Although I’ve always been somewhat picky when it comes to choosing a shampoo and conditioner because of my difficult hair type, I recently encountered a whole other issue when I decided to dye my hair red. Like many people, I figured it would be fine to continue using the same shampoo and conditioner I had been using for months. Boy was I wrong! The result was dry, frizzy hair, and major color fading. After coloring my hair once again (much sooner than I thought I would have to) I decided to research and invest in products that are specifically designed for color-treated hair. Hopefully some of these products will save your dye job as well.
- Jasön Color Protect Henna Pure Natural Shampoo: Like all the Jasön products, this shampoo is free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, which can be damaging to your hair. It contains natural henna extract that preserves color and reduces visible signs of fading. The wheat protein in this shampoo also nourishes and conditions your hair while guarding against environmental effects.
- Redken Color Extend Shampoo: This shampoo is hugely popular because it provides awesome results. Whether your hair is dyed red like mine, blonde, or brown, this rich shampoo keeps your color from looking dull or brassy. It also has great conditioning properties that help eliminate frizz.
- Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo and Conditioner: Not only do these products smell amazing, they’re also great for adding shine and moisture to color-treated hair. And unlike many sulfate shampoos, Color Me Happy won’t leave your hair dry or weighed down. Perhaps the best thing about this shampoo and conditioner combo is, you can find it nearly everywhere–online and off–for less than $5 each.
- L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Nourishing Conditioner: I’m willing to try any conditioner that boasts eight weeks of vibrant hair color. And that’s exactly what this one promises. Besides protecting hair and shielding it from fading, this conditioner also nourishes and moisturizes dry, damaged tresses.
- Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner: A great deep conditioner with restorative properties is a must-have for color-treated hair. And I think this is one of the best on the market. Whether your dye job has left your hair dry, damaged, frizzy, or just dull, this deep conditioner gets to the root of all those issues in only 3 minutes.
- Clairol Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner: Is it a shampoo? Or is it a conditioner? It’s both… and more. Not only can this cleanser be used to clean dirty hair, it’s also great for detangling, conditioning, and moisturizing hair. Another benefit of using this cleanser is that it doesn’t contain damaging ingredients, so you can use it several times a week without stripping or fading your hair. In fact, the more you use it, the better conditioned and moisturized your colored hair becomes.
- Redken Color Extend Shine Enrich Serum: At about $20 for less than 4 oz., this product is on the pricey side, but you definitely get your money’s worth. Besides providing incredible protection to extend the vibrancy of your hair color, this serum smooths frizz, seals split ends, and gives your hair a radiant shine.
- John Frieda Color Refreshing Gloss: Designed to be a weekly supplement to your normal hair coloring routine, this product works by boosting color and shine. What I love about this gloss is that it comes in several warm and cool shades, each offering different benefits based on your hair color. For instance, Cool Blonde restores golden tones and eliminates brassiness, while Cool Brunette restores espresso color and eliminates red-orange tones.