It goes without saying that having your hair professionally dyed may be expensive, so it makes sense to wait as long as you can between treatments. Starting with your shampoo is one of the most crucial measures in extending the life of your hair color. According to expert stylist Brooke Jordan, a co-owner of the Bird House in Gowanus, "Shampoos for color-treated hair will ideally operate in a few crucial (and sort of obvious) ways." First, they must hydrate, but they must never lose color. Christine Thompson, a co-founder of Spoke & Weal and a skilled colorist, offers this crucial shampooing advice: "Shampoo less." Water is the most damaging substance to hair color and will accelerate the fading process more than any other element.
Does anyone have a collection of shampoos they've tried but weren't crazy about buried beneath their bathroom sink? You don't want to consider how much money was squandered. You should therefore be confident that the next pricey brand of color-enhancing shampoo you purchase will genuinely keep your color and leave your locks glossier than before.
I consulted Amanda, Amy, and six other professionals to determine the top 13 shampoos for various color treatments, textures, and hair types. The shampoos they recommend, which range from red to platinum blonde, are listed below.
What we’re looking for
Color-protecting ingredients: Jordan advised me that the shampoos had to (preferably) contain chemicals that deposit or preserve color. For instance, products that deposit purple or blue pigment to counteract brassiness; UV protection to help prevent color loss from the sun; or hydrating and mending components that nurture the hair without robbing it of color.
Sulfate-free: As I've previously explained, sulfates, which are basically detergents in the surfactant family, are what give shampoo that delightful lather. While certain hair types can handle them, those who want to maintain their hair color and health (which has probably been slightly stressed by the application of color) should stay away from sulfates because they can be stripping.
Scent: Shampoo frequently has a fragrance, like the majority of cosmetics. I've listed the fragrances of each shampoo since nothing is worse than having a bad aroma follow you around all day.
Size: If you're on a tight budget, I've taken care to specify how many ounces of shampoo you may purchase for each dollar.