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Find the Right Hair Color for You

Whether it comes from a kit or a salon service, here's how to find (and keep) your perfect hair color match

You Want: Richest Red continued...

At the salon: Striking redheads, like Julianne Moore, often have a few coppery and auburn highlights blended in, says Nikki Ferrara, a colorist at Sally Hershberger Downtown in New York City. If you want more of that copper-penny shine, ask your colorist for highlights around your face. Also get her to recommend a dye you can use at home for touch-ups.

Color care: Red molecules are the first pigment your hair releases when you wash it. Keep your red looking vibrant for longer by shampooing every other day and using an extra-gentle shampoo and conditioner, such as Bumble and Bumble Color Support Shampoo and Conditioner for True Reds ($22 each, Supplement regular conditioning with a moisturizing treatment that also protects hair from fading, like Garnier Fructis Color Shield Fortifying Deep Conditioner ($6, drugstores). If your hair does fade between colorings, refresh it with a color-and-shine enhancer like Ken Paves Healthy Hair Boost Up Color Drops in Red ($40, Ulta). Adding a few drops to your conditioner or styling product can give red more vibrancy until your next shampoo.

Originally published on January 1, 2009

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