Blake Lively’s perfectly sun-kissed, golden locks have become such a staple in the hair world that it gave everyone something to gossip about when she showed up on the red carpet with… red hair! We love the bold look and have noticed other stars such as Scarlett Johansson and Madonna sporting a rosier tint. We got to the root of this hair transformation with none other than Blake’s go-to colorist, Rona O’Connor.
So what is this new shade?
“It has sparkle and multiple hues of bright copper, gold and rosy red undertones running through it. Think of it as a sunny, uplifting color. It goes with the color schemes on trend now like, honey suckle and orange-so it’s a very modern red,” says O’Connor.
Can all blondes transition to redheads? And what about brunettes?
“Most blondes can transition to lighter shades of reds like Blake’s, as it is close to the blonde family of color and is a depositing tone. For Brunettes, you would need to lift the hair color. If you’re a lighter brunette-one-to-two shades [will work]. If you’re a medium to dark brunette, it will require more aggressive coloring.”
What are the best skin tones for redheads?
“I do not recommend this shade if you are olive complected as it is a red-orange and could make you look sallow. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be a redhead, you just need a more grounded earthy red with blue-red undertones.”
Tips for new redheads?
O’Connor suggests the best colors to wear if you’re a redhead: blush, honey suckle and sea foam. “And remember,” she advises, “Red fades faster than any other hair color so reinforcing it with colored conditioners is my favorite trick.” Other A-listers that O’Connor is credited to keeping their luscious, auburn color include, Debra Messing, Melissa Gilbert, Joanna Garcia, Laura Prepon, Bella Thorne and Rachel Boston.
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