While there are still a few weeks of beautiful summer weather left for us to enjoy, cool, crisp autumn mornings and falling leaves are just around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about updating your look for fall, and one way of doing that is by changing your hair color. Red is the all-time favorite seasonal hair color for fall as it draws on the colors of nature. If you’ve always wanted to go warmer but have let fear hold you back, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here today to tell you everything you need to know to go red this fall with confidence.
The key to a flawless, warmer, look is to match your hair color to your skin tone. When the undertones of both are in sync your new red strands will look natural and beautiful. Here’s what you need to know to get your color right.
If your skin has a hint of yellow or golden hue, your skin tone is warm. You’ve probably noticed that the veins in your wrists look slightly green. When choosing a shade of red for warm skin, go with shades with hints of gold like warm strawberry blonde, copper orange, or pumpkin spice. You want the golden tones of your skin to carry through to your tresses.
If your skin has hints of pink or blue then your skin tone is cool. Your veins will appear slightly blue or purple in natural light. For cool skin, you should look for reds that have blue or purple undertones as well. Soft pastel pink, light auburn, mahogany, and raspberry are perfect choices to compliment cool skin tones. Orangey colors will look unnatural.
If you tend to look great in any color you wear your skin tone is neutral. If you’re not sure, look at both gold and silver jewelry next to your skin in natural light. Warm skin looks best with gold, while cool skin looks best with silver. If your skin looks good with both, you’re neutral. You’re lucky! You’ll be able to pull off just about any shade of red you choose flawlessly.
Skin that has a slight greenish hue is olive. Olive skin tends to look best with neutral to warm shades of red. Some colors that may compliment your skin well are golden copper, mulled wine, and burgundy.
You also need to take into consideration how dark your skin is when choosing a hair color, especially red. Red is the most eye-catching hair color so it’s important to pay attention to every detail if you want to look like you were born ginger.
Fair complexions can easily take on a washed-out look next to bright or bold colors. Light reds with hints of blonde or pastel pinks look fabulous with pale skin. Darker colors are too overpowering for your light complexion.
Those with medium skin can choose from a wide variety of shades from light to dark, but you should avoid extremes on the spectrum. Your best colors will be right in the middle, just like your skin. Going too dark can make you look pale while going too light can have an unnatural darkening effect.
Deep, dark shades of mulberry and wine will look gorgeous against dark skin. The vibrancy of rich dark reds is enhanced by darker skin tones. You can afford to be a bit daring when choosing your shade of red.
When it comes to maintaining red hair there is something you need to know. Red hair is more prone to fading than other hair colors, so you will need to modify your hair care routine to prolong the life of your color. Make sure you are using a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that are formulated for color-treated hair. Change your shampoo schedule to once or twice per week so that you’re not constantly washing the color out of your hair. Better still, use a color-enhancing shampoo like Davines Alchemic Shampoo and Conditioner. Your stylist can advise you on which one is best for your particular color.
When you’re ready to update your hair color for fall with a gorgeous shade of red, come see the talented colorists at PYARA SPA AND SALON. We’ll help you choose the perfect color for a flawless look and equip you with the salon-quality products you’ll need to keep your strands vibrant. Give us a call at 781-270-9200 or BOOK YOUR HAIR COLOR APPOINTMENT ONLINE. You can find us at 1050 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.