Natural Remedies to Make Color Treated Hair Smooth and Shiny

Get sleek, shiny tresses with products from your pantry.

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Choosing a new hair color can give you a real pick-me-up and leave you feeling like a new woman. Unfortunately, hair dye can be hard on your locks, leaving them stripped of moisture and lacking shine. You can spend megabucks on products designed to add shine back to your color-treated hair, or you could save some money and try natural remedies first. There are cheap, readily available items you can use to breathe life back into your colored hair.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can make your hair shaft look thicker and reduce the appearance of split ends. It also smooths the hair follicles, giving your tresses shine. Organic coconut oil is a good choice, to avoid pesticides or other questionable products. Warm the oil between your hands and smooth it over your hair, from roots to tips. Wrap your hair in plastic for an hour before rinsing the coconut oil from your hair with warm water. Repeat as needed, from every few days to every two weeks.


Vinegar can give your color-treated hair soft, shiny look. Apple cider vinegar is most commonly used and is safe for dyed locks. Apple cider vinegar leaves the hair shaft smooth, reduces frizz and boosts shine. Use an equal mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Rinse your hair with the mixture and enjoy the sheen. The smell shouldn't linger once your hair is dry, but if you're concerned, or just want to give your hair a lovely scent, add 10 drops of essential oil, like lavender or rosemary, to the mixture before rinsing your hair.

Cold Water

Perhaps the easiest -- and cheapest -- natural remedy you can use to make your colored locks super shiny is cold water. Simply rinse your hair with cold water after shampooing and/or conditioning. Consider adding a tablespoon of vinegar to a gallon of cold water to add even more shine. Cold water closes the hair cuticles, leaving the shafts shiny and soft. Distilled water is best, because some minerals in tap water can negatively interact with dyed hair to dull your natural shine.


Don't overlook the essentials to keep your hair healthy. Vitamins are a powerful tool in your natural arsenal and work in myriad ways to make your hair look healthier. Vitamin A stimulates your scalp to produce more sebum, which makes your hair thicker and glossier. Other useful vitamins include Vitamins C, E and the range of B vitamins, which contribute to keeping your hair healthy by helping it grow faster, reducing hair loss and increasing blood circulation -- another factor in making your hair shinier. The easiest way to get your vitamins is to take an oral multivitamin supplement. Vitamins added to shampoo don't really benefit your hair, so don't shell out big bucks to support the hype.

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