Fall Hair Color: How to Determine Which Shade of Red is Best for You

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Fall is here and I don’t know about you – but I always tend to go red or a dark brown for my fall hair color during the fall and winter months. I am a natural blonde but over the years as I have gotten older, the color has changed to a more mousy-brown color with blonde highlights. The blonde highlights are now almost pure white, so yes, coloring my hair is a necessity to keep those white hairs gone!

Red Hair for Fall with Madison Reed

Fall is a perfect time to try some red hues to make those outdoor photos with the changing leaves of autumn in the background make your look just pop! If you have ever fantasized about being a redhead, here are some basic tips to help you find your perfect shade.

First, decide if your skin has warm or cool undertones. Hold a piece of white paper up to your face:

  • If your skin coloring appears to be pink, you’re cool.
  • If it seems yellow or olive, you’re warm.

You can also look to the color of your eyes:

  • If you have brown eyes, warmer colors will compliment you more. Choose golden and coppery red shades.
  • If your eyes are light, like blue or green, choose a cooler red with mahogany or deep chestnut undertones.

Fair skin: A light strawberry blonde is beautiful.  Avoid mahogany tones that pale your already fair skin.

Medium skin: You can handle a deeper red, because there is more tone in your skin.  A medium coppery light brown or auburn shade would be gorgeous. Avoid wine shades that bring out yellow in the skin.

Dark skin: Go with a dark auburn to a mahogany red or a rich, chestnut-brown. Avoid intense shades of red, as they can bring out subtle green undertones in dark skin.

A few things to consider when going red:

  • Watch out when coloring over existing color. It could affect the tone and depth of the red you desire. Do a strand test before coloring all over.
  • Add a gloss between colorings to keep your red vibrant. You can choose a clear gloss or a tinted one that will wake up and extend your color.
  • Red color tends to fade more quickly, so it’s essential that you use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color treated hair, such as Madison Reed’s Madison Reed nourishing, color enhancing shampoo and conditioner set, to protect and extend your color.

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Do you change your hair color with the seasons, or do you tend to stay with a particular color or shade throughout the year? Let us know in the comments below!

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