Never mind attempting auburnbalayage, there are a million questions before even considering taking the rich red/brown plunge. That's why we've gone on a fact-finding, trying and testing mission to answer all your questions about auburn hair.
From auburn celebrities to inspire you, where to find the perfect auburn hair dye and why exactly we all want the gorgeous colour, here's everything you need to know...
What Colour Is Auburn?
Auburn hair is commonly described as being a rich deep red shade or a reddish brown. Those who naturally possess red hair make up just 1-2 percent of the population, but it is a shade that is experimented with by Hollywood A-listers time and time again. Some actors like Emma Stone have made it their signature look despite it not being their natural hue. Emma has debuted red shades across the colour spectrum, from strawberry blondes to dark red and almost-brown shades.
Red To Auburn Hair
Even natural redheads such as Julianne Moore and Isla Fisher have enhanced their natural colour with red hair dye to bring out the richer, brighter tones. It's a coveted hair colour and one more and more celebs are experimenting with.
Amy Adams, like Emma Stone, is naturally blonde, but she too has found that dying her hair a red/gingery colour has set her apart from other actresses, and she has got more work as a redhead. (We also think she suits ginger hair better than blonde...) Amy, too, has tried various intensities of red: in Tom Ford's 2016 psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals her hair was a darker and more sultry auburn red than her normal tangerine shade (to complement the character's opulent lifestyle in the film) and the effect was stunning. Amy's Nocturnal Animals co-star Ellie Bamber, Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson, Mad Men's Christina Hendricks and Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark) are also members of the A-list's faux-auburn contingent.
Which of Hollywood's redheads are naturally ginger? Find out in the gallery below...
You might not know Michael Fassbender has russet-coloured hair, as he doesn't get to keep it in many film roles, but his ginger beard reveals all.
Would I Suit Auburn Red Hair?
Anyone can experiment with red shades in their hair, but as ginger hair is mostly synonymous with ivory skin tones, it's suggested that it suits pale skin most naturally.
Auburn Ombre Hair
Contrary to what may be assumed, redheads can still experiment with highlights, lowlights and ombré. You can opt for bright, coppery-gingery highlights to bring dark red shades to life, or add deep reddish brown lowlights to gingery shades to add more dimension and keep your do on trend.
And you don't need to shy away from balayage either; ask your hairdresser for the best shades to complement your colour - putting strawberry blonde highlights through dark red hair has a very desirable effect.
How To Maintain Red Hair Colour
Coloured red hair is not easy to achieve or to maintain. Before you make the commitment of becoming a redhead you should consider the work that will go into keeping the shade from fading. Firstly, you should refrain from washing your hair for 48 hours after getting the dye put in. When you do wash it, choose sulfate-free, colour-safe shampoos and conditioners (see gallery below for recommended products) and rinse it with cool water so you don't strip any of the colour.
Red hair will fade easily when exposed to UV rays or too much heat, so use heat protecting products when styling your hair, and consider using a UV protectant spray in the sun.
You may need to use colour enhancing products from time to time to keep the colour rich and vibrant. You may not need to revisit the salon to do this as there are great at-home products on the market.
Auburn Hair Dye
You can achieve red hair at home without having to take a trip to the salon, but this is easier if you're after a block of one red colour rather than multiple shades in an ombré or highlighted fashion. Also, it is easier to dye over lighter hair, so if you're unsure consult a hairstylist, especially if this is your first time as a redhead. And if you're new to dying your hair, always do a patch test first. If you'd prefer to get professional help at a salon, you can still use colour enhancing products and treatment masks in between appointments.
Flick through the gallery to see the best products for dying your hair red and maintaing the colour
Want to give your hair a boost in between salons, or are feeling brave and want to go red in one go? Then try Belle's permanent dye. Consult a colourist if you're unsure about the results.
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