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Want to try a bold new hair color? We’ve got you covered! Look no further than red hair with blonde highlights. Red hairis gorgeous—and blonde highlights are a pretty way to update your hair color without changing it completely. Want to give red hair with blonde highlights a whirl? Here’s what you need to know about bringing this multi-colored hair color idea to life, whether you choose to go to a salon or DIY it at home.
There’s no denying it: Red hair is stunning on its own, but blonde highlights can add a major facet of dimension and brightness to your hair color. So, whether you’re a natural redhead or you get your red hair color from a box dye, consider adding some blonde highlights throughout your red hair to kick things up a notch. Of course, there are some factors to consider before getting red hair with blonde highlights. Here’s what you need to know.
If you’ve ever colored your hair before, then you know that the process can be tricky. And that’s especially the case for blonde highlights, which require a certain skill and technique to apply. That means you may want to leave this one to a pro. A colorist will be able to seamlessly paint on highlights—whether traditional foil ones or through use of the balayage technique—for a custom look.
Keep in mind that balayage highlights are a lot lower maintenance than traditional highlights—so balayage highlights might be a good option for you if you don’t have a ton of time to pop back into the salon for touch-ups. Before having your strands dyed, set up a consultation with your colorist to talk about what you’d like so that you’re happy with the outcome at the end of the process. Another factor to consider is that highlighting your hair will require bleaching—and the darker your starting red hair color, the more work it may take to achieve your desired shade of highlights.
If you’ve decided to go the at-home hair color route to get red hair with blonde highlights, we have quite a few options for you to use. Try the L'Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faced Highlights, L'Oréal Paris Frost & Design, L'Oréal Paris La Petite Frost, or L'Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights. Make sure to follow the instructions included with the packaging of your chosen at-home highlights kit.
Officially gotten blonde highlights added to your red hair? Congrats! Your work doesn’t end there, though. After you’ve colored your hair, it could be a good idea to make a few changes to your hair care routine. Follow these tips for taking care of red hair with blonde highlights.
It’s time to move your regular shampoo and conditioner aside in favor of products that are formulated specifically for color-treated hair. Try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner. To use, massage the shampoo into wet hair when you’re in the shower, then rinse. Follow up by applying the conditioner, leaving it on for 1-3 minutes, then rinse out thoroughly with lukewarm water. Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, leaving it feeling drier and looking duller, which is why it’s key to wash your hair in lukewarm water. It may not feel quite as relaxing, but trust us, your hair will thank you for turning down the dial!
Sometimes, color-treated hair needs a little extra TLC, and you’ll likely find that the case when you have red hair with blonde highlights. So, once or twice a week, swap out the above conditioner for the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. After shampooing with the above shampoo, apply the hair mask and leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse out thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Want to show off your red hair with blonde highlights by blow-drying your mane into a smooth style? Always—and we mean always!—use a heat protectant product before you get to work with a heat tool. This can help protect your hair against damage caused by excessive heat style. Try the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, which offers 450 degree heat protection ideal for a sleek look.
Blonde highlights and tousled waves go together like PB&J. To get this look, towel-dry your hair after showering and spritz on the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Then, braid your hair—create one braid for loose waves or multiple braids for tighter waves. Once your hair has air dried, undo the braids and shake your waves out! Gorgeous!
We get it: It’s easy to get busy and totally forget that it’s time for a root touch-up. Set a reminder for yourself on your phone so that you know to schedule your appointment well in advance. This will help ensure your red hair with blonde highlights continues to appear as fresh and vibrant as can be.
Getting a gloss or glaze at the salon can help add shine to your strands—so if you’ve got red hair with blonde highlights, ask your colorist if this is a good option for you! You can get a gloss or glaze even if you dye your hair at home.
Don’t have red hair to add blonde highlights to? That’s OK. Read our article How to Go from Brown Hair to Red Hair to learn what you need to do to get red hair that you can then add highlights to.