Redheads don’t get a whole lot of choice when it comes to hair products – cheap or otherwise.

Go into the hair aisle of any supermarket or drugstore, and you’ll find no end of products for blondes and brunettes… and maybe one or two for readheads, if you’re REALLY lucky. Even if you are, those one or two products will often be designed for people with dyed red hair, and will STILL be a colour that’s not much use to those of who were, as Lady Gaga says, born this way. It’s a hard-knock life, for sure.

Of course, we can’t really complain (Well, we CAN, and I for one DO. It’s kinda frowned upon, though…): there aren’t as many redheads out there as there are blondes and brunettes, so presumably there isn’t the same demand for products for red hair. I know from the people who find this blog after Googling “where can I find products for redheads” or “Why does the world hate gingers” or something, that I’m not the only one looking for products for redheads, so here are three I’ve been using lately…

3 cheap hair products for redheads

01 Superdrug Colour Effects Conditioner in Warm Copper Gold

I’m starting off with a product I’ve been using for years now, and which my regular readers are probably sick of hearing about (sorry): Superdrug Colour Effects Conditioner. This is a colour-depositing conditioner, so it’ll add a touch of colour, although not as much as you’d get from a dye – the idea is to basically enhance your existing colour than to change it, so it’s fairly subtle, and will wash out after a few days. With that said, the longer you leave it on, the more noticeable it’ll be, so you CAN get more colour from it if you really want to: just don’t leave it too long or you might just get a nasty surprise. Not that I would know, obviously. Ahem.

This isn’t just designed for redheads, but there are two colours in the range that are suitable for red hair. I normally use Warm Copper Gold, which is pretty close to my natural colour, but I’ve also used Rich Red, which is a darker red, and a little more noticeable. Although they’re billed as “conditioners”, these are actually more like shampoos to use (the liquid froths up in the same way a shampoo does when you start to apply it), and don’t make any difference whatsoever to the condition of my hair, so I always use a separate conditioner afterwards. On the plus side, though, they’re £1.49 each, so they’re not exactly a huge investment. I get around 3-4 applications from each tube, and normally buy a few at a time: oh, and Superdrug often do 2-for-1 offers, which makes them eve cheaper…

02. Superdrug Red Colour Conditioner 

This is a fairly new discovery of mine, and it’s only 99p, so it’s another cheap one, too: my very favourite kind! This one wont add any additional colour, but it will help prevent your existing colour from fading, so it’s a good one to try if you dye your hair (or use something like the Colour Effects product above). This is much like any other conditioner to use: it smells nice, and leaves my hair feeling soft, but because it’s a pretty small tube, it doesn’t go very far on long hair. They say you’ll get 5 applications per tube and should use it once a week: I only get two, so it’s a good job it only has to be used occasionally, or it’d end up costing me a lot more than 99p! I bought this purely to try it: most of the time, however, I go with…

03. Nice N’Easy Colourseal Gloss for Radiant Reds

This is almost identical to the Superdrug Product, and it’s the same price too, at just 99p per tube. On balance, I’ll probably continue to buy this one rather than the Superdrug conditioner, because I think it makes more of a difference to my hair, which always looks smoother and shinier afterwards. Again, you’re only really supposed to use it once a week, but as it’s not particularly expensive, you could always sneak in an extra application if you wanted: I won’t tell if you don’t…

One thing I should probably have mentioned at the start of this post is that these products are all (with the possible exception of the Nice N’Easy one), available in the UK only – sorry, international readers! If it’s any comfort, I know those of you in the US have access to quite a few other products that we don’t get over here: I personally prefer not to buy beauty products from abroad (many sites won’t ship liquids internationally for safety reasons, and it can also be really expensive once you add on shipping and customs fees, so I stick to products I can find here in the UK), but if you know of any good ones, feel free to leave a comment and hopefully it’ll help someone who does live in that country!

7 Comments
  1. Tressa Watercolor Shampoos – no stockists in the UK (I spoke to their customer service dept), but you can buy them from eBay stores and have them shipped across. They are colour depositing shampoos (there is also a conditioner but I haven’t tried it), and you’ll see results after one wash. Best way to use is to lather up and leave on for a few minutes while you shower to give it time to work. I’ve got liquid copper and fluid fire and usually mix the two, and I think there are some other shades suitable for red hair. This is the website with info http://www.tressa.com/products/product/detail/31 , there is a link to an information sheet with the colour charts and a video that shows how it works.

  2. Can any of the products be used on hair that has been treated with henna? I’m a natural redhead and use henna from Justforredheads.com (in Auburn) to cover gray and bring back my faded dark copper/auburn color. Many color depositing products here in the US cannot be used on hennaed hair. Thanks for your wonderful blog!

  3. Darn! I was really hoping I’d be able to find these (maybe i’ll have luck with the clairol one.) I have natural red hair also, and I’ve gone through years of dyeing it blonde, but now I just want to enhance my natural colour.
    I’ll keep an eye out for clairol and definitely see what else I can find similar in Canada! Thank you 🙂

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  4. I always love reading these posts. I had a bit of a close call recently, and now my hair is going bright white! I only thought that happened in books but there we go. I’m only 27 and damnit, I want to be a redhead just a bit longer, so posts like these are a godsend. 🙂

  5. After reading your post on redhead hair coloring products, John Frieda came out with a new color refreshing gloss for warm reds I think you might enjoy!

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