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        Best For Color-Treated Hair 2016

        Oribe Beautiful Color

        Best For Color-Treated Hair 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Oribe Beautiful Color

        Just like you wouldn’t throw your pleated midiskirt into the spin cycle, you’d never shampoo pricey highlights with anything but a color-preserving shampoo. (Right?) The only problem is, brands that score well on the colorpreservation meter might sometimes get lower marks in other areas, like cleansing or strengthening. Not with this luxe pair: The formulas fight fading with edelweiss extract and battle oxidation with watermelon extract, they wash clean away, and “when you rinse these out, the hair doesn’t feel brittle—it feels flexible and healthy,” N.Y.C. stylist Chuck Amos says.

        $42, $44
        Editor’s Pick

        Rita Hazan Root Concealer

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2014

        Rita Hazan Root Concealer

        She created Jennifer Lopez's honey hue and Jessica Simpson’s buttery blond, so of course we trust Hazan to spritz away our grays. The wow factor here? Just how versatile color in a can can be: It’s available in five shades and a spritz at the roots melds color seamlessly with yours. Plus, it’s paraben-free. Color us happy.
         

        $25
        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

        Pureology Hydrate

        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
        WINNER 2012

        Pureology Hydrate

        If you don’t want to wash pricey color down the drain, invest in this gentle, moisturizing combo. Sunflower helps protect hair color from fading, so it’s "perfect for keeping it as fresh as possible between touch-ups," says Evan Rachel Wood’s L.A. hairstylist Marcus Francis. Plus, the scent "makes me want to light candles and get into a big bubble bath," says Chicago hairstylist Michelle Forst.

        $27 each
        Best 2011 Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

        Rene Furterer Okara Shampoo/Restructuring and Protective Mask

        Best 2011 Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
        WINNER 2011

        Rene Furterer Okara Shampoo/Restructuring and Protective Mask

        This intensely moisturizing combo is gentle enough to use daily, says N.Y.C. stylist Eliut Rivera. Hamamelis extract helps keep color from rinsing down the drain, while UVB filters prevent it from fading in the sun.

        $23 and $28
        Best 2010 Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

        L'Oréal Vive Pro Color Vive Hi-Gloss

        Best 2010 Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
        WINNER 2010

        L'Oréal Vive Pro Color Vive Hi-Gloss

        This moisturizing shampoo and conditioner cleanses and glosses dry strands, and leaves behind fade-proof UV filters. So relax all you want at the pool: "Color won't budge," says Mischa Barton's stylist Erin Anderson. Plus, the subtle smell "doesn't compete with other scents," says January Jones's hairstylist John Francis.

        $4/13 oz.
        Best 2008 Color-Refreshing Shampoo

        L'Oréal Professionnel Colorist Collection

        Best 2008 Color-Refreshing Shampoo
        WINNER 2008

        L'Oréal Professionnel Colorist Collection

        This line boasts pro-quality pigments that extend the life of color-treated hair. Available in 12 shades, the shampoos also contain moisturizing apricot-kernel oil. L.A. stylist John Francis recommends using them once a week, diluted 50-50 with regular shampoo.

        $15/8 oz.
        Best 2008 Shampoo and Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

        Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner

        Best 2008 Shampoo and Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
        WINNER 2008

        Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner

        This duo "smells like a Hawaiian beach in springtime," says N.Y.C. stylist Sam Leonardi. He also loves its more high-tech components: ceramides to strengthen color-treated hair, UV filters to defend against fading from the sun, plus shine-enhancing silicone. "Your color stays richer longer," he adds.

        $40
        Best 2007 Shampoo and Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

        Kérastase Reflections Bain Miroir Shampoo and Reflections Chroma Reflect Masque

        Best 2007 Shampoo and Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
        WINNER 2007

        Kérastase Reflections Bain Miroir Shampoo and Reflections Chroma Reflect Masque

        This color-safe duo contains a high-tech shield that protects hair from fading caused by UV rays and pollution. "They coat the hair with a mirrorlike shine and lock in color," says L.A. stylist Sean James.

        $32/$58
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2006

        John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Shampoo

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2006

        John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Shampoo

        This gentle cleanser removes oxidized minerals and chlorine (both are found in common tap water) from blond hair, which helps prevent it from turning green and keeps the color looking bright. The shampoo doesn't contain peroxide or chemical coloring, so it won't strip hair of essential oils or alter hair color.

        $7
        Best 2006 At-Home Hair Highlighting Kit

        L'Oréal Féria Colour Strands Quick Shimmer Highlights

        Best 2006 At-Home Hair Highlighting Kit
        WINNER 2006

        L'Oréal Féria Colour Strands Quick Shimmer Highlights

        The formulation delivers highlights that are natural, shiny and deep, says LaVar. This kit comes with an oversize brush applicator (instead of a fine-tooth comb), so the color is easy to apply.

        $10
        Best 2006 Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

        Kérastase Reflection Chroma Reflect Radiance-Enhancing Milk

        Best 2006 Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
        WINNER 2006

        Kérastase Reflection Chroma Reflect Radiance-Enhancing Milk

        This texture-smoothing, light-reflecting conditioner "helps maintain shine and vibrant color," says Corey Powell. It works by sealing each hair cuticle, which makes hair extra smooth and radiant, adds Santa Monica stylist David John.

        $28/125 mL
        Best 2006 Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

        Kérastase Reflection Bain Miroir

        Best 2006 Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair
        WINNER 2006

        Kérastase Reflection Bain Miroir

        Pros like this color-safe formula, which coats each hair strand with a protective layer, bonding to the color and creating a seal to shield it from pollution and UV rays, says L.A. stylist Corey Powell. It "helps maintain vibrant color and gives hair mirrorlike reflection," adds Sean James, a hairstylist in Venice, Calif.

        $34/250 mL
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