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Coloring Your Hair Red: Red Hair Comes in Many Shades

The word red in red hair covers a tremendously wide spectrum ranging from warm reddish brown to the quite unnatural hair color purple. Bleaching used to be the first step when coloring hair red. This is however rarely necessary with the newer coloring technologies

  • Red hair
    Red hair: That’s how beautiful it can look
    © Claude Guillaumin

    Without any doubt, right now the strongest hair color trend is red. Currently, the fashion world is particularly partial to blazing copper colors, which may just barely pass as natural. Red-haired models have never been so much in demand! (www.modelswithredhair.com).

    You can be one of the trailblazers for this trend if you have shoulder-length hair. Red hair updos and streaked strands of soft wavy red hair are especially fashionable. Of course, there is no trend without a counter-trend.  

  • Colouring Your Hair Red:

    Ways to Become a Trendy Redhead

    • Tip 1:

      Colouring your hair red is a cinch just as long as you don’t want to colour it lighter than your natural hair colour. Use rinsable tinting applications to experiment with the new colour without worry about the growing root portion of your hair, which may ruin the impression you make with your new hair colour

    • Tip 2:

      Traditionally, the way from brown to bright copper-coloured hair involved a bleaching step. First the dark pigments are removed and then the red colour pigments are added. That seems logical. New permanent colorants with a durability factor of 3 slightly lighten the hair, thus turning dark brown into bright red hair

    • Tip 3:

      Changing the colour of bleached hair is usually a problem. This does not apply to red hair. In general, the hair absorbs the red pigments readily without colouring surprises

    • Tip 4:

      The best way from grey to red hair involves a stop at the hair salon. The red pigments attach differently to white hair as compared to naturally pigmented hair. Ask an expert for advice before colouring white hair red. The expert will evaluate your hair quality and desired colour and will ensure that you do not inadvertently wind up with pink hair or looking like someone out of the world of goblins and leprechauns

    • Tip 5:

      Colouring your hair red does not work too well as an anti-aging measure. Hair stylists think of red as a luminous advertising tool for the face. Whatever the face shows, people’s eyes will be drawn to it. All of it, this includes wrinkles. Women who like to appear as young as possible should avoid red hair like the plague. This applies especially to the artificially looking shades of red like red with a blue tinge

    • Tip 6:

      Hair colours between blonde and red appear especially soft and natural. These colours are simply perfect for women with a light skin and green or blue eyes. Rust-coloured hair looks particularly harmonious when worn by brunettes with brown eyes

    • Tip 7:

      When you apply red colour to your hair at home you should be sure not to also apply it to your attire, the carpet or the tiles. Those red spots are formidable challenges. For a home application you may want to wear a dark T-shirt or drape a towel around your shoulders, which are no great losses if they are stained as well

    • Tip 8:

      Don’t rush the fences if you are not sure about the right colour hue. Tedious bleaching is unavoidable should the red colouring experiment go wrong. Consult with a good friend before making your colour choice