Hair color options completely run the gamut these days. Want purple hair? No problem. Want to go from dark to platinum? Sure, why not. But there’s one hair color that is actually leaving the bolder, more artificial look and going to a more natural place. Red.
About a decade ago, hair colorists went crazy with reds. With new color technology exploding, it became possible to take virtually any head of hair and create a variety of reds. There were dark purple-toned red shades, there were bold, crayon-like fire engine red tones. And of course, with that kind of color trend, no one wanted to keep things natural or natural-looking. It was all about the boldness, the wow factor, the RED-ness.
So now, several years later, as even stranger hair colors (think Katy Perry green, Kylie Jenner blue, or Kelly Osbourne lavender) have taken over the artificial hair color world, the preferred reds of today are actually looking more natural.
Natural red hair, though it may sound strange, is not actually red. It’s not red like a fire engine or like a red marker. Natural red hair is actually a bit orange… sort of copper-toned. So if you want red hair color to look more natural, it’s more coppery, orange-y shades that are used. This is exactly what we are seeing in hair color trends right now. The red hair on celebrities like Jessica Chastain and Dana Delaney, as well as the red hair in magazines and even on the streets, is turning to that more natural-looking place.
Red hair can be tricky to pull off. A big piece of advice is that if you’ve never had reddish hair color, don’t just try any red and think it’s going to vibe with your skin tone. Typically, these coppery red tones are most complementary on fair skin, but again, with today’s technology and color options, that’s no longer a rule. There are darker, more auburn options, there are lighter, more golden choices. So if you want to try a redder look, talk to your stylist, hold up red hair swatches against your skin… you can even do test strands just to be sure. A test strand is where your stylist will “test” one or more hair colors on a small strand of your hair. This helps you and your stylist see exactly how your hair will react to the color, exactly how the color will look on your hair, and exactly how the color will appear next to your skin and coloring. It may cost you a little bit for this service, but for a first-timer, it’s definitely worth it.
What about those of you who are redheads? Well, it’s a new, exciting time for you and your natural redheaded self. And if you choose to do something different, there are, of course, lots of options for you as well. From golden highlights to deep auburn lowlights to a boost of a red color refresher product, there are several fun, inexpensive ways to give your gorgeous red hair a fresh, or refreshed, look.