll also want to pick up styling products that promote shine to draw attention to your dye job, as well as protein-rich care products for hair that's damaged from color processing and conditioning products for hair that needs more moisture. These can take the form of masks, leave-in conditioners, and styling creams.
To help you out with shopping specifics, we rounded up the 10 best products to invest in right now. Keep scrolling to add them to your cart.
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R+Co Trophy Shine + Texture Spray
This pre-styling spray uses sea kelp to give your hair a boost in shine and provides UV protection, which is essential for making sure your hair color isn't warped by the sun.
Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Remedy
Celebrity colorist Rita Hazan formulated your answer to dealing with split ends without a haircut. This serum strengthens hair to protect future breakage, as well as seals hair that's already splitting.
IGK Blocked Water-Resistant Hair Shield
Your secret to wearing a swim cap without actually wearing a swim cap. This IGK leave-in conditioner was inspired by waterproof mascara and creates a water-resistant barrier over your hair to stop chlorine and the sun from damaging your color.
Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer
For clean and green beauty enthusiasts that also want to keep their hair color top-notch, this blow-dry cream is made up of 98 percent natural ingredients. It also softens your hair and reduces frizz as you blow dry.
Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil Serum
Need a quick moisture fix? Spritz this light oil on the ends of your hair. No need for a shower. Bonus: It smells SO good, it'll double as perfume.
Leonor Greyl Crème de Soin à L'Amarante Detangling and Color-Protecting Conditioner
This conditioner is packed with ingredients to protect your hair color from shampoo and UV rays, as well as proteins to rebuild strands that have been damaged due to chemicals. It's also pretty ace at detangling.
Bumble and Bumble Color Gloss
After you shampoo and condition, apply this shine-enhancing at-home gloss to make your highlights stand out even more. Don't worry — it won't dye your hair. It's available in four different hair color options and also simply clear.
Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3
It's Olaplex's first at-home haircare product. Like the in-salon treatment, No. 3 is designed to strengthen and rebuild the disulfide bonds that are commonly broken during color-processing. All you have to do is apply it to damp hair, let it sit for 10 minutes, and rinse it out. If you have damaged hair, it's recommended about two times a week.
Garnier Fructis Wonder Mask + Coconut Oil
This mask is less than $3 and comes in a single-use packet, so you never have to ignore the needs of your dry hair — even when you're traveling. Our suggestion? Stock up on a few and keep them in your bathroom.
L'Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate Free Deep Nourish Shampoo
As far as what sulfate-free shampoo to pick up? Colombini suggests anything from the L'Oreal Paris Ever Line. This one is specifically designed to help nourish brittle, dry hair.