Red hair is fierce, and that's a fact. You only have to see the stars embracing their crimson-colours and the celebrities copy-catting their fiery shades to know...
Red hair has never been hotter. Whether you’re rocking a freshly-dyed redhead ‘do or embracing some stunning auburn locks, a shade of red hair is the most-sought after on the spectrum. Just take a look at the A-list.
Redhead du jour Lily Collins leads the way when it comes to natural red shades. As do actresses Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Christina Hendricks and Isla Fisher.
For more subtle cinnamon shades, French babe Joséphine de La Baume and Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman boast two of the best hues on the scene, while Blake Lively and Drew Barrymore prove the hottest shade of the year can be copied to perfection.
Brighter colours are also popular with celebrities. Everyone from singers Cheryl to Rihanna have indulged their creative sides at the salon, opting for more fiery reds. And who could forget the firiest of them all, Florence Welch, who regularly slicks on a lipstick in a similar shade before stepping out on stage to perform with her band.
Worried about your look getting stale? Do as Nicola Roberts does. The Girls Aloud star updated her mid-length locks by introducing a much softer sun-kissed tone towards the tips. The end result perfectly complemented Nicola’s porcelain skin which she began to embrace towards the end of her chart-topping group’s time in the spotlight.
If you’re considering making the change but aren’t sure what way to turn, we have you covered. We went to Paul Edmonds London in Knightsbridge and spoke to Steven Kamara, the hair colouring mastermind behind redheads like Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks, to help us understand how to get the red you want.
To book an appointment at the salon, visit www.pauledmonds.com
How to choose the right shade of red
Work with your natural skin tone. If your skin is pale, try lighter shades of red like ginger or strawberry blonde or go really rich in colour.
Many associate redheads with fair skin, but if you’ve got golden or warm undertones you can still pull off a killer red colour.
‘Warmer skin tones need to use a balancing colour,’ Steven advises, so opt for shades with a hint of copper to keep warmth in your complexion.
And if you have darker skin, try auburn shades of red or go for really popping, bright red.
‘Adding some subtle ballayage pieces throughout the hair also gives it a lovely depth,’ Steven says.
How to go from blonde to red hair
Luckily, it’s quite easy to transition form blonde hair to red, as your hair will pick up the red dye easily. Remember, if you have copper tones in your hair already, it will show up in the red too. If you don’t want copper tones, visit your hair colourist who will be able to counteract this for you.
How to go from brown to red hair
Because brown hair is darker than red, it can be slightly harder to achieve the exact red hair colour you want, especially if you’re trying to do it at home. You will most likely have to go lighter in colour before you can go red, but as Steven proved it’s possible to go from a medium-dark brown to a copper red in one session – just make sure you leave it up to the professionals to ensure your hair is kept in tip-top condition. Also consider an Olaplex treatment in between salon visits to improve the quality of your hair, and so it absorbs the colour more.
How to care for dyed red hair
‘It’s really important to properly care for red hair, so you need to make sure you’re using the right products,’ Steven warns. ‘Red tends to fade pretty quickly, so make sure you stay away from anything that’s going to strip the colour.’
Avoid using anti-dandruff shampoos and instead choose sulphate-free products to keep your colour looking vibrant for longer.
Take a look at our favourite naturally auburn stunners and those experimental redheads – we’re confident you’ll be booking in an appointment after…
First up, our favourite redhead Bella Thorne was spotted getting some sun in LA in April 2016, pairing her luscious auburn locks with a floral-printed red dress.
We’re pretty sure that Scarlett Johansson has sported every hair colour there is and somehow, she manages to pull off each one – this red being no exception.
Kristen Stewart nailed this fiery shade of red with a simply side-swept part. Hot!
She’s typically known as a blonde bombshell, but Jaime King proves that blondes don’t always get to have all the fun.
Emma Roberts was spotted showing off her brand new ‘Desert Rose’ hue, giving redheads major inspiration for their spring ‘do…
Model Lily Cole has never been afraid to fly the flag for crimson-coloured roots everywhere either.
Bella Thorne opted to wear her naturally glossy hair in a sleek centre parting with plenty of volume for her turn on the red carpet at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards,
Whether she’s opted for an effortlessly elegant updo or she’s twisted her layers into boho waves, Eleanor Tomlinson’s warm colour always takes centre stage and looks undeniably glossy and glamorous.
