Which is the best conditioner for coloured hair?

It goes without saying that coloured hair needs extra care. Hair dye, while making your hair look totally fabulous, can also really dry and damage your hair if you don’t look after it well.

In Best shampoo for coloured hair, we detailed some of our favourite shampoos that won’t strip your colour. But what is the best conditioner for coloured hair?

best conditioners for coloured hair

What are conditioners for coloured hair?

Conditioners are moisture givers that replenish your hair’s moisture after you shampoo. They are essential for colour-treated hair as they help to seal your hair’s cuticle and lock in your colour.

Conditioners for coloured hair are typically full of extra moisture giving ingredients like coconut oil and argan oil to combat the dryness and frizz from hair colour treatments and colourings. Like shampoos for coloured hair, colour conditioners are super gentle on your colour.

Deep conditioners and leave-in conditioners are intensive treatments that should only be done once a week or you’ll end up with greasy hair.

Why do I need conditioners for coloured hair?

Conditioners are products that are specially formulated for coloured hair help to prevent fade and keep your colour looking luscious for longer.

One of the most effective ways in which you can keep your colour locked in is by ditching the shampoo and just using conditioner whenever your hair needs a bit of revitalising but not a whole wash.

So…ergo…that means you need to be using more conditioner than you do shampoo. Time to stock up!

Along with the best shampoos for coloured hair, conditioners for coloured hair should be a vital part of your coloured hair care routine. It’s all part of How to look after your coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer.

What is the best conditioner for coloured hair?

Let’s get soaking! We’re here with 10 of the top conditioners for dyed hair that you need to keep your colour in tip top condition!

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Top 10 Conditioners for coloured hair at a glance.

ConditionerLooks likeBest forRatingBuy now
Bed Head by Tigi Colour Goddessbest conditioners for coloured hairSweet smelling softness.
L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protectbest conditioners for coloured hairFighting frizz.
Redkin Colour Extend Magneticsbest conditioners for coloured hairFine hair and lasting colour.
Kerastase Reflection Fondant Chromatiquebest conditioners for coloured hairBringing colour to life.
Label.m Color Stay Conditionerbest conditioners for coloured hairSilky, sun-protected hair.
Color WOW Color Security Conditionerbest conditioners for coloured hairThick hair and amazing moisture.
Clairol Colour Booster - Redbest conditioners for coloured hairRed hair shades.
Osmo Colour Revive Conditioning Colour best conditioners for coloured hairTopping up colour.
NYK1 Salt Sulphate Free Conditionerbest conditioners for coloured hairRestoring damaged hair.
Plantur 39 for coloured and stressed hairbest conditioners for coloured hairVery grey hair.

TOP PICK!

Label M Colour Stay Conditioner.

Best for: Silky, sun protected hair.

This brand is totally gorge. We love this for having UV protection in it so you don’t have to worry about the sun fading your hair. Makes your hair smell FANTASTIC and feel silky and it tops our list for that.


#1 Bed Head by Tigi Colour Goddess Conditioner for Coloured Hair.

They say:

  • A Non-Silicone conditioner to leave hair smooth, conditioned and frizz-free.
  • This has a sweet caramel-toffee fragrance.
  • It is oil-infused to help with maintaining colour and prolonging its vibrancy.
  • It contains gold mica which really helps highlight brunette, copper and red tones.
  • Formulated with Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Vitamin B5 and Keratin.

Reviewers say:

“This has a lovely smell. I leave it in for a few moments to let it sink in and you can feel the difference while you’re washing it out.”

“This came as a big size but I’m really happy it did- I love it. It smells yummy like a rich caramel. I’ve tried other brand but this is the one for me now. I’ll always buy this size as it’s better value.”

We say:

Some of us didn’t like the sickly smell, some of us wanted to eat it all up. But it certainly made our dyed hair feel enriched and a little went a long way so it’ll last for the life of the colour. 

Best for: Sweet smelling softness.

#2 L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Rapid Reviver Coloured Hair Power Conditioner.

L'Oreal colour protect conditioner

They say:

  • This is an ‘intense conditioning formula’ that’s infused with amino acid and vitamin E. 
  • The formula leaves hair feeling nourished and soft to the touch. 
  • This rich conditioner claims to contain twice more conditioning ingredients versus a classic conditioner. (We can’t verify if this is true!)
  • No leave-in time and no weigh-down.

Reviewers say:

“My hair has become softer than soft thanks to this conditioner. It was brittle and frazzled and full of split ends after dyeing it for years but now it’s all swishy!”

“This has made my hair RELAX without weighing it down like no other conditioner in the world has managed to do. I usually look like a Troll without it! Styling my hair is also much easier as it’s not all rough and knotty. It does everything you need it too.”

