(Paprika Mix – R133/24H – 32S29 – Sunset Red – Glazed Fire & Light Red)
Hi folks Kathleen here. So what is an Irish Red? It’s an intense copper blend. A beautiful blend of dark auburn – bright red coppers – with apricot blonde highlights. If you want to learn more about Irish Reds and all types of reds I recommend viewing Heathers’
(Heather’s Official Guide to Red Synthetic Colors video will be included below.)
It’s no secret I love red hair especially Irish Reds. They liven up my complexion without the need for makeup. They are a happy cheerful color. I can’t be in a bad mood when I’m wearing a red wig..it’s just impossible. 😉🍀
These are my favorites
1)-Paprika Mix on Carlotta SF by CysterWigs
2)-R133/24H on Eden by Estetica
3)-32S29 on Cali by Tony of Beverly
4)-Sunset Red on Isla by Tony of Beverly
5)-Glazed Fire on Celebrity by Raquel Welch &
6)-Light Red on Bryn by Envy
The first Irish Red I’ll be reviewing is Paprika Mix. I love that Heather has created a new color swatch vs what is supplied by the manufacturer. Color accuracy…bravo Heather it’s spot on. This is a beautiful Irish Red that is intense but surprisingly natural and subdued compare to the other Irish Reds in this article.
I took these photos of my Irish Reds on wig heads on a overcast day. This is the best light to illustrate the true accurate color of these reds. In my cover photo (image 1) I lined up all six Irish Reds on my kitchen floor in low/medium natural indirect light from my windows. From the front they all looked quite similar (because of the apricot blonde highlights) but from the back (the view I show you) there is quite a range of colors they come in. They look quite subdued in color as well because out of all the hair colors there are reds change the most depending on the lighting conditions. All the photos in this article were taken in various natural lighting conditions for color accuracy.
It’s very subtle but Paprika Mix transitions from a warm highlight Irish Red in front to a slightly darker medium natural red auburn in the back. This color has beautiful dimension without the need for heavy bold highlights or rooting.
If you compare the front view of Paprika Mix (image 4) to (image 6) (the back view) you can see the color of the back view is muted, redder (cooler) and a bit darker than the front. This is a sophisticated Irish Red and very believable. No one will think Carlotta SF in Paprika Mix is a wig. This article is predominantly about color but as a side note the fibers on Carlotta SF are very fine and not shiny which also adds to its believability. 😉
Ahh Estetica’s R133/24H a warm heavily highlighted Irish Red. This one looks very natural as well. The colors are more separated (not as blended) as paprika Mix but still beautiful. The apricot blonde highlights are chunkier but not in a garish way..more like a very expensive highlighted auburn job from an upscale Salon. 😉
A little info for you…You might have noticed that Eden in (image 9) looks shorter… you are correct!…I gave Eden a haircut…🤪 the photo of me wearing her (image 7) is Eden in all her glory before I customized her.
From this top view (image 10) you can see all the colors used. A dark natural auburn a red copper and apricot blonde. She’s a warm dynamic Irish Red. Again Estetica fibers are not shiny which definitely contributes to The believability of the color. Overall she’s a more intense color with bolder highlighting than Paprika Mix but still quite natural looking. Out of these six Irish Reds Paprika Mix and R133/24H are closest in appearance to each other.
(Image 11) illustrates the dynamic blend of colors that make up R133/24H
Tony of Beverly offers the most reds on the market..hands down. I love Tony of Beverly for that. Did you know that only 2% of the worlds population has natural red hair? So the fact that TOB offers so many is a treat indeed. 32S29 is one of my Favorites. Especially stunning and effective in a short style like Cali illustrated in image 12. The color distribution is stacked. The nape is a dark red auburn the back is an intense copper red mix and concentrated in the front and sprinkled on top is an intense apricot blonde. Really sharp looking. I love the dimension created by the color distribution.
32S29 is a more intense version of Paprika Mix. The color distribution is similar but Paprika Mix is more subtly nuanced.
(Image 16) illustrates beautifully the color distribution of 32S29. The transition from dark red auburn to intense copper red to apricot blonde is masterfully done. A dramatic Irish Red and particularly chic on short and textured styles like Cali.
Sunset Red I love Sunset Red! I have many wigs in this color. She’s a vivid but natural well balanced Irish Red. If you loved 32S29 you will love Sunset Red because they share the has same colors. These colors are distributed evenly on Sunset Red vs 33S29 that is stacked.
Compare (image 4) with (image 19) Paprika Mix and Sunset Red look similar from the front. The difference is Sunset Red is this intense and warm throughout the color mix whereas Paprika Mix gets darker and not as intense towards the back.
I love this view of Sunset Red (image 21 on Isla) you can see all the colors used and the mix is dynamic but very evenly distributed. No one color pops out.
Glazed fire on Celebrity by Raquel Welch. My first Irish Red and still one of my favorites. She’s overall a little cooler than Sunset Red. This color is very intense. The highlights and color mix are blended but still very dynamic. Out of my Irish Reds Sunset Red (TOB) and Glazed Fire (RW) are most interchangeable. Even their fibers are similar at least in shine. I would say Tony of Beverly fibers are finer in denier than Raquel Welch’s. That is good news for folks that love Glazed Fire and want more styles than RW offers. Look to TOB and Sunset Red. 👏🏻
(Image 25) is great to illustrate the colors used in Glazed Fire. You can spot the dark auburn the red coppers and the apricot blondes used to make this gorgeous Irish Red.
