Natural and ‘by choice’ redheads have a similar hair question, “My hair is fading. How can I make it naturally vibrant?” There are some temporary natural remedies, but color-depositing shampoos always hit the ball out of the park. Color-depositing shampoos naturally deposit color in the hair as you wash your copper locks! If you’re a natural redhead, add this to your beauty routine a few times a week, and if you’re a redhead ‘by choice’, use this regularly to lengthen time in-between your trips to the salon.

'Redhead Friendly' Beauty Products

In the recent years, more shampoo companies have begun targeting redheads — and we’re so thankful! We’ve tested and approved 7 color -depositing shampoos ‘Redhead Friendly’. You won’t have to worry about your scalp being dyed red (yes, unfortunately it can happen with some shampoos) and your hair will look vibrant in a subtle, natural way.

Get ready for people to stop you and say, “Your hair looks so red today!” Click below to scroll through each product.

1. You can pick up Quantum Riveting Reds Color Replenishing Shampoo at any Sally Beauty store or online. It is specially formulated for redheads, this shampoo gently cleanses and moisturizes with vitamin C, wheat protein and red henna extract. The shampoo is infused with sunflower seed extract to deposit color refreshing elements and to protect hair color from fading. Reds will appear brighter and more luminous. Recommended for use on any red shade ranging from copper, strawberry blonde to mahogany.

Quantum Riveting Reds Color Replenishing Shampoo

Quantum Riveting Reds Color Replenishing Shampoo, $9.50

2. If you were a fan of ARTec Loreal Professionnel Color Depositing Shampoo, you must have been sad (just like us) when it was discontinued. An excellent and very comparable line to Artec is the new Pure Blends Color Depositing Shampoos. Just like Artec, they have 3 different shades of red: Red, Cherry, Chestnut. The shampoo maintains the brightness of red hair.

Pure Blends Shampoo - Red Color Depositing ShampooPure Blends Shampoo – Red Color Depositing Shampoo, $18

3. How to be a Redhead recommended Davines Alchemic Shampoo in ‘Red’ in its New York Times feature, and for a good reason. This product, made in Italy, is true luxury and makes red hair pop with 1-2 shampoos.



4. The Tressa Fluid Color Depositing Shampoo has been around for many years and if the packaging doesn’t look familiar, it has been re-branded. But, the product itself is still fabulous. It’s made for those who want bright, passionate, fiery red-orange tones.

Tressa Fluid Fire Color Depositing Shampoo

Tressa Fluid Fire Color Depositing Shampoo, $20

5. ULTA’s Ultimate Red is a gentle, low sulfate shampoo. It moisturizes as it cleanses for soft, healthy hair. Contains Vibrant Color Complex, to keep red hair vibrant and to protect color from fading. Designed for natural, color-treated, or highlighted hair.Ulta Ultimate Red Shampoo with Vibrant ColorComplex

Ulta Ultimate Red Shampoo with Vibrant ColorComplex, $5

6. Overtone is a new discovery and we absolutely love it! When you see the product, it is bright red. Some natural redheads might look at it and say, “This is too bright.” But, we promise you it isn’t. Simply shampoo with a normal sulfate-free shampoo. Then, use the oVertone Vibrant Red Conditioner from roots to the ends (–a nickle amount should work for most. A little goes a long way). It won’t dye your scalp and after you style, you will notice your hair looks more red, and more shiny too! This product is definitely one of our favorite finds in 2015.oVertone Vibrant Red Daily ConditioneroVertone Vibrant Red Daily Conditioner, $17

7. As many of you know, we’re big fans of Pureology’s Reviving Red product line because it was made for redheads! Its line consists of shampoo, conditioner and a color depositing serum.

Pureology Reviving Red Shampoo and ConditionerPureology Reviving Red Shampoo and Conditioner

8. Not too sure if color depositing shampoo is right for you? Try a shampoo like Nexxus Color Assure Rebalancing Shampoo. It gently cleanses and nourishes hair with a creamy rich lather, helping to protect color vibrancy.Nexxus Color Assure Rebalancing ShampooNexxus Color Assure Rebalancing Shampoo, $11

Rock it like a Redhead!

