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What can we tell you about ombré hair that hasn’t been said already? While plenty of hair trends come and go as the seasons change, ombré is one that has proved it’s here to stay. A-listers have been rocking ombré highlights for quite a while now—and for good reason. These highlights can add a ton of movement and dimension to your tresses. Ombré highlights give your hair a lot of contrast from the root to tip and can differ up to seven shades.
Looking to get in on the trend? While most people opt for blonde ombré highlights, why not mix things up a bit by going for fiery red ombré instead? This gorgeous look demands attention and will surely have heads turning. The best part about getting a red ombré ‘do? It’s super low-key and requires little to no maintenance because the color doesn’t start at your roots.
Ready to go? Here’s everything you need to know about getting pretty ombré red hair.
Before you take the plunge and get red ombré highlights, you should do your research and consider what the process is going to entail. It’s worth pointing out that the darker your starting shade, the more work it might entail to get your desired red hue. If you’re a dark brunette, for example, you may want to visit a professional colorist instead of trying this one at home.
Decided you want to hit up the salon for your version of ombré red? It’s essential to find a colorist who specializes in ombré, since it requires a special hand-painting technique to get the look. So, take the time to do your research so that you can find a hair colorist who not only specializes in ombré but who you feel comfortable with as well—after all, they’re going to be working on your color for quite a while!
There are so many different shades of red, it can be difficult to determine which one will look best on you. The whole point of getting ombré highlights is that they can make your locks look like they’re naturally sun-kissed. If you really want to make an impression (and think you can pull it off), go for a fire-engine red. On the other hand, if you’re a brunette and looking for a subtler red, opt for a burgundy or maroon, both of which look great with darker hair tones. Those of you with blonde hair should consider going for a light red hue that almost errs on the pink side. If you’re having your hair colored by a professional, print out some pics to show your colorist what you want—he or she will also be able to offer some guidance as to what red shades will work best with your natural hair color and skin tone.
For those of you who feel like you can handle a DIY project, it is possible to get the red ombré look at home. Keep in mind that if you have darker hair, you may have to bleach your hair first in order for the red to show up. Try the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Ombré Kit, then follow up by with your red hair dye shade of choice. You can also try the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Red or Burgundy, which can work on light brown, medium brown, and dark brown hair.
Once you’ve finished dyeing your hair, the next step is to properly take care of it. That means that when you’ve gotten your ombré red color, you may want to switch to using a system of shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated hair, like the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for the L'Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask.