Maybe you dye your hair at home, see a colorist at a salon, or just want to tweak your natural hair color. In any case, the right treatment can help you maintain or achieve the desired shade while lathering up in the shower. Enter: color-depositing shampoo.
These special washes contain various pigments that either temporarily color your hair or eliminate unwanted undertones. For instance, professional hairstylist Shelly Aguirre says, “Traffic-stopping silver is all about getting rid of any yellow or dull-looking [tones] to make the gray hair shine.” The secret, she tells Byrdie, is purple shampoo.
Byrdie Researched & Approved
The Celeb Luxury Colorwash takes the top spot on our list as the best overall, thanks to its moisturizing and fortifying formula that comes in a range of natural shades and bold hues. The easy-to-use wash takes minutes to deposit vibrant color. If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, we recommend Pure Blends Color Depositing Shampoo, a hydrating hair wash that helps you achieve or maintain your desired shade.
Between shampoos that cancel out brassiness, green for neutralizing red, red for intensifying red, many, many more—there are a ton of formulas to sift through. To help you find exactly what you’re looking for, we researched dozens of different brands, considered expert recommendations, and compiled this list of the best color-depositing shampoos on the market. We considered the intended hair type (some shampoos perform better on certain hair types), the ingredients, and whether or not they include fragrance before cross referencing them with our expert-recommended picks to land on these top-rated products.
Celeb Luxury Color Depositing Shampoo
What We Like
- Several colors available
What We Don’t Like
- Can leave behind residue
Whether you want to go icy-blonde, revive your highlights, see how you look as a brunette, or play around with purple hair, Celeb Luxury Colorwash is where it’s at. The Gem Lites line includes warm and cool-toned natural hues like platinum, strawberry blonde, golden-brown, amber, and dark ash.
With the Viral collection, you’ve got everything from electric blue and ruby red to lavender and soft orange, à la Lady Gaga’s Ally in A Star is Born. Just lather it into wet hair, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse clean. For a little more intensity, repeat the process or use it daily until you achieve the desired shade.
Unlike many other color-depositing shampoos, Celeb Luxury won’t dry out your hair. It moisturizes while cleansing and promises to strengthen your hair in the process.
Price at time of publish: $32
Hair Type: Chemically Treated | Size: 8.25 oz. | Scent: Fresh | Sulfate-Free: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No