Maybe you want to brighten up your red or return to a shade from years past. Be ready for attention; red is a bright, vibrant color that demands a second look! But first, you should know a few things about getting (and staying!) red.
Make sure you consult with your stylist to find the perfect shade of red for you! Certain reds look better on certain skin tones. For example, cooler reds look better with a cooler or darker skin tone. You will be able to find the most flattering color for you, whether it is a cooler red violet or a warm ruby red!
It is helpful to know the molecules in red hair dye are large. They are much larger than, say, black hair dye, which is notoriously hard to remove. You could see fading early on, after only a few weeks after going red. That said, your first order of business will be avoiding washing your hair after leaving the salon. Ideally, you will be able to wait 48 hours. After waiting, using sulfate-free shampoo is a must! Sulfate-free shampoos are good for any color treated hair, but especially for redheads. Using cold water when washing is also helpful, as it keeps the cuticle closed. Keeping your red hair in the shade when outside is a very important tip that helps fend off fading.
It also can be fun to choose new makeup to go with your red hair! It may be a good idea to avoid makeup that is too red on the cheeks. Also, certain colors, such as green, look amazing with red. A green liner or shadow could really make an entire look pop.
Finally, though tips will help give your red a longer life, color is maintenance and regular salon visits are still a must. Find a stylist you love and have fun getting and keeping those beautiful crimson locks!