Elasta QP Shampoo for Relaxed Hair is specially formulated with a balance of gentle cleansing and conditioning ingredients that leave hair both clean and easy to manage. To detangle and repair brittle, damaged hair and leave it smooth and managable, try Elasta QP Intense Fortifying Hair Conditioner. When curling hair or to add hold and sheen to any style, try Elasta QP Recovery Moisturizing Creme Hairdress. This leave-in moisturizing creme hairdress is designed to revive dull, dry, damaged or chemically treated hair.

Coloresse Rescue Shampoo and Coloresse Rescue Conditioner repair, strengthen and moisturize brittle, damaged, color-treated hair while keeping color fresh and vibrant. The gentle sulfate-free shampoo formula won’t strip hair color and is gentle on relaxed hair. Coloresse Rescue Treatment Masque revives dry, weak hair with sunflower seed extract, vitamin E and vegetable protein. Natural oils and silicones help improve hair texture, lock in moisture and add vibrant shine for a smooth, healthy-looking finish.

Motions Lavish Conditioning Shampoo with polymeric conditioning and silk and keratin proteins adds body and control and leaves the hair soft, smooth and beautiful. So potent that a small dose delivers maximum results, Motions Moisture Plus Conditioner penetrates into hairshaft and conditions from within using panthenol, a vitamin derivative and glycerin. Motions Nourish Leave-In Conditioner contains shine-enhancing silicones vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5 to softens hair and and increase hair’s moisture retaining capabilities.

Park Avenue Color Protecting Shampoo by Naturelle gently cleanses and protects color treated hair and compares to Redken Color Extend at a much gentler price. Follow up with Park Avenue Color Protecting Conditioner fortified with ceramide, silicone and UVA/UVB filters to help prolong color retention andrepair damage and porous areas prone to color loss.

Relaxed Color
Our color expert weighs the options for coloring relaxed hair.

Having hair that’s both relaxed and color-treated poses special challenges. Because all chemical services can be damaging to hair, putting your hair through two services—especially within a short period of time—is a double whammy that can yield some pretty heart-breaking results. The good news is that you can have it all, as long as it’s done correctly. Expert colorist Stacey Jones guides your through your options for combining these chemical services.

Plan Ahead
“If you already know that you want to both color and relax your hair, the best place to start is at the salon,” says Stacey Jones. “Let your hairdresser know you plan to have both services.” Here is a basic outline of your relaxed color options.

Semi-Permanent Color on Relaxed Hair
  • CON: Frequent reapplication—every 6-8 shampoos
  • PRO: Non-damaging; no wait between services

According to color expert Stacey Jones, "The safest solution for coloring relaxed hair is semi-permanent haircolor because it contains no ammonia or peroxide." This "deposit only" color enhances shine and texture by coating hair with color. It can temporarily blend up to 50 percent gray and will not leave a harsh regrowth line of demarcation because it gradually washes out. "Just remember that while semi-permanent color can make hair color richer or darker, it will not lighten hair. It can, however, create the look of highlights when a medium or light shade is applied to gray hair." While semi-permanent color normally lasts from four to eight shampoos, Jones warns that hair that has been relaxed will tend to hold color longer and if the hair is very dry and porous, any hair color can become permanent. "It’s a good idea to use a porosity equalizer before coloring relaxed hair," she advises.

Demi-Permanent Color on Relaxed Hair
  • CON: Wait up to 2 weeks between services
  • PRO: Long-lasting results without regrowth demarcation

Another option for relaxed hair is demi-permanent color, which lasts up to 24 shampoos—three times as long as semi-permanent color. "Like semi-permanent color, demi-permanent hair color is 'deposit only' so it won’t lighten hair. It produces natural-looking results and blends up to 75% gray. Demi-permanent color does not contain ammonia, however, it does contain a small amount of peroxide, which allows for subtle but noticeable color enhancement. This low level of peroxide also creates a more stable color molecule for increased longevity," says Jones. Depending on the manufacturer’s formulation, you may have to wait a week or two between relaxing hair and having a demi-permanent color service. Check with your hairdresser beforehand.

Permanent Color on Relaxed Hair
  • CON: Wait at least 2 weeks between services; salon maintenance every 4-6 weeks
  • PRO: Permanent results; complete gray coverage

Permanent color offers 100% gray coverage and is the best option for a dramatic hair color change and the only way to go from dark to light. "If you want permanent hair color on relaxed hair," Jones warns, "you will have to wait at least two weeks between relaxer and color services for safe application. This is not something to try at home," she warns, "both services should be done by a salon professional. Permanent hair color will also need to be touched up by a professional every four to six weeks," she adds.

Stacey JonesA master colorist, stylist, salon education manager and brand manager, Stacey Jones has more than 16 years of experience of beauty industry experience working for companies such as Wella and Clairol. She is currently Senior Brand Manager, Professional Products for Sally Beauty.