'My hairdresser always comments on how long it lasts': The best colour-protecting shampoos

Alyssa Tria
·Shopping Editor

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Best shampoos for colour-treated hair
Best shampoos for colour-treated hair

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Those with colour-treated hair know the daunting tasks that come with after-care. On top of touch-ups and toning appointments, there are also the at-home haircare products you need to stock up on. With shampoo being both the most commonly used hair care product and the main culprit for fading and dryness, washing your hair can also come with a price.

Shampoos for colour-treated hair aren’t one-size-fits-all, which is why we’ve rounded up the best ones to help maintain and protect your colour until your next appointment. Whether you’re dealing with stubborn greys, brassy strands or lacklustre or all of the above), check out our picks that are changing the way we think about at-home hair care.

Nexxus Colour Assure Shampoo

Nexxus Colour Assure Shampoo
Nexxus Colour Assure Shampoo

“I personally love this product! Works great on dyed hair. Especially for bright colours! I'd say it's great quality and is great for the price, leaves my hair silky-smooth and smelling great from roots to tips,” says one reviewer.

Acting as a protective shield to lock in colour after and during cleansing, this salon-grade shampoo by Nexxus contains white orchid extracts to maintain shine, texture and overall health of hair.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $17

Kérastase Bain Chromatique Shampoo Sulfate-Free Shampoo

REFLECTION Bain Chromatique Shampoo Sulfate-Free
REFLECTION Bain Chromatique Shampoo Sulfate-Free

This multitasking shampoo gently and deeply cleanses your hair without stripping off its colour and essential proteins to maintain healthy hair. It neutralizes water particles to protect the hair’s colour and vibrancy while finishing the hair with UV filters to protect hair fibres from heat and environmental conditions.

“I have been using this shampoo for several years. I initially bought it because it is sulphate-free. I was very surprised that it lathered so nicely and left my hair so clean, soft and shiny. It doesn’t fade my colour, a truly wonderful thing,” said one five-star reviewer. According to Kérastase, 91 per cent of shoppers recommend this shampoo.

SHOP IT: Kérastase, $45

Ice Cream No Yellow Shampoo

Ice Cream No Yellow Shampoo
Ice Cream No Yellow Shampoo

Effectively neutralizing the yellow effect on blonde, bleached, and grey/silver hair, this dark purple-tinted shampoo, infused with silk proteins and grape extracts, acts more like a home-toner treatment than a cleanser. We recommend you use this once every two weeks in between washes.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $8 (originally $10)

Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo

Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo
Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo

Designed for tackling unwanted brassy and yellow strands at home, this purple hair shampoo by Matrix is formulated with deep violet pigments that revive the cool tones for both blondes and brunettes. To restore your desired colour, use once a week.

SHOP IT: Ulta, $14

Love Beauty And Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Oil Blooming Colour Shampoo

Love Beauty And Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Oil Blooming Colour Shampoo
Love Beauty And Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Oil Blooming Colour Shampoo

With frequent colour appointments comes the reality of more vulnerable fibres and brittle ends. Made with 100 per cent organic coconut oil, this animal and earth-friendly is designed to visibly recharge the health of colour-treated hair which ultimately helps encourage budge-proof colour.

“I have been using this shampoo for a year now, and I won't use any other. My hair is shiny and healthy. No build-up and my colour stay vibrant! My hairdresser always comments on how long it lasts. Also, I used to have dandruff — but no more! my scalp is nice and healthy! The best shampoo ever,” says one five-star reviewer

SHOP IT: London Drugs, $8 (originally $11)

OLAPLEX No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

OLAPLEX No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
OLAPLEX No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

A hairdresser-recommended formula, this is a highly moisturizing, reparative shampoo that leaves hair easy to manage, shiny, and healthier with each wash. The No. 4 shampoo repairs and protects hair from everyday stresses—including damaged hair, split ends, and frizz—by re-linking broken bonds. it is colour-safe and proven to reduce breakage and strengthen all types of hair.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $38

Briogeo Color Me Brilliant Mushroom + Bamboo Color Protect Shampoo

BRIOGEO Color Me Brilliant™ Mushroom + Bamboo Color Protect Shampoo
BRIOGEO Color Me Brilliant™ Mushroom + Bamboo Color Protect Shampoo

“The one thing I dread the most when it comes to touching up my hair is the colour fade. I love that Color Me Brilliant keeps your coloured hair protected. After using it I didn't see the fade in my colour like I used to. I also saw a difference in my hair as it was silky and my natural waves looked beautiful. I will definitely keep using this product as I can tell a difference in my hair. I most definitely recommend this to everyone​,” says one reviewer.

This shampoo by Briogeo is scientifically proven to keep hair protected from frequent washing thanks to its natural colour-lock complex.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $37

Joico Color Endure Shampoo

Joico Color Endure Shampoo
Joico Color Endure Shampoo

By hair colour authority Joico, this shampoo offers both a salon-quality cleanse and colour protection for all shades. Formulated with a multi-spectrum Defense Complex, a mega complex of fade-defying Green Tea, antioxidants and UV protectors that fight both the physical and environmental factors it increases colour longevity and reduces tonal change.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $15 (originally $17)

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo

John Frieda Violet Crush Purple Shampoo
John Frieda Violet Crush Purple Shampoo

Now with available in new packaging, this fan-favourite shampoo is suitable for all shades of colour-treated hair, especially blonde highlights, this light purple-tinted shampoo naturally tones your hair as you wash it. Designed with the brand’s Colour-Correcting Technology, it neutralizes brassy, orange tones in just three washes.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $13

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