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    23 Products Anyone With Color-Treated Hair May Want To Try

    Yay for pastel pink hair, nay for the damage caused by said pastel pink hair.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A vegan Malibu C treatment to prep your 'do for color application: Just leave this on for five minutes to remove color-blocking build-up, ~apply some dye~ within 24 hours, and voila! Your tresses are now a blank canvas that will allow for better color absorption and less fading after leaving the salon.,

    Promising review: "Best. Product. Ever. I tried this at the advice of my hairstylist because my color was not taking well and it faded within days of application. You use this product within 24 hours of coloring your hair, shampoo as usual, then pour the crystals from the packet into your hand. Just add warm water, apply to your hair, and you will INSTANTLY feel change happening. I could actually feel GUNK coming off my hair. The result was my hair looking shinier, more bouncy, and so much softer. The color also just took better and lasted much longer."

    Get it from Amazon for $3.70.

    2. A cult-favorite Fanola purple shampoo that nips brassiness in the bud. The violent pigment in this formula works to wash away unwanted yellow in your 'do, meaning you can extend the time between salon visits meaning you can SAVE A TON OF MONEY. Easy + affordable? Someone pinch me.

    Use this only once a week (for about three minutes at a time) to prevent your hair from turning a slightly lavender shade.

    Promising review: "Finally! A purple shampoo that actually does something to my brassy hair! I have silver-white hair that is exceptionally hard to maintain due to how easily my hair gains brassy tones and how stubborn they are to remove. I've tried a ton of other brands, and none of their toning shampoos will do a damn thing to my hair even if I leave them on for an hour. I normally have to dilute violet direct dyes to make a dent in my brass. It's nice to not have to schedule a chunk of time to mix a batch of custom toner, painstakingly apply it, and then sit around for an hour while it does its stuff. This shampoo actually works really well and can cut a lot of time out of my bi-weekly color maintenance." —Audrey

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    3. A Neutrogena weekly treatment about to Evanescence the heck out of your hair — in other words, it'll bring it back to life (😉). This mask combines olive, meadowfoam, and sweet almond extracts to nourish over-processed tresses and give an immediate dose of healthy shine.


    Leave this weekly mask on for about five minutes, rinse it out, and style as usual. You'll need to use very little product each week, meaning one tub will last you about an entire century.

    Promising review: "This is about the only conditioner that actually makes my hair (which is color-treated, longish, and straight) feel soft and smooth. I just use a dollop, work it into my ends (it may be too heavy to use on the scalp for me personally) and leave it in for a minute or two during my shower. I actually recommended it to a friend whose hair was so dry that she saw her doctor about it, and she was very happy with the results! She even ended up recommending it to her doctor!" —karmabird

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    4. An ammonia- and peroxide-free L'Oreal Paris temporary spray for covering grays between salon visits. Consider this the concealer of your haircare routine, using a lightweight formula to hide silver strands with no smudging or sticky residue required. What do we love? Quick fixes to all our annoying problems. And this is that quick fix.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! Like magic. I thought I’d give it a try as I usually use a powder with a brush to cover up my grays in between coloring, but this stuff...omg! Sprays right on and looks so dang natural This takes care of covering up grays in between coloring in a cinch." —Lisa98

    Get it from Amazon for $7.42 (available in eight colors).

    5. An Amika color-preserving shampoo that uses soybean oil, an amino acid blend, and betaine to not only nourish and cleanse your hair *without* stripping color, but it actually protects color from fading and keeps it looking as vibrant as it did the day you stepped out of your (very expensive) salon.


    Not only is this product vegan and cruelty-free, but it's also free of sulfates, parabens, sodium chloride, and a whole bunch of other junk.

    Promising review: "My coarse, thick, colored hair loves this shampoo. My stylist used it and I couldn’t believe the difference in my hair. I have a sensitive scalp, but this is non-irritating and has no junk in it. Best shampoo ever!" —Frank PETERSON

    Get it from Amazon for $9 (available in three sizes).

