I’ve been getting my hair colored—both DIY and through my trusty hairstyling duo, JURO Salon—regularly since 2005. Through the years I’ve learned that the most important thing about caring for your colored locks is using the right hair products.
If you recently had your hair colored and are shopping for color care products, here are 30 I’ve personally tried and tested, grouped into three different price ranges.
Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo, ₱206.50 (200ml), and Conditioner, ₱206.50 (200ml)
Best for: The hard-working commuter. Herbal Essences is a brand known for its fragrant scents (Remember those orgasmic TV commercials?), so this duo is best for colored hair that has absorbed every foul smell possible—smoke, kitchen odors, pollution, and so on.
Dove Color Care Shampoo, ₱280 (355ml), and Conditioner, ₱280 (355ml)
Palmolive Naturals Vibrant Color Shampoo, ₱101.50 (180ml), and Conditioner, ₱105 (180ml)
Pantene Color and Perm Shampoo, P219 (340ml), 3-Minute Miracle, P159 (180ml), and Intense Hair Mask, ₱149 (135ml)
Best for: Budget babes. I grouped these three popular brands together because they all fall under the same category and price range, and are the easiest to find in groceries. When my budget is tight and can’t afford my favorites from the high-end category, I choose from these brands and variants. They’re great for “safe colors,” meaning those that are only 1-2 tones under or over your natural hair color.
L’Oréal Paris Color-Vive Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner, ₱119 each (180ml), and Protecting Mask, ₱250 (200ml)
Best for: Those looking for a more affordable L’Oréal alternative. L’Oréal has a lot of color care products (see mid-range gallery below), and this is the most affordable.
Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo, ₱289.75 (141g)
Best for: No-shampoo days. One secret that hair-coloring addicts have is that they don’t wash their hair every day (some even go as far as 5 days in between) because water simply strips off hair color, no matter how gentle you wash. Use dry shampoo for those in-between days. Among all the dry shampoos I’ve tried, Dove is the most budget-friendly and effective.
Beach Hut Hair and Scalp Clear Spray Sunblock with SPF 20, ₱349 (140ml)
Best for: Outdoor types. Tip: Direct sunlight can seriously damage your colored mane by altering the color (you might end up with brassy hair!) or further drying your hair. Get protection with this sunblock spray made just for the hair and scalp.
Organix Shampoo and Conditioner, ₱499 each (385ml)
Best for: Those with specific hair needs. There are different variants that target different hair conditions, such as curls, hair fall, and dryness. Whatever variant you pick, they’re guaranteed to be sulfate-free. ICYDK: Sulfate is a common shampoo ingredient that tends to cause dandruff, dry out your hair, and strip off the applied color faster.
Malibu C Color Wellness Shampoo, $16 (266ml)
Best for: Vegans. It’s sulfate-free (a must if you have colored hair or dandruff), and contains 100% vegan-friendly ingredients.
L’Oréal Paris Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, ₱499 each (250ml)
Best for: Drastic hair colors. If, like me, your natural hair color is black and you opted for a radical color change like blonde, gray, ombre, or red, then your goal is to maintain the vibrancy of the color for as long as possible—and sulfate-free products do it best.
Etude House Dry Shampoo, ₱448 (50ml)
Best for: Travelers. As I mentioned above, if you’d like to keep colored hair from fading fast, DO NOT shampoo every day. For those in-between days, dry shampoo is the answer, and this one by Etude House is TSA-friendly.
Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche Shampoo (250ml), Masque (200mml), and Softening Essence (125ml), ₱6,330 per set
Best for: Luxury hair care. As with other Kérastase products I’ve tried, this trio leaves my hair super soft, frizz-free, and manageable, while keeping the hair color intact. Just a little amount goes a long way. It’s too bad I can’t afford to buy this regularly, or I’ll go broke!
Bed Head by TIGI “Dumb Blonde” Reconstructor for After Highlights, Damaged or Chemically Treated Hair, ₱3,000 (750ml)
Best for: Bleached and chemically treated hair. If your poor mane has suffered enough chemical damage, you can restore its softness with this fruity-smelling conditioner. Leave it for a few minutes before rinsing, and use it 1-2x a week until you get results.
L’Oréal Vitamino Color Infinite 10 IN 1Color Radiance Protection + Perfecting Shampoo, ₱1,295, Perfecting Multipurpose Spray, ₱1,295 (190ml), and Color Radiance Protection + Perfecting Jelly Mask, ₱1,500
Best for: Dry, newly colored hair. I like how it makes my hair soft while keeping the color intact, but I noticed I need to apply a lot (more than a handful) to really hydrate my curls.
Pureology Serious Color Care Hydrate Shampoo, $28, and Color Fanatic Multi-tasking Hair Beautifier, $26 (200ml)
Best for: All hair colors. While the Hydrate Shampoo didn’t improve my hair moisture and I needed to apply a lot to lather my hair, the Color Fanatic Hair Beautifier performed better. With a sweet scent that isn’t overpowering, it worked well when I wanted a light, soft styling of my colored hair. It’s too bad they stopped distributing this brand to Manila. For my Philippine-based readers, you may purchase this online or when traveling to the US.
L’Oréal Mythic Oil, ₱995 (125ml)
Best for: All hair types and textures. Chemically treated hair tends to be drier than usual, so this helps bring back shine and softness to you hair. You may apply it on either dry or damp hair, but make sure you avoid the scalp.
My Amazing Blow-Dry Secret Shampoo, ₱1,200 (300ml), and Conditioner, P1,200 (300ml)
Best for: Girls on the go. If you have little time or patience to blow-dry all the way, this shampoo and conditioner duo cuts down your blow-drying time. It’s also sulfate-free, which makes it great for colored hair.
What color care products do you swear by, dear readers? Share your essentials below to help me work on part 2!
Product photos from the brands’ respective websites and FB pages. Layouts by KateWasHere.