@asianrunner - The term "color-safe" means that the product won't strip out color that's been added to the hair. Of course, hair color fades with time anyway, but color-treated hair will fade a LOT faster if products that aren't color-safe are used on it. The challenge for us color-treated curlies is to find products without the evil sulfates and silicones, but are color-safe. So many traditional color-safe shampoos and conditioners have silicones in them