You’ve invested precious pounds into dyeing your hair the perfect shade, but, a few weeks later, bleached blonde highlights are turning brassy or your vibrant red colour starts to look washed out.
Unfortunately, coloured hair has many enemies, whether it’s chemical shampoos, chlorine, heat exposure from those straighteners, or just the sun. Thankfully, there are lots of products out there to help give your hair that little extra bit of TLC to keep your colour bright and your locks in good condition.
From L’Oreal to Nicky Clarke, we’ve tried and tested as many as we could get our hands on to find our ten best products for coloured hair.
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10 best products for colour-treated hair
10 best products for colour-treated hair
1/10 L’Oreal Paris, Elvive Colour Protect Caring Shampoo and Conditioner
If you’re doing coloured hair on a budget, this maintains true colour for a good two-to-three weeks and is great for keeping those greys covered. We couldn’t tell much difference between this and higher-end products. £3.99 each, boots.com
2/10 Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Shampoo
3/10 Bumble and Bumble, Color Minded UV Protective Polish
If you’re a serial sun-bather, this light product is for you. Run a pump through dry hair to protect coloured locks from the elements, particularly damaging UV rays. £25.50, bumbleandbumble.co.uk
4/10 Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and conditioner
This luxurious range isn’t designed specifically for coloured hair but if naturally oily hair means you have to shampoo every day, this will give you beautifully soft and squeaky (literally) clean hair, without drying out your hair or stripping your colour. Shampoo £16.55 feelunique.com Conditioner, £17.25, feelunique.com
5/10 Satinique Color Repair Shampoo and conditioner
This might be more than you’d usually pay for shampoo but you can see the difference; we found it left dyed brown hair looking glossier, nourished and less frizzy. It’s not as fragrant as some, but don’t let that put you off. Shampoo £10.15; amway.co.uk conditioner £10.75, amway.co.uk
6/10 Aussie Dual Personality Styling Shine & Coloured Hair Protection Serum
If your colour is fading, run a small amount of this serum through the lengths of your hair, avoiding the roots, before you blow dry. It deepens colour, adds shine and deals with frizz. £4.99, boots.com
7/10 John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir
A good all-rounder for blonde hair, coloured or natural. It moisturises dry tresses, brightens highlights, smells beautiful and makes detangling an easy task. . . £9.99, boots.com
8/10 Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Shampoo
Blondes, when you put permanent colour on your hair, it lightens your natural colour and deposits an artificial shade to tone it down. This can fade to leave brassy tones. Using a violet-based shampoo and conditioner like this a couple of times a week helps neutralise brassiness. Shampoo £6, philipkingsley.co.uk Conditioner £7.50, philipkingsley.co.uk
9/10 Nicky Clarke, Stop Fade Moisture Mask
Treat dry and colour-stressed hair with this effective mask. Just leave it on damp hair for 15 minutes before rinsing. Use it instead of your conditioner once or twice a week. £22.00, nickyclarke.com
10/10 Lush Shine So Bright
Split ends are a side effect of over-styled, over-coloured or over-heated hair. This divine-smelling moisture balm, made from coconut oil and shea butter, can help prevent future damage. £4.50, lush.co.uk
If you don’t have a lot of spare cash to spend on hair care, L’Oreal Paris’ Elvive Colour Protect Range is our go-to choice for everyday use on any colour hair. But if you’ve got a bit more to invest in maintaining and enhancing that perfect tone, we’d recommend Bed Head Colour Goddess for brunettes and redheads and John Frieda Sheer Blonde for - you’ve guessed it - blondes.
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