Honey red is the coolest hair colour for 2022 and here’s the proof

The tea on how to get Sydney Sweeney's hair colour at home

instagram pictures/stories of zendaya, sydney sweeney, and kendall jenner wearing the colour honey red in their hair

by Ruby Barry |

Long gone are the days of the phrase "gingers have no souls". In fact, gingers are the life and soul of the party because you heard it here first folks, auburn hair is 2022's most fashionable hair colour. Celebs like Euphoria's Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney and Kendall Jenner, have all donned the ginger glow, and we couldn't be more excited.

2022 is the year of the copper shade, but with a new and exciting twist. Its roots (pun intended) are found in the classic ginger colour but blended with blonde/honey shades to make this strawberry blonde, rose gold extravaganza. Its name? Honey red. 🍯

Nick Willis, Master Stylist at Charles Worthington Salons describes the trending look as such: "Sydney’s bang up to date with bangs! Her fringe sits softly above the eyes for a seductive sixties vibe and the copper tones complement the hair cut. Sydney has had a two-tone copper colour contouring technique with a vibrant red under tone, this gives her an edgier look and also creates the illusion of denser hair. Graduated layers complement her face shape and also add a swinging sixties feel."

So, you want to recreate the look at home, but don't know where to start? That's where we come in. Here are the best hair dyes to buy online to help you get that honey red glow. Remember: if you want to dye your hair a light shade like honey red, we recommend attempting it with fair hair. Whether that means you're a natural blonde/bronde or you have bleached hair, the colour will stick better to lighter hair.

However, if you've got dark locks but still want to jump on the copper bandwagon without bleaching your hair, you can still go ahead and use these products. Darker hair won't transform completely into light ginger (unless the product specifically states that it's able to do so), but using a reddish hair dye on dark hair can cause your hair to have this lush subtle copper sheen.

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Safety tips for honey red hair dye

• Always do a 48-hour patch test before using any products.

• Check the box to ensure the dye is suitable for your hair colour.

• Use an old towel to protect your clothing from colour.

• Apply Vaseline around your hair line to avoid staining your skin.

• Always read the manufacturer's instructions and wear gloves at all times.

How long does honey red last and does permanent ginger dye fade?

If you wash your hair infrequently, using cool water, you should get a good couple of weeks from your new honey red hair. If you have blonde hair, it's more likely to last longer. Warm water opens up the hair cuticles, which can cause the colour to escape. Cool water doesn't do this, so your newly auburn locks will stay fresher for longer if you wash with cold.

Similarly, styling your hair with heat can have the same effect, so avoid the blowdryer and straighteners, or use a heat protectant spray before styling.

How to remove ginger hair dye without bleach

If you're not feeling the auburn aura and want to restart, Superdrug states that you can use vitamin C tablets and anti-dandruff shampoo to remove your unwanted colour. Gasp.

All you need to do is crush between 5-10 tablets until you have a fine powder. A pestle and mortar are best for this, or you can use the back of a spoon. Add a squeeze of anti-dandruff shampoo to create a paste, and apply to the areas of your hair you wish to remove. Obviously, you'll need more if it's your whole head.

Wait for 30-60 minutes, then wash out the paste and towel dry your hair. If you're all good, you can go on with your life as normal, but if you have any lingering colour, you can repeat the process again, leaving 48 hours in between to avoid damaging your hair. Genius.

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