How To Care For Dark Hair

Knowing how to care for dark hair is just as essential as knowing how to care for blonde hair. The steps look slightly different, but they are both going to get you better longevity for your color and shine.

Let’s jump in…

You need to be using a color safe/color locking shampoo and conditioner

Overtime, with several washes, hair color will fade. If your stylist uses permanent hair color, there is going to be less of a fade. But if you want my honest opinion, permanent hair color should very rarely be used.

If you fall into the majority of demi or semi-permanent colored, dark hair gals, you will inevitably experience fade. However, if you are using a shampoo and conditioner that has a color locking blend, the fade will happen at a much slower rate.

Maria Nila Luminous Colour Shampoo and Conditioner

Go in for occasional glossing services

A glossing service is essentially a quick tone for dark hair.

This service is going to add shine back to your color as well as fresh pigment.

For example, if you have warm reddish brown hair and you come in every 6-12 weeks for a root touch up or full color, somewhere in that in between time you can pop in and have your stylist add shine and fresh “warm brown” pigment through a glossing service.

It is quick and much cheaper than the full service, so it is not a huge extra commitment. But it will give the vibrance of your color more longevity.

Invest in a tinted conditioner or styling agent

Believe it or not, they do make styling agents that are formulated specifically for brunettes to add pigment/tone into your hair.

These products will act more as a stain then anything but will help keep your color looking fresh after every wash.

Typically, they will either come in conditioner form, which would be used as a regular conditioner in the shower, or even a mousse or cream which would be applied to damp or dry hair before and/or after styling.

Maria Nila Colour Refresh , Milkshake Color Whipped Cream , Joico Color Infuse Brown Conditioner

Use a protective spray especially before spending much time in the sun

Using a protective spray is going to help protect your hair from sun damage which causes fade.

If you have colored hair, the sun can break down the chemical bonds in the dyes, causing your hair to look lighter and fade quicker.

If you have natural brown hair, the sun is still known to bleach your hair, which destroys the melanin causing an overall lighter look.

An even more important reason to use a protective spray is simply to protect your hair from damage caused by toxins in the air, heat, chemicals from chlorine or salt water, etc.

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil


Avoid hot water when washing your hair

When you wash with hot water, it opens up the outer layer of your hair called the cuticle which allows color to seep out.

Imagine how much more quickly your color will fade if you wash your hair not only with hot water, but every single day.

Try skipping a day or two of washing, if you don’t already, and avoid cranking the heat of your water up all of the way.

To wrap this up, if you have personally experienced a quick fade here are some questions you should ask yourself:

-Do I use a color locking shampoo and conditioner?

-Have I been out in the sun a lot without a protective leave in?

-Have I ever gotten a glossing service/how long has it been since the last full color refresh?

Have I asked my stylist for recommendations on a styling agent specifically for my brown hair?

-Do I wash my hair with extremely hot water?

Until next time,



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