    6. A John Frieda brunette-enhancing glaze ideal for anyone trying to extend time between salon visits *or* anyone trying to nix salon visits all together. This weekly treatment focuses on maximizing shine for a mirror-like effect while bringing out your natural brown color (and covering up grays).


    Promising review: "I have naturally dark, chestnut hair and I had gotten tired of the expense of coloring in the salon and the damage it was doing to my hair. I spent the last year growing out all the damage from highlights and color. My hair was healthy and shiny, but it started to getting gray! But this provided unbelievable results. Not only did this camouflage the gray hairs by tinting them blonde, but it gave my overall natural color a rich, lustrous shine. This is well worth the money." —Lisa Combs

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    7. A super-absorbent Aquis hair towel designed with a microfiber construction that cuts drying time by up to half, sparing your color-treated hair from damage that extra time with your blow dryer would have caused. Plus, microfiber is a LOT more gentle than your average towel and thus helps to prevent breakage and any split-end apocalypses. Your hair was just bleached. It is fragile.

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    Promising review: "I have thick, naturally curly hair and my hair usually takes forever to dry. This towel helps my hair to dry about twice as fast! Getting out of the shower, I wrap my hair in this towel while I get dressed and I no longer have to worry about my hair completely drenching my shirt as soon as i take it out of the towel. It really dries it to a manageable level of dryness in just a minute or two." —AubriSnowe

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of the Aquis hair towel!

    8. A Celeb Luxury color depositing shampoo for anyone who would like to turn their ~Pinterest pastel~ dreams into reality (no expensive or time-consuming trips to the salon required). This actively hits the refresh button on color-treated hair that fades after just one wash, sparing you the heartbreak of feeling like you just wasted a ton of money for no reason. You just dyed it light blue! It shouldn't be bleach blond after 1.5 days!,

    This shampoo works best on bleached or naturally blond hair, and can be used just like a regular shampoo — lather on a generous amount, give your mane a good scrubbing, rinse thoroughly, and that's it! The color will have a more faded effect after the first use, but will be significantly more vibrant after the second wash.

    Psst, this formula is also vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, and formaldehyde-free!

    Promising review: "This shampoo is a serious game changer. I have been bleaching and dying my hair pink on and off for years, and it has always faded disappointingly fast. I ended up getting into a routine where I would dye my hair magenta just so it would fade to the pastel pink I wanted — but not anymore! This shampoo allows me to dye my hair a pastel pink and then reapply the color with every shampoo. It comes out bright and beautiful. I used to head to the salon every six to eight weeks, but I can now stretch it out to twelve. Bonus: the shampoo lathers, smells great, and is vegan!" —Mary Colleen

    Get it from Amazon for $35 (available in 12 colors).

    9. A Hask shampoo + conditioner duo to provide tresses with an extra layer of protection, using organic rose oil and peach extract to seal in color while also giving bounce, body, and shine. Want to be cast in a shampoo commercial? This is step one toward that royalty check. / Via @haskhair

    Promising review: "This product made my fine, color-treated, and slightly damaged hair feel shiny, bouncy, and smelling fresh and clean (without being overpowering). I will honestly never use another shampoo/conditioner again after finding this product! I LOVE it!" —Joy Evans

    Get the set from Amazon for $14.20.

    10. A Frank Body scalp scrub because clarifying shampoo is great at getting rid of grease, but it'll also chase the color out of your hair faster than you can say ~ghosted~. This coffee, rosemary, eucalpytus, and peppermint blend gets rid of the built-up gunk in your roots so that you don't feel greasy a mere three hours after exiting the shower. You'll feel squeaky clean! And your blond highlights will remain totally safe!

    Frank Body, / Via @frank_bod

    Use a pea-sized amount of this vegan and cruelty-free product up to three times a week! Pro tip: It's got a minty scent that will totally wake you up on mornings when even three cups of coffee can barely help keep your eyes open.

