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We can all agree that in most cases, seeing red is certainly not a good thing. But when it comes to beauty, there’s more than one exception. Red lipstick is a classic makeup look—and red hair is completely gorgeous as well. And, it just so happens, fall is one of the best times to give your locks a new (red) color. Don’t worry, we’ve already gathered the best possible red hair color picks. Find them below, plus, after we’ve spilled the stylish shades to consider for fall, we’re sharing how to get and maintain the red that’s right for you. How could we not?
Let’s kick things off with a classic. This shade of reddish brown is seriously pretty and is one of the more natural-looking shades of red on our list. So if you’re one who isn’t a fan of super-bright hair colors but you still want to make a small change, this color could be for you.
As the seasons shift and the temperature starts to chill, it’s an ideal opportunity to experiment with a darker red hair color. The most fitting one for fall? A deep, dark burgundy that’s just about as autumnal as you can get.
Go for the gold…while going red. A warm, golden copper shade is a beautiful blend of golden blonde and light red—the perfect combination of a rosy hue and your favorite metallic. Basically, what’s not to like?
In case you were wondering, rose gold hair is as popular as ever. If traditional reds aren’t for you, try this color, which leans pinker. The soft shade will instantly elevate your style—just like jewelry with the same finish.
There’s something for everyone. Red hair can look totally natural and wearable. Or, you can go big and bold. Cherry hair color fits the latter—and it’s sure to make a statement. Sounds good to us!
It’s may be up for debate whether strawberry blonde hair is more of a red or blonde hue, but there’s no question that the color is a fabulous pick for fall.
Chances are if you weren’t already set on changing up your color, now, you are. But first, you need to know how.
Step 1: Select your shade. There’s a red hair color match for everyone—it’s all about finding the shade that will flatter you the most. The basic rule to keep in mind is to rock warm reds if you have skin that’s fair or has warm undertones and look for a color that’s cool if you have dark skin or cool undertones. For more tips, check out our article on The Best Red Hair Color for Your Skin Tone.
Step 2: Head to the salon or DIY. There’s one more decision to make! Choose whether you’ll entrust your hair in the hands of a professional, or attempt to change your color on your own. If you go the DIY route, check out the red hair color options from L’Oréal Paris Féria, L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference, and L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme. If you’re opting for a light red shade, such as strawberry blonde, keep in mind that you’ll need to bleach your hair first. And if you’re starting with a dark base shade, it could take multiple sessions to achieve your desired red hair color.
Step 3: Switch to system of hair care products formulated for color-treated hair. The old shampoo and conditioner sitting in your shower? It’s time to toss them. Use a system of shampoo, conditioner, and mask that are specifically formulated for color-treated tresses.
Step 4: Touch up your color regularly. Eventually, your red hair is going to need to be touched up. In a pinch, use a root cover-up spray to hide gray roots temporarily (it lasts one shampoo) until you have the time to color your hair again.
Now that you’re ready to be a redhead, you’ll need to find a cut to match. So check out our article, 6 Gorgeous Layered Haircuts.