Considering I’ve been dyeing my hair since sixth grade (...we all had an unhealthy obsession with My Chemical Romance, right?), I’ll admit that I started testing colour-safe shampoos loooong before I was a beauty editor. So, since I’ve likely tried out more formulas than the average (sane) human, I figured it was only fair that I dropped some of my knowledge on all of you too. My biggest lesson learned? Just ’cause a shampoo is labeled “sulfate-free” (i.e., doesn’t have the same harsh, stripping cleansers as your dish soap) does not mean it’s the best shampoo for colour-treated hair.
Yup, dyed hair requires even more TLC than you’d assume, and your match made in shampoo heaven totally depends on what color and texture you’re working with. Ahead, I rounded up the 12 very best formulas out there, all of which protect and enhance that pretty little colour of yours.
1. Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo: best colour-safe shampoo for blondes
Ask any colourist for a shampoo recommendation, and they’ll sing the praises of this cult-favourite formula. Unlike your typical shampoo, this one works to repair your hair by re-linking broken keratin bonds in your hair shaft, which means less split ends, frizz, and breakage for you. It’s also particularly great for those with blonde or bleached hair (aka those with hellaaaa damage).
2. DpHue Cool Brunette Shampoo: best colour-safe shampoo for brunettes
Noticing orange or red tones in your brunette hair? Along with silk proteins and hibiscus flower extract (both of which leave your hair ridiculously soft), this gentle shampoo is spiked with deep-blue pigments that neutralise brass on contact. So, uh, yeah—not only does it preserve your hair colour, but it also truly enhances it.
3. Briogeo Curl Charism Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating Shampoo: best colour-safe shampoo for curls
Curls can’t live their best life without moisture, which is why it’s super important to use a gentle yet hydrating cleanser to wash away grease and grime. That’s where this colour-safe shampoo comes in handy—rather than harsh sulfates, it’s loaded with frizz-smoothing amino acids and über-moisturising shea butter. The result? Bouncy curls and vibrant colour.
4. Love Beauty and Planet Murumsru Butter and Rose Blooming Colour Shampoo: best store shampoo for colour-treated hair
I get it, I get it: After spending your rent money on your last hair appointment, the last thing you want to do is buy a crazy-expensive product. This shampoo for colour-treated hair (which, BTW, is formulated with plant-based cleansers and hydrating coconut oil) is proof that good things can totally come cheap.
5. Oribe Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo: best colour-safe shampoo for dandruff
If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients in an anti-dandruff shampoo, you know that they are far from being safe for colour-treated hair (read: sulfates, sulfates, and more sulfates). That’s why I swear by this gentle-but-effective formula from Oribe, which calls on salicylic acid to treat flakes and dry patches without stripping your hair’s moisture, colour, or shine.
6. Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo: best clarifying shampoo for colour-treated hair
If your colour-treated hair is coated with dry shampoo toward the end of the week, you need this clarifying formula in your life ASAP. It gently removes product buildup without stripping or fading your color, and it’s loaded with soothing, hydrating ingredients like avocado oil, jojoba extract, and lavender.
7. Fekkai Technician Colour Care Shampoo: best shine-enhancing shampoo for colour-treated hair
The best part about this shampoo for colour-treated hair (other than the light-pink packaging, which, like, cute) is the formula’s grapeseed oil. Unlike heavier oils that weigh down your hair, grapeseed leaves your hair soft, smooth, and noticeably shiny.
8. Sachajuan Silver Shampoo: best colour-safe shampoo for brass
If your ash-blonde highlights could use a little TLC but you aren’t quite ready to book a touch-up appointment, lather up with this colour-safe shampoo. The yellow-neutralising violet pigments in the formula will cancel out any harsh, brassy tones, while the algae extract strengthens your strands.
9. Living Proof Restore Shampoo: best colour-safe shampoo for dry hair
Hydrate your dry, colour-treated hair with this ultra-moisturising shampoo from Living Proof. A quarter-sized dollop blasts your hair with amino acids that repair damage and dryness while also leaving it squeaky (but not stripped) clean.
10. Christophe Robin Delicate Volumising Shampoo With Rose Extracts: best colour-safe shampoo for thin hair
Rose water is combined with baobab extract in this heavenly scented shampoo that works to volumise and enhance your colour. The formula is super lightweight, so there’s no need to worry about it weighing down your fine hair or leaving your roots with a greasy residue.
11. Together Beauty Love Lather Moisture Shampoo:best clean shampoo for colour-treated hair
This cutely packaged shampoo is 98 percent natural, but unlike the majority of its competitors, it actually cleans your hair. The formula’s cocktail of apple, baobob, and quinoa hydrates even the driest of color-treated strands, leaving behind a ridiculously great scent (think: coconut, warm florals, and lavender).
12. Davines Nounou Shampoo:best shampoo for damaged, colour-treated hair
The hero ingredient in this shampoo for colour-treated hair is fiaschetto tomato, which is looooaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. Translation: Damaged strands will actually love this shampoo, and even feel healthier after a few washes.