Timeless secrets to gorgeous hair. Rediscovered.

Timeless secrets to gorgeous hair. Rediscovered.

The truth about hair colour

Things to remember when dipping your locks in the hair dye pool


By the Hairsutras Team

Tints, highlights, ombres, balayage and neon hues- let's not deny that the world of hair colour is a vibrant place. If you're torn between the desire for a gorgeous, eye-catching mane and the guilt about the hair damage that comes with it, then you can leave your uncertainty behind. We are here to tell you that there's a sure-fire way to repair the damage: Oil.

Yes, your salons and stylists have probably told you otherwise. Well, to counter this misleading claim, let’s take a look at what your hair goes through while being coloured, and how oil makes sense.

Breaking It Down: How Does Colouring Work?

Colouring your hair might seem like magic. An over-the-counter bought box of dye or a few hours at a salon, and your hair is transformed completely. But really, it’s just some cool, modern-day science at work.

A permanent hair colour is made up of a combination of chemicals that lifts your hair’s cuticle layer- the outermost layer of your hair shaft whose main job is to protect the inner layers.

Now once the hair's cuticle is lifted, the dye penetrates and gets bonded to your cortex- your shaft’s inner layer which determines the colour and texture of your hair- by breaking your existing melanin structure. That’s how your hair gets completely transformed and you got those highlights!

Repairing the damage: How Can Oiling Help?

The minute the chemicals in the dye lift your cuticle, the damage begins.

It destroys your cuticle’s protection abilities, makes it more porous, and reduces its ability to retain moisture. Your natural shine gets tampered with, and your hair becomes more prone to breakage and frizz.

Basically, your cuticle is responsible for protecting the health, softness, and shine of your hair! Which is why, it is important for your cuticle to be replenished. This is where oiling comes in. It enters your hair shaft, strengthening and hydrating it from within.

What to remember before you colour

“Some salons tell you not to oil your hair because they are worried that the treatment might fade in the hair wash." says Dr. Sanmathi P. Rao, of Sriranga Ayurveda." But really, if you don’t oil your hair, the damage from all those chemical treatments just makes the hair weak and straw-like. No matter what you do, oiling will protect your hair; it won’t take away from any of your treatments.”

Contrary to popular opinion, washing coloured hair without oil can cause the harsh chemicals from shampoo to dry your hair out further, and make your colour run more. So the oil actually creates a soft coating that no sulfate can penetrate.

So, instead of depriving your hair of the hydration it craves, minimize the frequency of washing as much as possible, and wash your hair the right way- stick to lukewarm or cooler water temperatures, use right amount of colour-safe shampoos, and be gentle when drying your hair.

Make sure you don’t forget to pamper your coloured locks once a week with a deep-conditioning oil massage. It will give it that rich, smooth luster which is just the perfect finishing touch for those fabulous highlights.

Psst…There’s a way to colour your hair without touching your cortex, with some secret kitchen ingredients. Find out more, here.

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  • When you colour your hair, the dye damages the cuticle, leading to breakage, frizz and loss of lustre. 
  • The best way to repair your cuticle is through deep conditioning treatments like regular oil massages. 
  • Washing your hair without oiling it could also dry out your hair further and make your colour run more.

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