Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Becoming a redhead: what you need to know

I love Margot Robbie, and her changing hair colour has been a hot topic lately. She's just gone from brunette to redhead (rumoured to be for a new film role) and the makeover was courtesy of colour experts at the Paul Edmonds salon in Knightsbridge. Vernon Deysel is Creative Colour Director and he has a few expert tips for transforming your locks and becoming a redhead...

Red Tones

There's a tone to suit all hair colours. Vernon says: "This season red hair is a must for brunettes who want to intensify the red in the hair colour or for blondes who want to become more vibrant - Copper Blonde/Mahogany/Mahogany Browns work well." But, as always, there's a trend when it comes to seeing red. Rose golds that were really popular are making way for intense flamboyant reds.

I've personally had my hair every shade of red growing up. Experimenting meant I got to know what would and wouldn't suit my skin tone. I can tell you right now that I'll never, ever go strawberry blonde again – definitely not my shade. While brighter reds, mahogany and even red with blonde highlights all worked for me. I think I'd play it a little more subtle now though.

If, like me, you'd want a more toned-down look, Vernon suggests "a red shade with hints of browns; think Christina Hendricks with slices of different shades of reds/browns applied free hand, sweeping colour onto the hair to create multi-dimensional depth – that looks natural!"

What's your perfect shade?

Blondes: if you're fresh from summer holidays, glowing, tanned skin can wear copper and copper blonde shades perfectly.

Brunettes: you can pretty much carry off any shade of red, but ask your hairdresser to advise you if you've not gone red before.

Maintaining your red locks

Red hair can fade quite quickly (bummer!). To keep that lovely vibrant colour, Vernon advises using salon product such as Shu Uemura Full Shimmer shampoo and conditioner or Kerastase Chroma Captiv and LP Vitamino colour. If you can't afford salon brands then at least opt for products designed for coloured hair and ensure you use a heat protection spray when styling.

You can, of course, keep your colour topped up at the salon – a service that the Paul Edmonds salon offers, as do many others. You might need to pop back as much as every 3 weeks though to keep things in tip-top condition.

When I went red I went on holiday quite soon afterwards. The sun and chlorine did have a dramatic effect on the colour of my hair, so beware! I was actually pretty lucky that I loved the faded colour as much as the bright shade I'd originally dyed it. I had blonder chunks through red which ended up a lovely reddish/caramel colour – perfectly suited to the sunnier weather.

Paul Edmonds Salon
217 Brompton Road
Knightsbridge, London

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