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Red Hot: 5 Shades of Crimson Hair Fit for Valentine's Day

Heat things up this year!

There's nothing like a head of fiery red hair to steal the spotlight and what better time than Valentine's Day to color your locks a gorgeous crimson? To discover five shades of red that would make even Cupid blush, keep reading!

Fiery Copper

Did you know that one of the most universally flattering shades is copper? This is because even at its most vibrant, copper seen as a natural, born-this-way shade. Hairdresser and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Suzie Bond explains that copper is very often found at the center of a strand of brunette hair, allowing copper-even at its brightest-to feel natural and effortless. "Coppers look great on many skin tones," she says, explaining that a copper hue can help to complement all of your favorite features!

Copper Contouring

If you prefer your crimson to have a little more movement and dimension, consider taking it a step further and ask your hairdresser about Copper Contouring. By strategically placing high and low lights, professional colorists are able to enhance facial features in a similar way to makeup contouring. For example, for a rectangular face your colorist would systematically lighten pieces around the hairline to highlight cheekbones and soften the corners of the face, resulting in a more oval appearance. No matter which face shape you have, your hairdresser can use professional placements of highlights and lowlights to contour!

Rose Gold

One of the season's most popular shades of red, leans more on the side of pink-but complements every skin tone. Rose gold is a dusty, almost pastel shade that works on both warm and cool skin tones because it contains both tones within its formula. The celeb-favorite color is reminiscent of golden hour, that magic moment when the sun's setting and everything takes on a softer, more beautiful quality. If you're not willing to first lighten your strands to go Rose Gold, consider a Chocolate Mauve instead! We share more about that trendy shade here!

Black Cherry

Embrace your inner 90's chick and give black cherry a whirl this winter. While indoors this shade of red may appear dark brown or even black, when you're in direct sunlight the hue is unmistakably crimson. Hairdresser and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Shelley Mohr explains that Black Cherry can work on a variety of skin tones; your hairdresser will simply have to adjust the amount of violet used. "The cooler the skin tone, the more violet the color should contain," she says.

Ruby Red

If you want a more in-your-face red, that ensures the spotlight will be firmly set on you (and your gorgeous hair) try going Ruby Red. Bond calls Ruby Red a fashion forward and trendy shade that's not for the faint of heart. This bold and brazen shade looks best on those with fair complexions with warm undertones according to Bond, but if you're dying to try the color talk to your hairdresser who can customize your crimson!

Tips for Red Hair

No matter which shade of red you choose keep in mind that crimson is the fastest fading haircolor, so proper TLC at home is key. To keep your red hair vibrant and beautiful use color-safe shampoos and conditioners and book appointments to touch-up your color every 4-6 weeks. For added radiance ask your hairdresser for a gloss treatment service the next time you go in to touch up your roots. Glosses sit on top of the strand and can help to give your locks mega-watt shine!

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