Red Hair Coloring is Hot
By Roger on 2 June 2009
Red hair coloring will make you look striking, captivating and daring. It demands attention and stirs emotions. Red hair is not only an eye-catching color, but since scientists are predicting that natural red heads are getting increasingly rare, coloring your hair red will also increase your aura of individuality and mystique. So I recommend giving red a go!
Below are some tips about coloring your hair red as well as some great pictures of celebrities with red hair.
Red Hair Coloring Tips: Your Skin Tone and Hair Color
Before jumping in and coloring your hair red there are a few simple things you should bear in mind about your skin tone and hair color. I've summarized them below, and for more information see the following articles: "Hair Color: Two Rules for Success" and "Choosing Your Skin Tone and Enhancing Your Hair Color."
- Red hair coloring works well on those with a warm skin tone category. That's because red hair color is itself a warm tone and warm skin and hair color complement each other.
- Red hair works on cool skin tones too. For example, a ruby red base with fire engine red highlights is a great choice for a fair-cool complexion. (Always ask your colorist to work with your natural undertones and you should be able to find a red shade to suit you).
- If you're thinking of coloring your hair red (or any color for that matter), it'll look better if you stay within 3 or 4 shades of your natural hair color. The reason: so the red coloring doesn't fade too fast. For example, spice up dark hair with burgundy colors, or light brown with flame or auburn.
Red Hair Coloring Tips: Shades
Coloring your hair red is great fun, especially because there are so many shades to choose from. Talk to your stylist about coloring your locks one of the following shades:
- A warm red that's a little bit lighter than your natural shade will give you a nice glow.
- If you're a natural brunette try a rich ruby red color. This shade is quite high maintenance, but it's also extremely eye-catching.
- For fair complexions and green eyes a true copper (orange tone) looks very sophisticated.
- The brightest, most daring red is fire engine red. It'll look especially great if you have quite pale skin and blue eyes.
- Try a combination of shades to make red hair work for your skin tone category; for example, a deep copper red with blue overtones suits a fair-cool complexion.
Red Hair Coloring Tips: Maintenance
Coloring your hair red requires the same hair care maintenance as coloring you hair any other shade, but there are some special things to bear in mind too:
- If you're choosing a permanent hair color, allow 2 weeks for it to settle (for more advice about permanent, semi-permanent and tints, see: "Hair Color That's Best for You: Semi-Permanent, Bleach or Tint?").
- Permanent hair colors fade quicker than others because their pigment size is smaller. For this reason a red semi-permanent is a good choice because they're more vibrant, less damaging and will wash out over time.
- After coloring your hair red, use hair color protecting products and stylants with UV filters. Pigmented shampoos and conditioners are also a good idea.
- Apply regular conditioning treatments.
Coloring your hair red is a daring move (up there with platinum blonde hair) that'll turn heads and boost your aura of individuality. Red hair color gives off impressions of passion and excitement. Consult with your stylist first to find a shade of red that suits, and with regular maintenance you'll look red hot.