What Shampoo Can I Use for Colored Hair?

by Anjelina Tongco

Dyeing your hair a different color is easy. Maintaining that color, though? That’s an entirely different story. Sure, you can keep on using what you already have prior to coloring your hair but that routine won’t guarantee that your hair color will last and will stay vibrant for a long time. 

If you want to ensure that your hair’s vibrant color lasts a long time, you need to take post-color hair care a lot more seriously. Don’t worry, it’s not as overwhelming as it sounds. And while you would benefit from a hair care routine overhaul, replacing everything can be taxing and expensive. 

So, to start, why don’t you replace one item at a time and see how things work out for your colored hair? We suggest replacing your shampoo first before replacing/adding other items from your hair care routine. Here are a few suggestions that are guaranteed to keep your hair color looking fresh all the time. 

  1. Purple shampoo if you’re blonde - purple shampoo is the best shampoo to use if you just bleached your hair and colored it blonde. Purple shampoo cancels out brassiness and keeps your blonde hair looking nice and fresh for a longer period of time. 

We recommend: 

Amika Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo

Biolage Colorlast Purple Shampoo

Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo

  1. Silver shampoo if you have gray or silver hair - just like purple shampoo, silver shampoo is a specialty shampoo that’s formulated to keep gray or silver hair looking fresh for a longer period of time. 

We recommend: 

L'Oréal Professionnel Silver Shampoo

Lakmé White Silver Shampoo

Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Color Freeze Silver Shampoo

  1. Sulfate-free shampoo for any color of hair - if you’re the type to get your hair colored regularly and you don’t particularly stick to just one color, switch to a sulfate-free shampoo instead. This type of shampoo protects your hair color from going dull no matter what color you have on. 

We recommend: 

Redken Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo

BC Bonacure Color Freeze sulfate-free shampoo