Caring for Color-Treated Relaxed Hair: 6 Tips for Soft, Healthy Hair

Allison Schmidt | 12 May 2017

Protect your color and your relaxed hair with these insider hair tips.

We’re sure you know by now that we’re advocates for having good hair. If that means a whole lot of work or rocking what you’ve got, we’re here for it. But, when you are going for multiple processes on your hair (like color-treated relaxed hair) damage can add up. Add on top of that, if your hair is naturally dry, gentle is going to need to be your middle name! For those rocking color-treated relaxed hair, we’ve got a few tips to help you keep your hair in tip-top shape. Read on:

Taking Care of Color-Treated Relaxed Hair

caring for color-treated relaxed hair
Treat your hair well, and it will respond in kind.

1. Shampoo with your color (and dryness) in mind.

Most gals with naturally curly hair tend to also have dry hair because oils from your scalp have a hard time reaching your ends. When you relax natural hair, oils will have a bit of an easier time moving down, but your ends will likely still be on the dry side. We recommend finding a shampoo that works for you that covers both dryness and color protection. The top of our list is the Suave Moroccan Infusion Color Care Shampoo and Suave Moroccan Infusion Color Care Conditioner. This duo is infused with Moroccan argan oil, which helps seal the cuticle to retain your hair color while also making it shiny.

2. Do less heat styling.

The combo of relaxing your hair and coloring it can certainly cause your hair to become more damaged and brittle. During this time, it’s best to steer clear of heat styling on a daily basis. Sure, you can add curls and waves with hot tools every now and then, but when you do be sure to coat your hair with a heat protectant. These formulas work to coat your hair and protect it from the intensity of heat. For those in-between days, try out other heatless styles like these easy overnight waves.

3. Style your hair with hydration.

Want to know one of our favorite styling products? Styling oil! It’s particularly great if you need to seal in some hydration at the same time. We’re using the Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil for healthy styles. Oil is the secret ingredient in making realistic-looking beach waves or doing a cool slicked-back style.

4. Watch your ends.

With relaxed hair, you’ll need to really take care of the ends of your hair. They can be extra prone to breakage, so you’ll need to keep in mind things like your ends rubbing up against a rough, textured shirt all day. You can always do protective styles on relaxed hair to make sure your ends are kept safe and sound.

5. Use a mask.

We always recommend that color-treated and heavily processed hair be masked at least once a week. You can totally mask more often if your hair is feeling stiff. We like the Bed Head By TIGI Colour Goddess Miracle Treatment Mask for keeping your color vibrant and your hair feeling supple. This formula also smoothes the cuticle for extra shine!

6. Protect your hair before bed.

Just like with naturally curly hair, we recommend that color-treated, relaxed hair is protected before sleeping. This can be as simple as switching to a silk pillowcase! Or you can tie a silk scarf around a protective style. It helps to let your hair slip at night, instead of getting caught on cotton.

Need more helpful tips on caring for color-treated relaxed hair? Check out how to maintain relaxed hair in the summer.

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