14 of the Best Shampoos for Color-Treated Hair - Twitsh

The best shampoos for coloured hair to preserve your freshly-dyed strands


11 of the Best Shampoos for Color-Treated Hair

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.

1. Best overall shampoo for color-treated hair

Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

According to Twitsh colorist Michael Watson, "Color processing of any kind can destroy the bonds of your hair." This sulfate-free shampoo will restore the links disrupted by coloring, gradually restoring the health of dry, damaged, and brittle hair. The proprietor and creative director of FRED Salon, Fred Connors, says that this "game-changing" shampoo also gets rid of frizz. This "will repair, restore, moisturize, and give shine," said Jenny Jacome, a partner at the New Jersey salon Fox and Jane. Watson and Connors concur that Olaplex No. 4 is appropriate for all hair types, especially those who are coping with hair that feels damaged by chemical processing, despite the fact that this product's initial intent was for bleached hair. It's also a terrific option for those who have dyed their hair in an unconventional way and are suffering from the damaging consequences of having dyed their hair pink or violet. Watson suggests using this with Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner for an extra boost of repair. The remainder of the Olaplex bonding system is meant to work in tandem with Olaplex No. 4, according to Jacome. (Strategist contributor Rio Viera-Newton also loves Olaplex; she used the No. 3 treatment to maintain the health and happiness of her double-processed hair.)

2. Best overall shampoo for Fine Hair

Best overall shampoo for Fine Hair

Verb Volume Shampoo

Your hair loses its bounce and structure as it thins out. Sunflower seed extract prevents color fading while keratin, vitamin B5, and copolymers in this volumizing shampoo revive your strands.

3. Best (less expensive) shampoo for color-treated hair

Best overall shampoo for Fine Hair

Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Color Shampoo and Conditioner

Michael suggests the  Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Color Shampoo for people wishing to maintain their color on a budget between sessions. With ethically sourced ingredients like Bulgarian rose and Amazonian murumuru butter, which nourishes hair and adds plenty of shine, this shampoo is made similarly to much more expensive luxury products. Additionally, the formula is cruelty-free, vegan, and plant-based.

4. Best color-safe shampoo for double-processed, bleached blondes

Best  shampoo

Rahua Color Full Shampoo

Blonde hair has a propensity to age with a yellow or green tint. Thompson’s go-to shampoo for preventing brassiness in blonde hair is Rahua Color Full Shampoo, which infuses violet pigment into the hair's cuticle to balance brassiness. She assures him, "It's the purple shampoo you've been looking for." According to Anessa Daviero of Headdress Hair Salon, the chemical-free and plant-based solution also produce a wholesome lather that comes from a coconut oil surfactant rather than a drying detergent, "so it's extremely friendly on the hair."

5. Best shampoo for daily use on color-treated hair

Davines Oi Shampoo

Davines Oi Shampoo

Because of its intense hydration and gentleness, Rahul describes Davines Oi Shampoo as "ideal for people who need to wash their hair every day." She claims that it gives "an iridescence to your color that makes it seem freshly done" and leaves your hair lustrous and silky.

6. Best color-safe shampoo for highlights

David Mallett Shampoo

David Mallett Shampoo No.2: Le Volume

For customers who have had a balayage treatment or are highlighted and need to add an extra dose of moisture following the added stress of these procedures, Gregorio Ruggeri of Salon Ruggeri enjoys this David Mallett shampoo. He claims that despite being as light as a feather, the entire line successfully nourishes, heals, and revitalizes.

7 Best shampoo for daily use on color-treated hair

Rahua Color Full Shampoo

Odele Smoothing Shampoo

Our most recent hair-care passion is a brand-new Target exclusive as if we needed another reason to like the store. Introducing Odele, a play on the Norwegian verb "dele," which means "to share." Everyone in your family may use and appreciate this clean line, which includes natural ingredients, neutral smells, and discreet packaging. Our preferred choice for everyday cleaning that doesn't strip our strands is the smoothing shampoo.

