How to Buy the Best Shampoo for Color Treated Hair

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Protect your color with a shampoo specially formulated for color-treated hair.
Protect your color with a shampoo specially formulated for color-treated hair. (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

You've just spent a considerable amount of time and money coloring your hair to cover your gray or alter your appearance -- protect the beautiful color by using a shampoo for color-treated hair. The best shampoo for color-treated hair will keep the color true longer and promote healthier hair.

Choose a shampoo specifically designed for color-treated hair -- these shampoos clean without stripping the hair strands of color or moisture. Consider mild cleansers with natural ingredients like sunflower, soy protein or citrus to help condition chemically processed hair. Following with a conditioner can help seal in your new color.

Choose a shampoo for color-treated hair that's also designed to extend the amount of time your hair color will last. Products that contain UV filters and antioxidants like vitamin E can prevent premature color fading and protect your hair against sun damage as a bonus.

Look for ingredients like pyrithione zinc if you need a shampoo that also combats dandruff. In addition to the ingredient to treat flakes, however, look for a shampoo with an anti-fade complex to keep your hair color from fading. Ordinary dandruff shampoos can reduce your color's radiance.

Consider hair products tailored to your hair color profile that can temporarily enhance your specific shade. Products that boost color may also include ingredients like jojoba oil and silk amino acids to generate smoother, shinier hair.

Tips & Warnings

  • When drying and styling color treated hair, consider applying a thermal protecting hair conditioners before subjecting your strands to the heat of blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons which can increase dryness and dull the shine of color treated hair.

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