Does Deep Conditioner Help Protect Color?


Whether your hair is honey blonde, fire-engine red, rich brunette, or any other hue of the rainbow, you need to protect that color at all costs. It seems like everything under the sun strips hair color, from UV rays to chlorine to shampoo and more. To enhance your color’s longevity, you may reach for deep conditioner, but can you really depend on it for color-treated hair? By the end of this article, you’ll know for sure whether deep conditioner does indeed help protect color.

Deep Conditioner Can Help Protect Color

Deep conditioner does more than moisturize, repair, and protect the hair - in many cases, it can also protect hair color. But you can’t expect the same level of protection from every deep conditioner; the most color-appropriate deep conditioner will do a couple of things: 

  • Hydrate and moisturize your hair. Chronically dry color-treated hair fades much faster than it would if it were properly hydrated and protected from moisture loss. The bulk of deep conditioners have this effect on the hair, giving it lasting moisture and reducing color loss. 

  • Seal in the color. Color pigments naturally fade over time, some faster than others. Red hair dye pigments are the fastest fading, while darker pigments stick around the longest. Regardless, sealing in your color with a specialized deep conditioner soon after your coloring session can lengthen its longevity, enabling you to enjoy your color for longer. 

  • Protect against UV rays. UV rays can fade your hair color in a hurry. Deep conditioners with UV filters and ingredients that create a barrier between your hair and the outside world can help tremendously. 

  • Filling in damaged areas. Often, the coloring process (and especially the bleaching process) leads to a serious drop in protein, which can increase your risk of premature fading. Deep conditioners with protein combat this by filling in damaged areas of the hair shaft with protein, reducing color loss.

Note: This isn’t a complete list of ways deep conditioners can help protect color. To learn more about deep conditioner and color-treated hair, read this article.

Choose the Right Deep Conditioner for Color Treated Hair

We’d be remiss if we didn’t stress this -  not all deep conditioners are suitable for color-treated hair. Some contain ingredients that strip color from hair, while others lack reparative ingredients your hair needs post-coloring. Which deep conditioner should you choose, then?

If you’re unsure which deep conditioner to use, go the trusted route - a color-safe deep conditioner with super hydrating, reparative ingredients. Daily Dose Deep Conditioner/Hair Masque falls into this category, and you can’t go wrong with it.  


So, there you have it - deep conditioner can help protect color. However, the amount of protection you get strongly depends on the deep conditioner you choose. We recommend checking out Daily Dose Deep Conditioner if you haven't already. It will protect your color, repair damage, aid in detangling, soften and smooth your strands, restore moisture, and more. 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.