Sophie Turner's colourist reveals the key to her perfect garnet red

Secrets straight from the salon

Editor / February 08 2023

The garnet hair trend is officially no longer a passing fad – the rich red tones that took over 2022 are still alive and well in 2023. The celeb leading the cherry-hued charge? Sophie Turner, who just refreshed her scarlet strands once more. They’re looking glossier, fresher, and more deliciously garnet than ever!

But while you may think that the hair secrets of someone like Turner would remain top secret for the remainder of time, we’ve actually just been let in on the lowdown...

How to get Sophie Turner's rich red hair colour

Chatting to The Zoe Report about Turner's latest transformation, her colourist Cassondra Kaeding (who counts everyone from Miley Cyrus to Ariana Grande as clients) broke down exactly what to ask for to replicate the Game of Thrones star's statement red shade.

From one glimpse, it’s clear that Turner’s colour is far more complex than a one-dimensional red – flat isn’t in Kaeding’s vocabulary. Instead, she describes the look as “a deep copper gold infused with plenty of depth and warmth to maximise shine.”

As for whether red is the right fit for you, Kaeding stresses the importance of assessing your colouring. “The copper works well with [Turner's] skin tone and really accentuates her eyes,” she explained.

Tone matters from top to bottom, too, and Kaeding has a hack for keeping the colour consistent. “Hot tip — I always add a gold to a red root formula," she noted. "This helps avoid ‘hot roots’,” which is when the top of the hair is visibly warmer than the rest.”


How Sophie Turner keeps her colour healthy

Even though colouring hair red generally isn't as damaging as bleaching, it still has an effect on hair health, and so bookending the colour with nourishing products is key, as Kaeding stresses.

Her in-salon must-haves? The K18 Molecular Repair Mist applied prior to colour application, and a mask following. “The pro mist will renew the strength and elasticity from the services that are about to be performed," she explained. Unfortunately the mist is for in-salon use only, so you'll have to leave that to the pros, but now you know what to ask for next time you're in the chair.

As for the mask, it's fair game! “After the colour services are complete, I finish off with the K18 [Leave-In] Molecular Repair Hair Mask ($99.50 at Adore Beauty)," Kaeding added. "The mask reverses damage that may have occurred during the service and brings back strength, softness, and smoothness to her hair.”

That explains how Turner's hair gets shinier with every colour!

K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Mask

Main image credit: @ckaedingcolor

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Delaney began her career in the Australian beauty media industry in 2015, landing amidst the glossy world of women’s lifestyle magazines (or more literally, in their beauty cupboards). Since then, she has gone on to write across a multitude of beloved Australian media brands, including OK!, NW, InStyle, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She’s covered every side of beauty content, from directing beauty editorial shoots to rounding up the best glossy serums for golden hour skin. Having spent nearly a decade immersed in the beauty realm, Delaney’s knowledge of beauty is as extensive as her collection of tinted lip oils (read: extremely extensive). Delaney is currently the Digital Managing Editor of BEAUTYcrew, and her beauty wisdom also appears across beautyheaven, ELLE and Marie Claire. She enjoys channelling her personal hobby (testing beauty products) into her professional work (talking about testing beauty products), and considers perfecting the art of a cat eye in a moving car her life’s greatest accomplishment.

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