Your hair color is gorgeous.
But it seems to wash away all too soon.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that your lustrous locks are drier than usual.
That’s an unfortunate side effect of chemical processing.
That’s why you need the best shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair.
Can you use regular shampoo on colored hair?
Sure, you can use regular shampoo on colored hair — if you want to damage it.
Hair dye starts slipping away from the fiber as soon as you get it wet (1).
That’s right; just getting caught out in the rain can be a disaster.
Then, if you use a shampoo that has harsh detergents, the color fades faster.
Red hair dye lightens even faster than other shades.
But you can only skip washes and use dry shampoo for so many days.
That’s when it’s time to switch to something gentle and moisturizing.
What kind of shampoo is best for dyed hair?
Color-safe shampoos have less aggressive surfactants – those detergents that wash away oil and dirt.
That means they may not lather up as much. But that’s the only downside.
Many times, they are free of the harsher sulfates like sodium lauryl (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).
Moreover, they moisturize and condition each strand.
As a result, less dye runs down the drain. Plus, your hair feels softer and smoother.
Well-conditioned hair is going to hang onto that color for longer.
What conditioner is best for colored hair?
To get the maximum benefits from a color-safe shampoo, use the accompanying conditioner.
They are formulated to work together.
Many times, the conditioner will offer additional features like sunscreen and resistance to damage from heat styling.
And please don’t skip the conditioner as it’s essential for processed hair.
You’ll avoid tangles, frizz, and split ends if you condition regularly.
There’s nothing wrong with deep-conditioning once a week to keep your hair strong and shiny.
Many deep conditioners don’t require extra work. You can use them in the place of your regular conditioner in the shower.
Other tips to make your color treatment last as long as possible
I’m sure your stylist will tell you to hold off on shampooing for three days after dyeing your hair.
This allows the cuticle to close and retain the dye.
Also, when you wash, rinse with lukewarm or cool water. That’s because hot water roughs up the cuticle.
Then blot dry and avoid blow-drying if you don’t need it.
Finally, if you’re outdoors in the sun, wear a hat( 2). Keep the sun off your hair because UV rays will make it fade faster.
But, as you’ve realized, washing is the biggest problem.
Now, let’s discover shampoos and conditioners to protect your color-treated hair.
Top Shampoos and Conditioners for Color-Treated Hair
Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner
One of the best salon shampoos for color-treated hair is made by Nexxus.
Color Assure is sulfate-free. It promises to keep the dye vibrant for up to forty washes.
Yes, you can use it every day.
But please apply the conditioner each time you shampoo. Let it sit for at least three minutes before you rinse with cool or lukewarm water.
Both formulas contain quinoa and elastin protein. Since hair is mostly protein, this serves to make it more resilient.
L’Oréal Paris Hair Care EverPure Moisture Sulfate-Free Shampoo & Conditioner
My favorite drugstore shampoo for color-treated hair is made by L’Oreal.
Actually, they make more than one kind, and all of them are sulfate-free.
This one is vegan, and it doesn’t have parabens, dyes, or gluten, either.
There’s no salt, either. That’s good news as salt can strip color.
The shampoo and conditioner can keep hair dye from fading for up to four weeks.
They’re infused with rosemary, which gives them a pleasant fragrance. It also helps with hair growth.
L’Oréal Paris Hair Care EverPure Frizz Defy Shampoo & Conditioner
If frizz is your enemy, check out this set.
Both products are enriched with marula oil to prevent frizz for up to twenty-four hours.
Both are free of parabens, salts, and sulfates, too.
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner
Lose the brassiness and enhance highlights with L’Oreal’s blond shampoo and conditioner.
They’re free of sulfates, dyes, and parabens.
L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner
Once a week, pamper your hair with a deep conditioner.
This one needs just sixty seconds. That means you can use it in the shower instead of your regular conditioner.
It’s packed with antioxidants and conditioners to prevent tangles and add shine. It works even if you have fine hair.
After the first use, you should notice a positive difference.
Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner
Redken recently won awards for the Color Extend products.
Both are sulfate-free.
They strengthen your hair and scalp with soy protein and arginine. They also have ceramides to seal in moisture.
After you rinse, your hair will still be coated with UV filters to prevent fading in sunlight.
Hempz Pure Herbal Extracts Blushing Grapefruit & Raspberry Creme Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner
If you love fruity fragrances, the Hempz shampoo and conditioner smell like grapefruit and raspberry cream.
But who buys shampoos based on the scent? (When I was a lot younger, I used to!)
Happily, it’s not just the fragrance that will get your attention.
Both products are free of sulfates. They have plant-based cleansers and conditioners to make your hair more manageable and radiant.
TRESemme Shampoo and Conditioner Set, Color Revitalize
Is TRESemme good for color-treated hair?
I get that question a lot.
After all, this is an inexpensive brand.
And they aren’t sulfate-free.
But what matters is the rest of the formula.
Both the shampoo and conditioner have nutrients and moisturizers to protect your hair and scalp.
And they have a delicious fruity and floral scent.
GLISS Hair Repair Color Guard Set with Shampoo and Conditioner
The GLISS Color Guard set is mild enough to use every day. They prevent fading for up to twelve weeks.
Part of the magic is a full-spectrum UV filter. It screens out the harmful parts of sunlight.
The ingredients also smooth the cuticle and strengthen the strands. Keratin technology repairs damage deep into the core of each fiber.