I just love the back of Celebrity…this curl pattern really showcases this color.
The last Irish Red on my list of favorites is Light Red by Envy. This color is not for the faint of heart. This is a straight up fashion Irish Red. Its not natural but it is gorgeous. This is the coolest or reddest out of my top six Irish Reds. Light Red is intense. She has apricot blonde highlights like the other Irish Reds showcased here but the overall color is a very intense cooler version of an Irish Red. If you have a cooler undertone to your skin and really want to try an Irish red this would be the one I would recommend.
(Image 28) is my “color” sample for Light Red. The manufacturers supplied sample is in my opinion way off. Just saying..Lol 😉
Well I hope you enjoyed my top six Irish Reds. The most natural is Paprika Mix and the least natural is…you guessed it Light Red! The take away here is red hair especially Irish Reds are beautiful and mood altering colors. You want to get on the happy train try an Irish Red…and by all means…ENJOY!
While the same textile dyes may be used for most human hair, synthetic, and heat-friendly synthetic wig colors (regardless of the material), the way that these colors show on the wig can vary significantly based upon the material used.
This is because these fibers all have radically different chemical compositions and take to the color differently.
A great example can be seen below . . .
The above is Jon Reanu’s luscious Salted Caramel color (a rooted version of their popular Caramel Syrup FS26/31). As you can see when the two color swatches are held next to each other, there is a slight variation. This will ALWAYS be the case when you compare wig colors in one material versus another.
Some (general) rules of thumb:
Traditional synthetic fibers generally take the textile dyes used for wigs the best. The color in these is the truest and the most consistent.
Heat-Defiant / Heat-Friendly / True2Life / Futura and all other heat-resistant synthetic fibers usually make the colors LIGHTER and BRIGHTER than conventional synthetics. So, for example, shades with a little auburn in them – like the Salted Caramel above – will appear to have a slightly more pronounced copper tinge than their traditional synthetic counter parts. (PS: The color can also dull if you style it aggressively, so be careful about that.)
Most mass-produced, batch-processed human hair wigs (though not all) are also dyed with the same textile dyes used for synthetic wigs. Human hair almost universally takes to this kind of dye in a way that presents SLIGHTLY LIGHTER than traditional synthetic hair. (PS: The color on most human hair wigs will fade with washing and regular wear, so we recommend adding a tinted protein filler to your normal conditioning routine to help keep the color bright in between washings.)
Over the weekend I ordered both the RW Upstage and the RW Crowd Pleaser in a color which I have never seen in a wig before – RL30/27 Rusty Auburn.
Here is where I would really appreciate your advice: Does Rusty Auburn have any brunette tones or have I made a huge mistake and need to exchange colors?
I think you might be okay. The True2Life #30 (the darker color in the Rusty Auburn) is kind of like a reddish brown blended up with a medium auburn, so it isn’t a straight #30. It’s a little more dynamic than that. I wouldn’t necessarily consider this a brunette shade, but it definitely has some brunette elements in the mix, kind of like the hint of auburn brown hiding in the #29 in that’s in the Golden Russet. It’s subtle, but it’s in there. 🙂
And are there other colors that blend with brunette that you might suggest, whether or not they are heat-friendly? You definitely know and appreciate reds, and your color advice has been perfect for me so far!
All of the True2Life reds are amazing. I love the Deepest Ruby, for example, and the Cinnabar is also very pretty. I recommend giving those a thought for autumn. They look amazing that time of year, and they also have that hint of auburn brown mixed in. (I think they all do in the T2L fiber.)
In the non-T2L fiber it is a different ballgame. Those colors tend to be a little less dynamic.
SS30/28 Shadow Shade Spice has a lot of colors going on, including two shades of medium auburn and a soft brunette.
SS29 Shadow Shades Glazed Strawberry is very pretty, very dynamic, and has subtle hints of brown thrown into the mix.
SS11/29 Shadow Shades Nutmeg is an underrated treasure of a color! I LOVE this color! It’s got a little something for everyone while still looking very natural, and it has a little brunette with the copper!
R6/28H Coppery Mink is surprisingly RED for a brunette shade. Unlike the Chocolate Copper (R6/30H), this one has an intense true red (not copper or auburn) highlight.
R3329S Glazed Auburn is a lovely, highly dynamic auburn with quite a bit of dark auburn brown mixed in for flavor.
I’m going to order a Katherine wig. What is the closest color to Almond Rocka?
As you may know, I also love the Almond Rocka! If only the 32BF had a brown base instead of an auburn one; then we’d be in business! None of the colors for Katherine have multi-tone highlights like Almond Rocka except 32BF — and it’s definitely a red.
(See below on Jessica.)
The next best thing is probably something kind of like 6F27, which is the color in the product images for this style.
If you need something a little lighter or rooted, then Shaded Mocha (24BT18S8, click on image below to see video review of Gisele in this color) would also be very pretty:
As you can tell, though, none of these is quite as dynamic as the Almond Rocka, which has three colors in it: medium brown, dark rust, and light blonde (the latter two are blended together in the highlight shade, see below).