When it comes to producing realistic reds, it boils down to two things. First, says Nancy Braun, choose shades that fall within the realm of natural red shades, like auburn, copper or gold. Avoid eggplant, burgundy or anything that creates a violet cast. Then be sure there is plenty of dimension. “Soft strawberry blonde highlights can bring a red color right up to date,” comments Sonya Dove. And Haley Kimble adds, “A strong copper or red copper is ideal when paired with a slight hint of natural undertone and soft, subtle babylights.”
Paul Mitchell Editorial Director, Lucie Doughty, calls this red “Rosso Metallico.” She comments, “A variation of tones creates a bright look on a short haircut.”
Actress Jessica Chastain’s red gets real thanks to her vivid copper hue. To get the look, Angela recommends this formula:
Organic Colour Systems Formula
Natural Level: 7 and higher
Formula: ¾ oz. 7GD + ¾ oz. 7CR + ¼ oz. 8CA + 20-volume liquid developer
“On a natural Level 7, I might paint some light pieces around
the face with Wella Professionals BLONDOR FREELIGHTS + 10-volume and then glaze the hair with a Level 9 soft copper like ILLUMINA 7/43 + 10-volume developer,” shares Sonya Dove.