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8 Hair Glosses for Fading Red Hair

Updated: October 30th, 2023
“You’re a redhead? You don’t look like you have red hair to me.”

Is it just us or do you HATE when someone says the above?

Fading red hair is a beauty dilemma many redheads face, especially during the winter. It can happen to redheads of all ages. Your red locks can turn either strawberry blonde or brassy brown, depending on your natural red color. Many natural redheads can have a difficult time taking the plunge to ‘up’ the red in their hair. We get it. Natural redheads are proud to be, well… natural.

Don’t worry, you’re in luck. There are several ‘redhead friendly’ glosses currently on the market that are great for making red hair more vibrant. Plus, you won’t have to go to the salon and dish out unnecessary money to get glosses every 8-12 weeks. These products can all be used at home and they’re all super easy to use*. Plus, they’re ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved!

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1. 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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2. Madison Reed Color Reviving Gloss

This semi-permanent hair color gloss (seen in the February H2BAR Box) adds a dose of shine and refresh to faded red tones. Opt for the Radiant Hair Color Kit if you do not have the tools necessary to achieve this at home, such as gloves (to avoid getting color on your nails and hands) and a cap.

$30, Shop now

Watch the H2BAR tutorial below on how to use the product! 

3. ALOXXI InstaBoost Color Depositing Conditioning Masque in Copper Cabana

This new masque from ALOXXI is cruelty-free, paraben-free and sulfate-free. After doing a successful strip test apply a generous amount to damp hair. Work through with fingers. Leave on for 3-5 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

$20, Shop now


4. Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Hair Gloss – Red

Another ‘redhead friendly’ color enhancer to add a hint of color and a dose of shine to help fight color-fading and dullness.

$26, Shop now

5. DpHUE Color Boosting GLOSS+ Deep Conditioning Treatment

Add a boost of color and shine with this gloss and deep conditioner. Leave on for 10-20 minutes depending on the desired effect you’re looking for. All H2BAR Box subscribers might remember the dpHUE brand in a July 2016 box!

$30, Shop now

6. Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask with Temporary Coloring

A nourishing and color revival mask that will caramelize your hair for a pure copper shade. After shampooing, massage and leave for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the desired intensity. All H2BAR Box subscribers might remember receiving Christophe Robin sample conditioners in a 2017 box!

7. Bumble And Bumble Bb. Color Gloss

This is another great gloss to ‘up’ your red. Apply to dry hair, leave on for about 20 minutes, rinse and wash hair with your desired shampoo and conditioner.
This gloss comes in a warm or cool red. It’s a great product to use for those ‘chosen’ redheads who are in-between salon visits or for a natural redhead looking to make their hues more vibrant.

Looking for the perfect hair towel to go with your new gloss? Look no further!

How to be a Redhead Soft Microfiber Hair Towel

When drying your hair opt to use a microfiber towel! Introducing the How to be a Redhead Soft Microfiber Hair Towel for Redheads. Because wet hair is at its most vulnerable, this custom microfiber towel gently and carefully absorbs moisture from your red hair and dries it quickly, all while protecting it from stretching and breakage. This design is uniquely shaped to wrap all of your hair securely (no matter the length), with an elastic strap to comfortably keep things in place. Your hair journey starts here, redheads.

Which gloss will you be trying on your red hair? Comment below!

*If you have dyed your hair blonde and/or color your hair frequently, please consult with your hairstylist/colorist about using a gloss.