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How To Get Red Hair – Dos & Don’ts Of The Celeb Trend

Wed, April 24, 2013 6:13pm EDT by Dory Larrabee 3 Comments
How To Dye Hair Red
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Whether you’re a natural like Bella Thorne or a newly dyed red head like Rachel McAdams, we’ve got expert tips on how you can keep your color vibrant and beautiful!

Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams and Dianna Agron are just some celebs who have recently dyed their hair red. No matter what your hue, it’s important to protect your hair and your color. Celebrity Stylist & Matrix Artistic Director Ammon Carver is sharing his top hair tips with HollywoodLifers so you can look your best this summer!

Red Hair For Your Skin Tone — How To Pick The Right Shade

Before you go for the big dye job, think about how many shades are available:

“I go by a basic rule of thumb with red selection: if you have olive undertones in your skin, a cool red shade is going to look the best. If your skin has a pink undertone, then stick with warm, coppery reds. Either way, cool or warm, the reds should look natural and rich — never ‘punk,'” Ammon says.

DIY: How To Dye Your Hair Red At Home

For an intense red at home that won’t break the bank, we love L’Oréal Paris Féria Power Reds collection. For a warm red, use shade R68. For a cooler red, try R37.

Since home and salon color does eventually fade, Ammon offers tips on how to protect your color.

“Use cool water when washing your hair, skip days between washes and always, always, always use a color safe shampoo and conditioning system. This is most important with reds, as the key to rocking the shade is keeping it vibrant.”

We usually wash our hair every other day and use Drybar Detox Dry Shampooon off-days to soak up excess oil at the roots.

Taking Care Of Your Hair After Any Color Treatment

“If your hair is dark, chances are you’ll need to lighten your hair before you color it, which can be a bit more damaging on your hair. Minimize the stress by using moisturizing, repairing and hydrating products. If your hair is light, you’ll likely need what is called a filler, a preliminary deposit of color on your hair that will enable it to hold the final red tone. By filling AND coloring your hair in one day, you are committing to keeping you hair red (or at least a darker shade) for a while, making regular touch-ups important, too,” Ammon says.

It’s important to use a color-protecting spray like MATRIX Total Results Color Care Miracle Treat 12 Lotion Spray to detangle, hydrate, condition and de-frizz hair before blow drying.

Would YOU ever dye your hair red, HollywoodLifers?

— Dory Larrabee

More Celebrities Dye Their Hair Red:

  1. Ariel Winter Dyes Hair Red Like Ariel In ‘The Little Mermaid’
  2. Louis Tomlinson Dyes Hair Red For Charity — One Direction Do-Gooder
  3. Rachel McAdams’ Red Hair: Color Chameleon — Vote On Your Fave Look