From Rihanna's fire-engine locks to Blake Lively's new 'do, red hair color is a definite beauty trend for this summer. While red hair has been hot for fall in the past, summer is a great time to experiment and add a punch of this hot color to your hair.
How to Find the Right Red Hair Shade for You
There are a wide spectrum of red shades to choose from, meaning this is a trend that gives you options! But the sure-fire way to find out which shade is right for you is to consult a stylist (which is always a good idea to do before dying your hair a dramatic color!).
Narrow your choice first by finding examples of the red shade you'd like -- consider taking in a photo of your favorite color or cut to a stylist.
Next, consider your natural coloring. You want to pick a shade of red that complements your skin tone. For those with "cool" skin (pink undertones), finding the "right" shade of red will be a bit easier -- pulling off dark to light, strawberry to crimson shades will be fairly easy for you! (Just avoid overly yellow or orange-y shades for the most flattering look.) For those who have a "warm" skin tone (yellow or olive undertones), coppery shades and rich, warm tones will look stunning.
Finally, try to avoid the purple-y reds -- they don't match up well with many skin tones and often are less flattering than rich, coppery tones or strawberry shades.
Tips for Maintaining Dyed Red Hair
Red is a difficult color to maintain -- it's hard to keep it looking vibrant in your hair, and even more difficult to completely remove from your hair since red dyes leave a residue after they fade. These tips will help you keep your color-treated red locks looking great!
- Use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to prevent fast fading. Avoid formulas with sulfates, which can strip color from hair.
- It can be tempting to look at all the do-it-yourself kits for red hair, but it's probably best to first consult a stylist and/or have your hair professionally done when going red. Picking the right shade for you can be difficult because there are so many shades of red, so at least consult a stylist about what shade is best for you!
- Every time you wash your hair, the red color will fade - it's a fact of life. So try going a few days in between washing your hair. This will help prevent fast fading.
- Use cool or warm water (rather than hot) when washing color treated hair - hot water strips color.
What do you think about the red trend? Would you ever dye your hair red? Do you have any tips or advice about red coloring? Let us know in a comment!