It’s sexy, bold, wacky and even has bit of mystery about it. Red seems to be the colour of the moment abroad with new names being added on fast to the celebrity red head brigade. English actor Tina O'Brien has painted her hair a fiery red. Kim Kardashian’s sister Khloe Kardashian was also seen sporting red tresses at the recent People’s Choice Awards. Even X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd couldn’t resist copying the red head trend. She was recently spotted sporting a fiery hue of red. Rihanna had pioneered the trend with a shocking red and Cheryl Cole too, went red head soon after.
Red locks would soon become a big trend in India, predict hair experts. “Red has a young and energetic feel to it. It’s become a rage internationally, and will soon become popular in India,” says hairstylist Jawed Habib. Hairstylist Rod Anker, creative director at Kim Robinson Salon at the Aman Hotel says there’s no reason why Indian fashionistas should shy away from such a gorgeous colour. “There’s a red out there for everyone. Red can look great on Indian girls provided they chose a colour that enhances their skin tone.”
Is it my red?
Choosing the correct shade of red can be a tad tricky. An in-depth conversation with your stylist can help you pick up a shade that would look great on you. “The colour must suit your skin tone, hair type and cut, your face shape and your personality,” says Anker.
“Red looks stunning on young people, students and those in the fashion world. It may not look that great on somebody in the corporate world or the government sector,” says Habib.
Tread with caution
Go slow with the colour if you are not too sure about the look. “First timers should go for streaks rather than an all-over. You can also try a spray colour if you are not very sure if you would like to retain the look,” says Habib.
Opt for a shade of red that looks more natural. Steer clear of red shades that have too much orange or purple in them unless you are dressing up for Halloween. Copper, auburn and strawberry are safer shades.
How to sizzle in a red hot shade
Don't get enamoured by the pictures you see on the colour box. Pick your shade by looking at the colour swatches and always read descriptions carefully.
Only go for red if you have the confidence to carry the bold look. Remember it’s a very eye catching shade and people would notice your hair colour before they notice you.
Red colour molecules tend to seep out from hair quickly so make sure your hair strands are not dry or damaged. Limit washing your hair to no more than thrice a week with a mild shampoo.
Red hair colour oxidises quite fast. So make sure you always use a live-in conditioner that has UV filters or cover your hair with a scarf every time you step out under the sun.