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Color protection shampoos in the “Ökotest” – only three are top, five fail

Anyone who colors their hair wants the coloration to stay beautiful for as long as possible. Special color protection shampoos are designed to do just that. In the “Ökotest”, however, only three out of twenty products performed well.

Anyone who regularly dyes or tans their hair knows the problem of color bleeding. After a few shampoos, the color simply no longer looks as color-intensive and fresh as hoped. Color protection shampoos are supposed to prevent this effect and ensure that the color lasts for a long time. The magazine "Ökotest" has now tested some of these color protection shampoos. The result is mixed.

These color protection shampoos have been tested by "Ökotest".

"Ökotest" tested a total of twenty color protection shampoos, including products from Garnier, Nivea, Pantene Pro-V and Schauma, shampoos from the own brands of Rossmann, Dm and Müller, but also products from Rausch, Korres and Jean & Len. Of the hair care products tested, however, only a few performed really well: just three shampoos were rated as "very good". From fünf tested products, however, is even advised against! They failed the test.

Why did some of the color protection shampoos fail the "Ökotest"?

"Ökotest" criticized that some products contain aggressive PEG compounds that attack the color too strongly and harm the scalp. In addition, questionable fragrances were found in the defective color protection products. For example, three well-known manufacturers work with artificial musk fragrances, which spread throughout the environment, accumulate in human fatty tissue and can now even be found in breast milk.

In addition, more than half of the color-protecting shampoos contain silicones, according to "Ökotest": They coat the hair and make it look beautiful, but in the long run silicones are anything but good. They cause the hair to look dull at some point, and they can also end up in the environment via wastewater. There they degrade again only with difficulty. Furthermore, "Ökotest" criticizes that some manufacturers cannot provide any evidence for the color protection promises made on the packaging – empty product promises.

What should I look for when buying a color protection shampoo?

Be wary of advertising slogans like: "Up to twelve weeks of color protection" or "14 weeks of healthy color brilliance. These sound great at first, but if there is no proof of these results, they are usually empty product promises. Also, avoid shampoos that contain silicone. If you are not sure what the product contains, certain scanning apps can help. Simply scan the barcode on your smartphone to see if the shampoo contains any questionable ingredients. Tikbow has summarized helpful care tips for colored and dyed hair here.