How to protect color-treated hair

Who's slaying when they walk out of the salon? You, with your fresh highlights. You've never felt more you (truly, who *doesn't* want the beachy look?) but there's just one prob—you don't know how to take care of your brand new hair color. Unfortunately, bleach (yep, the stuff that creates lighter strands) damages hair cuticles and bonds, so post-transformation tresses need a little extra TLC. Grab these products (yep, we found one for every budget) to repair your mane and keep that color looking vibrant...

Shampoo and Conditioner 


Amazon, $45

Welcome to color care! The first step: finding a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Nexxus Color Assure shampoo and conditioner are designed to protect your color for up to 40 washes. Plus, the formula moisturizes your strands and strengthens bonds with elastin protein and quinoa. No matter which hue you pick for your new 'do, Nexxus has got you.


Amazon, $18

Hello, vibrancy! Tresemmé Revitalize Color shampoo and conditioner will help your hue stay fresh for up to eight weeks. The formula features sunflower seed oil and hibiscus essence to cleanse, condition and restore moisture lost during bleaching. And get this—the amino acids and ceramides make hair smoother and allow you to rock all your fave styles, 3x easier. Tres chic!

Leave-in conditioner


Amazon, $34

This Color Fanatic leave-in from Pureology strengthens your strands from the inside out. It can help even out your hair's porosity (aka its ability to hold and absorb moisture), which can suffer after color treatment. It also can function as a heat-protectant, add shine and improve overall manageability. 


Amazon, $10

L'Oréal Color Caring spray has too many benefits to count. It can prime your hair, detangle, nourish, soften, lessen frizz, protect from heat and more! Damaged hair will thrive when replenished with this leave-in. Simply spritz after your shower and comb through for revitalized strands, stat.

Hair mask



This Nexxus deep moisture mask eliminates any hints of dryness after just one use. It's infused with an exclusive blend of elastin protein and quinoa, which makes your hair noticeably shinier and smoother. Apply it to freshly washed strands, leave in for 3-5 minutes and rinse to reveal lush locks. (Yep, it's the perfect product for your next Everything Shower.)


Amazon, $13

This hydrating mask is perf for any gal a budget. It hydrates dry strands while increasing color vibrancy, adding extra volume and upping manageability. It also smells amazing, FYI.



Amazon, $22

Final step! Hair oil can help lock in nutrients at the end of the day. This one from Joico helps maintain 82% of hair color while repairing damanged hair and improving your shine. 


Amazon, $9

This oil from Mielle contains Biotin, a B vitamin that works to repair hair health. It can also nourish your split ends and comfort post-dye itchiness. Applying it right before bed can even help your hair grow faster.

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by Julia Szymanski | 6/6/2023