FRIENDS. I spent an entire year searching for the best shampoo for Strawberry Blonde, red, and color treated hair. I spent a lot of dollar bills. My shower started to overflow with products and I was lining bottles up along the wall. It was starting to look a little bonkers.
Red shades fade the fastest out of any colored hair. Which is kind of painful when you hit that just-right shade of Strawberry Blonde, with the perfect balance of red and blonde tones.
Most of the color-safe shampoos I tried left my hair feeling heavy right out of the shower. And it would only get heavier and greasier feeling from there. Or there would be a ton of lather and I’d watch my color go right down the drain. I found one I liked from Oribe, which was wonderful, but $46 for an 8.5 oz bottle. That price hurt when it came time to repurchase.
My search criteria: I searched for a shampoo that would make my hair feel clean for at least 2 days (I only wash my hair 2-ish times a week), would help maintain my hair color, and was priced reasonably enough that I didn’t have to re-mortage my house to buy it. Oh wait, I don’t have a house, I just have 17 half-used bottles of color-safe shampoo.
The best shampoo I found was Alfaparf Diamonte Color Protection Shampoo. I got a random sample packet of it in a gift bag. I’d never heard of this brand but decided to try it right away, even though usually I save those packets for vacations. My hair felt awesome. I was impressed. A few months later, I saw the line was carried by my local beauty store where I shop for my pro makeup kit. I picked up a giant liter size, 33.2 oz for $46, trusting that the formula would be as good as I remembered. It was. My hair was feeling/looking good. If you want a smaller bottle to test the formula first, they have an 8.45 oz bottle for $20.
I was so excited to share about this amazing shampoo. Then… I heard a rumor that it’s been discontinued. SAY WHAT. I felt like the wide-eyed shocked emoji.
I spent so LONG. SO much time. All the times. So many bottles. All the shampoo. Shampoo.
Once I (semi) recovered from my shock, I knew I had to tell you guys about this shampoo now before it’s impossible to find. I truly love this shampoo and hope that they are replacing it with something even greater. I did reach out to the company for more info but have not heard back yet.
Update: Sadly, the Color Protection shampoo has been discontinued and is super hard to find. I’ve switched to this version from Alfaparf and have been really happy with the results. I don’t notice any fading until 5-6 weeks post coloring. I’ve started mixing in this keratin shampoo and conditioner every 3rd wash and I feel like it’s helped my my hair even softer.
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1 – maintains color (HUGE #1 priority)
2 – reasonably priced (especially the liter size if you can find it in stock)
3 – cleans hair, no heavy hair/scalp feeling
4 – scent is pleasant and mostly unnoticeable
1 – discontinued (WHY DEAR HEAVENS WHY) so it’s difficult to find
2 – hair does need to be washed or dry shampooed after 2 days
I can only hope that this shampoo is being discontinued because they are somehow improving on it, even though it’s seriously almost perfect in my book. If it would only get me to about 3 days between washing, instead of 2, it would be 100% perfect. But I just dry shampoo on Day 2 to stretch out my between hair washing time.
I highly recommend to pick up a few bottles and I will continue my search for a great shampoo for color-treated hair. And if I get any hot scoop back from Alfaparf, I will let you know.
As always, thank you for reading and being a part of the blog!