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Preparing for your newest hair transformation can be super-exciting—but sometimes, all that anticipation for switching up your hair color can be overwhelming. Whether you want sun-kissed highlights, a small pop of bold hair color, or a completely new allover hue, there’s a lot to think about. And that’s definitely the case when it comes to embracing a red hair color. As one of the most eye-catching hair colors in the world, red hair can instantly take your look from drab to fab if done correctly. Ready to take the plunge? Here’s how to find your perfect red hair color match—and which hair care products you’ll want to add to your routine to help maintain your new beauty look.
Are you ready to rock a red hair color? Here’s how to find a shade that will look stunning with your complexion. Let’s get started!
Fair skin tends to pair very well with vibrant red hair colors due to the drastic but gorgeous contrast. Think: Bright orange-red, auburn, and soft ginger. These colors fall on the more carroty end of the spectrum, and they make gorgeous pairings for pale-skinned ladies since they can instantly make your features pop.
Get the look at home:L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Light Auburn
With slightly golden undertones, medium skin looks stunning with darker red hair colors in the rich copper, golden red, and crimson categories.
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Intense Red Copper
When you think of red hair, your thoughts might immediately jump to fire-engine hues. But when it comes to pairing it with dark skin, you’ll want to opt for more blue-based reds to make your new hair look more flattering. So, ask your colorist for berry and wine hair colors and you’ll rock it like no other.
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Burgundy Brown
There are a few reddish hair colors that can work wonderfully across all skin tones. First up: rose gold hair. It began as the must-have metal for all things accessories—now, it’s the latest hair obsession. Seen drenching social media feeds and traipsing through Hollywood, this super-chic hair color is perfect for all skin tones due to the way it embraces both cool and warm colors to tie the look together.
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Féria Fashion Metallics in Rose Gold
Next up: pumpkin spice hair. What once was just the most basic coffee order ever has now entered into the hair color space. But when it comes to hair, this hue is anything but ordinary. If you’re looking for a spicy orange undertone for your adventure into being a redhead, this is the hair color for you.
Editor’s tip: Honey-drenched pumpkin spice hair looks stunning on the tan skin tones, whereas copper tones look best on those with fair skin.
Get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Copper
Taken the plunge and gone red? Congrats! You officially have one of the most beautiful hair colors around. To help keep your color looking its best, it’s time to switch up your hair care routine. Use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner combo, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner, when you wash your hair. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. After shampooing, apply the hair mask for 3-5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Beyond your hair care, take a look at the way you style your new hair color. Red hair looks absolutely gorg when paired with natural texture, so give your heat tools a rest and embrace your waves of curls! Simply spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to towel-dried hair and let your strands dry for a pretty, beachy look—no ocean required.
Now that you know how to rock red like a natural, it’s time to upgrade your makeup routine to match. Our article, The Ultimate List of Flattering Makeup for Redheads, will get you well on your way.