Just a few years back the general consensus was that red hair was something to be avoided. If you were born ginger, you'd dye your hair every colour under the sun to deny your true red-headed roots (no pun intended) and cover up your freckles as though they were something to be hidden. Incredulous. These days, the red-head has completely 180-d, so much so, countless of us who were unlucky enough to be born without a ginger hue are now trying every which way to achieve it. We're still scratching our heads as to why it wasn't always one of the most sought after hair colours; just look at the redhead celebs below. As we consider taking the plunge, here we recruit not only hair stylist Sandra Fitzgerald ofHairess Salon but also Robyn Byrne, MAC make-up artist, who brief us on what everything we need to know.
First of all, it was Christina Aguilera's recent transformation that inspired this post.
Where do we even begin?
Before taking the plunge to go red, you need to pick the right shade. Go to your stylist and ask them to go through the shade chart to see what suits your skin and eye colour best. Green eyes suit a bright copper, brown eyes suit deeper copper or mahogany tones and blue eyes are best with the more natural shades.
Best products for prolonging your new red locks?
Always go to a salon and don't do a DIY!Definitely Revlon colour shampoo. Though this promises to condition your hair at the same time as shampooing, Sandra recommends using an additional conditioner to keep your hair extra soft. Then for the ultimate 'lifesaver', Sandra's go-to product is Revlon Colour Bomb in 740 (make sure you go for the colour bomb that best suits your tone). "I used to be red for a really long time and this is the ultimate lifesaver for keeping your locks the right shade! Leave it on for up to 30 mins if you want your colour to really intensify. I recommend using it every 3 weeks. It will help to stretch out your time between salon appointments."
What if we get it done, run home in tears and regret EVERYTHING?
If it all goes wrong and you hate your new red hair (you won't!), it's pretty much the same to get rid of as blonde hair. It is doable, but you would need to treat it properly with Olaplex or a deep conditioning treatment. It's definitely easier to go for a brunette shade straight over red as opposed to getting back to blonde.
Any important reminders?
Be mindful of the time of year you do this; the sun bleaches hair so don't go red right before your holidays! Autumn is the perfect time for coppery tones.
Okay, we know what we need to do hair wise, but let's talk make-up.
What changes with our make-up?
Gingers, like all other colours, can wear the majority of make-up styles, trends, colours, tones and textures, once it's done in a classic way. Red lips, a massive S/S16 trend, are a perfect example of what works for a redhead, although you may be wary of red overload at first. Actually, the colours are monochromatic and so they really complement one another, making it the perfect lip colour. Just look at Xtina!
Are we done with smokey eyes?
With red being such an attractive colour, there’s nothing worse than when the focus is taken away from the hair with a black, stamped-on smokey eye. I would always recommend a beautiful smudged, lived-in liner for a little drama. 'Soft' and 'blown-out' have never meant more than when doing make-up on a redhead; you want the hair to make a statement by keeping the rest minimal.
When doing this make-up, ask yourself have you ever seen Julia Roberts with a black smokey eye? Or Jessica Chastain? And how hot does Amy Adams look, sticking to her classic, neutral palette?
Perfect red lipsticks
Russian Red (Mac) or Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet red.
Hair and eye colour
Brown eyes and ginger hair? Think WARM! Keep that palette of colour wrapped in sandy golds and reddish browns to really add warmth to the red hair. You can afford to go a little deeper in colour when you have brown eyes as it tends to enrich the eye colour, creating a more smouldering eye but still soft.
Orange brings out blue naturally so if you already have blue eyes, your hair is doing this for you organically. Like brown eyes, keep it warm but blend a cooler colour in with it so that the warmth isn’t so overpowering. Try amber tones on the lid, still making that blue eye pop but softened with a colour like Cork eyeshadow from mac; it isn’t so cold that it's grey but not so warm that it's orange. The perfect eyeshadow.
Can we wear pink?
I don’t usual like to say no to two colours together, but a pink lip on a ginger isn’t as striking as other colours. When a redhead wears a pink lip it must be selected carefully and thoughtfully: will it clash? Does it bring out my hair or eye colour? What does it do for my complexion? If it's not doing you any favours, fear not as what does work is a nude with a hint of pink, or a nude lipstick with a pink lipgloss to give the right amount of pigment. Try Viva Glam 2 from MAC with Baby Rose mega shine lipgloss from NYX. Perfect nude pink for ginger coloured hair.