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There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing shiny, healthy-looking hair. More and more of us are adding color, whether to give dimension, go in a bold new direction, highlights or just plain cover the gray. If you get your hair colored in a salon, you know it’s a considerable expense…so protecting our color-treated hair is key.

Rita Hazan

For well over a decade, Rita Hazan has established herself as one of the most sought-after colorists in the world, known for setting beauty trends and reinventing celebrity looks. Hazan’s expertise as a colorist draws in loyal clientele who entrust her with their hair. She took a few minutes to give Beauty411 readers tips on preserving and maintaining our color-treated hair.

Rita suggests that we use always use a shampoo and conditioner that are sulphate-free and made for color-treated hair. Make sure to apply a color-protecting mask or treatment 1-2 times per week. And finally, use a product that has UV protectant in it if you live in a sunny environment or spend time in the outdoors.

I’ve been trying out products that can help with preserving color-treated hair and here are some of the best I’ve found. I really feel like I’ve seen an improvement in my hair since starting my testing over the past 6-8 weeks and my colorist agreed.

 Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Shampoo-Conditioner

New Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Shampoo and Conditioner has Argan oil essences in it, so hair is conditioned, soft and manageable. I found I only need to use about a dime-sized portion; any more and my hair was a little too soft. Overall, a nice option for all hair types. I love the shine!

black 15in1 shampoo-conditioner

For a sulphate-free option, I’ve been trying and liking black 15in1 Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner. These products are sulphate and paraben-free and have a blend of high quality ingredients to nourish and protect hair. Key ingredients include Panthenol B5 to protect and add sine to chemically processed hair, as well as Amino Acids and UV-filters. I’ve been so impressed with this line!

Alterna Caviar CC Cream

CC Creams are not only just for skin any more. Alterna Haircare has introduced Caviar CC Cream for hair. It’s a multi-benefit “complete correction” leave-in treatment and styling cream. I’ve used it both on towel-dried and dry hair and have been really pleased. Caviar CC Cream offers 10 different benefits for hair, including heat protection, shine and anti-breakage.

Pureology Colour Fanatic

New Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier Spray from Pureology provides 21 benefits for hair! It primes, protects and perfects hair by protecting from color fading, preventing breakage, protecting from heat and shielding against environmental damage, seals the hair cuticle and more. The formula has Fennel Seed Extract and antioxidants to protect hair, a natural oil blend and hair fortifiers and thermal protectants. It’s a good option if you like an “all-in-1” product.

Biolage Exquisite Strengthening Oil

Hair oils have proven to be super popular and for good reason. I’ve recently tried ExquisiteOil Strengthening Treatment from Biolage, which boosts hair’s resistance to breakage with its exclusive Polynesian Tamanu oil blend. A unique Omega-3 complex works from the inside out to fortify fragile internal hair bonds and prevent future damage.  This is a good product whether or not you have color treated hair. It doesn’t weigh hair down, either.

Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield 450

Heat and heat tools are definitely the enemy of anyone with color treated hair, so it’s essential to use a heat protectant before blow-drying and certainly before using heat tools. I’ve been using the Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield 450 Plus Intense Creme Treatment. This creme is applied to towel-dried hair and it’s protective properties are activated by the heat from your styling tool. I like that it’s alcohol, sulphate and paraben free, so it nourishes and protects hair without fading color. Love that!

PHYTO Phytoplage Huile

Another problem that I experienced was my color degrading from walking every morning in the sun. While I religiously apply sunscreen to my face every morning, I hadn’t thought about my hair and boy did I learn my lesson.  I’m now using PHYTO Phytoplage Protective Beach Spray, which is a UV Protectant Spray that can be used year around on wet or dry hair. Needless to say, I’ll not be without this product ever again!

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Hair Mask

Even with all the steps to protect your hair, a color-protecting mask really does help. One that I’ve used and really like is from Neutrogena; the Triple Moisture Hair Mask. With three extracts (Olive, Meadowfoam Seed and Sweet Almond), this treatment provides intense moisture to your hair–you can really feel the difference. I’ve been using it every few days and really notice a difference. Plus, at under $10 it’s a good value.

blowpro Textstyle Dry Texture Spray

One thing my stylist has advised me to do to preserve my color is not to shampoo every day. With walking and working out, that’s almost impossible. So I’ve started an every-other-day shampoo routine and I use a dry shampoo on the off day. blowpro, my favorite brand of hairspray, have now come out with Textstyle Dry Texture Spray. This product cleans hair, adds fullness and volume–in short, helps me to cut down the number of days I’m shampooing my hair. I love the light scent, too.

Moroccanoil Root Boost

Lastly, although not specifically for color-treated hair, I had to tell you about Moroccanoil Root Boost because it is my everything! Left to it’s own devices, my hair would be f-l-a-t; just not a good look. So I’m always on the lookout for a good volumizing product. With Root Boost, you lift hair in sections and spray on at the roots of your hair while blow-drying. Then stand back and check out the full-bodied lift you get. It’s seriously amazing and a product that I won’t ever be without. And the formula? Contains Moroccanoil’s antioxidant-rich argan oil, which helps maintain hair’s elasticity, leaving it smooth and manageable.

Do you have color-treated hair? How do you maintain the color? Let me know in the comments!

 

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