8. Best color-safe shampoo for brunettes

Top Shampoo


This adorable tiny bottle is the perfect size for sampling (and then totally falling in love with). This color-safe shampoo accomplishes both, in contrast to other color-safe shampoos we've tested that claim to be clean but never appear to be. Our most recent sweat session's deep grease is effectively removed, and it also replenishes moisture, leaving our hair beautifully silky and shining.

9 Best Scent shampoo Argan Oil for color-treated curly hair 

Top Shampoo

Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Argan Oil Of Morocco  Repairing Color safe Shampoo 

Who doesn't want herbal essences, I suppose? Throughout most of our adolescence, the enduring scents perfumed our hair (and who can forget those commercials?). But since the start of the new millennium, the venerable brand has significantly improved its recipes. The company's Bio: Renew line, which is EWG-verified and uses botanical components that are obtained ethically and are even recommended by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is particularly noteworthy. The thick, sulfate-free shampoo that cleans even the coarsest and curliest strands without stripping them dry is our favorite; in keeping with the brand's history, it also smells lovely.

10. Best shampoo for color-treated curly hair

Innersense Organic Beauty Hydrating Hairbath

Innersense Organic Beauty Hydrating Hairbath

Thompson advises using this Innersense shampoo for hair that is coarse, curling, and highly textured. It includes a combination of coconut oil, shea butter, tamanu seed oil, and jojoba oil to hydrate hair and essential oils of sage and ylang-ylang to balance and purify the scalp.

11. Best shampoo for fine color-treated hair

Best shampoo for fine color-treated hair

Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse

Kevin Murphy's Angel Wash is what Connors recommends for delicate, color-treated hair. According to him, it contains oat protein, which "adds fullness while protecting color and provides fine hair body and gloss," as well as green tea extract, which "increases hair flexibility." He adds that the packaging's use of recycled plastic from ocean garbage makes it good for the environment and your hair.

12. Best shampoo for oily color-treated hair

Best shampoo for oily color-treated hair

Sachajuan Colour Protect Shampoo

Because the recipe is made to pump hair full of volume and nutrients, Sachajuan Color Protect Shampoo can impart substantial shine to greasy hair without weighing it down. Jordan suggests it, noting that the shampoo is made with a UV protectant and is a "super-gentle cleaner that does not remove color." Sachajuan does include sulfates, according to Jordan, but she still recommends it since the ingredients are created in "small amounts in Sweden" and generate excellent results. Sachajuan is the only shampoo on our list to contain sulfates. I started using this shampoo (after Sachajuan was kind enough to send it to me) when I got my hair highlighted in the fall, and I can state without a doubt that Jordan did not overpromise: My hair looked fantastic after every wash, and my color lasted for months.

13. Best shampoo for dry color-treated hair

Living Proof Restore Shampoo

Living Proof Restore Shampoo

Because it has a reparative ingredient that will "mend your frizz, leaving hair smooth, shining, and healthy," O'Gara refers to this product as her "go-to for dry hair." Living Proof Restore Shampoo will still "build up a good lather" for people who want the clean sensation that comes from a deeper wash without stripping, even though it also features a sulfate-free unique amino cleansing complex, which is normally associated with suds-free. Additionally, it contains phytantriol, which protects the color and lessens harm.

14. Best color-safe shampoo for brunettes

Fanola No Orange Shampoo

Fanola No Orange Shampoo

In order to "keep ahead of the brass that will naturally set in as the oxidation process unfolds in between color appointments," O'Gara normally advises her customers to wash once a week with a toning shampoo. She adores Fanola No Orange, a shampoo with blue pigment for brunettes who battle unwelcome orange tones. She continues, "One to two treatments should softly tone the hair, extending the life of those expensive highlights." But it's recommended to use these shampoos just once a week since using them more frequently might dry out the hair and generate an excess of purple or blue pigment, which dulls the intended hue.

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