No matter what red brown shade you’re creating, there are a few rules every colorist needs to know before they start blending the dreamiest autumn-ready color…
1. Dark Hair Needs Pre-Lightening
Say you’re working with dark brown hair and you want to add a touch of red; in most cases, you’ll need to pre-lighten the sections where you want the red to appear. For all-over lightening, try Blondor Multi-Blonde Powder as a base, which achieves up to seven levels of lift. To create red brown balayage, sweep Blondor Freelights through the mid-lengths and ends. This freehand hair lightener is our go-to for painterly accents that are easy to apply.
2. Pick the Perfect Product
There are a multitude of color products within reach for a red brown hair creation. Choosing one depends on your client’s desired finish and commitment level. If they like a fades-flawlessly demi- or semi-permanent hair color, try Color Touch, which has a palette of Vibrant Reds and Pure Naturals that can be mixed together. Semi-permanent Color Fresh is ideal for ammonia-free color enhancing, while permanent Koleston Perfect and Illumina Color offer a longer-lasting, more intense finish.
3. Add Rich Naturals for Gray Coverage
For clients hoping their red brown hair hue will cover silver strays, discuss the level of gray coverage they want before you mix up their perfect shade. If full, opaque coverage is on the agenda, use Koleston Perfect, ensuring you mix the right level of Rich Naturals or Pure Naturals into their target shade. Here’s a guideline: add in ⅓ of a Pure Naturals shade on hair that’s 30%-50% gray and ½ of a Pure Naturals shade for hair that's 50%-100% gray.