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As you’ve probably noticed, red hair is having something of a moment these days. That’s right: Move over platinum blonde hair—Winter 2018 is all about shades of red hair that fall across the spectrum. But with so many red hair colors to choose from, it can be hard to decide which red hair dye will be right for you. From copper hair and pumpkin spice hair to deep mauve hair, how’s a girl to know which shade of red hair will look best on her? Be assured that no matter what shade of red hair you choose, embracing a fiery hue will change the way people look at you. So, whether you’re inspired by the changing leaves or the red hair you see strutting through Hollywood and down fashion runways, as always, we’re here to help you recognize the most popular red hair color ideas so that you can stay perfectly on trend this winter. Need a little red hair inspo? These are our top picks for the season.
Perhaps you’re on the fence between your beloved blonde hair and a transition to red hair. Strawberry blonde hair could be your perfect shade match. What’s fabulous about hair color is that you can customize it until you find a unique shade that suits what you want.
Get this hair color at home: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Reddish Blonde
What once was simply the most basic coffee order ever is now a trendy red hair. But when it comes to hair color, pumpkin spice hair is anything but boring. If you’re looking for a spicy orange undertone to jumpstart your adventure into getting red hair, this could be the hair color for you. As with all dye jobs, it’s important to realize that not all pumpkin spice hues will look the same—it all depends on your skin tone. Pro tip: Honey-drenched pumpkin spice hair looks stunning on tan skin, whereas copper pumpkin spice hair flatters fair skin the most.
Get this hair color at home: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Intense Red Copper
First it was the must-have metal for all things accessories; now it’s the latest red hair obsession. Seen all over our social media feeds and traipsing through Hollywood, rose gold hair is a super-chic red hair color that is perfect for all skin tones since it features both cool and warm tones.
Get this hair color at home: L’Oréal Paris Féria Fashion Metallics in Rose Gold
Not quite ready to abandon your darker, sultry hair color? No worries: You can still hop on the red hair dye bandwagon by opting for a deep red hue. Seen on celebrities and everyday girls left and right, cinnamon auburn hair is a rich cool-toned shade that pairs perfectly with fair skin. What’s more, the deep hair color makes it easy for you to transition from brown hair to red hair, just in time for winter.
Get this hair color at home: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Very Rich Auburn
If you want to go even darker with your hair color, then there’s a trend for that this year, too. We’re talking about burgundy hair. This cool, dark shade of red hair looks gorgeous with pale cool skin—especially when worn long. Just keep in mind that with blue and berry undertones, you may find the need to switch up your regular makeup routine to avoid any color clashing.
Get this hair color at home: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Burgundy
Whenever you dye your hair, it inevitably needs more TLC. So, follow our tips for taking care of red, colored hair.
Red hair care tip #1: Wait to wash. When it comes to shampooing your hair after a fresh dye job, wait a day or two before washing your hair.
Red hair care tip #2: Turn down the temp in shower. When it’s finally time to hop in the shower for a much-needed rinse, remember to keep it at a lukewarm temperature, as super-hot water can strip strands of essential oils, which can leave hair feeling drier and looking duller.
Red hair care tip #3: Use a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask combo formulated for color-treated hair. The products that you use to cleanse your newly red hair are just as important as the water temperature you use to rinse them out. Reach for a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask for colored hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm.
Once you get red hair, find out which makeup will pair best with your new hair color. Here is The Ultimate List of Flattering Makeup for Redheads.