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2021’s Best Color Depositing Shampoos for Redheads

Is your red hair fading? Give it a natural boost!

Updated: May 25th, 2023

Every year, the H2BAR beauty team comes out with the list of the top ‘redhead friendly’ color depositing shampoos for redheads. Since the beginning of 2021, we have been testing other color depositing shampoos and also staying true to a few of our favorites.

Are you wondering what color depositing shampoos are? They naturally deposit color in red hair without the use of permanent dyes.

If you’re a natural redhead, you can add this hair care product to your beauty routine a few times a week. Great for natural reds who are experiencing natural fading and want to “up” their red.

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 it.

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.


1. Davines Alchemic Shampoo 

Great for: natural redheads and redheads ‘by choice’.

Another cult-favorite product from the Italian brand, Davines. This is an excellent option if you’re a copper redhead and looking for a shampoo and conditioner duo to get the job done.

Shade: Copper

Price: $27


2. John Frieda Radiant Red Red Boosting Shampoo

Great for: natural redheads and redheads ‘by choice’.

As seen in the H2BAR Box, this affordable color depositing shampoo contains anti-fade technology to preserve color while pomegranate extract and Vitamin E help to boost softness and magnify shine. Grab the duo with the red boosting conditioner if you’re looking to really ‘up’ your red.

Shade: Red

Price: $7

3. Pure Blends Hydrating Color Depositing Shampoo

Great for: redheads ‘by choice’

Infused with coconut oil, marigold, collagen and keratin, this sulfate-free and gluten-free shampoo will bring life back to your red locks. 

Shade: Red

Price: $22

4. Joico Color Infuse Red Shampoo

This is a new recommendation from the H2BAR team! It’s great for natural redheads and redheads ‘by choice’.

As seen in the Deluxe Spring H2BAR Box, it is designed to bump up the intensity, shine, and lasting power of the richest redheads. Boosts shine and smoothness! Fights fading and contains UV absorbers. Paraben-free.

Shade: Infuse Red

Price: $18

If you are looking for an alternative to color depositing shampoo, look no further:

Finally Glossy® Shine & Luminosity Shampoo for Redheads

It took many years to custom-make the Finally Glossy® formula and we’re so excited for redheads to enjoy it. We’re thrilled to release another clean redhead beauty product. It is paraben-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, petroleum-free, mineral-oil, and vegan. It also contains no perfume, is free of gluten and is silicone-free, phthalate-free, formaldehyde-free and cocamidopropyl betaine-free. This clean formula is formulated with Vitamin B3, olive oil, coconut oil and green tea.

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