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.

Tips for finding the best products for red hair:

  1. You don't have to use the same brand of shampoo and conditioner. 
  2. Many redheads swear by sulfate-free shampoos because they're gentle on hair, while others can't stand using a product that doesn't lather. Give it a try and decide for yourself.
  3. The less you wash red hair, the slower the fade. Keep your hair fresh between shampoos with a decent dry shampoo. 
  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. 

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

Kerastase shampoos and masques are favorites among many

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. 

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. Some women complain that it's super drying. It does contain sulfates, but still some women complain it doesn't foam up much and requires a lot of product).

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

Absolutely beloved for its conditioning benefits, this conditioner is known 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. Some reviews claim it just doesn't work. Try it, and if you are one of the lucky ones, celebrate!

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. Avoid greasiness by using only a small amount on the bottom 2/3rds of your 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 glaze that comes highly recommended and gets great reviews. Choose from several shades for redheads.

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

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.

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

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.

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Klorane Tinted Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for Brunettes

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk - Natural Tint - Brunettes , 3.2 fl. oz.
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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.