Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

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, bumbleandbumble.com). 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

Related Content on goodhousekeeping.com

Brush Up on Beauty

URAC: Accredited Health Web Site HONcode Seal AdChoices