Now that the salons are back in business you're probably sporting freshly coloured locks and boy what a beauty high, right?
Whether you've opted for a hot pink hue, warm chestnut tones, or bleach blonde locks, chances are you dropped around £1oo on your new do, so the last thing you want is for your colour to fade faster than your hopes of a holiday abroad this year.
The secret weapon you need to deploy in your haircare arsenal? A colour care shampoo of course. To make it easy for everyone and their manes, WH has listed the best shampoos for coloured hair so that you can stop shade fade in its tracks. But first, some FAQs.
Which shampoo is best for colour treated hair?
This is going to depend on the texture of your hair (whether you have 4C, tightly coiled Afro strands, or fine and wispy European locks), as well as on the colour you've chosen – peroxide blonde locks will likely need a different shampoo to golden highlights.
What happens if you use normal shampoo on coloured hair?
Certain ingredients in normal shampoo formulas – such as those that help the product to lather – can potentially strip some of the dye from your strands. The result? You could be looking at a duller shade, or one that becomes brassy.
13 best shampoos for coloured hair
1/ Larry King, Good Life Shampoo
The equivalent of a green juice for your hair, this shampoo leave locks feeling healthy and revitalised thanks to green tea extract, Biotin and Vitamin B5, which provide long lasting moisture and prevent colour treated damage and fade.
2. Flora & Curl, African Citrus Superfruit Shampoo
This nutrient-rich botanical shampoo is brimming with moisturising Aloe Vera as well as revitalising oils of Morrocan Argan Oil and Sweet Almond Oil to infuse curls with moisture so that they're able to hold on to their colour for longer.
3. Pureology Clean Volume Colour Care Shampoo
The shampoo calls upon the power of Aloe Water, which adds fullness to hair, absorbs oils and retains moisture, while Soy Protein and an unique anti-fade complex ensures your shade goes the distance in between appointments. It's winner if you've got thin, coloured hair.
4. COLOR WOW Color Security Shampoo
Formulated without hair-stripping and depositing ingredients, this deeply cleansing shampoo washes away daily grim build-up from styling products – without stripping hair of its colour. It works wonders on those who pray at the alter of bleach blonde hair.
5. Living Proof Colour Care
Hard water is one of the main culprits for causing your colour to lose its boldness. Thankfully this clever formula protects against that sort of damage.
6. Kerastase Reflection Bain Chromatique Riche
This brilliant formulation fights colour fade in two ways, firstly it's innovative complex helps to stop external aggressors such as pollution, UV light in their tracks. Secondly, a dose of rice bran oil amps up light refraction, so colour appears stronger and more vibrant.
7. Redken Colour Extend Magnetic Shampoo
The hair pros at Redken have created a formula that includes a Charge Attract Complex, meaning it works to reinforce the internal structure of the hair so that it can hold onto colour for longer.
8. Wella Professionals Care Color Motion Color Protection Shampoo
Fighting against the three keys signs of colour fading, this anti-oxidant brimming shampoo offers up to eight weeks of colour protection. Now that's impressive.
9. Aveda Colour Conserve Shampoo 250ml
Calling upon some of nature's finest botanicals, this organic shampoo is formulated without sulphates, so it's kinder to coloured strands. It's smells glorious, too.
10. OGX Fade-Defying + Orchid Oil Shampoo
UV rays are one of the main culprits when it comes to dialling down your colour. This oil infused shampoo, harnesses orchid and grape seed oil as well as sun filters to lock in colour for longer.
11. Dizziak hydration wash
The very nature of hair colouring means that hair will always be dry. Enter Dizziak, which serves one hell of a hydration hit for afro hair types – although it works its magic on any mane in need of a serious drink.
12. BLEACH LONDON Live Forever Shampoo
The ladies behind hair empire Bleach London know a thing or two about hair, so you can trust this shampoo to help your colour go disance, whether it's bright blue or hot pink.
13. Joico Colour Endure Shampoo
Even after a whopping 18 washes, 86% of your hair colour will be preserved if you add this shampoo to your haircare routine. Made with red hair colours in mind it maintains 88% of colour between treatments. Genius.
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