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Love being a redhead but looking for a little bit of an update? It happens to the best of us. One minute we’re loving every single strand of our allover red hair color, and the next thing we know, we’re totally bored with it. If you want to update your look while staying true to your love of red hair, consider switching things up ever-so-slightly with one of our three hair color ideas below. Hey, you might even be so daring as to combine two of the ideas for a totally new look. Whatever you choose, here’s looking to you and your pretty new ‘do!
If you love your current red hair color but want to add a little dimension to your mane, highlights and lowlights are your best bet. For a brighter, lighter hair color, go with highlights. For a sultry darkness just in time for fall, give lowlights a try. Just keep in mind that adding highlights to red hair requires bleaching. You may want to consider visiting a colorist who can expertly weave highlights or lowlights into your red hair for a multidimensional look.
Highlights and lowlights not enough of a change for you? We feel you. Sometimes it’s best to start fresh with a new red hair color altogether. To find your new red hair hue, let the color wheel be your guide. Then, try an at-home hair color kit to create your transformation.
If you want a light red hair color, use... L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Copper or L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Copper.
If you want a medium red hair color, use… L’Oréal Paris Féria in Auburn Brown, L’Oréal Paris Féria in Cherry Crush, L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rich Auburn, or L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rich Auburn True Red.
If you want a dark red hair color, use… L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Burgundy Brown, L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Burgundy, L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rich Mahogany, or L’Oréal Paris Féria in Red Velvet.
Last but not least, if you want to change up your red hair color without actually changing your beloved hue at all, it could be time to get a little scissor happy. One of the best ways to breathe new life into your look is to get a haircut. Whether you add in layers or bangs or go all out with a blunt bob or pixie, trying a new haircut is an easy way to spice things up.
Remember: Color-treated hair requires special care. So, whether you made a change to your cut or color, if you’ve dyed your hair it’s important to give it the attention it deserves. Follow the tips below for caring for color-treated red hair.
1. Use a system of hair care products formulated for color-treated hair. Look for a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask.
2. Wash your hair in lukewarm water. Super-hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, which can leave it feeling dry. So, the next time you wash your red hair, turn down the dial and rinse off in lukewarm temps instead.
3. Spray on a heat protectant. Want to sport smooth and sleek red hair? Use a heat protectant before picking up your blow-dryer or flat iron. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray.
Now that you’ve got plenty of ideas for switching up your red hair color, check out our article, How to Get Red Hair with Blonde Highlights, for step-by-step instructions for creating this pretty look.