“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly
in love with a gorgeous redhead.”  ~Lucille Ball


if at least two of the following apply to you, it may be right to go ruby:

  • Your skin is on the pink side. "Different shades of red work well for different women", says Leonardo's Senior Coloris Enrica, "but women with cool or pinkish skin pull it off best." Conversely, women with golden or olive skin have a tougher time finding one that’s flattering.
  • You’re not shy. Red is an attention grabbing hue, and you have to be self-assured enough to accept the stares, says Leonardo's  stylist and colorist, Annmarie, “Remember, red hair is like a sequined dress — it walks into the room before you do.”
    • Your hair is in fairly good condition. If your strands are very dry or damaged, they will have a hard time holding on to small, red color molecules (which seep out of even the healthiest hair fairly quickly). Your mane has a better chance of becoming radiant red if it is well cared-for (read: you deep-condition weekly, get regular trims and don’t heat-style every day).


How to be the best redhead:

1. Wash your hair as infrequently as possible. Ideally this would mean twice a week, but every other day will suffice if your hair is oily or very fine. On alternate days, you can rinse your hair with tepid (never hot) water if necessary — or dust your roots with a dry shampoo.


2. Avoid harsh shampoos. Most dandruff treatments are tough on colored hair, accelerating the fading process by weeks.

3. Cover up. Red hair color oxidizes faster than any other. If you’re going to spend a lot of time outdoors, use a styling product that contains UV filters — or throw a hat or scarf over your strands.

4. Don’t be tempted by eggplant tones. Purplish-reds don’t look natural and are rarely flattering. Choose a color that can be described as “coppery,” “auburn,” or “strawberry” instead.

Makeup tips for redheads:

  • Avoid dark, smoky eyes. They compete with your attention-grabbing tresses.
  • Do think pink. Pink lip color and blush look gorgeous on redheads, despite outdated advice to the contrary.
  • If you're over 25 years old, don’t match your brows and hair; it looks bizarre.