If you have color treated hair, skip this shampoo. I literally watched my precious color go right down the drain. I wanted a clarifying shampoo but this one left my hair stripped, and parched. I definitely don't recommend it if you want to preserve your color. However, I've found a couple of sulfate free clarifying shampoos that remove every trace of styling product, hairspray and conditioner buildup but that don't strip the color out of my hair. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo with apple cider vinegar is sulfate free and fantastic. It tackles sticky residue with aplomb and it washes away like a dream. It also smells really clean and fresh. There is a new companion conditioner (I've only found it at Target btw) to this shampoo and it lightly hydrates and has tons of slip. I use this duo often.
Also really good is Carol's Daughter Lisa's Hair Elixir shampoo, which is also sulfate free, and leaves my hair soft and shiny and free of every last bit of buildup. It also has a minty fragrance and the natural oils stimulate the scalp. The conditioner is really nice too and it leaves my hair hydrated and nourished.
Another great sulfate free clarifying formula is Pureology Purify, which washes away residue cleanly and thoroughly. It is a moisturizing formula that leaves my hair looking healthy and gives it plenty of body.
All three of these sulfate free formulas are very good, it's just a matter of price point. SM is available at drugstores, Walmart, Target, Ulta and Sally's. CD is available at Ulta, Target and some Sephoras. Pureology is at Ulta. SM is the least expensive, then CD and finally Pureology. I keep both SM and CD on hand. Sometimes Pureology is simply outside my budget, but I do like the formula a lot. If you have color treated hair, I urge you to skip this Pantene shampoo and to spend a little more for SM or CD. Why wash your color down the drain just to get rid of styling and conditioner residue? It's not necessary. Any of these color safe formulas works just as well, and while they may be a little more expensive, isn't your beautiful hair color worth it? I know mine is. The last thing I want is to fade my expensive dye job, lol! SM and CD are HG products for me and have been for years. I highly recommend them. But I definitely do not recommend this Pantene shampoo for those of us with color treated locks.