View Full Version : Hidden redhead?
November 15th, 2006, 07:48 PM
I actually didnt want to ask this because I found this a little silly but I just spend the night awake wondering about it so I thought I should give it a try. Maybe someone knows the answer to that.
Heres my "problem"=):
When I take pictures of my hair with a flash the uncolored 2" virgin hair looks red.
The same happens when I hold a lamp above my head and take a picture without flash.
I used to dye my hair in an ashy color but even when the dye had no red pigments at all i would always have a red shimmer in sunlight.
In normal lightning my roots just look very darkbrown and not much different from the growing out hairdye, no red at all its rather a cool tone...
I also dont have any readheads in the family or any redhead features...
I dont have much hope that someone knows what that is..
-Does anyone else experience similar things?
November 15th, 2006, 07:56 PM
It sounds like the only time your hair looks red is when you take a picture of it. Maybe it has something to do with the way the camera processes color. It sounds like it's not an accurate reproduction.
November 15th, 2006, 08:17 PM
Sure that could be but that still woudnt explain the dye wonder..Hm its an expensive camera..I hope its not twisting the colors.. =(
My roots look red when:
-Photographed with flash..
-They get colored..even if the dye has no red pigments
This is the red shimmer when taking a picture..on these I used not so direct flash
but its still there.
And here the same day without flash..
November 15th, 2006, 08:32 PM
I think you've discovered that your hair has undertones. Nothing is ever really just one color. Dark hair can have blue undertones or red/burgundy undertones. Your camera flash also has color; there are many colors of white light. *waggles eyebrows* Some bulbs can have a lot of red or orange to them while daylight is very blue, hence the lack of red in your picture.
November 15th, 2006, 08:37 PM
The red shimmer with the dye is probably from red undertones, but the picture of your roots looks more like reflection from the light in the room. Often if I take pictures of my hair in different rooms it will have different "highlight" color depending on the colors around me. In my red room without the flash EVERYTHING is bright red!
Without flash in my room:
With flash in my room:
Flash makes a big differenc, and always remember that cameras are almost NEVER exact representations of reality!
November 15th, 2006, 08:38 PM
You can have red undertones to your hair, but it doesn't necessarily mean that your hair is red. That would explain the way the ashy dyes still caused a red cast in the sun. Also from the pictures and your description (room lighting vs. flash and sun) the red undertones seem pretty subtle.
November 15th, 2006, 08:39 PM
Hmmm... If I remember correctly, you are half-German and half-Japanese, yes? Two of my friends, who are also half-Asian, half-Caucasian, have extremely similar hair to yours: straight dark brown hair with red highlights. Maybe it's the result of your genetics...? Either way, it's very beautiful!
November 15th, 2006, 09:13 PM
Hmmm...have you been using ACV rinses? That can give hair a reddish tint.
November 16th, 2006, 04:25 AM
Dark hair often has a lot of iron in it which is what causes the red. This is typical of Mediterranean hair, like in Spain and Italy. I seem to remember you're half Spanish, right?
November 16th, 2006, 04:39 AM
Hm, I think it has to do with the haircolour you have used, even though it's almost your natural colour I have read here on the board (?) that it brings out some red undertones when it's "old"
There is certainly some program to your camera that can fix it. Play around with all the settings. Try to correct the white balance. Or use a filter, but if you turn the pic into black and white it would solve the problem;)
November 16th, 2006, 09:46 AM
I would understand that but its not the dyed part that looks red..its the virgin hair 0_0..umh and I will check the camera settings..^^
Both right somehow. Im spanisch a n d japanese. My mothers hair is a lighter brown but she dyes it red so I couldnt tell if she has red undertones.
And rainy sunday- yeah I seem to have the typical mixed asian hair ^^..friends of mine have a similar hairtype also..
Now AVC Rinses yet..I wanted to try that in the future.
The pictures were taken in the dark. And compared to your photo where evrything is red in mine its just the roots.. ._. my camera doesnt do it to others either. I have been snapping pictures of people today.
So I think my hair has very very deep down some hidden red undertones that only come out with a very specific lightning..(flash) I knew that hair can have undertones but I thought they are visible in every light.
Thanks for the help guys!
Oh and heres a daylight picture for comparison.
November 16th, 2006, 09:56 AM
My hair does the same thing, it photographs either a strange ash blonde color or a reddish auburn type thing. In reality, its kind of medium/dark ash brown type color. ACV rinses have definetely brought out the red in my hair.
To me it looks like your hair is black with some very slight red undertones, very pretty.
ETA: I have some spanish heritage as well ( my great great grandfather was from spain) I also have a ton of people in my family with red/auburn hair. Genetics are funny things aren't they?
November 16th, 2006, 10:27 AM
I think you have red undertones.
My brother have red undertones in his dark brow hair, but the only way to tell in normal lighting is that his beard is viking red. But sometimes you can see the red in his hair, for example on photos taken with flash or in sunshine.
November 16th, 2006, 12:32 PM
Hm..sunshine makes my hair look black and I do not have a viking beard ^^..(or any other light hair anywhere..)
But there really must be something about the flash..I wonder how flashlight is put together..I think I go wiki a bit.
November 16th, 2006, 01:02 PM
maybe you hair is changing it's colour naturally to be more red?