The Best Hair Products for Redheads

Red hair color can be hard to maintain. The color can fade fast, turn orange or just lose its luster in a short amount of time. There are several keys to keeping your hair from fading, and a good shampoo and conditioner are some of them. In this article, I include the best hair products for redheads including glazes, dry shampoos and more.

Here are my tips for finding the hair products:

  1. You don't have to use the same brand of shampoo and conditioner. In my research, I found women loved a shampoo from a brand but hated the conditioner (or vice versa). So remember, you don't have to commit to one brand.
  2. Many redheads swear by sulfate-free shampoos, which are more gentle on hair. That said, I've read the comments from a few women who loathe them for various reasons. So try them out, and if you like them, keep on keeping on. If you don't, go ahead and use a shampoo with sulfates.
  3. Every redhead seems to agree: the less you wash red hair, the slower the fade. Keep your hair fresh between shampoos with a decent dry shampoo. I recommend several below.
  4. Red hair can be coarse. Condition your hair as often as possible or use hair masques.
  5. Treat your hair every 4 weeks in between color appointments with an at-home glaze or gloss treatment. This protects your color while softening coarse hair. I recommend a couple products below.

For more inspiration, don't miss Red Hair Color: 20 Gorgeous Redheads.

This shampoo and conditioner get rave reviews. It's sulfate- and paraben-free and makes most of the "best" lists.

I'm obsessed with Kerastase shampoos and masques and have used their products for years (yes, I will use Pantene, too, but it's simply not as great).

Kerastase has 2 shampoos formulated for color-treated hair. One is Chroma Captive, which is paraben-free and the other is the moisture-rich Chroma Riche, which protects your color from UV rays. 

Both get rave reviews, as does the Kerastase Fondant Chroma Captive conditioner, buy direct from Kerastase or from a salon that carries Kerastase.

The reviews on this shampoo are mixed. It makes all the "best" lists and women recommend it over and over, yet it doesn't seem to be as beloved as the conditioner with some women complaining it's super drying. One downfall: it does contain sulfates (despite this, some women complain it doesn't foam up much and requires a lot of product).

Bottom line: you might try it and if you like how it keeps your color from fading, keep it. If not, return and get your money back.

Absolutely beloved for its conditioning benefits and for keeping red hair from fading.

This shampoo gets very good reviews with women claiming it brightens their natural or colored red hair. That said, it doesn't work for all people. I read a few reviews where people claimed it just didn't work. I say try it, and if you are one of the lucky ones, bonus!

This is a leave-in product formulated for red hair that's porous and damaged. It gets pretty good reviews. Some people claim it made their hair greasy. In this case, use only a small amount on the bottom 2/3rds of hair.

Some women with red hair opt to stay away from color-depositing shampoos, which can add too much color to hair. These women can opt for a professional salon glaze or gloss treatment every 4 weeks OR do an at-home treatment. This is one that comes highly recommended and gets great reviews. Choose from several shades for redheads.

This is another excellent at-home glaze treatment. John Frieda makes excellent products for colored hair.

This shampoo contains sulfates and parabens. It gets good reviews because it's a gentle shampoo (despite the sulfates and parabens) that is formulated to protect hair color. According to Klorane, the pomegranate in the shampoo binds the color and protects it from fading.

Bumble and Bumble is known for their color-enhancing and protecting products. This sulfate-free shampoo gets good reviews.

Reviewers swear by this conditioner.

I included this on the list because some women swear by it, but it's not for everyone.

L'Oreal makes great hair color, so it would make sense they would make great hair protecting products.

This isn't as well known as other products, but I know a women with amazing red hair who swears by it.

Dry shampoo will buy you some time between shampoos. This one gets great reviews.

Batiste is known for making great dry shampoo and this one is highly rated.

Klorane is my go-to choice for dry shampoo. It's pricey and the product doesn't last a long time, but you won't find a better dry shampoo.

The oat milk product is tinted and works for red hair. Use it on dry hair. The nettle is best for oily hair. It's not tinted, but you won't notice.