COLOUR CONDITIONER

These are designed to protect hair that’s been coloured in a salon or at home, guarding against heat damage and working to prevent fading. Of course, there are specific colour conditioners for different haircolours, now – blonde, brunette, even redheads – so do cross-check with those specific categories, too, depending on your hair shade. The winner below did really, really well – but it’s a bit of a ‘hair investment’, too.

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GOLD AWARD SACHAJUAN Colour Protect Conditioner

For some mysterious reason, Fudge – who also had a winner in this category – discontinued that product testing, which means we're only able to share details of one product that impressed our panellists sufficiently to be included. (Lots failed.) If you've never heard of Sachajuan, listen up: they're a cool Swedish brand born out of the belief that haircare was becoming too complex, and things needed to be simplified for clients and stylists. (The name comes from the founders, Sacha Mitic and Juan Rosenlind, who opened their Stockholm salon in 1997.) Sachajuan's fame is now rippling out internationally, thanks to formulas which are as brief and edited as possible – here, a colour-saving formula incorporating the brand's signature 'Ocean Silk Technology', with nourishing proteins and mineral extracts derived from sea algae, to add strength and bounce. It's lightly-scented, nicely-detangling, and features UV protection to shield colour-treated hair.

OUR TESTERS' COMMENTS:

‘I loved this product, from the simple packaging, which immediately caught my eye, to using it and the results afterwards. My hair felt great, with a really great shine, brighter colour and it was softer and easier to style. It also has an amazing smell’ • ‘My hair was easy to dry and straighten – more manageable. Once I styled it, my hair looked shiny and glossy – very nice’ • ‘The texture was really nice and creamy and it was very easy to apply as not too runny. It definitely preserves my colour in between my monthly visits to the hairdresser’ • ‘My hair seemed softer and much fuller – definitely smoother too. I noticed the colour protection and body more than shine. The product didn't weigh it down at all, if anything I could leave it longer between washes’ • ‘This product would be great for anyone requiring more volume, particularly if you have fine or lank hair. It made curling my hair much easier too’ • ‘This made my hair much smoother and gave a great shine to my hair, and also lifted the colour. My colour has definitely lasted longer and hasn't faded as it has before. I found it best to apply to the ends only as it was quite rich and heavy for my hair type and made it look a bit limp. This made a different and I would definitely buy it.’

£22 for 250ml - click to buy