'My hairdresser always comments on how long it lasts': Colour-protecting shampoos that actually work

Alyssa Tria
Shopping Editor
The best products for colour treated hair

Those with colour-treated hair know the daunting tasks that come with after-care. On top of touch-ups and toning appointments, there are also the at-home haircare products you need to stock up on. With shampoo being both the most commonly used hair care product and the main culprit for fading and dryness, washing your hair can also come with a price. Yeah, because dying your hair isn’t cheap!

Shampoos for colour-treated hair aren’t one-size-fits all, which is why we’ve rounded up the best ones to help maintain and protect your colour until your next appointment. Whether you’re dealing with stubborn greys, brassy strands or lacklustre or all of the above), check out our picks that are changing the way we think about at-home hair care.

Nexxus Colour Assure Shampoo

Nexxus Colour Assure Shampoo

“I personally love this product! Works great on dyed hair. Especially for bright colours! I'd say it's great quality and is great for the price, leaves my hair silky-smooth and smelling great from roots to tips,” says one reviewer.

Acting as a protective shield to lock in colour after and during cleansing, this salon-grade shampoo by Nexxus contains white orchid extracts to maintain shine, texture and overall health of hair.

Shop it: $18, Shoppers Drug Mart

Kérastase Bain Chromatique Shampoo Sulfate-Free Shampoo

REFLECTION Bain Chromatique Shampoo Sulfate-Free

This multitasking shampoo gently and deeply cleanses your hair without stripping off its colour and essential proteins to maintain healthy hair. It neutralizes water particles to protect the hair’s colour and vibrancy while finishing the hair with UV filters to protect hair fibres from heat and environmental conditions.

“I have been using this shampoo for several years. I initially bought it because it is sulphate-free. I was very surprised that it lathered so nicely and left my hair so clean, soft and shiny. It doesn’t fade my colour, a truly wonderful thing,” said one five-star reviewer. According to Kérastase, 91 per cent of shoppers recommends this shampoo.

Shop it: $45, Kérastase

Herbal Essences Bio Renew Birch Bark Extract Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Herbal Essences Bio Renew Birch Bark Extract Sulfate-free Shampoo

Botanical hair health endorsed by KEW, this shampoo pH-balanced shampoo has been formulated without sulphates, silicones and/or parabens to gently cleanse and protect all hair types, especially coloured-treated hair.

Shop it: $10, Amazon

Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo

Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo

Designed for tackling unwanted brassy and yellow strands at home, this purple hair shampoo by Matrix is formulated with deep violet pigments that revive the cool tones for both blondes and brunettes. To restore your desired colour, use once a week.
Shop it: $22, Amazon

Love Beauty And Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Oil Blooming Colour Shampoo

Love Beauty And Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Oil Blooming Colour Shampoo

With frequent colour appointments comes the reality of more vulnerable fibres and brittle ends. Made with 100 per cent organic coconut oil, this animal and earth friendly is designed to visibly recharge the health of colour-treated hair which ultimately helps encourage budge-proof colour.

“I have been using this shampoo for a year now, and I won't use any other. My hair is shiny and healthy. No build up and my colour stays vibrant! My hairdresser always comments on how long it lasts. Also, I used to have dandruff — but no more! my scalp is nice and healthy! The best shampoo ever,” says one five-star reviewer
Shop it: $9, Walmart

L'Oreal Paris Color Radiance Shampoo

L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Color Radiance Shampoo

To save you up to eight weeks of colour from going down the drain, this cult-favourite shampoo by L’Oréal helps extends the wear of dyes with its UV protectant formula. While protecting your freshly coloured hair from harsh sunlight, with the help of conditioner, it also replenishes fragile hair fibres with essential nutrients to extend vibrancy.

Shop it: $5 (originally $6), Amazon

Briogeo Color Me Brilliant Mushroom + Bamboo Color Protect Shampoo

BRIOGEO Color Me Brilliant™ Mushroom + Bamboo Color Protect Shampoo

“The one thing I dread the most when it comes to touching up my hair is the colour fade. I love that Color Me Brilliant keeps your coloured hair protected. After using it I didn't see the fade in my colour like I used to. I also saw a difference in my hair as it was silky and my natural waves looked beautiful. I will definitely keep using this product as I can tell a difference in my hair. I most definitely recommend this to everyone​,” says one reviewer.

This shampoo by Briogeo is scientifically proven to keep hair protected from frequent washing thanks to its natural colour-lock complex.

Shop it: $37, Sephora

Joico Color Endure Shampoo

Joico Color Endure Shampoo

By hair colour authority Joico, this shampoo offers both a salon-quality cleanse and colour protection for all shades. Formulated with a multi-spectrum Defense Complex,TM a mega complex of fade-defying Green Tea, antioxidants and UV protectors that fight both the physical and environmental factors it increases colour longevity and reduces tonal change.

Shop it: $17, Shoppers Drug Mart

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo

Suitable for all shades of colour-treated hair, especially blonde highlights, this light purple-tinted shampoo naturally tones your hair as you wash it. Designed with the brand’s Colour-Correcting Technology, it neutralizes brassy, orange tones in just three washes.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo

Shop it: $13, Shoppers Drug Mart

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