There are times natural haired ladies want to switch up their looks and one of the ways we do that is via colouring our hair.
First up, colouring natural hair with commercial dyes isn’t a good idea and can lead to dry, brittle and damaged hair in the long term.
My top recommendation for colouring hair remains henna and indigo if you really want to change up your hair colour.
With a few variations, you can achieve different hues from dark brown to dark red to jet black with henna and indigo.
However, if you still want to go ahead with colour treating your hair with the commercial dyes, there are several things you can do to lessen the damage.
One of the things you can do is using a great shampoo created specifically for colour treated hair.
Can You Use Shampoo for Color Treated Hair?
If you want the colour to last for a long time, then you definitely need to shampoo your hair at some point. However, you need to use the right kind of shampoo.
Shampoos created for colour-treated hair won’t strip the colour. The shampoo will help maintain colour vibrancy and help it last much longer so you need to retouch less.
What Shampoo is Best for Color Treated Natural Hair?
When it comes to best shampoos for colour treated hair, you should stick to natural and/or organic shampoos with nourishing and strengthening ingredients.
You may need some trial and error before you settle on the one that works best for your hair but I’ve narrowed down the choices to the best based on research and my experience.
All of them have accompanying conditioners and I’ve linked to them as well. The next article will go into more detail about the best deep conditioners for colour-treated hair:-
10 Best Shampoos for Colored Natural Hair
This brand manufactures one of my absolute favourite conditioners – Davines OI Conditioner. The Minu Shampoo is rich, foamy and gentle on the hair, providing protection while extending the lifespan of colour-treated hair.
The accompanying Minu Conditioner is formulated with caper blossom extract, jojoba oil, sweet almond, and camellia oil.
Water, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, glycerin, sodium lauroyl methylisethionate, sodium cocoylisethionate, cocamidopropylbetaine, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, acrylates/c10-30 alkalacrylate crosspolymer, benzyl alcohol, pantheol, phenethyl benzoate, coco-glucoside, sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate, glycol distearate, ppg-26-buteth-26, fragrance, sodium benzoate, glyceryl oleate, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, dicaprylether, polyquaternium-53, polyquaternium-7, buteth-3, lauryalcohol, disodium 2-sulfolaurate, amodimethicone/silsesquioxane copolymer, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sodium benzotriazolyl butylphenol sulfonate, trisodium ethylenediamine disucinate, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, linalool, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, trideceth-5, glyceryl stearate, capparis spinosa fruit extract, sodium chloride, geraniol, phenoxyethanol, alcohol, tributyl citrate, tris (tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) citrate, ci 61570 / green 5, ci 60730 / ext. violet 2, ci 19140 / yellow 5.
Davines Alchemic Shampoo Red is ideal for hair with red highlights. This would work great with henna coloured hair and enhance those reddish highlights.
Water, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, glycerin, cocamidopropyl betaine, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, decyl glucoside, panthenol, sodium cocoyl glycinate, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, benzyl alcohol, sodium chloride, fragrance, polysorbate 20, polyester-11, sodium benzoate, sodium pca, polyquaternium-10, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, basic red 51.
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Conditioning Shampoo provides shine and manageability with babassu oil and hibiscus extract while naturally derived surfactants gently cleanse without stripping.
Water/aqua/eau, decyl glucoside, cocoamidopropylamineoxide, polysorbate-20, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium c14-16 olefin sulfonate, acetamide mea, fragrance (parfum), phenoxyethanol, polydquatermium-10, citric acid, benzoic acid, ethylhexel glycerine, glycereth-2 cocoate, citral, citronellol, limonene, linalool, *orbignya oleifera (babassu) seed oil.
Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo contains one of my favourite ingredients ever – camellia sinensis, and it’s high enough up the list to make a difference.
