Different shades of red hair color

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Red shades are known to be spicy, rich and can vary greatly in colour and tone. Understanding the different colour levels will help you decide which shade of red you're searching for.

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Understanding Color Levels

If you've ever been to a professional salon for hair colouring, your stylist probably asked you what level of colour you were looking for. Colour levels start with level 1, the darkest black, and go to level 10, platinum blond.

Dark Reds

Reds listed under levels 2 to 4 of the hair colour chart may be the deepest reds available. These include dark cherry red, deep burgundy colours, dark auburn red and aubergine.

Medium Reds

Medium reds fall in the range of levels 5 to 7. These reds tend to be colours such as medium auburn, dark copper red, true red, light auburn, neutral copper red and even dark strawberry-blond.

Light Reds

The lightest of the red shades fall between levels 8 and 9. These shades of red include a medium strawberry-blond, bright copper red, light strawberry-blond and even a paler strawberry-blond.

Avoid Brassy Results

If you're new to red hair colour, you'll need to be cautious when choosing a tone. You should choose a shade that is within four levels of your natural hair colour. This is important because otherwise the dye will be unable to remove all of the natural colour in your hair. This results in an undesired brassy colour.

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