(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!
I have heard over and over again…oh I can’t wear long hair or oh I look awful in short hair. Oh I wish I could wear this or that. One of the biggest reasons we feel we can’t wear a certain length wig is our idea of what looks good on us. Most often its because we never had anything but the length we feel comfortable in. In my case I have super baby fine bio hair. BW (before wigs 😉) I wore pixies most of the time. Mainly because my hair didn’t look good in longer styles. Notice I said my hair didn’t look good not me.
I have experimented on lengths and colors for the last two or so years that I have been wearing wigs and have come to the conclusion that you can wear any length within reason..lol) What you need to know and understand is your face shape. Then you can choose lengths and styles that balance your face shape. Below (images 2 & 3 ) is CysterWigs easy way to measure and determine your face shape.
Its fun and easy to determine your face shape and you might be surprised with the results.
Its not only fun to find celebrities who have your face shape it helps you verify yours.
Wearing Mia by TressAllure in Sunset Glow
Now I have an oblong face shape. Basically an oblong face is an elongated oval face shape. Oval is the ideal shape. My face doesn’t scream out oblong at first glance. She isn’t super long and you might be thinking but aren’t oblong faces thin? Not necessarily. Your face shape has nothing to do with your weight or how fat your face is. A little fyi…you don’t see this straight on view (image 5) from me very often. I prefer a three quarter view…why you ask? Again its a balance thing and a three quarter view makes my face appear more oval. Measurements are important. As I remeasured the length of my face for this blog I realized its 4.5” not 4.25” like I always thought. So take your time to get accurate measurements.
It helps to know all your head measurements. One that I know I had been taking the wrong way for quite awhile until I saw Heather’s video was my ear to ear measurement. I think I had originally measured barely 11” which is really really small. After viewing Heathers video I measured and my ear to ear is 12.5” which is between a child and petite size. Soooo yeah I know my head is fairly flat up front. (insert intelligence joke here 😂) So in my finding wigs that look good on me balancing this out is also important.
Above in image 6 are some stills from Heathers video. Its pretty self explanatory how not to measure. Lol Fyi… I originally measured over top like the photo of Heather in the upper left of image 6.
In image 7 Heather demonstrates the right way to take your ear to ear measurement. Measure about 7” from your hairline to your crown. Now take the tape rotate it and keeping the tape at your crown measure from the bottom of your sideburn (this would be the bottom of the ear tabs on a wig) to your other sideburn.
I have found to balance my oblong face I need volume on the sides. This breaks up the straight line I have by softening or obscuring this line. A side sweeping bang is also something I look for as a way of visually shortening my face. The same goes for needing volume on top to balance my head shape. In all the wig lengths I want to wear I always keep this in mind. Now the fun part. Lets take a look at some of my wigs and why they work for me.
Lia works because she has side fringe and enough volume on top to give me the illusion of an oval face. The bangs on one side gives my face visual width right where I need it..mid face. Fringe/bangs especially a sweeping side fringe will break up the straight line and visual length of my forehead. This is especially important when I want to wear a longer wig.
Ahh my beloved Kahlua. She does the same thing as Lia but even more effortlessly because of the curls. Again visual width on the sides gives the illusion of an oval face. The height on top (mainly from the curls, not permatease) balances out my head to give me an ideal shape. The curly side fringe breaks up the visual space of my forehead and visually shortens the appearance of my face.
Dylan has enough hair and overall volume to work for me. I do play with the layering on the sides to get some volume along mid face. Even though she has an impeccable mono top there is plenty of hair to get some lift. The bangs look best when I let them sweep to the side (to visually shorten my face) as in image 10. Overall this style is the most universally flattering one I have.
Simmer works for me which I’ll admit came as a bit of a surprise. Normally straight longer styles accentuate my straight oblong face. Simmer has volume at the crown that visually helps balance out my head. And there is a beautifully sweeping side fringe and wave to simmer that does two things. The wave pattern gives me just enough width mid face to balance out the length of this style. The sweeping side fringe/bang has a little lift right at the part that gives me just enough volume to again balance her length that would have otherwise drawn the eye downward and would have made my face look longer and droopier.
Finn works on many levels..the volume on top and on the sides (especially mid face) is perfection for me. Finn is long but the visual weight is not at the bottom. The layers get thinner towards the bottom so the visual weight even with a wig of this length and texture is mid face. Again you have a sweeping side bang that visually shortens my face.
Last but not least you have the beautiful Sloane by Tony of Beverly. First of all she doesn’t have a lot of permatease so not a lot of volume on top right out of the box. I really had to work with her. The layering and hair fibers are so light though that I was able to get enough volume on top and still have her look very natural and believable. Her big loose curls/wave pattern also gives some width visually to my face. Notice I have her swept to one side in image 13. This gives me visual width mid face just where I need it. The take away here is that anyone can wear short to long wigs you just have to know your face shape and in my case head shape so you can look for wigs that balance out your unique face shape. These tips are for my face but the concept goes for everyone. Its certainly more fun shopping for wigs when you know what to look for. Enjoy!