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Coconut Oil After Dying Hair: Will It Affect the Color?

Coconut Oil After Dying Hair

Great news! Coconut oil DOES NOT damage or affect your new hair color.

However, that doesn’t mean you can apply coconut oil after dying hair without worry.

There’s a proper way to do it. And lucky for you, our article shows you how! 

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Does Coconut Oil Affect Hair Color?

One great thing about using coconut oil is it has no acidic ingredient that can strip away your hair dye.

In short, coconut oil won’t affect your beautiful hair color.

Coconut oil is great for hot oil treatments, which can help nourish your brittle locks. It can also help protect your hair from dryness and frizz.

Fun fact: Coconut oil can also be used to help moisturize dry skin as a body moisturizer.

Can I Use Coconut Oil After Dyeing My Hair?

Any oil treatment, including coconut oil, can definitely be used on your hair after dyeing it.

It’s recommended to USE WARM or ROOM TEMPERATURE COCONUT OIL and to wash your hair with tepid water. 

Using warm oil can help open the cuticles, allowing the nutrients of the coconut oil to penetrate deeper.

Use coconut oil on the tips, as this is the most damaged part when applying hair color. 

This will make your dyed hair shine. Goodbye, dull hair!

How to Use Coconut Oil for Your Hair:

How to Use

Learning how to use coconut oil is simple. 

One of us had PASTEL PINK HAIR COLOR, bleached from jet black. In order to deal with the damage, do this AT LEAST ONCE a week.

So if you just came from the salon, this section is perfect for you!

  • Apply coconut oil to your hair and brush it through.
  • Next, wait for at least 3 hours. You can even leave the coconut oil on OVERNIGHT. Optionally, you can WEAR A SHOWER CAP. The shower cap will keep the coconut oil from getting everywhere while you wait.
  • Lastly, rinse off the coconut oil with regular shampoo. You can take a shower while you’re there.

And VOILA! After you wash out the coconut oil, your dyed hair should feel smoother and softer. Many women are sure to be jealous of your smooth locks!

Benefits of Using Coconut Oil on Dyed Hair

Although you were worrying about using coconut oil, there are benefits you can get from using it after dyeing your hair.

These all can help make your color shine. What’s the point of having beautifully dyed hair if it looks frizzy and unhealthy?

Better Dyed Hair Health

When you use coconut oil, you can help improve the health of your hair. When you apply coconut oil, it will help make hair softer and shinier.

Coconut oil can also help train your hair to be less greasy and oily.

Vibrant Hair Pigment

Dyed hair looks BETTER on healthy hair. It makes the color more vibrant when you dye your hair and it also lets it last longer.

Coconut oil can definitely help you with that.

Tips on How to Rehydrate Colored Hair

How to Rehydrate

There are many ways you can rehydrate your dyed hair.

By now, we all know you can use coconut oil. It nourishes and rehydrates coloured hair. But there are a number of different treatments and methods you can use to fix bleached  and colored hair breakage, apart from just coconut oil.

And don’t worry, none of these will ruin your beautiful color.

1. Olive Oil

A little can go a long way. Just use a few drops and apply it with your fingers.

2. Argan Oil

Rich in antioxidants, this can help protect from further damage. You can use this after styling it to seal in moisture.

This ingredient is also very popularly used in hair Keratin treatments.

3. Almond Oil

This has a lot of proteins, as well as Vitamin E.

This can help to bind your hair and make your strand stronger. It can also fill in the gaps in your strands that leave it prone to breakage after bleaching or coloring.

You can add this to any deep conditioner, or you can apply it every morning before you go about your day to protect it from natural elements.

4. Sun Protection

Color-treated hair is more vulnerable to burning. Sunblock for your hair can also protect your scalp from the heat.

You just have to find hair products that have an SPF rating, or an SPF hair spray.

5. Hair Masks

One of the hair products that can help is a nourishing hair mask. It will restore hair moisture.

Whether you get a store-bought mask or a DIY mask, it should help restore softness and elasticity. They’re both restorative hair products.

6. Rice Water Rinse

Rice water contains inositol, which you can use to repair hair strands from the inside out. So rinsing your hair with rice water can definitely help with damaged hair.

7. Leave-In Conditioner

This can be found in almost every supermarket or beauty supply store.

It can help to revive damaged hair. Some are thick, and some are spray-on. But they have the same concept. Follow the description on the label.

8. Use Your Natural Oils

When you BLEACH OR DYE your hair, you strip your hair of its natural oils. So in order to get it back, you want to avoid shampooing every day.

This can help to bring back the natural oil to your hair.

9. Washing Your Hair with Cold Water

You shouldn’t be washing your hair with hot water. This is for two reasons.

The first reason is it can open up your hair cuticles and cause further damage to your strands.

The second reason is that warm water can cause the hair color to fade quicker, especially if you have brightly dyed hair.

Things to Avoid Doing to Color-Treated Hair:

Things to Avoid

Other than trying to add moisture back with coconut oil, you should also avoid doing some things after applying hair dye to maintain the health of your hair, and so that the dye lasts longer.

One thing you SHOULD avoid if you haven’t colored your hair yet is using box dyes. If you can afford it, go to a hair salon.

Things you have to avoid include:

  • Putting shampoo on within 24 hours of coloring your hair.
  • Putting on more dye right away. This will cause more damage.
  • Washing too often can get rid of the nutrients on your scalp and cause your color to fade.
  • Taking a hot shower.
  • Drying roughly with a towel. Use a t-shirt instead to keep your locks soft.
  • Heat styling (using curling irons, flat iron, and blow dryers)- go at least a few days a week without heat on your hair.
  • Swimming in chlorine. This is sometimes unavoidable. If you do this, know that you will be going to the hair salon for coloring again sooner.
  • Overexposing your hair to the heat of the sun.

How to Take Care of Dyed Hair:

Taking care of your hair with coconut oil ensures it retains the color for as long as possible. Other than keeping it healthy, there are other things you can do to maintain your color.

  • Wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Shampoos with sulfate strip away the coloring. Color-safe shampoos, on the other hand, help to maintain your color.
  • Add dye to your conditioner. This is great for bright colors and semi-permanent dyes. It helps maintain your color by dyeing it a little every time you use the shower.
  • Wash hair with cold water. Warm water can cause fading.

Final Thoughts on Applying Coconut Oil After Dyeing Hair

Final Thoughts

Coloring your hair can leave your hair damaged from the chemicals. That’s why it’s great to make sure we take care of it to avoid long-term damage and keep your hair hydrated.

Coconut oil is great for the hair. It’s one of the many treatments we can safely say: Go all in!

Coconut oil can make your color more vibrant and is great for your hair health. So don’t hesitate to use it as part of your hair care!

Washing your hair can keep you feeling clean, just remember not to do it too often. Frequent washes can dry out your hair, and to keep it healthier in the long run, you want to avoid this.


July 19, 2021 – Updated internal links, updated external links, removed author box

Paola Diaz
Paola Diaz

Hi, I'm Paola! A skin care enthusiast and nature lover. Creating content that promotes proper skin treatment and keeping a healthy glow is my way of sharing with the world how healthy skin can go a long way. I’m a firm believer of natural beauty that radiates inside all of us. All we need is the right kind of nourishment that inspires our wellness from inside out. So it’s really not about physical beauty alone – it’s the beautiful life we can create for ourselves when we connect with our own nature and see there is beauty that shines from every one of us.