We’re nearing the end of the year, and as we reflect on the last 12 months, we invariably begin to think of a fresh start and how we can invigorate ourselves for the new seasons ahead. One simple way you can give yourself a once over is by changing up your hair colour, and if you’re stuck for inspiration, why not take a bold leaf out of Lauren Conrad’s book and go red? As you’ll see from our gallery above, a host of fellow celebrities also made the leap at various times.
Traditionally, it’s known as an autumnal colour, but its vibrant, warm tones mean it’s a perfect winter shade as well. The trick with picking the perfect shade of red for this chilly time of year is to focus on warmth; copper and orangey tones are ideal, whereas anything deep or with blue undertones looks that little bit cooler. The fantastic thing about opting for a reddish hue is that this shade suits virtually anyone; blondes or brunettes can make the switch. In particular, it makes blue eyes pop and highlights pale skin to perfection – remember Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge? Conrad has mainly been blonde since her OC days and her change was subtle; nothing too in your face. Pictured with her stylist, she opted for a warm, almost strawberry tone (an ideal match for her brown eyes) and wears it beautifully – she also gets bonus points for dying her eyebrows to match.
If you’re brunette and looking to do this, take small steps if you’re unsure. An auburn shade is a great first choice, and you can always go brighter as you adjust. Remember that your beauty look may also require tweaking to offset your locks, but remember they are making the big statement; a flick of eyeliner will work wonders as opposed to heavy eye make-up and keep the focus on your hair.
Remember to take a trip to a professional salon to save tears from a botched DIY job (as Diane Kruger now knows) as red is a tough shade to get completely correct. Take it from this writer, who as a dark brunette made three visits to the hairdressers before being completely happy with her copper hues. Mark Doherty from SitStil in Dublin also has a few more reasons as to why we should avoid home hair colours.
Before you make the trip, get inspired by our gallery of gorgeous redheads.