Rihanna hits a Dior presentation in Tokyo with retro-look curls.
Jessica Chastain champions boho-style tousled waves.
Jurassic World’s Bryce Dallas Howard steps out in London with her red hair in a sleek and straight style.
Amy Adams channels a chic old Hollywood vibe with her softly curled red hairstyle at a Max Mara dinner in London.
Amy Poehler’s shoulder-length auburn locks have a slight wave at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
Rihanna twists the top section of her hair into two topknots, leaving the red of her copper curls loose out in New York.
Not long after she cut her long hair into a throwback bob, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini takes to Instagram to unveil a fiery new look.
Rumer Willis proves to be a fan of retro styling when she steps out in LA with her red hair pinned in an old-fashioned ‘do.
Bella Thorne proves you don’t have to be a natural redhead to suit this striking hue. Light, strawberry blonde and copper tones are better on a natural blonde than deep burgundy or hot red tones.
Even natural redheads can play around with colour. Follow Julianne Moore’s lead and go one step bolder with a rich cherry hue.
Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, the one and only Riley Keough, is one foxy red head. She wears her scarlet style in loose ringlets, tousled around the shoulders.
Amy Adams is our new redheaded heroine, after she updated her soft auburn locks to this bright copper hue. Paired with old Hollywood waves, this is the colour to turn bland hair into beautiful tresses in an instant.
Jessica Chastain is one of our favourite natural redheads. We love this relaxed wave on the actress and how the soft side parting really frames her face.
Olivia Grant is one of the most striking natural redheads in Hollywood. She embraces her stunning auburn locks with a slinky tight-ringlet curled do.
Karen Elson earned the nickname ‘Le Freak’ because of her unique red hair, pale skin and fair eyebrows, but we think she looks anything but freaky with this feminine ‘do. The sleek style is softened by Karen’s longer-length fringe, which also frames the model’s petite elfin features.
A girl who suits just about every shade in the spectrum, Emma Stone definitely secured her place in our hair hero hitlist with her crimson-style. A subtle-shine, high impact style that really caught our eye.
Another star who favours the more natural red colour, actress Amy Adams’ tresses are understatedly pretty.
Redhead du jour Jessica Chastain wears hers in a natural shade, which leaves her locks looking shiny and healthy.
Isla Fisher’s coppery-style red look is one of our all-time favourites.
Granted, this is a less fiery red than one she’s worn in the past, but Nicole Kidman’s carrot-hued locks still look fab.
Blake Lively also tried out the red hair look in 2011 with a warm and rich shade.
How striking does Jessica Chastain look with this new fringe? Her choppy style reminds us of a redheaded Brigitte Bardot…
Rihanna quickly established herself as a very fiery red head when she went red than ever in 2010. These are some of the most iconic looks we remember of the statement-making singer.
Florence Welch’s striking red hair is as much her trademark as her boho style and her haunting vocals. Here she is pictured with it at its most vivid.
Christina Hendricks illustrates how elegant red hair can be. Make like the Mad Men star and wear yours shoulder length with natural tousled waves.
Nicola Roberts remained faithful to her red roots throughout Girls Aloud, finally embracing her gorgeous porcellaine skin towards the end of the band’s history. We love her dip-dyed look with fiery roots and lighter, sunkissed ends.
Drew Barrymore experimented with a red phase – and it really suited her. This colour chameleon has had more hair colours than we can remember but this one was definitely a favourite.
Julianne Moore’s smooth and sleek hair is natural red at its best.
Back in 1995, pop star Kylie Minogue hit the bottle and dyed her hair a vibrant shade of red, which she wore with sex kitten kohled eyes and a milky pale complexion. Love this look on her!
If a lighter red is what you’re after, then look to French babe Joséphine de La Baume for inspiration.
Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has opted for full-on red with her hair colour choice, and we’ve got to admit, we love this electrifying look.
Manchester-born model Karen Elson’s deep red hair colour is one of our favourites.
Darker red shades look great in classic glossy waves. Let Julia Roberts be your guide.
She’s been blonde, she’s been brunette, but we think Rose McGowan really suited being a redhead back in 2008.
Actress Tilda Swinton off-set her striking features with an equally striking red hair colour.
Lily Cole lets her hair go au naturale with a muted red hue.
She maybe an ice cool blonde now, but two years ago British actress Carey Mulligan wore her pixie crop in a natural shade of red.