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Dyeing my hair from blonde to red was inevitable. My obsession with red hair runs deep. As a kid I would always pick out red-haired dolls, and my favorite character in any TV show was always the redhead, like Blossom in the Powerpuff Girls, Bloom from Winx Club, and of course, Disney princess Ariel. Despite my love for the color, I never tried it—except for a misguided foray into “rose gold” senior year of high school—and instead stuck to my natural blonde (plus some bleach every four months or so).
I was always been most comfortable as an amped-up blonde, but the allure of red hair has never left me. I’ve admired gingers from afar—both natural and artificial—and associated red hair with Fantasy Bella, a red-haired version of myself that could exist in the maybe distant future.
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But it quickly became apparent that the time to go red is now. Every It girl—Zendaya, Gigi Hadid, Squid Game’s HoYeon Jung, the list goes on—is adding shades of peach, copper, and auburn to their strands, making red the official color of 2021 (trailed closely by Expensive Brunette, it seems). I like to think of myself as ahead of the curve, but at my core I’m a total bandwagoner. Once I saw how good everyone else looked, I booked my appointment ASAP.
I’ve officially been a redhead for three weeks now and I’m hooked. However, it was more of an adjustment than I originally thought, and there are a few things I wish I’d known before taking the plunge.
Since it’s the season of giving, I’m sharing everything I learned about going Hot Girl Red. Read on for everything you need to know about going from blonde to red hair.