No matter whether you're a salon regular or prefer to take the DIY route, maintaining your hard-earned hue is a universal desire. And one of the easiest ways to do so? Using the right types of products. "When looking for products for color-treated hair, it's really important to know exactly what you're looking for," explains Kristen Fleming, color director at 3rd Coast Salon in Chicago, Ill. "Highlighted or lightened hair really needs reparative or strengthening formulas, whereas single-process colors need things that will help lock in the dyes and keep the color shiny and vibrant."
Ahead, 8 top-notch product picks to help keep your hair color—and hair in general—looking better than ever.
Olaplex No4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
Fleming says this is her favorite shampoo for hair that’s been highlighted, balayaged, or bleached. These processes can quickly take a toll on your tresses, leaving them weak or brittle—which in turn can make your color look dull and lackluster. This formula touts a unique technology that works to actually repair the protein bonds that are broken when hair is damaged/lightened. Fun fact: There’s also an in-salon treatment in this line, which many colorists incorporate as part of any hair lightening service.