Recently, a reader wrote asking for some advice on caring for her new red locks:
After seeing the post you did on Milla Jovovich's gorgeous red hair, I decided to take the plunge from dark brown to red! And I love it. Anyway, I was hoping you'd be able to help me find a new shampoo? I'm looking for a sulfate-free one to help keep my color, but it also has to be very moisturizing for my curly hair. Any ideas?
I have plenty sulfate-free, color-safe, moisture-rich options, dear reader. (And they're even great for all hair colors.) For a suggestions in various price points, just read more.
- For a luxurious option: Alterna Caviar Anti Aging Seasilk Moisture Shampoo ($30) contains caviar extract for moisture and includes a color protecting complex.
- For a midpriced option: Kiehl's Sunflower Oil Color Preserving Shampoo ($18) is formulated with the conditioning oils of sunflowers and won't strip hair color.
- For an affordable option: L'Oréal EverPure Smooth Shampoo ($6) prevents fading, smooths frizz, and is scented with rosemary and juniper to refresh the senses.
Something else to consider:
- Color-enhancing conditioners: Red hair dye has a tendency to fade fast. So, for even further color enhancement, consider using a color conditioner specifically formulated for redheads (or brunettes or blondes) about once or twice a week. Try Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Red Conditioner ($36) or Aveda Madder Root Color Conditioner ($17).