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Keep That Dye Job At 100 With These Colour Protection Shampoos

From gentle vegan substitutes to full-blown protection for your bleached dye job, here are the colour protection shampoos to tide you over until your next visit to the hair salon.

Whether you dyed your hair right before the circuit breaker, or did your own touch up at home, you likely want to maintain the fresh dye job for as long as possible. At least until hair salons can go on business as usual with hair dyes, perms, and treatments.

It’s important to note that dyeing your hair can cause your strands to become dry and damaged, especially without proper care and maintenance. To counter this, you should be reaching for colour protecting shampoos. The best colour protecting shampoos will do as their name suggests, they’re typically formulated to be more gentle so as to avoid any colour stripping. The key words to look out for are “colour protecting” or “colour safe”, as these shampoos will help nourish and hydrate damaged hair. Keep in mind that there are also other shampoos that lend colours to your hair to give your hair a vibrant refresh, so give the label a read to ensure that it’s the colour you want.

Here are 20 shampoos specially formulated to help coloured hair last longer.

This article first appeared on Her World. 

Infuse My. Colour Gold Wash Shampoo, $33
Whether you’re looking to maintain your new highlights or trying to revive a washed-out balayage, this colour-infusing shampoo is great for toning honey blonde and other warm coloured tresses. This 100 per cent vegan shampoo also contains no sulphates, parabens of silicone, making it extra gentle on your hair and scalp. Infuse My. Colour also has a range of other colour-infused shampoos to suit your hair colour. Goldwell Dualsenses Color Extra Rich Shampoo, $29
For those with thicker or coarser hair strands, reach for this colour-enhancing shampoo that salons use too. It claims to be “as gentle as water”, and formulated to reduce colour fading and amp up hair’s lustre with every use. Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Wash Shampoo, $40
There’s a reason why this British brand has such a huge cult following. Created by hair gurus Adam Reed and Paul Percival, this genius formula claims to be able to respond to your hair type to nourish your hair optimally. Gentle on scalps, it helps recondition hair that’s been exposed to harsh chemicals and everyday elements, which preserving hair colour and vibrancy. Vichy Dercos Ultra-soothing Color Cleansing Cream, $29
Got a sensitive scalp? This colour-protecting, sulphate-free shampoo is designed to curb scalp sensitivity and soothe itchiness, which works to prevent hair colour from being washed out. L'oreal Everpure Moisture Shampoo, $15.90
Great for dry hair, this 100 per cent sulphate- and paraben-free formula is also vegan and made with natural botanicals like rosemary to be extra gentle to your precious locks while keeping them well-hydrated. It claims to be able to keep your hair colour “pure for up to four weeks”. Rossano Ferretti Splendido Colour Maintenance Shampoo, $65
Expertly crafted with the finest ingredients such as sunflower, linseed extract, and hydrolysed proteins, this richly moisturising and sulphate-free low-foam shampoo luxuriously and delicately cleanses hair while maintaining colour and vibrancy. Rita Hazan True Colour Shampoo, $38
This shampoo also doesn’t contain sulphates and is specially formulated with coconut and botanical surfactants that work to eliminate build-up on your hair while remaining true-to-hue. It also contains rice proteins and moringa seed to thoroughly clean and nourishes your hair. Hask Blue Chamomile & Argan Oil Shampoo, $16.90
If you have bleached your hair blonde, this shampoo touted by Hollywood stylists is said to help banish brassiness while giving your hair a boost of moisture with nutrient-packed argan oil. It’s also infused with a floral fragrance that’s extra alluring and is free of sulphates, phthalates, parabens, gluten and drying alcohol. Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Luminogenic Shampoo Colored Hair, $36
Featuring Shiseido’s unique Color Retention Technology, this shampoo delays colour fade by preventing water from being absorbed, thus reducing the loss of dye and melanin pigments. It also protects your hair from UV rays that can cause hair to discolour. Joico Color-Locking Co+Wash Cleansing Conditioner, $36
This revolutionary 2-in-1 product is best used between your regular shampoo-and-conditioner routine. It features Joico’s unique “whipped technology” which pumps out a rich creamy foam that’s said to not only protect hair colour up to three times longer, but make it twice as resistant to breakage too. Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo, $138
Its powerful anti-oxidant blend of plant extracts, green tea extract, and vitamins A, C and E work to protect hair from free radical damage, while organically-derived babassu betaine extract cleanses hair without washing away colour. Bonus: its invigorating scent is made up of organic ingredients like rose geranium, peppermint, grapefruit, lavender, and ylang ylang. Goldwell Kerasilk Color Shampoo, $40
The shampoo comes with keratin and tamanu oil, which act to keep hair looking lustrous. Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo, $61
This shampoo is infused with nutrient-rich conditioning sunflower oils, which contain vitamin E and essential fatty acids, to cleanse hair gently without stripping it of its colour. Apricot extract, a fortifying blend of vitamins B3, B5, and B6 and a UV-protective filter also aid in making hair colours last longer. Klorane Shampoo with Pomegranate. $18.90
If your hair is badly damaged from years of colour treatments, this gentle sulfate-free shampoo prevents colour from fading while repairing the hair fibre. It’s infused with Pomegranate extracts to help prolong your hair colour’s intensity and radiance, giving you silky tresses. Oribe Shampoo For Beautiful Color, $65
Infused with colour-boosting fruit extracts, hydrating African plant extracts, and free radical-fighting antioxidants, this gentle shampoo helps keep your hair colour vibrant and leave locks smooth and tangle-free. Original & Mineral Hydrate and Conquer Shampoo, $45
This nourishing sulfate-free shampoo hydrates dry and damaged coloured hair with a formula of sweet almond oil, vitamin C, green tea extract, and ProVitamin B5. Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo, $34.99
Feed your hair with the superfood quinoa which contains high protein to help replenish moisture and repair coloured hair from within. It also contains other natural extracts like sugar cane and lemon peel to help boost your hair’s shine and smoothness. Sachajuan Colour Save Shampoo, $36
The shampoo comes formulated with ocean algae extract to help remove build-up in hair while protecting colour pigments. Other benefits: it adds volume and leaves locks silky and shiny. Hanz De Fuko Anti-Fade Shampoo, $30
Vegan and sulfate-free, this shampoo cleans the scalp and moisturises your hair while protecting the colour treatment. Using shea butter and seven powerful plant extracts, it leaves the hair conditioned and nourished while providing anti-ageing results that lock in the shine. Yves Rocher Color Protection & Radiance Shampoo, price unavailable unless stated
The key ingredient here is hawthorn, which protects hair fibres by preventing free radicals from forming after exposure to UV rays. The results: hair colour that lasts longer