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2018’s Best Color Depositing Shampoos for Redheads

Naturally enhance your red locks with these 2018 favorites.

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Each year, the H2BAR beauty team comes out with the list of top ‘redhead friendly’ color depositing shampoos and conditioners for redheads.

READ: The 6 Best Ways To Keep Red Hair From Fading

Color depositing shampoos naturally deposit color in the hair.

If you’re a natural redhead, you can add this hair care product to your beauty routine a few times a week.

If you’re a redhead ‘by choice’, use this regularly to lengthen the time in-between your trips to the salon.

It’s important to know some key tips and facts before opting for a color depositing product. Here are 7 things you should know: 

1. If you’re a redhead ‘by choice’, consult with your stylist or colorist before using.

2. Color depositing shampoo and conditioners do not work for blonde or grey shades of hair. Warning: If you have blonde highlights in your red hair, using these products will turn them pink.

3. Rinse your hair after conditioning with cool water. This will help close the cuticle and seal in moisture.

4. The product may stain so use a dark towel (or t-shirt) while drying your hair.

5. If you’re nervous to take the color depositing plunge, we recommend adding a few drops to your currently used shampoo and conditioner. This is a great way to ‘up’ your red a tiny bit.

6. We advise conducting a strand test before using one of these products below.

7. For best results, lather on a color depositing shampoo. Rinse. Apply and lather a color depositing conditioner. Rinse with cool water.

We may receive commissions from links on this page, but we only recommend products we love and deem ‘redhead friendly’. 

Here are 8 of our 2018 ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved favorite color depositing products: 

1. Tressa Fluid Color Depositing Shampoo 

A cult favorite that won’t disappoint. Great for those with fiery red-orange tones. Seen in the H2BAR Box

Shades: Fluid Fire, Crimson Splash, Liquid Fire, Wet Brick

Price: $13

2. Aveda Madder Root

This was the first color-depositing shampoo and conditioner we ever tried.  It restores the warmth to chestnut, auburn and red tones. Read our 2013 review.

Price: $44



3. Pure Blends Hydrating Color Depositing Shampoo

We’ve discovered this sulfate-free shampoo is a great option for all those ‘chosen’ redheads out there. It will eliminate color fade and color washout.

Pride: $19.95
Pure Blends Shampoo - Red Color Depositing Shampoo

4. Pravana Nevo Color Enhancer Treatment Radiant Red

This is a conditioning treatment applied after shampooing. Leave on for 1-2 minutes and rinse. Seen in the H2BAR Box. Seen in the H2BAR Box

Shades: Radiant Red, Brillant Copper

Price: $15.50

5. Davines Alchemic Shampoo

You really can’t go wrong with a product from the Italian brand, Davines. This is a great option if you’re a copper redhead.

Price: $27.00


6. Quantum Colors Color Replenishing Conditioner, Riveting Reds

An inexpensive option that actually works. Seen in the H2BAR Box. 

Price: $9.39

Quantum Riveting Reds Color Replenishing Shampoo


7. Joico Color Infuse Red Shampoo

Another inexpensive shampoo that does the job. Your hair will look vibrant and shiny after using.

Price: $17

8. Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Mask

While this is NOT a color depositing shampoo, we had to add it to this list simply because it can be incorporated into your redhead cleansing routine. And, you’ll fall in love with this mask after just one use.

After washing, towel dry your hair and apply the mask. Leave on for 5 to 30 minutes. If it’s your first time, apply it for just 5 minutes to see how your hair holds the color.

Price: $53

Rock it like a Redhead!