Adding a red hair color to your tresses can up the anti by creating an alluring and mysterious image to your persona.
Be it in the form of a full head coverage or just partial color detail as in a balayage or high lights.
If you are wanting to make a bit of a statement with your hair but at the same time shy away from going overboard. You have tossed out all the bright colors like blue and pink and even a rose gold.
Then a red hair color could be an excellent choice for you. Be it in the auburn hair color range or a darker red that ranges from a dark subtle reddish brown through the burgundy shades up to a vibrant bright crimson.
How To Choose Your Red Hair Color.
Choosing the red hair color for the look you want may seem an easy task.
But with the various tones and shades available it may take you longer than you think.
Is it a red you are after or would your preference be more towards a copper auburn shade?
I would suggest that you check out pictures on Pinterest or the web to see which images inspire you.
Keep a note of what type of looks you are drawn to.
Because after a short while you will start to see a pattern emerge.
Are you attracted to colors that would give you a statement look?
Such as bold fiery looking dark red colors.
Or are you more the girl next door type who would like a more natural color.
The Dark Red Shades.
Having a mix of tones in various shades.
Dark red color tends to be essentially a deep to lightest brown with a mix of red or purple pigment.
How much red or purple pigment will depend on the vibrancy of the finished color.
There are many different terms and names used to describe the dark red color range.
I will therefore cover the basic major groups.
Red Mahogany Hair Colors.
You could say that this rich color is somewhere between red and brown
Red mahogany color in most cases is a deep brown with undertones of red and purple.
Although there are variants on the depth of shade.
A very popular color with our clients in the salon who have darker brown hair.
Because the red mahogany color adds depth and warmth their hair without changing the color to drastically.
True Red Hair Colors.
Primary red the brightest red of the dark red color range. Fiery and intense this color will give you a striking appearance.
It certainly made cameras click when Rihanna wore it.
The downside is that it will need a lot of upkeeping on your part to keep that strong color.
Especially if your natural hair color falls in the black to brown range.
Because to be able to achieve a gorgeous true red color a certain amount of pre bleaching will be required first.
How much you can find out in my blog post color dark hair for perfect results.
I would also suggest that if you choose this sort of color that you use a shampoo with a red pigment.
As this will help to keep your color vibrant for longer.
Because bright red colors can seem to fade quickly especially if you use a strong shampoo.
Burgundy Red Tones.
If you are anything like me when you think of burgundy an image of a bottle of French wine pops into your head.
Burgundy hair colors range from a dark brown blended with a red or purple.
Which can be an excellent choice if you want a natural warm look on your dark hair.
All the way up to a striking plum burgundy which does contain more purple/blue pigment than red.
Coloring your hair all over with a plum burgundy will indeed create a dramatic statement.
Aubergine Hair Colors.
Aubergine hair color is also known by its other name which is eggplant.
As a hair color eggplant is much more towards the violet spectrum of the dark red hair colors.
In other words.
A brown with a lot of violet pigment added rather than red. Aubergine as a color is very exotic and works very well on cool skin tones.
Which Is The Best Dark Red Hair Color For Your Skin Tone.
Selecting the right dark red hair color will make your face come alive.
Whilst the wrong one can make you appear sallow and ill looking.
A rule of thumb for you to keep in mind.
The darker your skin tone color the darker red your hair should be.
Using a very white but not a slightly yellowing tee shirt is a good way of determining your skin tone.
Place it next to your face.
If you appear blueish then you have a cool tone. True reds and purple shades such as aubergine can look fantastic on you.
If you look yellow you are warm toned. Think in terms of dark red colors like burgundy or very warm reds as will work well on you.
Although personally I don’t think you should get to hung up on skin tones and hair color to much.
Basic rules are there as to colors but then again rules should always be broken.
That’s how progress is made.
I have a client who has fair skin. Yet she looks fantastic and slightly mysterious with her dark burgundy hair color.
To me it is all very individual.
Because with all the different coloring techniques around now. There are many ways to add any red color that you would like to your hair.
Using a balayage technique you could have a red mahogany or deep burgundy towards the top of your head and a true red on the ends.
Maintaining Your Red Hair Color.
Keeping that strong red pigment in your hair for longer can be helped by applying a toner.
Hair toners applied to your red hair on a regular basis will make your color last. You can read about hair toners here.
A red hair color especially if you decide on one of the brighter reds. Does look best when it is very vivid.
Your natural hair color and hair color tints contain a mixture of two pigment groups.
These are known as Eumelanin and Pheomelanin.
Red hair color contains more Pheomelanin in the mix than other colors and how much will depend on how vivid your red color is.
Unfortunatley the Pheomalin or red pigment is the first color pigment that will disappear from your hair.
Or being effected by the natural elements such as the sun.
Therefore your hair will need a little bit of work on your part when it comes to keeping your hairs red color pigment.
Now for the good news.
The more often that you do color your hair red the more the red will be layered onto your hair
Due to the build up of these red pigments .
You will find that your color will last longer before it starts to fade.
A Final Point To Remember.
When making quite a dramatic change to your hair color you may find that you will need to change your wardrobe and make up as well.
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