Shampoos/Conditioners that Protect Hair Color?

cbarkstonDecember 10, 2009

Are hair care products really effective in making your hail color last? I can see where a leave-in conditioner with UV protection might help protect it from the sun fading it, but do shampoos and rinse-out conditioners really do anything to protect your chemical hair color? I've tried (been sold) a number of different products that don't seem to me to make any noticeable difference. Any recommendations for products that really do work?

Thanks in advance!

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I don't know if they work or not, but I use them. Gotta use something, right?

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 10:41PM
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Look for a shampoo that doesn't have sodium laurel sulfate;
it's a drying agent that strips the protective layers from your hair.
I found one at Dollar Tree.

When you color or touch up your hair, use a plastic cap, even if the product doesn't call for it;
using the cap will keep keep oxygen from contacting the colorant & oxidizing (stripping) the color.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2009 at 6:58PM
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I use Aveda Color Conserve , have been for years, it works well for me.

I have not found yet a proper sunblock spray to help protect hair against the sun though.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2009 at 6:40AM
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Pureology line is amazing for this. They also have a sinblock hairspray mitchdesj

    Bookmark   December 21, 2009 at 10:48AM
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thanks summie, I'll try to find it at sephora.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 5:57AM
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I don't think they carry it there. I think Target of all places has been stocking a few of these higher end brands. Or some higher ends salons carry it. They have a leave in protectant, S and C and hairspray. They are sulfate free etc. Nice line. Little spendy, but worth it. You use very little which was my mistake. I went through a bottle too quickly. LOL. I was like Seriously? then my stylist told me to use WAY less.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pureology Line

    Bookmark   January 10, 2010 at 11:29AM
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Goldwell products. Definitely not cheap, but you don't need to use a lot. My natural hair colour is (was) auburn - so is now coloured that shade - and as we all know, red fades fast - and my Irish heritage, very thick hair grows like a weed. This stuff is seriously great. I live in Canada and buy it from the colourist - I can only assume it is easy to find in the U.S. (or maybe that is just me because every time I visit the U.S. I am ballistic at the stuff you have that we don't).

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 2:58PM
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I love the Pureology products. I alternate then with Bumble &Bumble.

I have long hair and we play a lot with the color.

I always though salon products were a way too expensive but I finally decided to invest in a couple of giant bottles. I paid around $80 or $90 for those first two bottles. I found that you use so much less of the good stuff that those bottles lasted me two years plus! That's pennies on the dollar I was paying when I was spending around 10 dollars a month on drugstore products.

I've found in my area at least the salon products are cheaper in my salon than they are are Target etc.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 3:57AM
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Rosewest, I hope this helps. My tip stops you from stripping the life out of your hair.
I buy a decent brand of shampoo, like Pantene, then I take half of it out and replace that with water and shake.
I am over 60 and wash my hair every day and color it too. It is shiny and full of body. I just blow dry it straight and use no hair spray.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 3:51AM
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