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Each year, the H2BAR beauty team comes out with the list of top ‘redhead friendly’ color depositing shampoos for redheads. The list is here!

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

What are color depositing shampoos? 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. Tressa Watercolors Color Depositing Shampoo 

Great for: natural redheads and redheads ‘by choice’

Specially formulated to deposit color and deliver vibrant tones and brilliant shine, while a rich foaming lather nourishes every hair strand. Enhance natural or ‘by choice’ hues with this ultimate color enhancing, sulfate-free conditioning shampoo. You can purchase directly on HowtobeaRedhead.com! 

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

Price: $27.99


2. Celeb Luxury Gem Lites Colorwash

Great for: natural redheads and redheads ‘by choice’

This color wash shampoo makes the top of our list for the second year in a row! A vegan and cruelty-free option if you’re looking to maintain and boost your color. Seen in the H2BAR Box.

Shades: Fire Opal, Ruby, Tourmaline

Price: $35

3. 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


4. 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

5. 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. 

Price: $22


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