Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Ready for Red?

Have you been contemplating doing some sort of fun red haircolor?

Trying to figure out the best option for you? Here we give you some tips on different applications and also how to maintain the new hue!


If you have medium-long length brown to dark brown hair, try using hand painted balayage to add some red in. Your coloring helps dictate what shade of red will look best with your skin tone and eyes. You could try copper, red, or red violet. With your colorist, play with color swatches against your face to discover which tone will highlight you best. This service will most likely include bleaching the mid-ends softly before depositing your desired shade.


If you are feeling extra bold and sassy, try going for all over red haircolor! This is more easily achieved on medium-light colored hair as adding in red is usually a one step process if you already have highlights. If not, again, bleaching may need to occur to lift out a darker hue so that the red will look its punchiest. Whether you want to go full on copper like Christina Hendricks (above) or to go more of a natural red like Emma Stone or a candy apple red all over- this look will get you noticed and will be the most dramatic transformation you’ve ever tried!


  1. Red hair always fades the fastest. Science debates as to why but all we know is that its difficult to keep it looking as fresh as they day you got it. This is the reality of red hair and even with the best care it fades so make sure you are prepared for the upkeep! It is important to know that for more vivid color, that the colorist might have to use a semi permanent that will show up best but does not last as long. Oxidative colors sometimes cannot look as rich and translucent as semi-permanents. A great way to make semi-permanents last longer is to use heat to drive the color into the hairs’ structure. Always use a professional colorist in these situations because they know the limits of the color lines they work with best and can adjust your service accordingly.
  2. Shampoo as little as possible. Use powdered dry shampoo before and after workouts and in between washing. You can even use a blowdryer on the roots to help burn off some of the oil deposited by your scalp.
  3. Use a professional level, color safe, sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Sulfates are salts and they strip your color right out of your hair. Using the best quality products will help maintain the investment in your new haircolor!
  4. Protect your hair from the sun and heat. Wear a scarf or hat and/or use a hair sunscreen like Moroccan Oil with UV inhibitors and thermal protectan to shield the color from the fading UV rays. Its also always smart to use heat tools on a medium setting in order to prevent high heat from burning the color out of your hair.
  5. Schedule regular touch-ups/refresh and conditioning service. The best way to keep red looking awesome is to refresh it every 4-6 weeks. You can always pair this with a moisturizing conditioning treatment so that the hair will best hold the color.
  6. Ask your colorist to use a clear gloss on top. This insures that the color will last the longest. When you shampoo, the gloss will be going down the drain more than the red haircolor.

Ready to take the plunge with new red hair? Check out our experience stylists’ profiles and book an appointment with one today!

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