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Lady in red: Your most flattering red hair colour

29 March 2019
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Are you ready to rock red hair this winter? It’s a fantastic hair colour to make you feel alive when the weather is dull and grey outside.


Contrary to popular belief, anyone can pull off red hair - you just need to know what shade best suits your skin tone. The general rule for red hair is to go light if you have fair skin. The darker your skin, the deeper the red you should choose. Golden and orange reds will look great on warm skin tones, while violet and magenta reds work best with cool skin tones.


Red hair needs good care


Red is a colour that you want to look after properly to maintain its vivid appearance. Wash your hair with products specifically formulated for coloured hair, such as Redken Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner. This range offers lightweight care that doesn’t strip the hair and contains amino-ions to help seal in colour so your red will last longer.


Tip: Find out your skin tone by looking at the underside of your wrist. If you have a warm skin tone, your veins will be a greenish colour, and the skin will be distinctly cream, gold or warm brown. If you have a cool skin tone, your veins will appear blue or purple and your skin will either look blue-white or dusty brown. Usually, olive or ethnic skin has a cool undertone, but there are exceptions to the rule.

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Red hair for light and medium skin


Strawberry blonde: This is the classic ‘redhead’ blonde - a dark blonde that is actually a very light shade of copper. The pale ginger tones are sophisticated and pretty against very fair skin.


Rosy copper: Light to medium skin with will look simply amazing with golden copper tresses. This hair colour works best if you have warm undertones to your skin. It’s also not too fiery, making it a good colour if you’re nervous about going red. If you have ethnic curls, rosy copper highlights are understated yet eye-catching.


Bright cherry: Vivacious crimson pink hair looks incredible against light to medium cool toned skin. It’s especially good if you have very fair, almost translucent skin.


Red hair for dark skin


Dark auburn: Dark brown with a hint of red - this colour is beautiful against deeply tanned skin. This is a warm red that looks best against warm toned skin.


Wine red: Hair the colour of merlot is simply amazing if you have dark skin. It’s a cool red, intense and sultry against dark skin with cool undertones.


Deep magenta: Dark and glossy red hair with violet undertones works beautifully if you have a cool complexion - tanned, olive or ebony. Go for a full head of colour or ask for a more subtle ombre with dark roots fading to magenta at the tips.

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