    Promising review: "This is literally the best. My hair got to a point where I would wash it and it would get greasy the next morning, but this literally reset my hair. Now my favourite thing in the world." —Annika S.

    Get it from Frank Body for $18.95.

    11. An Aveda daily treatment for dead, bleached hair in need of some major TLC. This 98% naturally-derived blend works to combat four types of damage (environmental, chemical, physical, and heat) while reducing breakage by up to 90% in about a week. / Via @aveda

    This cruelty-free formula includes quinoa protein to strengthen hair and make it longer, while macadamia conditioning oil promotes a smoother, more nourished mane free of split-ends and flyaways.

    Promising review: "Can’t say enough good things about it. Most leave-in moisturizers are heavy and make your hair either flat or oily, but this stuff is so light that you wouldn't know it was applied if your hair didn't turn so wickedly soft. It works equally well with air dried or blow dried hair; I use a dime-sized amount on my ends AFTER showering/washing hair and brushing through, then I'll wrap hair in a towel and wait for about10 minutes. This makes your hair super soft and literally fixes split-ends." —Reviewer64

    Get it from Nordstrom for $30.

    12. A WetBrush designed with OmniFlex technology, which is just a fancy way of saying it conforms to your scalp to quickly and painlessly detangle your 'do. It slides through any kind of hair — whether super straight or curly — within mere minutes, saving you a ton of post-shower styling time AND it won't pull on color-treated hair or cause extra damage/breakage/heartache. / Via @thewetbrush, / Via @thewetbrush

    This is even wonderful if you have thick, curly hair that has resulted in one (or several) broken brushes. It may look flimsy, but it's seriously the exact opposite of flimsy!

    Promising review: "I have fine, color-treated hair that gets easily tangled. I had been using a detangling shower comb, but still managed to pull out and break hair every day! I was skeptical about using a brush and figured, what the heck, if it doesn't work, I can return it. OMG! Great buy! It easily detangles my hair (I brush it through while I have conditioner on it) and there's almost no breakage. I won't lie, yes there's still hair on the brush, but nothing like the detangling comb. This one's a definite keeper!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in pink).

    13. An OGX fade-defying oil that enlists the help of orchid extract and grape seed oil to give your ends some lightweight hydration while *also* providing protection against the ☀️. Consider this like a sunscreen for your haircare routine.


    Promising review: "I have color-treated red hair and while using sulfate-free shampoo has decreased fade incredibly, I always have trouble with my ends. They get dry and definitely fade, which leaves my hair not looking great. I apply this mainly to the ends and I've seen a drastic change in my hair. I love this product, and it smells heavenly! If you have thin hair prone to looking oily, the product can be a bit heavy so only use a small amount." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $6.40.

    14. An HSI thermal spray to protect your 'do from all that dreadful hot tool heat damage; the bleach in your hair was damaging enough, and it's therefore extra important to provide a protective barrier between strands of hair and straight contact with a 150° curling iron. Extra kudos go to this argan oil formula for working to prevent frizz, add shine, and give some lightweight hydration.,

    Promising review: "This thermal product is FANTASTIC! I have spent a small fortune over the years trying to find a thermal protector that actually works and does not leave my hair feeling greasy or weighed down. This stuff is magic on my color-treated, grey under it all, wiry hair. It leaves it soft, shiny, manageable, and with no fly-aways. Cannot say enough good things about this product." —Jennier B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.15.

    15. A Hair Dance powder dry shampoo especially great at vacuuming up grease and adding volume sans any leftover chalky residue. Extending time between each hair wash is super important for colored hair (because washing 👏 strips 👏 color 👏), and this is an easy way to avoid shampooing *without* feeling like a greaseball in the process.

    This vegan and cruelty-free dry shampoo doesn't contain any talc, parabens, or baking soda (hooray). Pro tip: If you add some into your roots before bed, you'll wake up with a completely refreshed scalp that looks like it was shampooed five minutes ago ( opposed to five days ago).

