Will Deep Conditioner Work on Dyed Hair?

So, you’ve dyed your hair and it’s starting to fight back. Frizz, brittleness, and severe dryness are some of the most common issues related to color-treated hair. If you’re having trouble breathing life back into your hair, a deep conditioner just may be able to help.

Deep Conditioners are Great for Dyed Hair

The hair dyeing process is particularly damaging to the hair. Throughout the process, your hair cuticles will be blasted open in order for your natural hair pigment to be removed and the new pigment to be deposited. It’s this reaction that puts your hair through the wringer, leaving it drier than the Sahara, dull, damaged, and a pain to manage.

Luckily, deep conditioners are a fantastic remedy for post-dye problems, and they are necessary in most cases to nurse your hair back to health. They restore the hair’s moisture, elasticity, shine, and suppleness. They also soften the hair and preserve your new color.

Choose the Right Deep Conditioner for Dyed Hair

When choosing from the many deep conditioners on the market, things get confusing fast. Thankfully, there are deep conditioners made specifically for dyed hair. Some contain ingredients to preserve your new color and prevent it from becoming dull, but the best ones out there offer restorative and hydrating properties alongside color protection.

  • Keratin. Because the dyeing process requires the breaking of hair bonds (protein bonds), you need a deep conditioner that contains keratin (the protein that makes up human hair). It fills in gaps in the hair cuticle and makes each strand stronger.

  • Biotin is also a good ingredient to look for. It helps to strengthen the hair by stimulating the production of keratin.

  • Toning Dyes. Certain dyes can also be helpful in a deep conditioner for dyed hair. For instance, those made with purple or blue dyes can cancel out brassy yellow and orange tones that appear after going blonde or light brunette.

Can You Use a Deep Conditioner Right After Coloring?

You can use a deep conditioner right after coloring - in fact, it’s recommended that you do. Due to how brutal the dyeing process is on the hair strands, deep conditioning immediately is crucial. The sooner you replenish your hair’s moisture after dyeing it, the better off your hair will be.

Dos and Don’ts of Using Deep Conditioner on Dyed Hair

Let’s take a look at the dos and don’ts of using deep conditioner on dyed hair:


  • Use a deep conditioner frequently (around 1-2 times a week).

  • Reference the instructions on the deep conditioner’s packaging.

  • Apply the deep conditioner after you’ve shampooed your hair.

  • Read the product label to ensure that it’s got reparative ingredients. 


  • Leave the deep conditioner in for longer than instructed per the packaging.

  • Deep condition every day.

Using a deep conditioner regularly can do your dyed hair a ton of good. And there are so many deep conditioners targeted toward dyed hair that there’s a great one out there for every hair type and hair problem. We hope that this article has given you the information you need to take the plunge and give your hair the TLC it needs after a recent dye job.


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 NaturallyTextured.com, 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.