The Best Shampoo For Strawberry Blonde + Color Treated Hair

by Molly Gardner

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 winner:

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!

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meganlogue81 August 8, 2016 - 8:25 pm

Ordered! Thanks for always sharing! I’m still using the TIGI you recommended but have been looking for a new shampoo. Thanks!

Girl Get Glamorous August 8, 2016 - 8:26 pm

You are so welcome! I really wish it is easier to find, because it’s such a great shampoo. I will keep you updated if I hear back from the company!

Laura Atiyeh August 8, 2016 - 8:56 pm

Hi, Molly: I found plenty on eBay, but, as alway on eBay, one must go with
the sellers who are 99% or better ‘Positives’…….just ordered some from a
seller in Georgia with FREE shipping for $16.98 for 8.45 oz. One hopes it’s
the real thing, I’ll let you know if my color goes down the drain. Thanks!

Arose August 8, 2016 - 9:59 pm

If you end up having to try some more, I do love the Aveda Red Madder Root shampoo and color depositing conditioner.

Jen Draper August 17, 2016 - 10:38 am

Thanks for posting this! Can I ask a color question? When you went from your darker copper shade back to strawberry blond, did you have to strip out the copper or bleach your hair?

Girl Get Glamorous August 17, 2016 - 7:32 pm

Hi Jen! I didn’t bleach or strip, I just used regular shampoo and conditioner (not color safe) and then touched up my roots with the strawberry blonde formula, then pulled all the color down for the last 15 min or so. I definitely noticed that the color was a bit darker and more red than blonde for awhile but now it seems back to my “normal” shade of strawberry blonde. I hope this helps!


Connie February 13, 2017 - 11:27 pm

Well I guess this just proves you can teach an old dog new tricks. I was born a strawberry blonde but with age that faded and then turned OMG “grey”. I found your blog and have been using your Wella formula and love it. I bought this shampoo on eBay and it is the most awesome shampoo I have ever used and I am 68 so I have been through a lot of shampoos. This is by far the best ever. I enjoyed your makeup tips as well. Good thing that we strawberry blondes are sassy and never grow old. I will keep reading so keep the info coming. Thanks.

Cindy June 11, 2017 - 1:27 am

The Alfaparf shampoo and conditioner is wonderful. It’s sad that it is discontinued. The Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line is great as well. It is inexpensive and can be purchased at Walgreens, Ulta, etc. I purchased mine on sale at Ulta. It may be worth a try. It’s been great for me.


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