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Top Ten Tips for Red Hair

by Kerry Capewell, Hair Expert at Naturtint

1. Good news! Most of us can pull off at least one shade of red so if you've never dabbled with a warmer tone, don't be put off by this trend.

2. Darker skin tones tend to suit more mahogany or plum based reds whilst cooler or fairer skin tones are flattered by more orange based reds such as copper and terracotta.

3. Red is a notoriously difficult colour to maintain however as the pigment is prone to leaching from the hair so be prepared to look after your colour and refresh more regularly than you might with another colour.

4. To achieve the more vibrant shades you may need to pre-lighten the hair first, but this can cause your hair to become porous, so will need regular conditioning treatments.

5. With any red shade, we would stress the importance of carrying out a strand test before application – red tones can vary greatly on different base shades so you can never be certain how red a colour might develop on your own hair, without testing it first. A strand test is quick and easy to carry out and can be done at the same time as the skin test, which should be carried out 48 hours before the use of any colour, even if you've used it before.

6. Naturtint has some stunning red shades across the whole colour chart, for example 7.46 Arizona Copper or the 7C Terracotta Blonde

7. If you don't want to commit to a permanent shade of red, why not test the trend with a non-permanent colour, such as Naturtint Reflex 5.62 – a deep mahogany red, ideal if you are leaning towards the darker, purple reds rather than the copper reds.

8. Styles which compliment vibrant red hair include blunt cuts such as the bob, or short edgy, pixie cuts. Equally you can wear your hair long, smooth or with bouncy waves a lá Rachel, but the key to bringing the colour and look together is condition, condition, condition!

9. Invest in after-care products specifically designed for coloured hair, to help prolong the life of your colour. Nutrideep Multiplier contains Sunflower extracts to help guard against external hair damage.

10. Lastly, remember that your make-up may also need updating with your hair colour!

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