8 Products That Protect Your Hair Color

Don't let your shade go down the drain. According to Stephanie Brown, lead colorist at New York City's Nunzio Saviano Salon, color loss is caused primarily by shampoo and hot water. To keep your hue true for the long haul, fight fading with these in-shower finds

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Nexxus ColorAssure Pre-Wash Primer

($18; drugstore.com)


Apply this solution before you suds up to coat strands and shield them from color-stripping water and shampoo.


L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Instant Shock Treatment

($7; ulta.com)


A must-have for the time-pressed (and isn't that everyone?): This treatment works in one minute to strengthen the outer, protective layer of your hair and minimize color leakage. 

L'Oreal Paris

ColorProof SuperPlump Volumizing Shampoo

($27; sleekhair.com)


Yearn for thicker locks but fear the color-stripping quality of most volumizing shampoos? Fear not; this sudser uses shade-safe plant extracts to bolster body. 


Redken Color Extend Magnetics Deep Attraction Mask

($20; redken.com)


An after-coloring must, this nourishing mask boasts a special polymer that actually binds color to the hair.


John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss

($10; target.com


Available in six shades, this glaze refreshes color—and dependent on your need, corrects brassiness or adds warmth. 

John Frieda

Leonor Greyl Sublime Meches Shampoo

($49; lockandmane.com)


Highlighted and chemically-straightened strands require a gentler approach to cleansing. This sulfate-free shampoo maintains highlights and magnifies the shine of even the most delicate hair. 

Leonor Greyl

Matrix Biolage ColorLast Conditioner

($11; sleekhair.com


This conditioner's low pH level minimizes strand porosity and enables maximum color retention. 


Davines Alchemic Conditioner

($29; us.davines.com)


For hues that have already succumbed to fade, a weekly treatment with this highly-pigmented conditioner will restore vibrancy and softness. Available in six shades.


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