Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Is Red The New HOT Color?

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist

Red is back, and it's making a splash in Hollywood and beyond. We've seen the big and small screens heat up with luscious redheads who are pushing new color trends at salons. Even Katy Perry got in on the act for her cover on the new issue of Vogue magazine, where she sports a very vibrant orange red.

Christina Hendricks
by Ruven Afanado
Redhead celebrities like Jessica Chastain, Katy Perry and Christina Hendricks are leading the way, but there have certainly been plenty of natural redheads and those artfully created.

Other Famous Celebrities Who've Worn Red
(Some natural and others not):
  • Ann Margaret
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Jane Fonda
  • Carol Burnette
  • Lucille Ball
  • Bette Midler
  • Sophia Loren
  • Linda Evangelista
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Kate Walsh
  • Geena Davis
  • Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
  • Rose McGowan
  • Molly Ringwald
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Julianne Moore
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Marcia Cross
  • Emma Stone
  • Julia Roberts
  • Debra Messing
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Rihanna

If you want to see a nice selection of red hair colors, check out the board "Best Red Hair Colours" posted by Ferhan Talib in Pinterest.

So how can you tell if you'd be a good candidate for a change to red hair? While almost any skin tone can vamp up with reds, you need to be somewhat careful in selecting the correct shade for your skin. Colorists vary in their opinions when dealing with reds. Some say that lighter/cooler skin tones tend to look best in deep, cool reds, and darker/warmer skin tones can wear strawberry blond to rich auburn shades with ease. Others contradict a bit by saying that darker skin tones look best in deeper, cooler shades of red while lighter skin tones should choose a lighter, warmer shade of red. Most all agree that if you had red hair as a child, or have parents who have red hair, it's going to look a lot more natural on you.

Many experts feel that reds look best on people with green or blue eyes and cool or creamy skin. And, red can be such a drastic change that it's often best to convert slowly. Start with a shade of red that's close to your natural shade, and if you like the way it looks, experiment from there.

One thing you will want to consider is that red color-treated hair requires expert hair care. Although the days of henna coloring have been replaced with colors that are much more natural, and many more shades are available, reds are far from being low-maintenance. You can expect to need touch ups and/or recolor every four weeks to keep the red color vibrant. Your hair stylist may also suggest PM Shines or a glaze to help keep your red fresh and shiny. Reds are very prone to fading and dulling from sun damage, heat styling, and even the minerals you'll find in your water. Shampooing with a high quality shampoo for color-treated hair is a must. Redheads are reported to lose up to 45% of color when shampooing. To combat this, your shampoo must have a pH level below 5.5. Always make your final rinse with cool water.

What does this mean if you wear hair extensions, or want hair extensions? No worry, hair extensions are available in a wide range of colors, and can be matched to your desired shade of red. Here, it is extremely important to see an extension artist who is experienced in color as well as extensions. The higher maintenance that red requires may stress your hair extensions, as well as your own natural hair, and you will need to be placed on a good regimen of hair care and followup visits to your stylist for color touch ups and maintenance of the extensions. Some use extensions for complimentary highlights to accent their own hair which has been dyed red, while others use red extensions to highlight their blond, brown or black hair! The possibilities when you combine hair color with extensions are endless, and can provide for very striking results.

From strawberry blond, light ginger, cinnamon and coppers to rich auburn, deep chestnut, luscious ruby and vibrant deep reds, red can really shine.

REFERENCES: Beauty - How To Protect Your Red Hair
Daily Glow - Hair-Color Tips For Red Hair
Redkin - Redkin's Hot Reds
Squidoo - Red Hair Color Hairstyles, Color, and Tips
TopicBistro - Red Hair Color Shades - 10 Amazing Ideas
You Beauty - Red Hair Color and Skintone

Melissa White is an experienced hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.