Find the Best Red Hair Color for You
Have you always wanted to be a redhead? Find out if you should make this drastic hair color change.
RED It's a given that redheads look gorgeous in green. But warm makeup tones, like peach and copper, are equally flattering, says Carmindy, a celeb makeup artist.
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Is Red Right for You?
If at least two of the following apply to you, it may be right to go ruby:
How to be the best redhead:
1. Wash your hair as infrequently as possible. Ideally this would mean twice a week, says Parvine Klein, a colorist at the John Barrett Salon in New York City, but every other day will suffice if your hair is oily or very fine, says Jennifer J. On alternate days, you can rinse your hair with tepid (never hot) water if necessary or dust your roots with a dry shampoo.
2. Avoid harsh shampoos. Most dandruff treatments are tough on colored hair, says Jennifer J. But they are death to redheads, accelerating the fading process by weeks.
3. Ask your colorist for a "to-go" kit. Jennifer J gives her redheaded clients a small vial of their hair color (at $45 a pop) to apply two weeks after their salon visit. This keeps the color looking bright and fiery all month long.
(Tip: If you can't get a to-go kit, using one of Nice 'n Easy's new Color Boosting Glazes, which will be available in March, can also do the trick.)
4. Cover up. Red hair color oxidizes faster than any other, says Forgash. So, if you're going to spend a lot of time outdoors, use a styling product that contains UV filters or throw a hat or scarf over your strands.
5. Don't be tempted by eggplant tones. Purplish-reds don't look natural and are rarely flattering, says Jennifer J. Choose a color that can be described as "coppery," "auburn," or "strawberry" instead.
Makeup tips for redheads:
MC musts for redheads: