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Preparing for your newest hair transformation can be super-exciting—but sometimes, all that anticipation for switching up your color can be overwhelming. Whether you want sun-kissed highlights, a small pop of color, or a completely new allover hue, there’s a lot to think about. And that’s definitely the case when it comes to becoming a redhead. As one of the most eye-catching colors in the world, red can instantly take your look from drab to fab if done correctly. Ready to take the plunge? Here’s how to find your perfect crimson match—and how to care for your new color.
Are you ready to rock the red? Here’s how to find a shade that will look stunning with your complexion. Let’s get started!
If you have fair skin…
Fair skin tends to pair very well with vibrant red hues 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. Try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Light Auburn.
If you have medium skin…
With slightly golden undertones, medium skin looks stunning with darker red hues in the rich copper, golden red, and crimson categories. Try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Intense Red Copper.
If you have dark skin…
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 ‘do look more flattering. So, ask your colorist for berry and wine colors and you’ll rock it like no other. Try the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Burgundy Brown.
For all skin tones…
There are a few reddish hair colors that can work wonderfully across all skin tones. First up: rose gold. 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 hue is perfect for all skin tones due to the way it embraces both cool and warm colors to tie the look together. Try the 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 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 color for you. Pro tip: Honey-drenched pumpkin spice hair looks stunning on the tan skin tones, whereas copper tones look best on those with fair skin. Try the 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 Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner when you wash your hair. They’re formulated with an antioxidant + UV filter and ceramide to help preserve color and mend damaged, processed fibers. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask. After shampooing with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, apply the mask for three to five minutes, then rinse. And 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.