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How To Dye Your Hair Red: Everything You Need To Know About Red Hair

Red hair has surfaced in Hollywood again and again on beauties such as Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Lindsay Lohan, Debra Messing, and of course, Lucy. However, less than four percent of the world's population is blessed with naturally red hair, with most of these people existing in the U.K, the Republic of Ireland, and Australia. For the rest of us who want those vibrant red strands, we'll have to get them from a bottle. "Red" is a mystery. Its shades range from strawberry blonde to auburn, crimson to copper, and then there's always the fire engine red that so many people have unsuccessfully tried to pull off. With all the color choices, what is the perfect (natural-looking) shade of red for you? Read on to learn how to dye your hair red.

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(Photo: Nicole Kidman, Lindsay Lohan, and Debra Messing showing off their red hair.)

Before you head to the salon, remember that a new hair color may require a change in makeup. Keep that in mind when you are getting ready for a night out on the town. Also, remember that red hair color fades faster than other shades because the molecular characteristic of the red color pigment makes it more difficult for your hair to hold onto the dye. It will also take more time to maintain your red color. To combat the fading, use a shampoo and conditioner like Alterna Caviar's Red Shampoo and Condioner that is specifically formulated to preserve red hair color from the start. Don't make the mistake of waiting until the fading is noticeable before taking action.

When it comes to dying your hair, especially if you're going lighter, we recommend that you spend the extra dollar and get it done with a professional. Professional hair dressers are educated in hair care and know how to protect your hair from damage. Not very often does the color on the hair-dye box mirror that of the hair color on your head during the dying aftermath. Hence, someone with experience would give a better judgment of which shade to use to get your ideal color. Because "red" is such a complex adjective, it is advised that a photo of your ideal red accompany you to the salon. A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is true in the case of hair color.


how-to-dye-hair-redHow To Dye Your Hair Red: Selecting The Perfect Red Shade
When selecting a hair color, stick pretty close to your natural color. The color will not be as drasticonce your natural hair grows out. Your skin tone is a good indicator for which shade to pick (see our article What Hair Color Will Best Compliment My Skin Tone?). A very subtle red or simple highlight may not be noticeable in very dark hair or against darker skin, while a brighter shade may stand out too much on individuals with fair skin. It is also a good idea to try a temporary washout color treatment in the experimental stages. If you don't like the color, a few rinses in the shower should wash out the color.

How to Dye your Hair Red: The Precautions

  • Don't leave dye on for longer than instructed.
  • Rinse your scalp thoroughly with water after use.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Never mix different hair dye products.
  • Do an allergy test each time you color your hair.
  • Never dye your eyebrows or eyelashes. This may lead to infection and even blindness. The FDA bans the use of hair dyes for eyelashes and eyebrow tinting.


How To Dye Your Hair Red: The Basics
Though we suggest you visit a professional, many of you will attempt this at home. So here is some advice to help you with the home-coloring process. For the preparation process, start by trimming your hair. Split ends become more obvious after a dye job, especially if you are going darker. The split ends can't hold onto the color and you'll end up with lighter ends, which may look unnatural (and weird). Also, do not shampoo your hair on the day of the dye. Shampooing will remove the oils from your scalp that protects your skin during the coloring process.

1) Have someone else help you with the coloring. Mirrors may be deceiving, so having another set of eyes could make all the difference between an okay dye job and an excellent one.

2) Make sure you follow all the instructions. This includes NOT skipping the alergy test.

3) Leave your hair down as you color to achieve a more even look.

4) Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the skin at your hairline. This will prevent hair from drippng dye on your skin.

5) Part hair into sections and apply color from roots to end. Start near the temple.

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How To Dye Your Hair Red: Removing Hair Dye From Your Skin
If you've accidentally gotten hair dye on your skin, don't panic. Accidents happen. Hair dye can be removed. Below are ideas for removing hair dye from skin. Note that the success of each method varies with the dye composition.

1) Dye removes dye: Have you noticed how the strongest cleaner won't remove coffee stains from your counter tops but adding a little coffee while scrubbing the stain will lift the stain right off? Well, the same principle applies to hair dye (no, do not add coffee to your hair dye stain). While you are in the shower, use leftover hair dye to remove the dye from stained skin. Apply the left over dye to the dyed areas of your skin. Apply it as you would soap and rub the stained skin using a circular motion. Wash immediately with shampoo or soap and a washcloth.

2) Baking Soda and Dishwashing Liquid: Mix equal parts of baking soda and dishwashing liquid. Apply mixture to a damp washcloth and rub the stained skin. Rinse off the baking soda and dishwashing liquid along with the dye. Try a dishwashing liquid that contains lemon.

3) Toothpaste: Toothpaste is great for cleaning a number of surfaces. Try applying a little toothpaste to the stained region, slightly scrub, and rinse clean.

4) Finally, there's always professional hair dye remover. This can be purchased along with the hair dye at any beauty supply store, such as Sally Beauty Supply.

How To Dye Your Hair Red:
Despite having the right shade and cut, your hairstyle may not look its best if you are experiencing a hair thinning problem. To achieve a fuller and thicker head of hair, try a hair thickener (such as Toppik) while using products containing minoxidil such as Provillus. The hair thickener will give you temporary coverage while the minioxidil stimulates hair regrowth. As we all know, a fuller head of hair is a confidence booster and also helps you to appear more youthful. And of course, you can always invest in a high quality red wig.


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