How to Get Cinnamon and Red Hair Colors for Fall — Get the Perfect Hue – Allure Magazine
Wait, you want a pumpkin spice latte without the caffeine or calories?
Then allow us to introduce you to the dramatic, gorgeous cinnamon and red hues we’re seeing everywhere this fall. Without going too over the top, it’s basically the ideal color as the leaves change and temperatures drop. It’s warm, it’s cozy, and it’s vibrant.
“Richer [and] warmer tones are always a fresh transition into colder months. All the subtle painted hues and dimension in the hair look modern and I can see this working in all tones from blondes going darker to brunettes going lighter,” says celebrity hairstylist Jeanie Syfu.
Her recommendation for those seeing red or wanting a piece of the action? Balayage.
“I’d keep the levels of your desired tones within four shades so the color blends and moves well with your hair. Make an appointment with a colorist at the salon and ask to see color swatches. I like them because you can hold them up against your face to have an idea of how all the tones will look against your skin,” says Syfu.
The question remains: How tough is it to get these spicy hues?
“It all depends on your base color,” says Jasmin Rainieri, a senior colorist at New York City’s Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa, who also likes to do balayage to achieve this shade. “I apply a semi-permanent red or gloss to the entire head, so wherever the highlights are, it gives it a more intense pop. It also gives it a really natural-looking red [hue]. If there is some grey in the roots, you have to add your natural shade with a gold tone and the desired red shade all in equal amounts to avoid messy roots.”
Her preference is a semi-permanent dye or gloss because — who knew? — “red is the most sensitive pigment in the color group and it can fade very easily if your hair is dry. A semi-permanent dye also does not have ammonia, which grabs onto hair better and deeper. This will result in less fading than a permanent dye.”
If you want a truly natural-looking color, talk to a colorist (sounds obvious, but still) to figure out the level of maintenance and whether you’re comfortable with it.
“Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner so your color does not fade. I’d use a heat protectant before heat styling to protect the cuticle of the hair so they stay sealed and protected from fading,” says Syfu. “Chemically treated hair is always more fragile. If you like to blow out your hair, I’d recommend you use a tourmaline dryer for healthy drying. Overall, these red vibrant tones fade quickly (I used to have these tones in my dark hair) and it helps to have a colored gloss on hand for freshening up between salon visits.”
Balayage takes about two hours, give or take. As for whether it’s better to go lighter or darker, it all depends on your base color and skin tone.
“If you are very pale with a more peachy skin tone, you would look great with a deeper, copper red. If you have a more yellow undertone, I would go more with a mahogany or cinnamon red,” says Rainieri. “It is important to keep conditioning your hair to fight the color fade because dry hair loses pigment faster. Book a touch-up appointment in 4 to 8 weeks, and that depends on how fast your hair grows and how you take care of your hair. You don’t need the highlights every time — just the gloss or semi-permanent dye.”
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