"I use a color-safe shampoo on my dyed hair, but how important is color-safe conditioner?"ANSWER:
Using a regular conditioner certainly won't harm your dye job, but they can extend the life of your hue and protect it from fading. We love Alterna's UV + Color Protection Conditioner ($20; sephora.com
), which uses antioxidants and UV filters. "They're an important shield from environmental factors," explained Jessica Simpson's colorist Rita Hazan. A leave-in conditioner like Garnier's Color Shield ($6; NEW
) is another great option, says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson. "It allows more of these protectants to remain on the hair since they're not washed away in the shower."