Whether you covet the ginger beauty of a fair skinned Irish maiden to the bold crimson locks of a big screen villainess, red heads are a sorority of a select few that command attention and admiration.
Red hair color is a polarizing subject to which you will find strong opinion on both sides of the line. Whether you love it, or it is not for you, red heads have a vibe and appeal all their own.
Adding red into your hair color palette offers a variety of options regardless of the level (lightness or darkness) of hair you currently have. You can choose the deep burgundy shades, auburns, and chestnuts that flatter the darker levels, to the kiss of copper or strawberry found in blondes and virtually any level in between.
Which red shade is right for me?
The cooler, crimson and wine shades will best work on those with a darker hair color level desire. These allow the brown undertones to balance out the coolness and keep the cool reds from appearing too pink or magenta. As you scale upward in lightness, opt for more of the coppers and copper-golds as either your tone or true color selection.
Although reds work with most skin tones as they add richness and a healthy glow–the paler skin tones are more forgiving. If you have a lot of gold or yellow in your skin–watch adding too much of a gold or yellow based red as it will enhance the yellow in your skin and may make you appear like you are not feeling well (but hey, that is what makeup is for right?) If you have a more olive complexion, it will be easier for you to pull off the darker and cooler shades.
When reds start to fade…
Okay, let’s address the elephant in the room–reds fade. They can fade faster if you put them over porous hair, lightened hair, use hot tools and blow dryers, or use poor hair products. Reds, like blondes, are a commitment all their own and also need to have a game plan up front.
Like brunettes, many red formulas offer semi/demi permanent options that will allow you the ability to tone and richen up your hair in between retouches. These also cost money, so factor them into your color budget.
Hint: Often you can find color enhancing shampoos that have a subtle toning pigment in the formula you can use as your red color fades.
Which hair styles suit red hair?
When considering your style, your options remain pretty open with red shades. From the long and demure to the short and funky, reds work in tandem with your style as opposed to dominating it. Red hair color will simply take your look to the next level.
To add spice to your already spicy color, add a few highlights or balayage to give more distinction and illusion of movement to your color. It is also fun to pick a red base shade and add a few red/blonde highlights and deeper red lowlights. If you look close enough, you will see that most natural redheads are a combination of many shades of red and gold.
Go for and join the red hair revolution!
While only a small fraction of the United States population consists of redheads (2% give or take), this does not diminish the bold statement that this look can make.
Take it from Hollywood and stars like Lucille Ball, Cynthia Nixon, Isla Fisher, and Julia Roberts (none of which were born redheads FYI), going red can make an impact on how you look and feel. Who knows, maybe by becoming a redhead you may begin a path to your own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!Red Hair - The New Color On The Block,