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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 blonde hair to red hair. Regardless, if you have colored 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, think about trading it in for one that suits your new needs, a.k.a. a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask for color-treated hair. Below, we’re sharing our best shampoo for colored hair, along with the conditioner and hair mask you should use alongside it. Additionally, we’ve got tips for taking care of and styling color-treated hair, too.
Go ahead and stow away your old hair care products and grab a shampoo for colored hair. We’re talking about the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo. Used it in conjunction with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. The Color Vibrancy Intensive system helps nourish hair and protect color.
Ready to get clean? Now that you know which products—shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask—to use on color-treated hair, here’s how to put them to good use.
Step 1: Wet your hair. 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 wet before breaking out your shampoo.
Step 2: Shampoo. Massage our shampoo for colored hair onto your hair, building up a lather, then rinse out.
Step 3: Condition or use a hair mask. After shampooing, apply a generous amount of our conditioner for color-treated hair onto your hair. Leave the conditioner for 1-3 minutes, using the time to wash your body or shave your legs, then rinse out. Once or twice a week, you can skip conditioner. On those days, apply our hair mask for color-treated hair after rinsing out your shampoo. Let the hair mask sit for 3-5 minutes, then rinse out.
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.
1. Wash with lukewarm water. Quick, turn down the temperature! Ultra-hot water may feel relaxing while you’re in the shower, but super-hot water can strip your hair 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.
2. Rock air dried styles. 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 but still have hair with serious style, apply a hair cream, hair mousse, or hair spray to damp hair, then allow to air dry the rest of the way. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray.
3. Disguise unsightly roots. 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. Still, sometimes roots will catch you off guard, and you won’t be able to touch them up straight away. That’s where root cover-up spray comes into play. A few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up and your roots will safely out of sight until your next shampoo.
What’s next? Find out what hair care system you should be using if you’re sporting a brand new blonde shade, with our article, The Right Way to Take Care of Blonde, Color-Treated Hair.