Colorshampoos fail at Stiftung Warentest

Not very good marks for colors shampoos in an investigation by the Stiftung Warentest

Color shampoos promise protection against fading and optimal care of colored hair. To do this, the customer has to dig deeper into their wallets. Stiftung Warentest has now revealed that it is often possible to save money.

Baby shampoo as good as color shampoos So that dyed hair does not lose its shine and color intensity, the Germans let their care products cost a lot. Special color shampoos promise "long-lasting color gloss" and "longer color brilliance". Stiftung Warentest has now tested 16 color protection shampoos and came to a sobering result.

The special shampoos are advertised with ingredients such as UV filters, which are intended to protect against “fading”, for example promised by grape seed oil, acai fruit pulp or an "innovative color complex". According to the Stiftung Warentest, the shampoos all have one thing in common: they bring nothing. All the products tested were rated “poor”, the consumer advocates report. The origin - discounters or hairdressers - does not matter. A baby shampoo was used to compare the color shampoos. Sad result: the hair fades with the color protection shampoos just as quickly as with the baby care product, explains Stiftung Warentest. The hair would lose color every time it was washed. This is even stronger under sunlight. None of the ingredients advertised showed the promised effect.

Microbiological quality for all but one shampoo "very good" The product "Sanotint" was particularly negative in the test. The shampoo already contained too many and possibly pathogenic germs when it was first opened. All other shampoos convinced with the microbiological quality. Stiftung Warentest reports that all but “Sanotint” were rated “very good” on this point. On average, the color shampoos would have performed worse than shampoos for damaged hair. Many of the products tested were rated "satisfactory" in terms of care properties.

In order to have some of the hair coloring for as long as possible, Stiftung Warentest advises protecting the hair with a hat from intense sun and rinsing it out with fresh water after bathing in the sea. In addition, consumer advocates recommend at least occasionally refraining from washing your hair every day. Because washing your hair every day puts a strain on your hair.

A lot of chemistry in shampoos It is well known that conventional shampoos consist of a real chemical cocktail. This becomes clear when you look at the list of ingredients. The main ingredients after water are often skin-irritating sodium laureth sulfates, so-called surfactants.

Even when it comes to active ingredients, advertising says "natural ingredients", but these are usually only available in very small quantities. Consumer advocates are particularly critical of the use of some preservatives in shampoos. Some manufacturers use agents that are suspected of being harmful to health. People with sensitive scalp should therefore use mild shampoos. Olive oil is a proven home remedy for dry, itchy scalp. (ag)

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