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Shampoo for coloured hair

Shampoo for coloured hair

In this article, we will explore the type of shampoos that are good for certain colour hair types, as well as "coloured" hair (dyed).

Different hair colours have different needs, and that's why using a particular shampoo for your specific hair colour can make a big difference in the health and appearance of your hair. For example, if you have blonde hair, use a shampoo that contains purple pigments to help neutralise brassy tones that can make your hair look dull and yellowish. Similarly, if you have red hair, a shampoo that contains ingredients that help prevent colour fading can be especially beneficial since red hair tends to fade faster than other colours. 

Additionally, hair dyes may require different shampoos to maintain vibrancy and prevent damage. If you have a semi-permanent hair colour, you may need to use a gentler shampoo than one designed for permanent hair dye. Using a shampoo formulated for your specific hair colour and type of dye can help maintain your hair's colour and health for as long as possible.

Types of shampoo for coloured hair

There are many shampoos for coloured hair available in the market, but understanding which is suitable for your hair can be difficult, especially when each shampoo label has limited information.

For those of us who colour (dye) our hair, our hair becomes a little more delicate and can easily become dry, brittle and faded.

Look out for sulfate-free shampoo, as sulfate can wash out all your natural oils and potentially some of the colour. 

The chemicals in the dyes tend to make the hair dry and brittle. Extra moisturising and conditioning are required to replenish the hair with moisture, oils and hydration. 

In other articles, we have emphasised that shampoo should always be formulated to be pH balanced. The pH level of your hair and scalp can affect its health and appearance, and using a pH-balanced shampoo can help maintain the hair's natural pH level. pH-balanced shampoos can be especially beneficial for coloured hair, which can be more sensitive to changes in pH.

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Shampoo for coloured hair types

Blonde hair is notorious for being prone to brassiness and fading. Purple shampoo is good for blonde hair because it helps neutralise brassy, yellow tones that can develop over time. When blonde hair is exposed to factors such as sunlight, chlorine, hard water, or even hair products, it can develop a yellow or orange hue that can be difficult to get rid of. Purple shampoo contains a violet pigment that helps to counteract these warm tones, leaving blonde hair looking cooler and more vibrant. 

Brunette hair can be prone to breakage and damage, especially if it's been chemically treated. Protein can help strengthen the hair, make it more resilient, and provide it with a bit of bounce. Natural oils like shea butter and coconut oil can help to nourish and moisturise brunette hair, leaving it looking healthy and shiny. These oils can also help to tame frizz and flyaways. Panthenol is a form of vitamin B5 that can help to add volume and thickness to fine or limp hair. It can also help to improve the hair's elasticity and moisture retention.

Red hair is unique and requires special care to maintain its vibrant colour and overall health. Red hair can be prone to dryness and brittleness, and shea butter can help moisturise and protect hair. It's rich in vitamins and fatty acids that nourish the hair and scalp, leaving the hair soft and smooth. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help to protect red hair from damage and oxidative stress. It can also help enhance the hair's red and copper tones, making it look more vibrant.

Black hair is prone to dryness and dullness. A moisturising shampoo can help keep your hair looking healthy and shiny. Look for a shampoo that's formulated with natural oils like coconut or shea butter, which can help nourish and protect your hair. 

Grey and silver hair can sometimes have a yellow or brassy tinge. A shampoo that's formulated for grey or silver hair can help neutralise these tones, leaving your hair looking bright and luminous. Look for a sulfate-free shampoo with ingredients like blue or violet pigments to help cancel out unwanted tones.

Shampoo bars

Shampoo bars can be an excellent option for coloured hair.

Many shampoo bars are formulated with gentle, natural ingredients that won't strip the hair of its natural oils or fade colour. They're often free of harsh sulfates and detergents that can be found in traditional liquid shampoos.


A collection of 90g shampoo bars in different colours and scents


Shampoo bars often contain moisturising ingredients such as natural oils and butters that help keep the hair hydrated and healthy. This can be especially beneficial for coloured hair, which can be prone to dryness and damage.

Shampoo bars are typically packaged in recyclable or biodegradable materials, which can help reduce waste and be more environmentally friendly than traditional liquid shampoos.

Because shampoo bars are more concentrated than liquid shampoos, they can last longer and be more cost-effective in the long run.

When choosing a shampoo bar for coloured hair, look for bars specifically formulated for colour-treated hair or containing ingredients that are mentioned in this article. It's also essential to look for pH-balanced shampoo bars to prevent colour fading and maintain the hair's natural pH level.

To see our range of shampoo bars that will benefit your hair type, look at our collection here.

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