Aqueous (water\aqua\eau) extracts\extraits aqueux:camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel extract, astragalus membranaceus (milk vetch) root extract, schizandra chinensis fruit extract, pinus tabulaeformis (pine) bark extract, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, sedum rosea root extract, rehmannia chinensis root extract, ammonium lauryl sulfate, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate , lauramidopropyl betaine , cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride , babassuamidopropyl betaine, dimethicone peg-7 cocoate , guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride , quaternium-80 , amyl salicylate , isoamyl cinnamate, lycopene, lecithin, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, tocopherol, sucrose palmitate, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, glycol stearate, glycol distearate, polyglyceryl-10 oleate, polyquaternium-7, cistus ladaniferus oil, fragrance (parfum), linalool, geraniol, citronellol , limonene, glycerin, citric acid, sodium gluconate, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone.
Pureology Nano Works Shampoo gently cleanses and promotes shine while making colour last even longer. A little is all you need with this shampoo to make it go a long way.
Pureology Nano Works Shampoo comes with a conditioner, which enhances the nourishing effects of the shampoo.
Aqua / water / eau, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, glycol distearate, divinyldimethicone/dimethicone copolymer, coco-glucoside, glycereth-26, panthenol, parfum / fragrance, sodium chloride, ppg-5-ceteth-20, methyl gluceth-20, polyquaternium-10, amodimethicone, peg-55 propylene glycol oleate, propylene glycol, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, carbomer, c11-15 pareth-7, benzoic acid, sodium benzoate, sclerocarya birrea seed oil, tocopherol, butyrospermum parkii butter / shea butter, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein pg-propyl silanetriol, laureth-9, glycerin, c12-13 pareth-23, benzyl alcohol, c12-13 pareth-3, trideceth-12, helianthus annuus seed extract / sunflower seed extract, phenoxyethanol, methylchloroisothiazolinone, melanin, methylisothiazolinone, sodium hydroxide, citric acid.
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Color Care System Moisture Shampoo is a creamy shampoo that gently cleanses while maintaining colour. It also contains unique UV filters that guard against sun damage.
Use it in conjunction with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisture Conditioner.
Aqua/water/eau, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, behentrimonium chloride, cetyl esters, isopropyl myristate, quaternium-80, polysorbate 20, parfum/fragrance, methylparaben, camphor benzalkonium methosulfate, polyquaternium-37, paraffinum liquidum/mineral oil/huile minerale, benzophenone-3, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, tocopherol, limonene, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, ppg-1 trideceth-6, linalool, rosmarinus officinalis oil/rosemary leaf oil, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol
I discovered Klorane when a hotel in Switzerland gave me one of their conditioners as part of their guest package. I absolutely loved the smell and effects and it’s being a favourite of mine ever since.
Water (aqua), sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, lauryl betaine, decyl glucoside, acrylates copolymer, polyquaternium-22, ceteareth-60 myristyl glycol, alcohol, benzoic acid, citric acid, coco-glucoside, fragrance (parfum), hydrolized wheat protein, phenoxyethanol, polyquaternium-10, punica granatum extract, red 40 (ci 16035), sodium benzoate, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, styrene/acrylates copolymer, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate.
L’anza Healing Colorcare Color-Preserving Shampoo is a creamy rich shampoo that contains strengthening, softening and colour-preserving flower extracts in addition to keratin amino acids.
The product claims it.. “provides maximum colour protection and up to 107% longer-lasting hair colour.” Comes with an equally effective conditioner.
Water/eau (aqua), cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, sodium lauroyl lactylate, silicone quaternium-3, trideceth-12, citric acid, sodium c14-16 olefin sulfonate, sodium benzotriazolyl butylphenol sulfonate, glycol distearate, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, peg-150 distearate, keratin amino acids, entada phaseoloides bark/seed (gugo) extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, centaurea cyanus (cornflower) flower extract, hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus) flower extract, orchis morio (orchid) flower extract, gardenia florida (gardenia) extract, rosa centifolia (yellow rose) flower extract, echinacea purpurea (coneflower) extract, sodium pca, magnesium pca, zinc pca, manganese pca, dimethicone peg-8 meadowfoamate, fragrance (parfum), benzyl salicylate, linalool.