    As someone with thin, greasy, flat hair, I can confidently say that powder dry shampoos are so much better than aerosol ones. Like, they actually make your hair look freshly-washed.

    Promising review: "This stuff is the real deal! I’ve been all about dry shampoo for over 12 years and this has become my new favorite. I have very fine, limp, color-treated hair that I only wash about twice a week. I love sprinkling some into my hair at night and rubbing it in because the next day, not only is my hair softer, but it has so much volume without any kind of residue. The trick is not to use too much, but if you do, just rub thoroughly into your scalp and use a natural bristle brush to get out some of the excess. I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy a different dry shampoo again!" —misskacey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A Sun Bum leave-in spray that enlists the hydrating benefits of coconut and sunflower seed oil to give hair what it needs this right this second: MOISTURE. Not only will this counteract the drying effects of sun and chlorine, but it even works as a de-tangler to help your brush glide right through each color-treated strand.


    Psst, this spray is also cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "I have colored-treated blonde hair. This not only helps me with tangles after washing, but it also keeps my color in the hot sun (I live in Southern California and spend hours outside every day). My friends have tried it and they love it, too." —Ashley Snow

    Get it from Amazon for $14.05.

    17. A sulfate- and silicone-free Living Proof shampoo and conditioner with a favorite seven-letter word: H-E-A-L-T-H-Y. This combo gently cleanses and nourishes your hair back to health, protecting it from potential UV and hard water damage. Who dyes their hair every eight weeks? You! But with this stuff, it won't look like it. / Via @livingproodinc

    Promising review: "I don’t know if it’s the combo of both the shampoo and the conditioner or just one of the products, but this has left my mother-in-laws hair the softest it has ever been — and she has thick, coarse, processed hair since she dyes it regularly to cover up grays. Her hair has never been this healthy and she hasn’t even finished using one bottle yet!" —Elizabeth Luviano

    Get the shampoo and conditioner from Amazon for $29 each.

    18. Flexible curling rods that allow you to wake up with ready-to-go hair. These are pros at giving you the perfect waves without subjecting your color-treated 'do to any more heat damage, which I'm sure will have your burnt split-ends and weak upper arms crying tears of relief.,

    Just wrap individual sections of hair around each rod, spritz with some hairspray to ensure a longer hold, go to bed, and THAT'S IT! Remove the rollers after your morning coffee and your hair will be set for the day.

    Psst, do you have straight, thin hair and are assuming these won't work for you? Well you are WRONG, because even reviewers with straight and thin hair swear by these things!

    Promising review: "As someone who colors their hair, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to style my hair without further damaging it; I therefore try to stay away from heated methods of styling as much as possible. I prefer heat-less methods like this because the curls seem to set for longer and stay bouncy. I have pretty thick hair and was looking for a casual, wavy look...the fact that my hair took to curling in such a short period of time (I had just left them in for two hours) is AMAZING!!" —Kiana

    Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $9.99.

    For more info, check out "Hundreds Of People Use These Twist Rods To Get Perfect Heat-Free Curls".

    19. A vegan and cruelty-free Ghost shampoo capable of cutting down on grease *without* being too harsh on your mane. A mix of moringa oil, quinoa protein, and sunflower seed extract works together to repair damage and strengthen your hair...all while stopping dryness and brassiness in their tracks. / Via @verbproducts

    Promising review: "This is the best shampoo I’ve ever used! I have long, fine, highlighted hair that I can’t wash my hair every day, so my shampoo has to cut through a somewhat greasy scalp and still be gentle since my hair is super fine. With this, my hair doesn’t look oily on the second day and it’s manageable until I wash it every other day. It’s by far the best shampoo I’ve ever used." —lochall

    Get it from Sephora for $16.

