Color-depositing shampoos are used by a lot of people simply because they are an easy way to enhance hair color without having to run to the salon every week. These are affordable products that you can buy anywhere. And they are as easy as applying your regular shampoo.

If you take care of a few details, you will be just fine. And we’ll tell you what those little details are. Here we go.

What Exactly Is Color-Depositing Shampoo?

Simply put, this is a type of shampoo and/or conditioner that you apply while you are still in the shower, for the most part. You will need to leave it on for a few minutes and it is used to adjust the color tone of your hair with the help of the different pigments in the product.

You can use these shampoos and conditioners to brighten your existing hair color or neutralize it if that’s what you want. But you will have to pick the product depending on what you want the end result to be. It can also be used to add some extra hue if you’re aiming at colors like blue, purple or pink.

Depending on the product of your choice, you can use these as a substitute for regular shampoo (and clean your hair) or just to add or remove color after you wash your hair with a regular shampoo. But we’ll go into the details of the process in a moment.

Now, it’s important to note that a color-depositing shampoo can’t do the job of a stylist meant to color your hair. But it is a usable stop-gap solution between your salon appointments so that your hair color doesn’t fade in a way that it looks unpleasant on you.

How Does Color Depositing Shampoo Work?

Color-depositing shampoos are used to make your hair color more vibrant or darker. Some products claim to help change your hair color but you should take that with a pinch of salt.

You will also see toning shampoos on the market which make similar claims. What they really do is remove the aggressive color tones in your hair. Color-depositing shampoos, on the other hand, work like a temporary dye with a limited capacity.

Typically, those who use color-depositing shampoos use them on a weekly basis to keep their hair color consistent. It helps that these shampoos have color pigments that work at the level of each strand of hair.

You need to be clear on your desired end result before you start using them. It’s also important to read the instructions on the product before you use it. But most of the time, you will have to use them after you wash your hair and before you apply the conditioner. Leave it undisturbed for 3-5 minutes in the shower.

Those who don’t want to unleash its full capacity can dilute it by adding a little bit of regular shampoo. After a few minutes of letting it sit, you should wash your hair and you’ll be done.

You can use it as often as the manufacturer recommends which is also why you should read the instructions. As mentioned before, once a week is the preferred frequency but you can use it 2-3 times as well. It won’t last too long because these products don’t have permanent dye.

Which Hair Color Works Best with Color-Depositing Shampoo?

Before anything else, you need to take two things into account: your hair texture and color. And you must read the instructions so that you know if the product you’re looking at is meant for your hair.

That’s because these products are made specifically for black, brunette and blonde hair. You also need to know the texture of your hair because they are made for dry or fine hair. Depending on that, you can decide if you need your color-depositing shampoo to have a moisturizer too.

Now, if you have thick hair, you need something that deposits color for a longer period of time. Blondes don’t have to worry too much because their light-colored hair will accept most products.

But most of these color-depositing shampoos are made to go with all types of hair. But if you use a purple-colored product on black hair, you’re not going to get too far.

Color-Depositing Shampoo & Conditioner: Pros and Cons

As is the case with any commercial product, there are advantages and disadvantages with these shampoos and conditioners as well. It’s not very complicated to understand them. So, let’s take a quick look.


  • These products are easy to apply, safe to use and don’t take a lot of time.
  • These shampoos are meant to increase the lifespan of your hair color and reduce salon expenses for a while.
  • This product can help your hair look glossy and make bright hair color look brighter which means you won’t have to use hair dye as often.
  • It’s not permanent dye which means it won’t cause the kind of damage that a hair dye would.
  • After you apply it for the first time, you’ll see a remarkable difference immediately.


  • Using it on hair that is porous or hasn’t been bleached won’t work as effectively.
  • If you don’t use gloves, you can stain your nails and hands while applying this shampoo and conditioner.
  • You might need an extra dose of a conditioner because this shampoo can make your hair drier.
  • If you use a shampoo that’s meant for dark hair on light hair, it might lead to staining.

How Long Does Color Depositing Shampoo Last?

Typically, a color-depositing shampoo is meant to last for 3-4 weeks. So, you can expect its results, pleasant or not, to go away in about a month. But that’s not a hard and fast rule. Its true effects depend on the frequency with which you wash your hair.

For example, some people use color-depositing shampoo every time they wash their hair while others use it alternatively. But these specifics also depend on the product you pick because some of them are made of formulas that can keep the color deposited for four weeks with just one wash.

This is because the color is meant to fade away in steps each time you wash your hair. These color-depositing products are meant to fight that back by, well, depositing a little bit of that color with each wash.

In any case, purple, blue and red are colors that are bound to fade more easily. So, your use of color-depositing shampoos should take that into consideration as well.

Color-depositing shampoos work for most types of hair and textures too. But of course, some combinations work better than others. We can give you an outline about your choices but we can’t make broad generalizations for you. Use your own discretion and see what works best for you!