Goldwell Dualsenses Color Brilliance Shampoo & Conditioner Duo FadeStop Vibrant Protection
If you have naturally oily hair, try Goldwell’s FadeStop shampoo and conditioner.
They left in the sulfates and added willow bark extract.
Fortunately, both products have moisturizing and conditioning ingredients, too.
Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo & Conditioner
The shampoo and conditioner from Herbal Essences smell like roses.
Both are free of parabens, and the conditioner is free of silicone and mineral oil.
They are pH-balanced to protect sensitive scalps as well.
TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess
It’s fun to express yourself with your hair color.
But it’s rotten when your hair ends up dull and dry as a result.
You can trim off the split ends as often as you want, but your tresses are no longer vibrant.
TIGI has the cure.
Their shampoo and conditioner strengthen your locks to stand up to brushing. They add shine and take away tangles.
Paul Mitchell Preserve And Protect Color Protect Duo
I’d recommend just about any Paul Mitchell shampoo to someone with chemically-treated hair.
But the Color Protect Duo is enriched with sunflower extract. That makes them extra potent.
They prevent the sun from fading the color while they moisturize.
Biolage Colorlast Shampoo
Biolage designed the Colorlast shampoo with a low pH to protect your scalp and color-treated hair.
It’s also free of parabens.
One of the principal ingredients is orchid, which balances moisture.
Biolage Colorlast Conditioner
The Colorlast conditioner is a salon product that repairs damaged hair. It’s also free of parabens.
Again, it’s the orchid extract that hydrates and prevents fading.
BIOLAGE Colorlast Shine Shake
Revive dull and lifeless hair with the Shine Shake. It’s a leave-in conditioner that will make your locks luscious and vivid once again.
Think of it as a sort of polish that conditions and moisturizes.
Fortunately, it’s free of parabens, too.
BIOLAGE ColorLast Deep Treatment Pack Multi-Use Hair Mask
Here is a hair mask that’s vegan and free of parabens.
Along with the other Colorlast products, it’s based on orchid extract to extend your color treatment.
It will melt into your hair in minutes.
Expect defined curls and radiant tresses after using it.
Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner
The appealing aroma of Aveda’s shampoo and conditioner comes from certified organic plant sources. These include lavender, grapefruit, and geranium.
Use these products together to get the best results possible.
They help revive color and resist fading. They are also very moisturizing.
Depending on the natural porosity of your hair, you’re likely to see that it gleams afterward.
Pantene Rose Water Shampoo and Sulfate-Free Conditioner
I was happy when Pantene developed the Rose Water shampoo and conditioner.
They’re free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, silicones, and mineral oil. Anyone can enjoy them (as long as they don’t mind the natural rose fragrance).
They are good for color-treated, damaged, and dry hair. Folks with curly hair love them also.
Joico K-pak Color Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner
Joico doesn’t leave out the sulfates – the shampoo has SLES in it. But that’s not a deal-breaker.
Probably most of my readers are not chemists, and neither am I. But I’ve learned a lot from reading labels over the years and hearing from users.
This shampoo and conditioner set is quite popular.
They are enriched with vitamins, botanical extracts, keratin, and moisturizers. There’s everything you need to repair and strengthen your hair and keep it glossy.
Kenra Color Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner Set
The Kenra Color Maintenance set helps maintain and restore chemically-treated hair to health.
The secret ingredient is silk protein. It single-handedly detangles the thickest hair.
But don’t skip out on the other goodies like chamomile, sage, nettle, and horsetail. These promote hair growth and a happy scalp.
The only downside is that the shampoo has parabens. Since it’s a product that you’ll be rinsing off, that’s not so bad.
Thermafuse Color Care Shampoo and Condition Set
You might find that this is the best shampoo for fine color-treated hair. It’s also excellent for redheads and brunettes.
They promise to help you retain your color for up to fifteen washes.
Thermafuse avoids sulfates and salt, and they keep the formula pH-balanced. Next, they add UV protection with marine extracts.
What’s more, they have something called HeatSmart Complex. It activates when you blow-dry or curl your hair.
And in case you’re wondering, these products have a fruity floral scent.
Scruples Renewal Color Retention Shampoo & Conditioner
Scruples also adds UV-absorbing ingredients to their shampoo and conditioner. It’s like sunscreen for your hair.
You can wash with them every day if you like. The shampoo has mild surfactants.
Bosley Pro Revive Starter Pack for Color-Treated Hair
Here’s the perfect kit for thinning, color-treated hair.
It includes a nourishing shampoo, a volumizing conditioner, and a leave-in treatment.
The shampoo is sulfate-free.
None of the products have parabens, either.
And each one has DHT-blockers to prevent hair loss.
Pureology | Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo
Skip a day or two between washes to keep your color longer.
Use Pureology’s dry shampoo to refresh your scalp and hair.
It contains rice starch to soak up oil. There’s also a broad-spectrum sunscreen and AntiFade Complex.
These defend against fading caused by the sun and pollution.
It’s essential to use a gentle shampoo in a moisturizing conditioner when you wash color-treated hair.
They prevent the dye from escaping the strands and washing down the drain.
These mild and nourishing products also restore shine and manageability.
Did you discover your new favorite shampoo and conditioner today?
If so, tell me about them in the comments below.
1. https://www.matrix.com/blog/26-tips-to-help-protect-color-treated-hair-and-keep-it-looking-fabulous accessed December 20, 2019
2. https://www.esalon.eu.com/hair-color-mastery/colorist-tips/how-to-make-your-hair-color-last-longer accessed December 20, 2019