Rene Furterer Okara Radiance Enhancing Shampoo contains okara (derived from soybean pulp) and hamamelis extracts (rich in tannins).
These ingredients strengthen and protect the hair while enhancing colour intensity. Combine with Rene Furterer Okara Radiance Enhancing Conditioner for even better results.
Water, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, lauryl betaine, decyl glucoside, polyquaternium-22, acrylates copolymer, arginine hcl, ceteareth-60 myristyl glycol, citric acid, fragrance, glycine soja (soybean) seedcake extract, glycol palmitate, glycol stearate, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, lysine hcl, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, polyquaternium-10, propylene glycol, propylparaben, sodium benzoate, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, tetrasodium edta, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate.
Keranique Color Boost Scalp Revitalizing Shampoo fortifies the hair strands and locks in colour. It also contains strengthening ingredients like keratin amino complex, biotin, niacinamide, and ginseng.
Keranique Color Boost Scalp Revitalizing Shampoo comes with a conditioner as well.
Water (aqua), disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, lauramidopropyl betaine, peg-7 glyceryl cocoate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein pg-propyl silanetriol, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, glycerin, keratin, hydrolyzed keratin, calcium pantothenate, acetyl tyrosine, arginine, propanediol, zinc gluconate, biotin, niacinamide, glucosamine hcl, ornithine hcl, citrulline, allantoin, bisabolol, zea mays (corn) starch, hydrolyzed soy protein, arctium majus root extract, panax ginseng root extract, ceratonia siliqua (carob) fruit extract, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, zinc pyrithione, curcuma longa (turmeric) root extract, apium graveolens (celery) seed extract, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, methoxy peg/ppg-7/3 aminopropyl dimethicone, quaternium-95, peg-12 dimethicone, linoleamidopropyl pg-dimonium chloride phosphate dimethicone, polyquaternium-7, polyquaternium-11, disteareth-100 ipdi, disodium EDTA, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, citric acid, fragrance (parfum), phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, potassium sorbate.
I have left out a lot of the more popular shampoo brands because they contain sulfates. A shampoo with sulfates is already a headache for healthy natural hair.
Using it on natural hair that’s compromised with colour treatments won’t bode well in the long run.
5 Tips for Making Color Treated Hair Last Longer
Using a shampoo created for colour-treated hair is just a tip of the colour care iceberg. There are still a few things you need to do to make the colour last longer and preserve healthy hair such as:-
1. Pay Attention to Your Hair
Stay hyper-vigilant when you’re colour treating your hair. The damage isn’t always so obvious so every time you shampoo and deep condition, pay particular attention to your ends.
2. Avoid Heat
Avoid heat as much as possible while colour treating hair. Heat increases the possibility of damage. Blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, etc should all be avoided. Opt for roller sets and curl formers instead.
Moisture, moisture, moisture. Do not skimp on moisture. Deep condition your hair every week. The next article will discuss the best deep conditioners for coloured treated hair.
4. UV Filters Important
Colour-specific shampoos all contain ingredients that protect the hair from UV rays, which can fade colour quickly. Ensure the shampoo you choose offers UV protection.
5. Wear Protective Styles
Wear protective styles as much as you can and whatever you do, don’t go swimming with your coloured hair. Wear a swim cap or an updo.
Do you have any other favourite shampoos for colour-treated natural hair? Share in the comments section.
While you’re here, you may want to check out the Healthy Hair Care series, excellent resources covering everything you need to know about healthy natural hair care and maintenance.
Abi delved into the world of hair care after suffering from a bout of severe hair loss. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Natural Oils for Hair and Health, as well as the writer of the Healthy Hair Care Series. She is also the creator of the The Self-Empowerment Network Portal. Read more…