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What Are The Best Shampoos For Coloured Hair?

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Nov 042019
By Amy Lawrenson
We reveal why it’s important to invest in a good quality colour protecting shampoo, and how to find the right one for your strands.

If you’re looking for the best shampoo for your colour treated hair then you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to preserving your hair colour, finding the right shampoo is key. If you’ve paid out good money for a colourist to give you the hair hue of your dreams, the last thing you want is for the colour to quickly fade, or worse, turn brassy!

Here we reveal why it’s important to invest in a good quality colour protecting shampoo, and how to find the right one for your strands.

Why does my hair colour fade?

There are a few different factors that can play a part in colour fade:

-    Hot water can cause your hair cuticle to open, allowing precious colour particles to escape your strands.

-    Minerals in tap water can deposit onto the hair and cause your fresh colour to appear dull and lacklustre.

-    Heat styling can also cause your hair cuticles to open leading to colour fade.

Why does my hair change colour?

When you head to the salon for a colour service, your stylist will often use a toner to achieve the perfect cool brunette or creamy. Trouble is, if you’re not looking after your hair at home and using the right shampoo, these toner pigments that your colourist used to neutralise your hair can lift, meaning unwanted brassy or yellow tones can start to peak through. If you want to put a stop to unwanted colour changes, then you need a shampoo that is formulated with colour-neutralising pigments.

Is shampoo bad for coloured hair?

As long as you are using a shampoo formulated for colour-treated hair then, no, shampoo isn’t bad for your hair. Look to shampoos that are super nourishing, packed with colour-neutralising pigments and if you have very vivid permanent colour that you want to maintain, reach for sulphate-free formulas for extra gentle cleansing.

Are professional salon shampoos better than high-street shampoos?

If you can afford to spend a little extra cash on a professional salon shampoo it will be money well spent. Expert colour knowledge is funnelled into all Matrix shampoos and they are formulated to keep your colour looking its bright best. Professional shampoos are also formulated to ensure your hair is kept as healthy as it can be, whilst also giving you that silky, shiny, finish.

Which shampoo is best for colour-treated hair?

Colour treated hair needs a little more TLC than virgin hair, so it is important to choose the best shampoo for your strands. Matrix Color Obsessed Shampoo, is formulated with vitamin E and sunflower oil to keep your strands nourished. It washes away hair-dulling residue and works hard to prevent colour fade. Hair looks and feels strong, while colour vibrancy is maintained. We suggest leaning on Color Obsessed as your main colour-preserving shampoo, but then adding a pigment-rich shampoo into your routine 2-3 times per week to neutralise unwanted tones that can appear in your strands as your colour starts to fade between appointments.

If you have blonde hair:

Neutralise yellow tones in your blonde strands by choosing a purple shampoo like Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo.

See how to brighten up your blonde here: 

If you have dark brunette hair:

To keep rich dark brunette hair looking cool, lean on a green shampoo to cancel out those unwanted warm, red tones. Try Matrix Total Results Dark Envy Shampoo.

Click here to see how you can maintain your brunette balayage at home.

If you have brunette or brunette balayage hair:

Cancel out unwanted brassy, orange tones with a blue shampoo like Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo.

Check out this Brass Off before and after: 

If you have bright creatively-coloured hair:

For anyone with bold colour like purple, green or blue, for instance, you’ll most likely want to keep your colour looking as bright as it did when you left the salon. Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid, is sulphate-free, which means it gently cleans the hair whilst leaving your colour intact.

Not quite sure whether you should be using a blue shampoo or a purple shampoo. Find out more here! 

If you have coloured hair that’s damaged or breaking:

Look to Re-Bond Shampoo, which is formulated with salicylic acid to exfoliate the scalp, gently cleanse strands while nourishing the hair to protect from further damage. Follow with the Re-Bond Pre-Conditoner which contains maleic acid to repair weakened bonds in your strands and finish with the Re-Bond Conditioner,  to nourish and protect the hair, whilst preventing frizz.

Shop the Brass Off range to eliminate orange tones; So Silver range to banish yellow tones; Dark Envy to cancel out red tones in brunette hair; Keep Me Vivid to keep bright colours intact and Color Obsessed to protect against colour fading.

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