The Best Shampoo for Curly & Color-Treated Hair

Keep your curls bouncy and your color bright.

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Curly hair craves moisture; color-treated hair craves protection. So what do you do when you have both? You pick out the best shampoo for both your curls and your color. Many shampoos for color-treated hair provide extra moisture because the chemical process of coloring or highlighting can dry hair out. Look for gentle ingredients, and try to avoid sulfates and parabens – which are not good for any hair type.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo

This “Allure” Best of Beauty award-winning shampoo is ultra gentle, so it works well for any hair type. It is free of parabens and helps keep your color and moisturize your curls thanks to the awapuhi wild ginger extract and keratin ingredients. This shampoo works especially well on weak and colored hair – perfect for those with curls and color.

Garnier Fructis Color Shield Fortifying Shampoo

This shampoo proves that you don’t have to spend a lot to get something that both protects hair color and hydrates your curly coif. Garnier Fructis Color Shield Fortifying Shampoo, recommended in “Marie Claire,” conditions with grape seed oil and protects with acai berry. It also gives you super shiny strands and keeps your color looking brilliant.

Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo

Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo is a two-time “Allure” Best of Beauty award winner. This one got its bragging rights thanks to gentle cleansers, color protectors and an invigorating scent. Ingredients like guar bean, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E help condition curls, while wintergreen and cinnamon bark oil help protect hair color.

L’Oreal Paris Professional Colorist Collection Shampoo

Colorist to the stars Rita Hazan recommends L’Oreal Paris Professional Colorist Collection Shampoo. This shampoo is unique in the way that it actually deposits hair color onto your strands, keeping your color looking truer for longer. This comes in three different tones to suit your color, and it is also ultra moisturizing, so those with curls can use it without fear of frizz.

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