Photo Credit: Anastasia Fursova

  • Nancy. R

    I use Tressa Liquid Copper right now. I used Pureology previously. I have natural strawberry/copper hair. The tressa is very pigmented and you need to use caution around towels etc. I like it though, gives you a little boost.

    • Anonymous

      I was wondering which one was best for ginger hair. My natural hair color is orange and I don’t want to add red to it.

  • Randi

    I very much appreciate Nancy’s comment above. I haven’t used any of these products but would love to hear from those who have and any “learnings” they may be able to share – like caution around towels – or that it weighs the hair down, etc. Thanks for the tip Nancy!

  • sarah

    I have a couple of “red hair” towels. I mix a demi permanent color with an ionized conditioner. Once a week does it. I use just like a regular conditioner. And then the red towels that won’t show any stains if there are any.

    • Jan

      Sarah, What products do you use and how much of each? I’ve heard of people doing this but would like more specifics to try it on my own.

  • Laura

    Tressa has several different shades for redheads, & I’ve used them all, depending on my desired effect. They definitely make your hair color pop- and look super shiny! (People have asked if I just dyed my hair- NOPE- I washed it!) Love that stuff!!!
    Personally- I’ve never had a problem with it on my towels- but I always follow it up with a conditioner. Maybe that helps seal it in? Something I have noticed: my bathtub is plastic & will stain if I don’t rinse it off at the end of my shower. (It is fine, as long as I rinse)

  • Jessica

    I love Aveda’s madder root shampoo and conditioner! You have to use a black towel for your hair and was your hands immediately after application!

    • Jen

      I mix the Madder Root conditioner with my regular conditioner, that way it won’t be too much and get on my towels.

    • I’ve never had the Aveda Madder Root shampoo stain my towels. But I don’t use their conditioner, though.

  • Mercè

    I’m from Catalonia in Spain and cannot find Tressa shampoo anywhere online. Amazon has it but they don’t ship this type of products to Europe. Any ideas where I can get it? Thanks!

  • jenny

    I was a vibrant red head as a child and now Im natural loosing some of my red and am more of a strawberry blond now. how do i get some of my red back without using dye?

  • Claire

    I have been using the Watercolor, Fluid Fire, for about a year now and I LOVE it. My hair is a very very vibrant bright red (dyed every 5 weeks though I am a natural redhead as well) I have gone as long as 10 weeks without dying the ends and the Fluid Fire maintains that bright vibrant red like a charm! 😉 I also use hot pink/red/black towels as my hair does stain, however usually I can wash the red right out of lighter towels. 🙂

  • lauren

    I use Tessa’s fluid fire as well. It makes my hair super shiny and soft. Also, once a month I use some henna dye that I make myself and freeze. I mix the henna with jojoba, coconut, shea and castor oil, leave that in my hair for an hour, and then wash with a clarifying shampoo. I’m 22 and my red hair has been going blond, so this is how I keep it vibrant.

  • Susan

    I am a faded red head who now has blonde highlights which look terrific because of the mix with the underlying red colour. What remains unhighlighted is perked up by using Aveda color conserve which brings back my natural red. I love it!

  • shampoo

    I like to order something to give me back so red and wash out the gray that’s coming in what’s best to buy shampoo and conditioner I don’t dye my hair and I really don’t want to dye it I like a shampoo for a red red and like something that wont stain my towels or I can just buy a towel just for hair please let me know thanks Jackie

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  • I love using Aveda’s Madder Root shampoo. For us redheads who are older, it’s the best shampoo for restoring warmth and vibrancy to our red hair. I discovered it when I read Marion Roach’s “The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair.” It’s not cheap but what I do is wash my hair first with Aussie Luscious Long Hair Shampoo, rinse, and then follow with the a second wash with the Aveda shampoo. I can make a 33.8 oz bottle last for about 6 months by doing this.

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  • Heather

    I have not experienced fading of my natural color…yet. It’s scarey to think I may lose it one day but it’s comforting to know I can get it back. Thanks for the article!

  • Kristina

    My husband and I have dark Auburn hair.. Mine6was very bright when I was younger but it’s darkened over the years. I’ve gotten highlights before but I don’t really want to go that route.
    We’ve tried the quantum from Sallys and it didn’t really seem to do much for our shade. Can someone recommend which brand/type might lighten ours some & give it a little red boost?

