When it comes to maintaining your expensive highlights or color, you should invest in quality products. Just as you would dry-clean an expensive dress rather than running it through your washing machine (even on the gentle cycle), it's worth spending a few extra dollars on quality shampoos and conditioners for your hair. Here, we rundown the best products on the market for color-treated hair and tell you why it's worth your buy.
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TKerastase's Bain Miroir shampoo has made it onto many "best" lists over the years, including InStyle Magazine at least two years in a row.
Specially formulated for color-treated hair, Bain Miroir works by coating strands, which protects them from the stripping some cheaper shampoos may cause. Bain Miroir also protects from UV rays and pollutants.
Another great (and less expensive) shampoo for color-treated hair: Matrix Biolage colorcaretherapie. Artec also makes a good shampoo. Go to L'Oreal's website to buy.
Another popular shampoo on the best lists (Allure named it their favorite drugstore shampoo in the June 2008 issue), John Frieda Collection Shampoo comes in three different versions: Sheer Blonde, Brilliant Brunette and Radiant Red. [p] Why it's so popular: Your bathwater likely contains both chlorine and oxidized minerals which can strip hair of color. John Frieda Collection Shampoos are gentle cleansers that removes damaging elements, preventing for example, blonde hair from turning green, while keeping highlights bright and not brassy. Even better, this shampoo won't alter your hair color.
Redheads can benefit from shampoos formulated with henna in them. Brighten locks between colorings with ShiKai's inexpensive Henna Gold Shampoo, formulated just for redheads. Contains natural red henna for a rich color boost.
See photos of gorgeous red hairstyles for inspiration.
A favorite conditioner for color-treated hair, this creamy product helps maintain color, it doesn't strip like other cheaper conditioners on the market. It also has 'light-reflecting' qualities specially formulated for color-treated hair.
A great cheaper conditioner: Dove Moisture Rich Color Conditioner, which you can purchase at any drugstore.