There's no sugar-coating it: getting your hair colour done in a salon can be expensive. 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, and the last thing you want to do is waste a load of money when your new colour vibrancy fades within a few weeks.
The secret weapon you need to deploy in your haircare arsenal, then, is this: A shampoo for coloured hair.
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 is the best shampoo for coloured 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.
'If you do colour your hair, it is essential that you use the right products – and by this we mean products that are specifically created for colour treated hair,' says hairstylist Jo Hansford. 'These products should not contain sulphates, which strip the colour out more quickly,and also have added ingredients that are conditioning and nourishing to care for the colour and enrich it.'
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.
23 of the best shampoos for coloured hair
1.Best shampoo for coloured hair that is damaged
The Larry King Good Life Shampoo is equivalent of a green juice for your hair, this shampoo is great for coloured hair because leaves 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. Best afro shampoo for coloured hair
The Flora & Curl, African Citrus Superfruit Shampoo is a nutrient-rich botanical formula that 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. Best shampoo for coloured hair if you use bleach
This is formulated without hair-stripping and depositing ingredients, this deeply cleansing shampoo is best for coloured hair because it 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.
4. Best shampoo for coloured hair that is dry
Damaged hair can fade colour – fast. This gentle shampoo strengthens strands and is specially formulated for colour and chemically-treated hair.
5. Best shampoo for coloured hair that is brittle
Designed to lock in colour, this shampoo marries nourishment and colour-preserving properties. It's ph-balanced and sulphate-free, while the formula works on a follicle level to build strength from within to reveal stronger, healthier hair while closing the cuticle to add next-level shine. Clever.
6. Best shampoo for coloured hair extensions
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.
7. Best shampoo for coloured hair that prevents fade
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.
8. Best natural based shampoo for coloured hair
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.
9. Best shampoo for coloured hair with UV filters
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.
10. Best shampoo for coloured hair that is curly
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.
11. Best shampoo for coloured hair that is blonde
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 distance, whether it's bright blue or hot pink.
12. Best shampoo if you're new to coloured hair
Damaged locks from first time dying? You might want to try Joico's high-tech Colour Therapy Shampoo, stat. Expect improved shine and elasticity from the get-go all while nourishing your strands and preventing colour loss in the long run.
13. Best holiday shampoo for coloured hair
Packed with a nourishing blend of antioxidants, this powerhouse shampoo works to defend strands against a variety of damaging and dulling external factors – think heat, UV rays, pollution, chlorine and sea salt. Hair is left strengthened and clean, with your colour as vibrant as when you first left the salon.
14. Best shampoo for coloured hair that's brunette
Colour treatments are so often catered towards blondes, but this clever shampoo is formulated specifically for brunettes in mind. It knocks out brassy, orange tones in brunette locks, leaving your hair rebalanced and revitalised.
15. Best shampoo for coloured hair that is long
With its nutrient-rich formula packed with sea kelp, marine algae and Aloe Vera, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is a skincare product. Alas no. The nourishing shampoo is perfect for deeply hydrating colour-treated hair, leaving your locks silky and colour fresh.
16. Best sulphate free shampoo for coloured hair
Nourishing and moisturising, this no-sulphate formula offers protection against the UV rays as well as other external sources of harm, leaving hair feeling healthier and shinier than before.
17. Best everyday shampoo for coloured hair
The everyday shampoo and conditioner range has been developed by Jo Hansford herself and is proven to keep hair colour lasting for an average of 30 times more than standard products. Impressive.
18. Best luxe shampoo for coloured hair
Whether you bleach your hair at the salon or simply want to refresh your natural locks without turning to peroxide highlights, Oribe's Bright Blonde Shampoo has you covered. The hefty price tag means you can expect hardworking ingredients and visible results. Trust us when we say, it's one of the best blonde boosters around.
19. Best shampoo for coloured hair that's tonal brown
Light to medium brown hair tones – this one's just for you. L'Oreal's new toning shampoo helps neutralise unwanted brassy tones to leave your locks looking soft, shiny and fresh out of the salon... all from the comfort of your home.
20. Best shampoo for coloured hair for a deep cleanse
This shampoo is great for greasy hair as its works to lift away grime and oil without removing any colour from your strands.
21. Best shampoo bar for coloured hair
Perfect for weekend breaks or post gym sesh, this compact shampoo bar can be deployed when you lug around a big bottle. It's also much more environmentally friendly so worth switching over to in the long run.
22. Best shampoo for coloured hair that is dull
Looking to make your colour last longer in between salon visits? This high tech shampoo helps to keep colour looking vibrant for that little bit longer thanks to Quaternium and Beeswax, which fight against dullness.
23. Best shampoo for brightly coloured curly hair
Specifically designed with coils in mind, this colour safe shampoo works to remove dulling particles from the hair, making your hue look richer and vibrant.
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