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
- 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 from Alfaparf.
I got a random sample packet of their color protection shampoo 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.
I was so excited to share about this amazing shampoo. Then… I heard a rumor that the color protection line had 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.
2019 Update: Sadly, the Color Protection shampoo has been discontinued and is super hard to find. I’ve switched to the illuminating 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. I’m obsessed with how my hair feels and smells after using this keratin duo.
Btw, I know sometimes it can be scary to order beauty products from Amazon.
I have personally ordered from this seller: Top Shelf brands and only have received authentic products.
I have linked them below, so you can make sure to get the real deal also!
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 – hard to find in stores, I’ve only been able to find in one professional beauty shop and on Amazon
2 – hair does need to be washed or dry shampooed after 2 days. If it would only get me to about 3 days between washing, instead of 2, it would be 100% perfect. 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!