Color treated hair needs it’s own specific formulations — after all, it’s been damaged yet somehow needs to retain it’s salon fresh color. Confused? Allow us to bring you our top picks for color treated hair to make it all a little easier.
We’re sure you’ve had the same dilemma, HollywoodLifers: you dye your hair and it looks great — for a few weeks. Then it’s suddenly dull and lifeless. So, you dye it again but the cycle just continues! Turns out that color-treated hair needs a little TLC — and that requires special color-care formulations that leave your hair not only vibrant, but super healthy too. Be sure to check out all our top picks in the gallery below.
Colored Hair Products — Best Hair Color & Protectants
With hair color protection, it’s best to start at the root of the problem — literally, at your roots. Not all hair dyes are created equal and some can totally strip your hair of moisture and vitality. So when we color our hair at home, we like to use formulas like Revlon Luxurious ColorSilk Buttercream. This dye is ammonia free, and has mango, shea, and coconut butters to nourish our hair.
Once we’ve dyed our hair, it’s up to us to make sure we’ve locked in the color. Our favorite way to do this is with a daily spray or cream treatment. Before styling, spray with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Spray Color Protect. This will keep the heat of styling tools from stripping your new hair color. RUSK Deepshine Color Care Lock-In Treatment seals your hair from harmful UV rays that fade hair color. Aveda Color Conserve Daily Color Protect does the same job, just in a lotion formulation.
Shampoos & Conditioners For Color Treated Hair
It’s also important to make sure you’re using the right shampoo and conditioner when you have color treated hair. Some shampoos can actually strip color from hair and not all conditioners are nourishing enough for damaged, color-treated strands.
We love Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Shampoo & Conditioner. Thanks to the infused argan oil and keratin, this shampoo and conditioner are ultra gentle and nourishing. Plus, this line not only protects against color stripping, but also UV hair damage. Also great is KMS California Color Vitality Shampoo & Conditioner. It leaves hair color intact in the shower as well as boosts overall hair luster. For those of us looking for sulfate-free color protection, look no further than Yes To Cucumbers Color Protection Shampoo & Conditioner.
Best Long-Term Color Care
Of course, many of us don’t dye our hair for a short period of time. For many of us, color treated hair is just a way of life — whether it be for gray coverage or just having a dull, natural shade of hair. Since color care is a lifelong struggle for many, make sure you’re using protective and restorative long-term treatments. We love Living Proof restore targeted repair cream because we can use it on wet or dry hair to reverse damage and add moisture. Also fantastic is Bosley Bos Defense. This three-step system gradually thickens hair over time — perfect if your hair has been thinned out and damaged from constant dye jobs.
Tell us what you think of our top picks below, HollywoodLifers!
— Sarah Hopkins
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