Can I Use Deep Conditioner on Colored Hair?


Did you just get your hair colored? If so, you might quickly find that your mane needs some extra love. After all, coloring products that require developer or bleach can be incredibly damaging to your hair. Given that you’ve stumbled upon this article, there’s a good chance that you’re considering using deep conditioner on your colored hair. But is that possible? And even if it is, is it a good idea? 

You Can Use Deep Conditioner on Colored Hair 

You can 100% use deep conditioner on your colored hair. And it might be one of the best things you can do for your color-treated strands. Whenever you color your hair with potentially harsh chemicals, your hair’s structure could break down to an extent, and sometimes, this change is noticeable to the eye. Your hair needs some real help in this case. 

How Deep Conditioner Can Help with Colored Hair 

Depending on the deep conditioner you use, it may be able to give your hair a dose of hydration, moisturize your strands so that hydration will stick around, repair damage on the outside of your strands through protein or bond building, and more. As you can see, there are many ways that deep conditioner can help you with your colored hair problems.

Here are a few other ways the right deep conditioner can transform your colored strands. 

  • Make crispy, non-elastic strands softer and more pliable. They’ll not only feel better, but they’ll be easier to manage. 

  • Help to preserve your new hair hue by sealing your hair cuticles. 

  • Reducing breakage and split ends, improving the overall condition of your hair, and staving off breakage. 

  • Providing vitamins and minerals that facilitate healthy hair growth. 

How to Use Deep Conditioner for Colored Hair 

Using deep conditioner for colored hair may be daunting initially, but it’s much easier than it may seem.

First, you need to know when to use deep conditioner. You can use it right after coloring it - you won’t have to shampoo your hair beforehand. Or you can use it whenever your hair feels dry, damaged, or otherwise in need.

If you’re thinking about deep conditioning your hair after coloring and haven’t washed it in the last day, you’ll wash it first to help with deep conditioner absorption. 

Here are the steps to follow after that point: 

  1. Squeeze out any excess water from your hair to ensure it’s not dripping. 

  2. Separate your hair into 2 to 4 sections to make it easier to manage. 

  3. Apply a deep conditioner of your choice to your strands. Focus mainly on your midlengths and ends.

  4. Smooth it through with your hands and then gently comb it to aid in distribution. 

  5. Wait for the amount of time indicated on the deep conditioner packaging. 

  6. Rinse the product out. 

You can use deep conditioner 1 to 4 times a month depending on the health of your hair and your individual needs. 

So, there you have it - you certainly can use deep conditioner on colored hair, and you should. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best with your hair.



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.