Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Rupali Goswami (Beauty Expert) on 09th Oct 2020

Choose The Best Shampoo For Colored hair - How Shampoo For Color Protection Works 

Choose The Best Shampoo For Colored hair

After spending a lot of time and money to get that desired color done on your hair, you would not want to put it down the drain. We all know how expensive it is to get your hair colored and that too the right one.

The trend and style for hair colors keep changing, whether it's platinum blonde, blue, red, grey, brown, black, etc. There are different techniques when we talk about streaks, ombre effect, highlights, bronde, somber, balayage, and many others. 

Why Colored Hair Needs Extra Care 

Colored hair needs specially treated products that focus little extra attention on your hair to last longer. Many people experiment with their hair color and go crazy. Still, hair colors contain harsh chemicals and sometimes bleaching agents that can strip away natural oils from your hair. It can leave your hair looking lifeless and dull, significantly when you are changing your hair color all together like going blonde from a black colored hair and switching to a significant change.  

Did You Know:

The second-largest population of the redheads in the US is around 5 percent. 

How shampoo for color protection works?

How wonderful it is to see the transformative power of hair color. It changes your look and makes you feel confident enough when you step out of the door and see that all eyes are on you.

Using a good shampoo will ensure your hair's protection without quickly fading away from the hair color. Shampoos made for colored hair usually contain lower concentrations of cleansing sulfates. Formulas in these shampoos use special conditioning agents that help to coat your hair's surface to avoid dye molecules from escaping.

The hair color formula contains tiny molecules that enter the cuticles of the hair or outer layer and further goes into the cortex of the hair. Since the molecules are smaller in size, they end up exiting the hair shaft after several shampoos, leaving your hair as it was before the color treatment.

Shampoos made for colored hair are much gentler to use than the regular shampoos. These are specially balanced at a lower pH level to avoid the opening of hair cuticles, and colored molecules can't be washed away as quickly.  

Did You Know:

Hair dyes are filled with a solution of over 500 chemicals. While coloring, you also inhale all those chemical fumes besides just putting it on your scalp. 

Some points to remember: 

1. Don't run for Shampoo: 

Always wait for a few days to shampoo after getting your hair color done, especially if you opt for daring and brighter colors like coppers, reds, vivid or creative colors.

Give your hair some time to oxidize and settle down to avoid stripping away any of the fresh blooms. If you can't do without the shampoo for even a day, you can opt for a dry shampoo.

It takes around 3-4 days for the cuticle layer or outer layer to close fully so that the color molecules can soak up into it, so the longer you wait, the better outcomes you will experience. 

2. Sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners are your friends: 

Sulfate-free shampoos do not contain harsh detergents and irritating chemicals, which can be rough on your scalp. They are considered gentler on the hair than the regular shampoos and prevent your hair from stripping away the color.

Sulfate-free shampoos do not create as much foam as those shampoos containing sulfate but don't worry. They do their magic by cleaning your hair thoroughly as they should. 

3. Try not to wash your hair every day. Reread it!:

You have probably heard this a thousand times, and there's a good reason behind not shampooing every day. If your hair goes to the shampooing process daily, it tends to strip away all the natural essential oils from your hair, causing double work for your scalp to produce more nourishing oils, which can turn into a pretty brutal cycle.

When you shampoo less, your scalp will usually be able to function better, which in turn can be beneficial for your hair color to last even longer because you're not disturbing it always. 

4. For colored hair, you should shampoo twice: 

Rumor has it that shampooing twice washes out your hair color quite faster. Research shows that shampooing your hair twice will help your hair color look more vibrant by removing all that dirt and oils from your hair, resulting in darkening your mane.

In the first wash, shampoos tend to mix up all the dirt and oils in your hair, whereas the second wash ensures to clean your hair and scalp from all that dirt and oils.  

5. Do remember the back of your head: 

This is important for the people who often style their hair in a bun or a ponytail. Whenever you shampoo your hair, make sure you take the suds back to your head, including the crown and below, to get rid of all the dirt and oils and ultimately help hair shine bright in a bun or a ponytail.

Did You Know:

It won't kill you, but hair color can cause discoloration of the skin, making it turn blue or grey. It usually happens because of the lack of oxygen and exposure to some chemicals in the products. 

6. There's no problem in using dry shampoos: 

Excess sebum can result in excess oil production near the scalp and can make your hair colored oily. Dry shampoos colored in hiding the roots. Shampoos like these can also be used to bring back some pigmentation into your hair, which can help you in two ways - to cover grey hair and save your time if you are in a hurry and save the time process of shampooing your hair. 

7. A hair mask is a savior:

It is a crucial step to keep your hair in a healthy and balanced state. Make sure you use a hair mask at least once a week. A hair mask provides proper nourishment and strengthens your hair. Colored hair already deals with many harsh chemicals that can dry it out and make it brittle and irritate. Hair masks ensure that the hair feels recharged every few days. 

8. Keep the temperature check: 

Hot showers feel fantastic, right? It's not the same for your hair. Just like the pores of our skin opens up with hot water, washing your hair with hot water makes your hair cuticles open up, which can allow your color to wash out while shampooing and conditioning.

We are sure that you wouldn't want to see all that color fading away that quickly. Try balancing the water temperature to slightly warm while shampooing and rinse with cold water after conditioning. Warm water helps the shampoo and conditioner penetrate and cleanse the hair, while cold water will help lock the moisture from the conditioner and protect the hair's cuticle. 

9. Leave-in treatments are beneficial: 

Leave-in treatments can be beneficial for your hair and protect them against sun damage, UV rays, and loss of nutrients. Treatments like oils, cremes, serums, and many others can provide beneficial properties to keep your hair safe.

Whether you have curly, straight, wavy, or hair, leave-in treatments work for anybody and everybody to give that extra hydration and smooth effect to the hair. Make sure to look for what contains UV protection, protecting your hair color when you are out in the sun. 

10. Protect your hair before touching it with hot styling tools: 

You must have already understood how heat can damage your hair to a significant extent, whether it comes through the water or your hair styling tools like curlers, straighteners, and blow dryers. Heat can leave your hair damaged by stripping away the hydration and color. To avoid causing these problems, make sure to use a heat protectant spray before you start spoiling them with hot styling tools.

This type of spray will help your hair to reduce moisture loss from inside, smooth out the outside, protect the hair from humidity, and maintain that gorgeous hair color of yours. 

Did You Know:

A combination of copper and chlorine in water can oxidize your hair and may turn greenish.

About the ingredients:

Even if you see shampoos that are marked as safe for color-treated hair, these may contain strong surfactants like C14-16 olefin sulfonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, which may result in damaging your hair and strip away your color easily in just two to three washes.

Instead, look for more gentle and mild cleansing ingredients.  

Did You Know:

Acceptable hair type takes time to absorb the color because of the fair hair follicle, which has less space to fill up than the coarse hair strand. 

By keeping these points in mind, you can put your time and money to fair use and help your hair color stick around longer.

Due to their gentle properties, shampoos made for color-treated hair can be tricky in thoroughly cleansing your hair. Especially if you are an oily haired person, often swim or use many hair products, these types of shampoos won't remove all the products and chlorine from your hair.

People who have dry, potentially damaged hair and are looking to minimize the fading effect from their new hair color are the best candidates for colored hair shampoos.