The Best Shampoos for Highlights

Keep your highlights bright with these shampoos.

Photo: Jupiterimages/ Images

If you highlight your hair, chances are you spend a pretty penny on dye jobs and maintenance courtesy of your stylist. If, on the other hand, you're highlighting your hair at home, you're investing a good chunk of time to get your strands picture-perfect. So don't wash all that money and time down the train; instead, pick up a shampoo that safeguards your highlights and protects them from damaging elements. Kiss faded, brassy highlights goodbye and say hello to rich, long-lasting color.

L'Oréal Vive Pro Color Vive Hi-Gloss

"InStyle" magazine editors awarded L'Oréal Vive Pro Color Vive Hi-Gloss shampoo the coveted spot of best shampoo for color-treated hair in their 2010 Best Beauty Buys feature. This shampoo has UV filters in it to shield your mane from the sun and protect your highlights from UV rays, a sworn enemy to all types of colored hair. Mischa Barton's hairstylist Erin Anderson told "InStyle" that when you lather up with this, "color won't budge." The shampoo is loaded with moisturizing emollients that replenish your strands with hydration, which is ideal for colored hair, which typically gets dry after processing.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Enhancing Shampoo

Calling all blonds! Do your highlights come from a salon or a bottle? Chances are you dropped a good wad of cash on them, so protect your highlights with John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Enhancing Shampoo. It nixes product buildup, which can turn your highlights brassy and dull; instead, you'll end up with shimmering, color-rich highlights. These suds won the "Allure" Reader's Choice Award in 2008.

Sebastian Color Ignite Multi-Tone Shampoo

Want a smarter way to shampoo? How about a formula that does the thinking for you? Sebastian Color Ignite Multi-Tone Shampoo identifies the tonal differences in the highlights in your tresses, then works to moisturize the lighter (and drier) areas. According to "InStyle," it also "fills damaged gaps in follicles" for a sleek, silky-smooth effect. It's the thinking woman's smart shampoo!

Redken Color Extend Shampoo

Redken Color Extend Shampoo gently cleanses highlighted hair. It's color-safe for all hair, so it's a great option if you or your stylist go a little overboard with the bleach and end up lightening more strands than usual. UV filters block harmful rays to keep your color pristine and true, and, according to "Allure" writer Elizabeth Siegel, "it shields hair from the minerals and chemicals in tap water that can sabotage expensive dye jobs." She goes on to say that it makes "even month-old highlights look shiny and new." This shampoo won the Best of Beauty Award in 2009 and 2010, and the Reader's Choice Award in 2010, from "Allure" magazine.

Related Videos


Add to this Article



Just for you

What type are you?

Choose your Skin Type
or Register
Beauty School iPad App


How would you like to register?

Register with Facebook
  • It's fast, easy and hassle-free
  • One-click log-in and commenting
Register with
  • Use your email to create your account