Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dear Shopping Savage...

Dear Shopping Savage,

I've noticed a trend towards women dyeing their hair red and I'm thinking I want to try it. I'm a natural brunette with brown eyes so I feel like the red would really spruce things up, wouldn't you agree?


Dyeing to go Red


Dear D.T.G.R.,

Choosing to go red is a bold move, much like the color itself. Since this is your first foray into the realm of red hair color, its best to avoid any "kitchen beautician" inklings that you may have and seek the aid of a professional hair colorist. They will help you determine the best shade of red for your skin tone, if you are better served with a single-process color or highlights, and recommend a hair style and/or cut that will compliment the agreed upon shade.

As for your wardrobe, most jewel tones - think emerald green, sapphire blue, topaz yellow, amethyst purple and turquoise - will serve you best when choosing tops, dresses and even jewelry that come in contact with your hair. It was once believed that redheads should stay away from certain colors, expressly orange, pink and red, but this rule has been all but thrown out the window.

G. Adam Stanislav, a red-haired photographer, was once quoted as saying: "there is more, much more, to being a redhead than the color of one's hair." So trends withstanding, pop stars of late who decide to dip their heads in the color spin wheel for adulation are not the best examples to dye by. You want to take your fashion queues from stylish famous redheads that choose to wear their hair color with understated, yet classic style.

So the long answer to your question is yes, dyeing your hair red - of any shade - will definitely spruce things up. It may even ignite a spark in you you've never known was there. To quote an unknown author: "All throughout history, from Reuben to Robbins, redheads have been recognized as a rare breed. Blondes may have more fun, brunettes may be brainier, but when it comes down to raw energy, creativity, and personality ... you just can't beat a redhead. Well, you can but beware ... she'll probably beat you back!"

For fun facts on redheads.

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