We say:

This is great value for money and a little hair colour booster to our fading tresses. It had the effect of a deep conditioner but only took half the time. Would be fabulous for frequent use too as it’s super kind on colour. L’Oreal we love you.

Best for: Fighting frizz.

#3 Redken Colour Extend Magnetics Conditioner.

They say:

  • Redken Color Extend Conditioner says it prolongs the ‘Magnetic intensity’ of hair colour with every wash. 
  • Its cleansing formula cleanses the hair inside and out – from root to tip – to lengthen to life of your colour.

Reviewers say:

“I used to have to have my hair coloured every four weeks. It’s bright pink and awesome when it’s first done but the colour fades pretty quick. Now I use this and wash it less and I can go up to 6 weeks if I use a root touch up. Awesome stuff. “

“If you have coloured hair this needs to be a staple in your bathroom cupboard, this does the job and more more more.”

“This is the best conditioner I’ve ever used at home. Every time I use it it feels like I’ve been to the salon. Super glam.”

We say:

Loads of five star reviews on this one so we had to give it a try. A little went a long way and it really did leave us feeling ‘salony’.

It’s very lightweight so perfect for finer hair. We haven’t used it long enough to test the colour lasting properties yet, but it made our list as, from the reviews, it sure looks a winner.

Best for: Fine hair and lasting colour.

#4 Kerastase Reflection Fondant Chromatique.

They say:

  • Kérastase Conditioner Reflection Fondant Chromatique is enriched with ‘chelators’ – small molecules that bind very tightly to to your colour particles to lock them in.
  • With added UV Filters and Vitamin E, this conditioner helps fight the factors responsible for colour fading. 
  • The conditioner’s innovative Système Capture Advanced helps neutralise external aggressors like heat and wetness that can disturb colour.

Reviewers say:

“This make my hair feel like silk and is a tidy price too. I also use the matching shampoo. I’ve got fine hair so can’t have anything too heavy or I look like a dull mess. This makes my hair feel really moisturised and happy!”

“My hairdresser recommended this and they use this themselves at home which is always a good sign. I have a bob so don’t need a lot and for the price it works perfectly.”

We say:

No conditioners or indeed ANYTHING hair list is complete without Kerastase. Combine this with Kerastase Reflection Bain Chromatique Riche Shampoo and you’ll really notice your colour pop.

This is a long time fave of ours after having people give us lots of hair compliments when we use it – and who doesn’t love those!

Best for: Bringing colour to life.

#5 Label M Colour Stay Conditioner.

They say:

  • Label M Colour Stay Conditioner is infused with hydrolysed silk, nad the lovely scents of jojoba, aloe barbadenis and extracts of sunflower. 
  • Contains heliogenol which combats fading 
  • And something they call their ‘enviroshield complex’ which further protects coloured hair against heat styling and UV rays.

Reviewers say:

“You don’t need much of this and it contains no sulphates so that’s a win win for me and my hair.”

“I love this stuff. It keeps my colour well and I have naturally wavy hair that I like to wear wavy so don’t want anything that weighs it down. This works a treat.”

We say:

This brand is totally gorge. We love this for having UV protection in it so you don’t have to worry about the sun fading your hair. Makes your hair smell FANTASTIC and feel silky and it makes our list just for that.

Best for: Silky, sun protected hair.

#6 COLOR WOW Color Security Conditioner.

They say:

  • The ideal partner to Color Security Shampoo, 
  • This Conditioner has eight translucent conditioning agents to add shimmer, shine and moisture to your colour-treated hair.
  • Together with the Color Security Shampoo, it’s a powerful defender against tangled, rough, and chemically-compromised hair.
color wow hair conditioner

Reviewers say:

“What they say is true about this product. I also use the root touch up and my trips to the hairdresser are really stretched out now!”

“My colour definitely seems to pop more after I use this. I’ve recommended it to my friends every time they’ve commented on my hair looking good. It’s worth investing in great products if your investing in colouring your hair.”

We say:

This specially formulated conditioner is from the people that brought us COLOUR WOW Root Cover Up – and wow, they really care about our coloured hair.

We tried the one for THICK HAIR which is quite rich and may weigh down finer manes, so make sure you pick the right one for your hair type. Buy it with the shampoo for amazing results.

Best for: Thick hair and amazing moisture.

#7 Clairol Colour Booster Conditioner – RED.

They say:

  • With Clairol Colour Booster you can condition your hair and refresh your colour all at once. 
  • Colour Booster gradually adds pigment to your locks, giving you the intense, radiant and long-lasting colour you’ve always dreamt of.
  • It contains no ammonia and no peroxide so you can use it as your everyday conditioner. 
  • Say goodbye to orange and brassy fading and hello to smooth and silky hair.

