Kim Kardashian recently set Instagram alight with her flaming red hair as The Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s star showcased her new fiery locks on Instagram.
Taking to her stories, the 39 year old wrote: “Guys I’ve just dyed my hair my hair red, do you love it?”
The new look was courtesy of her longtime hairstylist Chris Appleton, who also shared his clients new look on his Instagram page, writing: “Red head it’s NOT a wig before you start with that sh*t.”
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And many of us may want to emulate the style queen Kim’s hair-do, but if you’re not yet ready to brave a hair salon, how do you do it from home?
Well, celebrity hairstylist James Johnson, who has done everyone from Gemma Collins to Megan Barton Hanson’s billowy barnets, explains how to get that perfect scarlet do.
Speaking exclusively to OK! Online James revealed that going red “is a mission” and that “people underestimate red hair.”
He continued: “It’s a strong pigment colour that needs a lot of up keep and is hard to cover up!”
And although celeb hairstylist James recommends that it should really be done in the salon to get that perfect shade, if you would like do it from home then you must do some research.
He added that then you should: “find the right shade you want and definitely PPE yourself and the bathroom.”
Here are James’ dos and don’ts of dying your hair red from home…
- To keep the colour fresh use a conditioning toner. These are conditioners used after shampoo’ing that have the pigment in to keep the colour fresh!
- The read hair pigment is one of the largest dye molecules, meaning it can slip out the hair just as fast as it takes to grab and dye. This means every shampoo will cause the colour to fade. Using professional and a salon range will help keep this fresh. ColorWow Shampoo is a perfect shampoo to keep colour fresh and on point.
- Use heat protection to keep the hair healthy and in shiny condition.
- Panic… red hair is often darker when first dyed due to the colour grabbing. It will fade to a softer colour.
- Never wash your hair straight away.
- Let the dye sit in the hair. Each wash will fade it more and more!
- Place red dye on fresh brown hair. It will lift at the root quicker and leave you with ‘hot roots’… you’ll be glowing in every way you shouldn’t.
- The red ideally needs to go on a clean canvas. Ideally virgin hair that has been lifted enough to accept the red without mixing with any other coloured undertones.
- The summer weather is here but don’t expose yourself too much, even the sun can lift your hair! Use a silk scarf to conceal your hair colour in the sun!