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Red hair isn’t all that common naturally—which might explain why it’s such a popular color choice. (Because you always want what you can’t have, right?) With a ton of shade range—from strawberry blonde to pumpkin spice to copper to fire engine red, the opportunities are virtually endless. And trust us, you will stand out from the crowd as a redhead. So, should red be your next hair color? We’re here to help you find your perfect shade match and keep your new hue looking gorgeous. Whether you’re looking for the best red hair dye or in need of some tips for maintaining your crimson tint, we’ve got you covered!
While we’re big advocates of rocking any color you very well please, some colors may complement your hair type and skin tone better than others. Wondering if red will be a perfect match for you? Here’s how to find out:
Your hair type. Have you dyed your hair frequently? Are your tresses looking parched or ragged? It might not be your best bet to go ruby red then, since it could be hard to apply the color evenly all over.
Your skin tone. While there are red shades for every skin tone, typically, this color category looks best paired with cool skin tones. How do you know if you’re cool? The easiest way to figure this out is by looking at your wrists. If your veins appear blue, you’re cool-toned (whereas if they appear green, you’re warm-toned). Warmer toned ladies can still rock the red look, though—but you may want to see a colorist to determine which shade of red will complement your features best.
Looking to color your hair at home? Here are a few at-home dye options from L’Oréal Paris:
L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference
L’Oréal Paris Féria
L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme
Once you’ve actually gone red, it’s important to put together a hair color maintenance routine. After all, you don’t want to throw all your hard work away! Here’s what you can do to stretch out your dye job:
1. Keep washing to a minimum. The more you wash your hair, the more opportunities you have to speed up the fading process. That’s where dry shampoo comes in. Use a dry shampoo to help refresh your locks in between shampoos. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, which is formulated with three refined clays to help absorb excess oil at the roots and instantly refresh hair. Hold the can six to eight inches away from your head and spritz the dry shampoo onto oily roots, then lightly through the rest of your hair, brushing it through.
2. Use color-safe shampoo and conditioner. When you do wash your hair, reach for products that are color-safe, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, which are formulated with an antioxidant + UV filter and ceramide to help protect color and mend damaged, processed hair fibers. After shampooing, apply the conditioner and leave it on for one to three minutes, then rinse. Consider also adding a hair mask to your weekly routine, too, such as the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask. Use the mask once or twice a week, applying it after shampooing, leaving it on for three to five minutes, then rinsing.
3. Air dry your hair. Put your blow-dryer, flat iron, and curling wand away every once and a while and give your red hair a break by letting it air dry. Go ahead, embrace your natural texture! Apply an egg-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse to wet hair, then let it air dry.
4. Temporarily hide your roots. When you’re strapped for time and your hair is starting to grow in, it is possible to temporarily hide your fresh roots. Use a root cover up spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up in Red, which is lightweight and lasts one shampoo. Holding the can four to six inches from your head, spray color onto new growth and partly through the lengths of your hair to blend it in.