Reviewers say:

“This lifts my colour with a subtle copper glow. Works well for topping up my colour in between dyeing it. My hair feels great too and I’d really recommend it.”

“Love this. A fantastic way to keep your colour going. I sometimes mix a couple of colours to get richer hues in my hair. It’s not too strong, it’s just right.”

“Can keep your hairdresser away for longer! Make sure you use gloves. It’s more of a tint than a dye but it revitalises my colour really well.”

We say:

The Clairol Colour Booster Conditioner range is definitely worth a spot in our list thanks to its “innovative hair dye pigmentation technology.” In less complex terms, it has a weeny bit of colour in it to boost your colour and make it last for longer.

An ABSOLUTE NO BRAINER if your hair is red as it’s the colour that fades the fastest. Choose your shade carefully.

Best for: Red hair shades.

#8 Osmo Colour Revive Conditioning Colour Treatment – Purple Rouge.

They say:

  • This is made to instantly restore vibrancy and give your coloured hair the lift it needs to stay stronger for longer.
  • Extend your time between salon visits with this conditioning colour treatment. 
  • It’s a thick and nourishing cream that ensures your hair colour stays stronger for longer.
osmo colour revive conditioner

Reviewers say:

“I don’t use gloves with this as other reviewers say but I can say I LOVE IT!!! It’s a must for stopping fading hair colour. Mine used to wash out so fast I was tearing it out (almost) wondering what to do than I found this and I’ll never look back!”

“I use this whenever I get my hair dyed a different colour and then I don’t need to dye it again until I change it again! I’ve been purple and red so far and each time this has kept it vibrant and looking great until I fancy a change!”

We say:

We like this range for the variety of awesome colours – from purple to hot pink as well as your reds, blondes and brunettes in between.

Like the Clairol Colour Booster, it has a wincy bit of colour in so you need to be as careful as you would with using hair dye. The tube is small but this isn’t for every time you wash your hair so you can use it sparingly.

Best for: Topping up colour.

#9 NYK1 Salt Sulphate Free Conditioner.

They say:

  • NYK1 Salt and Sulphate Free Conditioner conditions and fragrances your hair and help keep your hair smoother and your colour brighter and more vibrant for longer. 
  • Using natural Oil of Coconut to nourish and reduce frizz, for a silky soft smooth shiny finish.
  • Great for hair extensions and brazilian treated hair as it’s been carefully created to thoroughly cleanse and fortify hair without stripping Keratin, colour or hair bonds.
nyk1 conditioner for coloured hair

Reviewers say:

“I’m in love with this conditioner!! I got this duo which is brilliant value. Won’t use anything else ever again.”

“I got this after seeing so many reviews, while looking for a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner. I had only ever used products recommended by my hairdresser but my hair was starting to feel lank after washing. So I took a chance on this one and am happy to say this is better than I expected. My hair feels soft and properly nourished and moisturised. Fantastic product!”

We say:

This is an award-winning product and it’s not hard to see why. It’s free of all things bad and is made for people who have a lot of hair treatments – not just colour.

It’s often on offer in a duo with the shampoo so a must for those with extensions and other high maintenance styles and treatments that need a lot of care.

Best for: Restoring damaged hair.

#10 Plantur 39 for coloured and stressed hair – over forty

They say:

  • This is marketed at the over 40’s as the hair’s pigment cells can lose their colour performance and the hair turns grey or even white. 
  • The ingredients are a blended combination that works to regenerate the hair surface and increases hair brilliance. 
  • This includes active avocado to seal the damaged hair shaft, making the hair smooth and easy to style. 
  • It’s also great for nourishing your scalp.

Reviewers say:

“My hair was falling out a lot with other shampoo and conditioner products. My sister suggested I try this and I’m so glad she did because it really works. It is a bit expensive but you use less than other brands and buying from amazon is cheaper than going to the shops for it. I won’t use anything else. I like to keep my hair looking good.”

“I find this conditioner doesn’t weigh my hair down like other brands, I like the fact that I can put it on my roots and it doesn’t make them greasy which many others do!”

We say:

If you’re colouring your hair to cover greys, this one is a good shout. We love it for paying special attention to us silver foxes.

You can use it at any age! Not just 40. It definitely did make our hair feel….stronger. There was less around the plug hole after a few weeks of using. It’s good for fortifying a dry scalp.

Best for: Very grey hair.


TOP PICK!

Label M Colour Stay Conditioner.

Best for: Silky, sun protected hair.

This brand is totally gorge. We love this for having UV protection in it so you don’t have to worry about the sun fading your hair. Makes your hair smell FANTASTIC and feel silky and it tops our list for that.

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