Last Updated on March 12, 2023 by Dominique de Merteuil
[EDIT 2023] Best products for red hair!
Shock confession, I’m not a natural redhead, although my mom is one. Yes, I admit that my gorgeous red hair is in fact, not the result of natural selection but rather the result of personal choice. And eight hours undergoing agonising hair colour stripping to nearly white, followed by at least three shades of red hair dye, in order to create a naturally looking copper-red.
The only reason my hair didn’t fall out is that I followed the great advice of my hairdresser at the time. She instructed me to pour extra virgin olive oil on my hair every other day for at least a month. I smelled like a salad but my hair remained and stayed as thick as it had been before the metamorphosis.
I don’t have any pictures of myself with black hair to show you but here is the AFTER photo.
- Late 1940s skirt suit
- 1930/1940s brooch
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Best Hair Products For Red Hair 2023
So, with the admission of me not being a natural redhead out of the way, I can now say with the purest of hearts, how utterly jealous I am of girls who have been blessed by mother nature with truly ginger locks, to add to their milky white skin and freckles.
I can also now add that, having learnt from first-hand experience, natural redhead or not, maintaining this very demanding colour of your hair requires a product specifically designed to care for it.
Choosing those ‘best products’ out of so many available on the market is no easy task and so I turned to expert Hair-Stylist to the stars, Dawid Krynicki, for some much-appreciated advice.
Best Products for Color-Treated Red Hair!
The best shampoo I’ve tested in recent years for my dyed red hair is Color Lustre Shampoo by Shu Uemura. You only need a small amount of the product for it to be effective. The shampoo leaves hair shiny and healthy.
The Color Lustre Conditioner from Shu Uemura is as good as the shampoo from the same line. The product doesn’t weigh the hair down and leaves it super shiny.
If you dye your hair once a month and use as many styling products as I do, your hair will need extra care. The Color Lustre Mask from Shu Uemura is a deep conditioner that prevents hair colour from fading. I absolutely love it and therefore highly recommend it to anyone with damaged hair. I use it once a week.
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Gingerful Hair Product Reviews
Over a month ago, Emma, the founder of the Gingerful brand, contacted me asking if I would like to test the line of products she created specifically for red hair.
As a fan of her lifestyle blog Ginger Parrot, I was excited and jumped at the opportunity to try the Henna & Rose shampoo, conditioner and mask I heard so much about from fellow redheads.
So far, I have used the Gingerful hair and conditioner on my dyed hair four times and the deep conditioning mask once. My favourite bright copper red shade is difficult to maintain and has a tendency to fade fast. In order to keep the colour vibrant, I wash my hair only once a week.
I don’t know which particular ingredient, or perhaps it’s the combination of all of them, that keeps my hair so shiny but Gingerful created magic in a bottle. Sustainable bottle, that is.
What I love most about the products, aside from the fact that they are vegan and sulfate-free and keep my hair colour bright, is that they make it easier for me to do a 1940s hairstyle. The usually long and dull process of brushing out tight curls is shorter thanks to how smooth my hair is because of the Henna & Rose conditioner.
The only thing I would nitpick about is the scent. I wish the hair mask smelled like roses. You must understand that I have a very heightened sense of smell and a penchant for certain fragrances, nevertheless, the Gingerful products for redheads are so unbelievably good that I don’t mind at all how they smell or don’t smell because I’m now officially a fan!
Joan Crawford once said about hair
The most important thing a woman can have-next to her talent, of course… Is her hairdresser
I couldn’t agree with her more! So I was absolutely thrilled when hairstylist extraordinaire, the magician with scissors, session hair-stylist always in demand and most importantly, the man responsible for keeping my hair in good shape, Dawid Krynicki agreed to collaborate with me on this article. So, without further ado, I give you… Best products for red hair – Dawid Krynicki recommends:
Natural redhead. Photography Gregory Michael King Hair by Dawid Krynicki.
Your red hair needs three basic professional products to be healthy and always look glamorousDawid Krynicki
Shampoo and Conditioner by Pat & Rub for Red Hair.
Made from an extract of the Peruvian plant Krameria Triandria and Lycopene – a natural pigment and strong antioxidant from the tomato, red hair becomes more intensified and luminous.
Before blow-drying, use Sebastian Potion 9, to prevent hair damage and breaking. The product will leave hair feeling smooth and healthy and has the properties of a conditioner and styling product in one.
For dyed red hair Dawid Krynicki recommends:
Colour Protecting Shampoo by John Frieda.
For a long time, the number one choice on his list for preventing colour from fading is Radiant Red Shampoo by John Frieda.
With Pomegranate extract and Vitamin E, it protects the intensity of red shades and allows you to choose between the brighter, vivid shades of red and darker ones.
Matrix Biolage ColorLast Mask
Matrix Biolage ColorLast Mask with Fade-Defying Orchid extract will help maintain the depth of the colour and condition the hair.
Wella Color SP
The perfect styling product protecting dyed hair from fading is the Wella Color SP finish with oil extract.
For red CURLY hair, Dawid Krynicki recommends:
The whole set of shampoo, conditioner and mask by Kerastase goes by the name of Nutritive Oleo.
Kerastase Nutritive Bain Oleo Curl Definition Shampoo
Kerastase Nutritive Bain Oleo Curl Definition Shampoo adds softness, helps detangle curls and nourishes hair, without ruining the shape of the curl.
Kerastase Nutritive Oleo Curl Intense Masque
The Nutritive Oleo Curl Intense Masque gives hydration and curls definition.
Kerastase Nutritive Oleo Curl Cream
The leave-in cream defines curls and controls the volume of curly hair.
Also making it into Dawid’s choices for CURLY hair is –
Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl – Curly & Wavy Hair Cream, is a perfect anti-frizz product that will also add some gloss to the curls.
For FINE red hair, Dawid Krynicki recommends:
Kevin Murphy Angel Wash for Fine-Coloured Hair
With milk proteins that control frizzy hair damaged by colouring or bleaching, Kevin Murphy Angel Wash for Fine Coloured Hair, is also sulphate-free, paraben-free and rich in antioxidants.
Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse
Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse volumises and at the same time acts as a very light conditioner that moisturises fine and coloured hair without weighing it down.
Body Luxe Root Lift by Joico
Body Luxe Root Lift by Joico is an alcohol-free styling foam with firm hold formula that will give your hair instant volume lift with the addition of gloss and shine.
For THICK red hair, Dawid Krynicki recommends:
Sebastian Hydre Shampoo
Sebastian Hydre Shampoo is a strong moisturiser perfect for frizzy, dry hair.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Masque
•My favourite mask!
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Masque is an absolute must-have, as it’s enriched with moisturising serum and lipidic compounds, which leaves the hair nourished and soft to the touch.
Wella SP Luxe Light Oil Spray
Wella SP Luxe Light Oil Spray is a product that Dawid absolutely loves and recommends, as it leaves the hair nourished without weighing it down and it smells divine!
For red hair in the SUMMER Dawid Krynicki recommends:
Solar Sublime shampoo by L’Oreal
To protect your beautiful red hair from fading in the summer use Solar Sublime shampoo by L’Oreal which gets rid of sand, salt and chlorine build-up.
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IsabelAugust 20, 2021
Thanks for sharing this information.
Dominique de MerteuilOctober 23, 2021
mariaApril 27, 2016
Best I have ever used is Pro Naturals!!
Dominique de MerteuilOctober 23, 2021
I’ve never used it myself, but I heard wonderful things about this product.