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If you’ve ever dyed your hair red you know how quickly titian shades fade; it seems like every time you shampoo the color changes. When you’re wearing the deep jewel tones of fall and winter, lightening color can be a big problem, but for spring, softer reds can be really beautiful. The shades shown here feel almost pastel. The lightly sun-bleached quality makes these hues softer, grungy yet ethereal. Learn more about the softer side of red in the style notes. –– Laura Martin


If you already have red hair that’s fading get a glaze of strawberry blonde of apricot to add some vibrancy and shine, making the color feel a bit fresher and more intensional.

If you have dark hair use a high lift blonde shade combined with red or copper pigments to achieve a sheer, translucent red.

If you have light hair mix a blonde and a red shade together in a 2:1 ratio for a softer version of the red hue.



Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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