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Want to try a bold new ‘do? We’ve got you covered! Look no further than red hair with blonde highlights. Red hair is gorgeous—and blonde highlights are a pretty way to update your hue 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 mane to life.
A crimson mane is stunning on its own, but blonde highlights can add dimension and brightness to your hair. So, whether you’re a natural redhead or you get your red color from a box, consider adding some blonde highlights throughout your hair to kick things up a notch.
If you’ve ever colored your hair before, then you know that the process can be tricky. And that’s especially the case for 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 ones—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.
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.
1. Use a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair. It’s time to move your regular shampoo and conditioner aside in favor of products that are formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner. Massage the shampoo into wet hair when you’re in the shower, then rinse. Follow up by applying the conditioner, leaving it on for one to three minutes, then rinsing.
2. Get friendly with hair masks. Sometimes, color-treated hair just needs a little extra TLC. So, once or twice a week, swap out the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner for the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Ultra Recovery Mask. After shampooing with the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Shampoo, apply the mask and leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.
3. Spritz on a heat protectant. Want to show off your red hair with blonde highlights by blow-drying your strands smooth? Always—and we mean always!—use a heat protectant product before you get to work with a heat tool. Try the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairsyyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray.
4. Rock beachy waves. Blonde highlights and tousled waves go together like PB&J. 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 braids. Once your hair has air dried, undo the braids and shake your waves out!
5. Set reminders for your touch-ups. 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.
6. Go in for a glaze. 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!