The Best Shampoos for Colored Hair in 2021

Read this before you buy products for your colored hair.

Freshly colored hair can completely change your look, give you a better complexion, or change your face shape. Whether you have balayage or pastel-colored hair, the most crucial thing is keeping it healthy (aside from making sure the tone doesn’t fade, of course). Maintaining its vibrancy can be a challenge and requires special care like using shampoo for colored hair.

Every time you take a shower, water strips the pigment, fading your mane’s hue and turning bleached strands brassy. Bleaching can also ruin the hair as it breaks down each strand’s protein to remove color.

With these in mind, hair experts recommend using products like shampoo and conditioner for colored hair that repair damage and preserve radiance.

Looking for the right products for colored hair can be tough. Once you color your hair, you need to exert extra effort in making sure that your hair is well-moisturized and stays bright. You need one that won’t make your hair color fade or turn yellow, so it’s best to use shampoos that are designed for colored hair.

They keep the color from fading and also feature gentle and extra moisturizing ingredients to prevent further damage. Unlike other hair products, most color-safe shampoos are formulated with sulfate-free ingredients (something to keep in mind when looking for hair products, especially for those with bleached hair!) to give chemically-treated hair more vibrancy and combat brassiness. They work best when combined with color-safe conditioner or hair mask treatments. 

We list down the best shampoo for different types of colored hair as well as other hair products that you must have in your beauty arsenal: 

Best for Dark Hair Tones

Hair trends come and go, but blacks and browns always manage to reign supreme. The safest and most work-friendly hairstyles like dark brown hair also require our attention. It might seem low maintenance, but enhancing deep shades does a lot of difference. Choose products with moisturizing ingredients like murumuru butter to maintain your locks’ luster and keep them as soft as natural hair: 

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Colour Shampoo

Keep your colored hair well-maintained with Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Colour Shampoo. As its name says, it has murumuru butter, which is known for its moisturizing ingredients. It makes your hair soft, so your colored hair doesn’t become stiff. This shampoo also has the fragrance of Bulgarian rose, so every bath becomes a refreshing experience.

This shampoo for colored hair is also sulfate-free, which is what you should be looking for when shopping for colored hair products. Sulfates are harsh on colored hair and may cause your hair color to fade. With this shampoo, your balayage or ombre hair is safe, so switch to this once you have your hair dyed.

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Colour Conditioner

Complement your shampoo for colored hair with a conditioner that works just as well. Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Colour Conditioner gives your hair a boost of nourishment and lets the moisture sink in. It helps keep your hair vibrant and healthy and prevents it from looking dull and damaged.

Best for Blonde/Bleached Hair

While pastel and ash hair always get double-taps on Instagram, they are difficult to achieve compared to the darks and reds. Maintaining this kind of hairstyle is another ball game, as blonde or bleached hair is more susceptible to fading, brassiness, and extreme damage. Using clarifying shampoos are also an extreme faux pas–they can strip the pigments and turn the strands into unwanted yellows. 

TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo

Make brassy tones a thing of the past. A known salon brand, the TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo with anti-fade technology helps in maintaining a cool ashy tone, as pastel and gray hair fade and changes hue quickly. It also features jojoba oil that keeps hair smooth and a purple shampoo formula that deposits purple pigments to neutralize brassy hues. Why purple? It’s the opposite hue in the color wheel, so it cancels out and neutralizes unwanted yellow and orange tones. Use this just as you would with other shampoos.

A tip: At least once a week, use this as a toner by keeping this for 15-20 minutes before rinsing. Say hello to platinum hair. 

TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner

Bleached hair requires extra attention so you must never skip the conditioner. Give enough time (about two to three minutes!) to let your hair absorb the deeply nourishing properties and purple pigments of the TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner before rinsing. 

This, together with the TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo, is also recommended for those who have dark-colored hair with brassy highlights! Lights and dark browns turn orange after a few washes so this combination is recommended to avoid discoloration. 

Best for Dry and Damaged Hair

If you already have damaged hair, the thing is coloring it will make your hair lose its nutrients, whether you went to the salon for a dye job or took the DIY route. This is one of the reasons why heat styling is discouraged as it can further promote hair breakage and also fade its color, especially after treatment. Using a conditioner for colored hair and cream with extra moisturizing properties can help! 

Cream Silk Triple Keratin Ultimate Color Protect Conditioner

When shopping for a conditioner to complement the benefits of your shampoo, it’s also important to keep in mind to choose those with extra moisturizing properties because colored hair looks better when it’s not dull.

A favorite is the Cream Silk Triple Keratin Ultimate Color Protect Conditioner, a budget-friendly conditioner for colored hair that gives the hair the three benefits of keratin: keratin relaxers that tame strands, keratin serum that revives damaged strands, and keratin essence that restores shine. Swap this with your favorite color-safe conditioner or use it every day–it’s totally up to you. This is also perfect for those with vibrant hues like reds, violets, and blues. 

Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream

Whether you have colored hair or not, this is a must-have. VO5 Frizz Free Cream helps make your hair soft and smooth. When you feel like your hair is becoming dry in the middle of the day, simply apply a drop of this product to refresh your tresses. It also adds shine to your locks, so you can say goodbye to dull hair. Applying a cream is also a healthy addition to your hair care routine, aside from switching to shampoo for colored hair.

Best for Bold or Highlighted Hair

Next to pastels and grays, vibrant colors like reds and purples seem to lose radiance over time. Since water is bleached hair’s nemesis, your hair color fades every time you wash. To keep your hair radiant and each strand moisturized, we recommend products with ingredients that help the color stick to your follicles.

TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo

Worried about your highlighted or colored hair losing its luster? TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo is your best bet. From the brand’s color care range, this shampoo has anti-fade technology that pumps up hair color so you wouldn’t have to go back to the salon for hair retouching sessions. The range is formulated with Color Radiance Booster to lock in color within hair fibers and jojoba oil to keep hair smooth. This offers a subtle color enhancing effect that shows even a few months after you went for a salon visit. A bang for the buck? Yes, it is. 

TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Conditioner

We’ll help you minimize your salon visits to save precious time and money. Boost the vibrancy of your hair color and make your locks extra smooth when you use this after shampooing your hair. Specially formulated for bright colored hair, the TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Conditioner enhances dyed locks without sacrificing moisture–a huge plus in our books. We’ve read reviews from bloggers saying that they have seen a noticeable difference after just one wash. For best results, let this conditioner sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out. 

Since everyone’s hair is different in texture and color, the answer totally depends. It is best to analyze your hair needs: not because purple shampoo works best in toning your hair doesn’t mean it will lighten unbleached hair. The same goes for other formulas. Don’t be afraid to experiment on these products–that’s the best part about having colored locks, after all! 

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