Don’t Dye Your Hair Without Reading This

To dye or not to dye — this is the question.

Fall is here, and with it, a whole new slate of beauty trends to experiment with. Fashion week and red carpets have presented us with new, bold color stories for fall in every category — clothes, beauty, and hair. And while I might not be able to afford the latest designer fashion trends (the entire Miu Miu collection, I’m looking at you), embracing beauty trends is an accessible way to try the latest, hottest looks for myself.

I’m especially excited about the new hair trends I’ve been seeing. If summer was for curtain bangs and slicked-back buns, fall is for color and blowouts.

But can the two co-exist? I’m seeing my favorite celebs embrace new hair colors — red is back, especially in “copper” hues, and so is dark, deep brown — while also indulging in the nostalgia of the 90s blowout. But both can wreak havoc on your hair health. So, to dye or not to dye?

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There are pros and cons when it comes to going for it and coloring your hair. Even if you’re a Manic Panic vet or a salon aficionado, every new color treatment is a big decision. Dying your hair is often the ultimate commitment…especially when everyone is doing it. There’s so much to consider: what color to get, bleach or no bleach, and of course, how to make it last.

If you treat your hair right, you can partake in this season’s new color trends without compromising your tresses. Here are some tips to help you keep your hair healthy, no matter how you choose to style it this season.

Wash your hair less often

While I’d never advocate for greasy hair, going a few days between washes will help keep the natural oils in your hair. Hard water can strip your hair of essential nutrients and overwashing can make it limp and lifeless. Pick products that help you extend the time between washes, and adopt a haircare routine that incorporates leave-in conditioners, nourishing sprays, and lightweight dry shampoos that keep your style fresh without fading your color treatment.

Deep condition regularly

When you’re putting your hair through a lot, you have to let it rest. Try deep conditioning more often and using a regular conditioner less. Leave-in conditioners and hair masks will be your best friends. Let your hair actually soak up all those good ingredients to keep it healthy and hydrated.

Use nutrient-rich products

When you have colored or treated hair, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to what’s in your hair products. Skip the sulfates and parabens and instead opt for nutrient-rich formulas. Make sure your hair products are rich in proteins and hydrating ingredients that rebuild your hair.

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Here are some of the best rebuilding hair products to give you full, healthy locks, and keep your color fresh and robust for as long as possible.

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No Fade Fresh

These semi-permanent, color-depositing shampoos and conditioners offer salon-quality, clean hair color with bond rebuilder technology that’s damage-free, vegan, and plant-based. This #1 color depositing shampoo will keep your hair strong while keeping it bright.


Creating a new category in hair care, SWAIR has two revolutionary products, SweatShield™ and Showerless Shampoo™, that simplify the post-workout hair routines of those who exercise frequently. These products are meant to complement traditional shampoo and conditioner, extending the number of days between washing. That means less potential damage to your hair.


Ceremonia is the hallmark of clean beauty and their line of hydrating and conditioning products are made to protect hair first. Try the Hydrating Hair Mask followed by the Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner to keep your dyed hair from frying with natural, thirst-quenching ingredients.

Olaplex Set

The Olaplex girlies were onto something. Once I started using this, even my hairstylist commented on how soft and long my hair had become. The star leave-in conditioner is worth all the hype.

Nuele Hydrating Hair Serum

This heat-protecting and deeply hydrating hair serum is key to hydrate, condition, and seal in moisture. The hair serum enhances nutrition on the hair and scalp, allowing water to remain within the hair shaft, for beautifully hydrated hair. It also has heat protectant abilities so you can style your colored hair worry-free.

 EVOLVh Better Roots RootBoost Serum

This is the ultimate serum to keep your roots healthy and intact. Copper Tripeptides, along with Alpine Rose and Alpine Apple Stem Cells enhance the health and vitality of hair and scalp cells along with prolonging the hair follicle lifespan. This fast-absorbing, oil-free, groundbreaking scalp serum nourishes hair follicles and scalp skin cells in support of healthy hair regrowth for the appearance of thicker, fuller hair and a hydrated, soothed scalp.

Cuvee Hair

Forget Brad Pitt’s overly expensive champagne-infused skincare line. This Cuvee-infused hair brand gently cleanses hair without stripping it of essential oils or color while Vitamin B, Collagen, and Panthenol help fortify and protect from roots through ends. Try the restorative mask, which works deep within each and every strand to smooth, moisten and seal for healthier-looking hair and head-turning shine.


Repair damaged hair with this collection, fortified with rosehip oil, almond oil, algae extract, and B-vitamins that work to make hair look shiny and healthy.

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