What Your Hair Color Says About You
RedThe impression: Redheads are perceived as feisty and opinionated, much like Jessica Chastain in â€œZero Dark Thirty.â€ â€œThe word associated with red is hot â€“ hot-headed and hot-tempered, but also sexy,â€ says master colorist Jon Patrick, who has worked with Morgan Fairchild and Elizabeth Banks.On the flipside, ladies in red also can be seen as homely â€“ with freckles, frizzy orange hair and pale lashes. â€œThereâ€™s the stereotype that redheads are either drop-dead gorgeous or unattractive,â€ Patrick says.
Must have: A good colorist. â€œThe right red can really pretty up your skin,â€ Patrick says. â€œBut thereâ€™s a fine line between red and orange, and gold and brass.â€ Another essential for this fiery hue is confidence. Only 2%-5% of the population is born with red hair.Because of its rarity, â€œred is a great standout color,â€ says celebrity hair stylist David Ingham of Napa, Calif., who has worked with Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford.Play it up: Request a vibrant red shade, suggests colorist Angela Berk of the Joseph Cozza salon at San Franciscoâ€™s Four Seasons Hotel.
â€œThe prettiest bright red hair has highlights and lowlights,â€ she says. After adding these, she recommends a bright glaze. Donâ€™t worry â€“ your highlights and lowlights will still shine through.â€œIf you put streaks on top of the glaze, they look faded,â€ she explains.Au naturel: Red is the hardest color for your hair to absorb, and can look washed out as it fades. Patrick weaves in gold tones to hold the color in place. â€œThis will afford a nice, burnt undertone, even when the red fades,â€ he says.Our favorite redhead: Marcia Cross. â€œThe red flatters her porcelain skin, giving her an otherworldly beauty,â€ Patrick says. â€œIt sets her apart from the other Housewives.â€
Black The impression: â€œExotic, sultry, tough and mysterious,â€ Ingham says. Think sexy starlet Olivia Munn.Must have: Great skin. Consider this: When you go to a diamond shop, the jeweler places the diamond against a black cloth to showcase its assetsâ€¦ and flaws. â€œIf a woman dyes her hair black, it will show every imperfection on her face,â€ Patrick says.Because dark black hair can look dull, a shine-booster is essential. Berk recommends KÃ©rastase Nutritive Serum Oleo Relax, a bestseller at the Joseph Cozza salon.Play it up: â€œTry highlights in a strong contrast color, like red or blond,â€ Ingham suggests. Another way to grab attention?
â€œAsk your stylist for a blue-black or violet-black shade,â€ Berk says.Au naturel: For a softer look, â€œadd medium brown color throughout your hair,â€ she says. Ingham recommends placing brown underneath the hair, rather than on the surface, la Angie Harmon.Our favorite black-haired celeb: Christina Ricci. â€œWhen a woman has dark hair and pale skin, the high contrast creates a Snow White effect,â€ Patrick says.BrownThe impression: â€œBrunettes are perceived as responsible, as the good girl,â€ Patrick says. Think Jenna Fischer in â€œThe Office.â€Must have: Different shades running through your locks. Brunettes can be ho-hum when their hair is monochromatic, Patrick says.â€œItâ€™s not the brown color itself thatâ€™s boring, but the sameness of it.â€Play it up: â€œSex up your hair with lowlights,â€ Patrick suggests. â€œThey add a sexy quality and a whole new dimension of depth.â€
To buck the boring stereotype, you can also try an extreme haircut, like long bangs or an edgy shag. If youâ€™re scissor-shy, play around with styling tools, like a curling iron or Velcro rollers, to make your look more interesting.Au naturel: â€œThe more colors that are in your hair, the more natural it will look,â€ Berk says. â€œThe trick is to make sure these colors complement, not clash with, your hair.â€Our favorite brunette: Jennifer Aniston. Berk is a fan of the copper color running through her strands.BlondThe impression: â€œBlondes are often thought of as the sex bomb,â€ Ingham says. The ultimate blonde bombshell: Marilyn Monroe.This shade can be hard to maintain, so golden gals can also be stereotyped as high-maintenance and vain. â€œBlondes are often not taken seriously in their profession,â€ he says.
The party-loving and flirty rep has advantages in the dating world. One of Inghamâ€™s clients, for example, asked for blond hair after a breakup because she wanted a sexier look now that she was back on the market.Must have: Confidence. â€œWearing blond hair is like wearing high heels,â€ Patrick says. â€œItâ€™s a statement and an attitude.â€The eye is drawn to lighter shades, he says. â€œYouâ€™ll certainly get more attention as a blonde.â€ And do they really have more fun? Well, they have more opportunity to have fun because of the attention they get, Patrick says.
Play it up: Light shades, like honey blond, turn heads. Or go even lighter. â€œPlatinum blond always stands out,â€ Berk says.Au naturel: Add lowlights to tone down blond hair thatâ€™s gone too light, Berk suggests.Our favorite blonde: Gwen Stefani. â€œPlatinum blond is an extremely hard color to maintain, but her hair always looks beautiful and healthy,â€ she says.
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