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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’re transitioning to, if you have colored-treated hair, it’s a good idea to switch up your hair care routine. That means your regular old shampoo may not cut it anymore. Instead of sticking with what you know, think about trading it in for one that suits your new needs. Below, we’re sharing our best drugstore shampoo for color-treated hair, along with the best hair care products to pair with it. 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 forsaken products with our best shampoo for color-treated hair, the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo. 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 helps strengthen fragile hair while protecting it from environmental damage and daily color aggressors.
Ready to get clean? Now that you know which products—a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask—to use on 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 one to three minutes, using that time to wash your body or shave your legs, then rinse out.
Once or twice a week, you can skip conditioner. On those days, after rinsing out your shampoo, apply a hair mask for color-treated hair. Let the hair mask sit for three to five minutes, then rinse.
There’s a lot more to caring for colored hair than picking the right system of 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-hot water strips 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 spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, to damp hair. After giving your hair a few good spritzes, allow it to air dry. You’ll be left with beautiful, beachy waves—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). That’s when you’ll want to pick up another box of your favorite at-home hair color or head into 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 and your roots will stay safely out of sight until your next shampoo.
Want to customize your hair care routine to your new hue? If you’ve recently become a blonde, head over to our article, The Right Way to Take Care of Blonde, Color-Treated Hair.