Can I Use a Hair Mask on Colored Hair?

Are you dealing with dry or damaged hair after a hair dye job? If so, you’re one of many who are desperately trying to save their hair. You may have heard that a hair mask can help, but how can you be sure? In this article, we’ll tell you all about hair masks, whether you can use them on your colored hair, and how to get the best results. 

Hair Masks are a Must for Colored Hair

The answer to the title question is “Yes!” You can use a hair mask if you've colored your hair and are dealing with dryness, unmanageability, or breakage. Hair masks are great for colored hair because they have nourishing ingredients that combat nearly all of the issues that come along with coloring your hair. 

Benefits of Hair Masks for Colored Hair

Hair masks offer several great benefits for people with colored hair. We’ll take a look at them in the section below: 

  • Maintain your hair color - Hair dryness and damage reduce the hair’s ability to hold onto color pigments. So, when you add a color-safe hair mask to your regimen, you can expect your hair color to last longer than it has in the past. 
  • Increase hair moisture levels - Hair masks contain penetrative and protective ingredients to keep your hair hydrated. You’ll find oils, creams, emollients, and humectants in hair masks, and all of them do wonders for your hair by increasing moisture levels and protecting against moisture loss. 
  • Reduce frizziness - After coloring your hair, it may be more frizzy due to the damage involved in chemical processes. Hair masks combat that with smoothers and oils that fight frizz. 
  • Add shine - There’s nothing worse than dull hair color, and if your hair color has gone stale, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Hair masks leave your hair shinier and more vibrant. 
  • Fight breakage - Protein-based hair masks fight breakage by strengthening your hair and keeping it adequately moisturized. Colored hair is much more prone to breakage than virgin hair, so this benefit is extremely valuable. 

How to Use a Hair Mask for Colored Hair

Just because your hair is colored doesn’t mean that you need to use a hair mask in a special way. For the best results, use your hair mask according to the instructions on the bottle. 

Note: Above all, make sure that you choose a hair mask specifically formulated for color-treated hair. If you don’t, you could experience premature color fade.  

Here are some general guidelines on how to use your hair mask: 

  1. Shampoo your hair with your favorite shampoo. 
  2. While your hair is damp, apply the hair mask all over your hair. You can apply the hair mask in sections and rake it through with your fingers to ensure even product distribution. If you’re worried that your roots may get weighed down, don’t apply it there. 
  3. Let the mask sit on your hair for the amount of time indicated on the packaging. 
  4. Rinse the mask out and continue with your usual hair care routine. There’s no need to apply a rinse-out conditioner. 

Hopefully, this article has answered all of your questions about using hair masks on colored hair. Now you’ve got the information you need to give your color-treated hair the utmost care! 



Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.