Ever since her appearance in Superbad and Easy A, Emma Stone has become a ginger icon the world over. But, much to everyone’s surprise (and dismay), it transpired that she is not actually a natural redhead. Instead, her hair is naturally blonde, but her extremely natural-looking red hair shade is so convincing that we like to think she’s a firm member of Team Ginger.
Luckily for all of the aspiring redheads out there, Emma’s long-time colourist, and colourist to the stars, Tracey Cunningham, has dished her dyeing secrets to Refinery29 on how she colours Emma’s hair so perfectly. We’ve selected a few snippets from Tracey’s interview below, but you can read the full article here.
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“I always tell people that one of the biggest reasons why Emma’s hair looks so incredible red is because she looks like a redhead. Despite the fact that her natural colour is blonde, the red suits her so well. It’s a unique case, because almost everyone in Emma’s family has red hair except her. Her mom is a beautiful natural redhead, and it’s actually on both sides of her family.”
“Because Emma is very blonde naturally, the colour is tricky to get right. The secret to her red — actually, the only thing I’ve ever used on her — is the Redken Shades EQ gloss.
That colour gloss is amazing because it feels like a conditioner, but it actually stains the hair. It’s not a real colour dye, but because it’s acid-based, it lays so nicely on the hair, giving it that shine. And the great thing about Emma’s hair is that her natural colour blends really well with the red stain that we give her, so the grow-out isn’t too severe or obvious.”
“Ever since we made Emma red, she became this sort of hair icon — and clients ask me for her colour all the time. But what many people don’t realise is that no hair colour is the same, and everyone’s starting point is different, so the colouring process varies, especially with red. If someone wants Emma’s hair, and their natural colour is dark brown, I have to take a completely different approach than the way I treat Emma’s colour. As a colourist, you have to switch gears and think about the process differently. Everyone can get that red colour, but the technique will have to be tailored to the individual.”
Read the full interview on Refinery29