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Have you traded in your natural hair color for a different one? Maybe you’ve gone from brown hair to blonde hair or from blonde to red. Regardless of the hue you’ve transitioned to, if you have colored-treated hair, it’s a good idea to switch up your hair care routine—and yes, that means you need to switch to a shampoo for colored hair!
Despite the temptation to stick with what you know, your go-to shampoo likely isn't a color-safe shampoo, meaning it doesn't meet your new needs. In case you haven’t picked up on the difference between regular shampoo and color-treated shampoo, it’s that shampoo for colored hair is specifically formulated to keep your color looking vibrant and beautiful. Below, we’re sharing our best shampoos (and conditioners) for colored hair—all available at the drugstore—along with the best hair care products to pair with them. Plus, we’ve got tips for taking care of and styling color-treated tresses.
Go ahead and stow away your old hair care products—there’s something else deserving of their spot in your shower routine. Replace those soon-to-be forsaken products with one of our best shampoos for colored hair, which we’ve listed below. Find the best color-safe shampoo for you by picking a formula based on your biggest hair care concern!
If you have brassy hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Shampoo, paired with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Conditioner. Together, this shampoo and conditioner for colored hair work to hydrate and neutralize brassy yellow and orange tones in blonde, bleached, highlighted, and silver hair.
If you have frizzy hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo. Used in conjunction with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner, this shampoo for colored hair gently cleanses frizz-prone hair to protect against humidity and long-lasting frizz control.
If you have dry hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo. Used with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner, this shampoo for dry, color-treated hair deeply replenishes dry hair with moisture, leaving it with lush-touch softness and luminous shine.
If you have blonde hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment. The trio balances blonde hair and neutralizes brassiness in just one use while hydrating over-processed hair for pure shine and a soft, luxurious touch.
If you have flat hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo. When used with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner, the color-protecting shampoo perfectly conditions and revives fine, flat hair, infusing strands with luminous shine and lasting volume.
If you have thinning hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo. Our best shampoo for fine, color-treated hair, this pick should be paired with the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion. Used together, the system for thinning hair fortifies fragile, thin hair to promote thicker-looking locks.
If you have damaged hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo. One of our best shampoos for color-treated hair, when used in conjunction with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm, this color-safe shampoo for damaged hair helps strengthen fragile hair while protecting it from environmental damage and daily color aggressors.
If you have dandruff…try the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Balancing Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub. Together, the anti-dandruff shampoo and scrub can help restore scalp balance and help stop the scalp itching, irritation, and flaking associated with dandruff.
If you have curly hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo, pairing it with the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Conditioner. This shampoo and conditioner for colored hair will quench your mane for soft, manageable, and hydrated curls without frizz and weigh down, resulting in long-lasting curl definition.
If you have chemically straightened hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner. When used in conjunction, the system for chemically straightened hair cares for the essential protein and keratin that is found in hair, repairing, smoothing, and improving hair's texture.
If you have a bold hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo, along with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. The trio, complete with a color-protecting shampoo, conditioner, and mask, instantly repairs dry, damaged, color-treated strands for nourished, protected hair and vibrant, lasting color. It protects against color fading, making it the ideal system for those with a bold hair color, such as red, which tends to be prone to fading quickly.
Ready to get clean? Now that you know about our best shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair, here’s how to put them to good use.
Don’t try to suds up your hair without getting it wet first. Spend a few minutes in the shower making sure your strands are completely soaked before breaking out your shampoo.
Massage the shampoo onto your mane, building up a lather, then rinse out.
After shampooing, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair. Leave the conditioner on for the amount of time specified on the bottle, usually one to three minutes, making use of that time to wash your body or shave your legs, then rinse out.
Once or twice a week, you can skip conditioner, replacing it with a hair mask for color-treated hair. Let the hair mask sit for the allotted time, then rinse.
There’s a lot more to caring for colored hair than picking the right shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. Consider these tips when trying to show your dyed hair a little TLC:
Quick, turn down the temperature! Ultra-hot water may feel relaxing when you’re in the shower, but super-high temperatures can strip hair of essential oils, which can leave your color-treated hair feeling drier and looking duller. Next time you find yourself under the shower’s stream, adjust the dial and rinse off in lukewarm water instead.
It’s time to embrace your natural texture and give your hair a break from heat tools. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean your hair has to be any less stylish. To opt-out of heat styling without forgoing amazing hairstyles, apply a texturizing hair mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, to damp hair. After giving your hair a few good scrunches, allow it to air dry. You’ll be left with beautiful, defined texture—without using any heat.
No matter how diligent you are in taking care of your new hair color, eventually, your hair will grow, and your roots will show (a blessing and a curse, respectively). That’s when you’ll want to pick up another box of your favorite at-home hair color or head to the salon. If your roots catch you off guard and you can’t touch them up straight away, root cover-up spray is the solution. Spray new growth with the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up or the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Concealer Spray, Blondes with Dark Roots, and your roots will stay safely out of sight until your next shampoo.
Want to learn more about color-treated hair? Head over to our article, Master Class with Jonathan Colombini: An Expert’s Guide to Color-Treated Hair, for your next lesson.
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