You Mean They're Not Really Redheads?
Everyone loves a redhead, especially in Hollywood. It's a bold look that few actresses can pull off — and even fewer can claim as natural.
In fact, we were surprised to find out that many iconic Hollywood redheads aren't redheads at all — and we're not talking about celebs who go ginger for movies, like Megan Fox recently did for a role in Michael Bay's upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film. We're talking about actresses and entertainers who we've never really seen without their red tresses, including natural blondes Amy Adams, Christina Hendricks and Emma Stone (scroll down for a more complete list).
It’s surprising, sure, but there’s a reason why Hollywood’s faux-redheads look so flawless with their fiery locks, and it’s because they trust their hair to the best. Los Angeles-based stylist Janine Jarman has worked with celebs such as Scarlett Johansson and Ariana Grande, and she’s got some advice for anyone looking to acquire a crimson coif.
“Red hair is kind of high maintenance,” first warns Jarman. “It requires special care. So if you wash your hair every day and hate frequent salon visits — every 4 to 6 weeks — this is not for you,” she says.
The next step, if you’re willing, is to find a great specialist. “I would ask a redhead you see or know for their stylist recommendation,” suggests Jarman. “Bring lots of different examples of reds you like, and be open for an expert to prescribe a red that is the most flattering shade, as well as realistic to do to your hair, without compromising its condition.”
But, as Jarman explains, blondes may be better at going red. “It’s easier for blondes,” she says, “but [the colors] fade out of blondes faster.” Brunettes need not worry, though; they too can become redheads — they simply need to pre-lighten at a trusted salon. “Or, there are some colors like Magma by Wella that can lift and deposit red,” notes Jarman, who insists that these coloring processes be left to the professionals.
Lastly, the stylist-to-the-stars voices a few simple suggestions for redheads-to-be. “Fair skin looks best with lighter strawberry blondes and bright coppers,” Jarman says, while “dark skin or olive completions should lean towards cooler reds.”
But by Jarman’s own admission, these guidelines aren’t set in stone. “Break the rules and do the red you love and feel most comfortable in.” After all, “breaking the rules” has worked for a number of Hollywood’s “redhead” celebs.
Read more about them in the slides below, and think about which of their styles best suits you!