    20. A shampoo brush to increase the effectiveness of your shampoo by helping clear away built-up product in your scalp — the kind that would lead to dullness and lack of body. This little silicone tool also works to stimulate your scalp and improve circulation, which can lead to speedier hair growth (something that becomes a bit more difficult after bleaching and dying your hair at least 95 times a year).

    Promising review: "I'd like to say that this thing is one of the goofiest looking products I have ever bought in my entire life. That being said, it is one of my favorite products I've ever had, and I preach the wonders of this thing to anyone and everyone who will listen. Since purchasing it, I have cut down my use on shampoo AND CONDITIONER by HALF. I have long, color-treated, mildly damaged hair and I used to go through shampoo and conditioner like WATER. Now I don't feel so guilty about purchasing more expensive products because this little tool makes it go such a long way. It lathers beautifully, cleans my scalp, and distributes conditioner evenly. Also, the feeling is spine-tingling, literally like having a tiny hair stylist just washing your hair for you. The best part is, it gets my hair SO CLEAN that I don't need to wash as often either, which is the cherry on top. Seriously, do yourself a favor, treat yo' self, and get the thing. You won't regret it." —Allison Brittain

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    21. A Bumble and Bumble oil primer that protects hair from the drying dangers of sun exposure and heat damage, simultaneously working to fight frizz in even the most humid of weather. Sticky NYC summers, I believe you have finally met your match. / Via @bumbleandbumble

    This lightweight and cruelty-free formula is great for medium-to-thick hair, and contains a blend of oils (ranging from coconut and grape seed to sweet almond and safflower seed) that will also soften it right up.

    Promising review: "I can't get over how much I love this stuff. I love that it's a leave-in treatment; it smells amazing, provides heat protection, fights frizz, and makes my hair feel sooo silky smooth. There is never any residue left behind and I can't even tell that I have anything in my hair (it's so lightweight which is really important, since I have fine hair). If I had to choose one hair product to use for the rest of my life, this would be it!" –nicolegizzo

    Get it from Sephora for $12+ (available in two sizes).

    22. A palm-sized Tangle Teezer perfect for busy bees trying to detangle their 'do during a hectic morning commute. This brush comes with click-on cover that makes it the ideal tool to toss into your bag (knowing it won't collect any of the accumulated dirt residing on the bottom of your black work tote). / Via @tangleteezer

    This brush is also designed with gentle teeth that glide through knots *without* damaging your hair or causing any more breakage, the kind that your bleached hair is simply in no condition to take. It also adds shine and can be used on both wet and dry hair.

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a small brush to carry around in my purse for a while now. I have very thick hair that tends to get frizzy, so I like to have something on me for a quick fix. I love this little thing! It's nicely compact as well as lightweight, and the cap that comes with it is perfect for carrying around. It also does make my hair look really shiny after using, which was surprising to me. My only complaint is that because my hair is so thick, the short bristles don't tend go all the way through my hair. Other than that, I would say this is so worth it!" —mykatems

    Get it from Sephora for $16 (available in six colors).

    23. A Moroccanoil treatment that uses a blend of vitamins and argan oil to tame flyaways, mend split-ends, speed up drying time, and boost shine (shine = something that's practically non-existent after exposing your hair to bleach). If you're looking for definitive proof that heaven is a place on earth, look no further than this haircare jack of all trades. / Via @moroccanoil

    This formula is also paraben-, sulfate-, alcohol-, and phosphate-free which makes it safe to use on dry, colored hair. Just add a dime-sized amount from the middle of your hair to the ends, avoiding your roots as to not create a greasy mess.

    Promising review: "This is a great hair oil. I have pretty damaged hair from living in a dry climate and processing/styling, but this has completely transformed it! I put about a dime size amount in my wet hair and style as usual. It's also important to add that I have fine and oily hair and this doesn't seem to add weight or greasiness so I assume it's all absorbed by my hair." —MascaraGirl

    Get it from Nordstrom for $15+ (available in three sizes).

    *uses Fanola purple shampoo once*

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