If there’s one shade of hair colour that everyone wants, it’s red. But within the reds, there are numerous shades to choose from–there are fiery reds, deep plums, auburns etc. When you go to a salon for a hair colour consultation, your hair colourist will probably hand you a shade card with the different reds that you can try. The trick is to pick the red hair colour that suits Indian skin tone. Here’s a guide to finding out what works and what doesn’t...

The skin tones
 

The skin tones

What shade of red will suit your skin hugely depends upon your skin tone, so, identifying what your skin tone is, is essential. The ideal red would be the one that doesn’t work against your existing skin tone by turning it unflattering, but helps enhance what you already have.

Do you fall under cool, warm or neutral skin tones? Let the colour of your veins determine that. You can check the colour of your veins on your wrist under the sun. If your veins are green, your undertone is warm. If your veins are blue, your undertone is cool and if you have a mix of both, your undertone is neutral. Another way of determining this is by seeing how your skin changes under the sun. If you turn tan, you’re a warm skin tone and if you turn red, you’re a cool skin tone.

Most Indian skin tones are warm and the skin colours can range from anything between fair, medium, dusky, olive and tan. Some Indian skin tones also have neutral and cool undertones and range from pale to fair to moderate browns.

Now, let’s jump into the colours…

Bright, fiery reds
 

Bright, fiery reds

Achieving this red will require you to bleach your hair and dye it blonde, as it falls under the fashion colour category. The fiery red is a strong, easily noticeable colour and complements fair and pale skin colours best. If you have cool undertones, you can go copper red or lighter with your reds, which will balance the hair colour with your skin tone.

Auburn/brownish reds
 

Auburn/brownish reds

These fall more on the natural side and are best suited on moderate browns to dusky skin tones. The brown tinge in the red helps neutralise the intensity of the red and yet makes it stand apart.

Deep, cherry reds
 

Deep, cherry reds

A toned down version of fiery reds is the one for which you won’t have to bleach your hair. This can either be a copper or a magenta, or even both mixed together to achieve a deep shade. This hair colour looks absolutely gorgeous with olive or tan skin tones.

Burgundy reds
 

Burgundy reds

Slight hints of burgundy and violet make burgundy red versatile hair colour for almost every Indian skin tone. People with warm and cool undertones can pull off this hair colour no matter how dusky or fair their skin tone is. This colour also enhances your complexion!

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