  • Vanessa

    i use Devines …. I mix it with my regular conditioner . I like it a lot but I do admit I have dyed my natural red hair to brighten up.

  • tracy

    Since my hair is coming in white around my face and my orange hair has faded I have a wonderful hair dresser that highlights orange and blond so the white mixes in. It lasts for months. Much easier then dying one color each month!!!

  • alanna

    Can I just say that the model in this picture is just GORGEOUS. A true redhead! We rock!

  • claudia parks

    I tried the Ulta Ultimate Red – it does not work- the label on the back even says its non-color depositing but i figured it was worth a try- i am a ” by choice” redhead and was looking for something to keep my color from fading so quickly- i redo it every 3-4 weeks.

  • Christine

    I’ve Ulta’s Ultimate Red color restoring Glaze. It’s a great brightening option for my naturally red hair.

  • Betsy

    I have natural coppery red hair with blond highlights (à la Anna from Frozen, lol); alas, my hair is getting duller with age. I’ve tried Aveda’s madder root shampoo and conditioner, but each time they turned my blond strands pink! Could someone please recommend a good color depositing shampoo or conditioner? I don’t mind losing the blond streaks, so long as they don’t turn pink. Thank you!

  • Madison T

    I recently threw away all 12 bottles of Pantene and switched to the Somaluxe Clarifying Shampoo – the Pantene made my scalp itchy and had a strong chemical odor) -when i used both the Somaluxe Shampoo & Conditioner paired together – they leave my hair absolutely ahhhmazing! The somaluxe shampoo has a very simple clean fresh scent. Even for someone with allergies to scents, the clarifying shampoo is the best! My daughter has strong allergies and is very sensitive to strong scents, but she uses the Somaluxe shampoo with no issues. \I have been using this now for a month and it has not caused any drying yet, it’s perfect for daily use!

  • Jay

    Love all the info!!!! Im a red head “by choice” and looking for a way to enhance the copper tones in my hair. Have naturally medium brown and dye it red. Going for thr coppery “ginger” look but it ALWAYS comes out too “red”. Anything to enhance the gold tones to get the copper? Thanks for your help.

  • Coreen Seal

    I use to use Biosilk Sunglitz Copper shampoo and but have not ben able to find it for years. What is the next best shampoo do you suggest. I am a natural Redhead but as like most my color has faded with age.

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  • Olivia

    I have natural strawberry blonde hair and I would like it to be just a little bit more vibrant since it is winter. Which one would you recommend for me, without going too far from my natural colour?

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  • Megan

    I am a natural redhead and I love all-nutrient color depositing shampoo in the warm-red variation. I’m also tempted to try warm-blonde to give some oomph to my natural highlights.

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  • Mary Ware

    GKhair pH+ clarifying shampoo makes the best in my opinion. Terrific stuff. Works really very well for me. Love it. 🙂 <3

  • Melissa

    I have a question I have a beautiful little redhead daughter that is two and I noticed that her color is not as bright and shiny as it once was is there any shampoo for little kids with red hair??

    • Annie

      Leave her alone. She doesn’t need to be given the idea that she’s not perfect the way she is. And don’t think she won’t know what you’re doing. My mom hated my straight hair and started perming it when I was three. It left me insecure about my appearance and my value as a person, as I obviously wasn’t good enough and no one would like me as I was, either. This has lasted throughout my life, right to the core, sadly. Don’t even think about it. Shame on you.

  • Jessica

    I am a natural copperhead, recently I have had some issues (due to medications and age -boo!) dull color, grays, hair loss…. which have left me sad and distraught about my less-than shiny locks. I found oVertone conditioner in Vibrant Orange and I LOVE the results! I use quite a bit (hair to my waist) and I alternate between all-over wet application and specific dry applications, about twice a week. My hair is not crazy noticeably different, but the subtle brightening of my color is exactly what I’ve been longing for. My hair feels softer, smells wonderful, and shines beautifully! Thank you for this article, I couldn’t be happier with my choice!

  • Anonymous

    The Quantum has sulfate in the ingredients according to Amazon. I thought this was supposed to actually cause fading?

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  • Chelsea E

    So I am a natural red head and m hair tends to go back and forth from normal to oily all the way to dry. My hair is extremly long and tends absorbed conditioner like crazy
    Can someone recommend a good shampoo and conditioner.

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