You may think red hair is a risky hue, but in reality, it’s actually pretty versatile. Just like blonde or brown hair, knowing what shade and tone flatters your skin is key. And with intensities ranging from a soft, strawberry blonde to rich auburn, there’s a shade somewhere on the red hair-color spectrum that is perfect for you. To get some tips on how to transition your natural hair color to something a bit more fiery, we spoke with celebrity hair colorist Amber Maynard from Nine Zero One Salon. Find her tips for dying your hair a shade of red below.
Red Hair Tip #1: Find the Right Shade
When it comes to going red, Maynard recommends staying true to your roots. “I think people should choose a shade closest to their natural hair color,” she explains. She also suggests considering your skin tone. “Natural blondes look best in strawberry blonde or light copper,” says Maynard. If your hair is a lighter to medium brown, she recommends opting for a copper or auburn red hue, but if your locks are naturally dark brown or black, choose a rich, deep auburn. Your skin tone should also be considered when making the red-hair plunge. If your complexion is fair to light, a lighter cinnamon red is nice; darker reds with brown undertones flatter darker complexions best.
Red Hair Tip #2: Wear and Care
“Upkeep is key when rocking the red locks,” says Maynard. First and foremost, switch out your regular shampoo and conditioner duo for color-safe options. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Color Care System as a sulfate-free option. “They are sulfate-free so they protect your hair while leaving it feeling soft and healthy,” says Maynard. A leave-in hair protectant is also good to have handy to help protect your red from the elements. Try a spray like Matrix Biolage Shine Shake.
Red Hair Tip #3: Use Masks to Prolong Your Color
Keep your hair looking toned and vibrant by doing a hair mask in between colorings. Our current favorite is the Garnier Nutrisse Color Reviver Mask. In just five minutes, your hair looks just as fresh as when it was first dyed. We recommend using this every two weeks for long-lasting color and healthy hair.
Red Hair Tip #4: Don’t Forget About Your Eyebrows!
Brows should look natural and complement the red hair, which can be a bit tricky. Take Maynard’s advice and stick to a neutral or warm brown shade. “If your brows are the same color as your hair they will wash you out. If you’re in the light red family soften the brow a bit and use a dark blond or light brown eye pencil. If you’re in the more vibrant red or deeper auburn family, I suggest softening them with a bit of color to bring out warmth and use a medium reddish brown to fill them in.” We’ve been loving NYX Fill & Fluff Eyebrow Pomade Pencil in Auburn and Taupe to get the job done.
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