Everyone with color-treated hair knows there’s nothing quite like that vibrant, fresh-from-the-salon hue. But, they also know the disappointment of watching tresses fade and fizzle to less-than-sublime status. While most of us can agree that a colorist’s professional hand is non-negotiable, it turns out there’s plenty you can do to protect and preserve the integrity of your color between appointments.
The products you use on your color-treated hair – specifically your shampoo – can make a world of difference when it comes to issues like premature fading, split-ends, brassiness and other common ailments associated with color-treated hair.
Sulfates are one of the most important ingredients to avoid if brilliant color and healthy strands are your end game. This particularly harsh ingredient is common in drugstore shampoos. Fabian Lliguin, Founder and CEO of Rahua says, “sulfates are harsh cleansers that tend to not only strip hair color but also strip away natural oils in the hair and scalp.” Because dyes alone can be drying and damaging, choosing nourishing and fortifying products is of the utmost importance. In addition to avoiding sulfates, look for chemical-free products with UV protection and all natural ingredients.
Below are some of your best bets when it comes to safeguarding color-treated hair!
1. NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Repair $14.00
Specifically for treatment of dry or brittle hair. This shampoo combines bamboo stem cells, smart keratin and prickly pear oil to infuse hair with nourishment, leaving it smooth and freshly-scented.
2. Rahua Voluminous Shampoo $34.00
Rahua’s Voluminous Shampoo will keep color-treated hair healthy, strong and shiny. Rahua oil, with its exceptional small molecular size and positive polarity, helps push color pigments into the hair, while Amazonia lilac clay and beta-carotene particles add color pigments with every wash.
3. Hairprint Amla Shampoo Nourishing Formula $22.00
This volume-boosting shampoo contains Amla, a natural ingredient clinically proven to promote thickness. Free of harsh chemicals and sulfates, this formula soothes the scalp, prevents dryness and deep conditions, making it a perfect option for all hair types.
For Thick Hair
4. Innersense Hydrating Hairbath $28.00
Created with your thick hair in mind! This silicone-free shampoo is intensely moisturizing, luxuriously creamy and provides much-needed hydration to stressed, parched hair.
5. O&M Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo $35.90
Specifically formulated for blondes, this beautiful silver shampoo is infused with aloe vera and desert lime to revive your strands and stave off brassy, dull tones. A salon-quality concoction free of toxic ingredients and brimming with radiant possibilities.
For Curly or Frizz-Prone Hair
6. Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating Shampoo $24.00
This hydrating shampoo is specifically formulated for curly, color treated hair. The three-in-one action fights fly-aways, boosts curl definition and provide essential moisture. Natural ingredients include tomato fruit ferment, which seals the cuticle and allows for uniform curl formation while removing pesky build-up.
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