Just in time for autumn, red hair colors are having a resurgence! Fiery shades of red hair are exciting, while more muted red hair shades echo the falling leaves perfectly. From electric oranges to deep aubergines, the red hair color trend comes in all kinds of forms.
1. Cherry Cola Balayage
If your hair is naturally dark brown, this is a fabulous way of trialing red hair colors. Chocolate roots remain healthy as a thread of vivid red runs through, to end in a sultry, true-red bottom half.
2. Dark Phoenix Curls
Guy Tang is the master of color, and this take on red hair shades really proves it. This true red is curled to perfection, for a show-stopping retro look that is one part daring and three parts glamour.
3. Natural Auburn-Red Balayage
This is a totally wearable take on red hair colors, with gorgeous balayage that is naturally a dark brown at the roots, and fades down into a warm auburn. Threads of true red hair dye add some danger and excitement, without making the style appear unnatural.
4. Princess Ariel Lob
This is one of those red hair shades that is exactly the same type of bright copper-red as the little mermaid. You can keep it wearably whimsical with lovely curls on a long bob.
5. Muted Fuchsia Balayage
Fuchsia is usually ultra bright, but taking it a little darker leads to an understated take on red hair colors that is particularly beautiful, like in this gorgeous red-dominant balayage.
6. Wave of Fire Balayage
This is a vivid copper-red that is as warm a take on red hair colors as they come, but this gorgeous wave hairstyle is made a bit more sophisticated by a thread of brown that runs through it horizontally, adding lots of dimension.
7. Burgundy & Muted Cherry Red Hair
Neutral and cool red hair shades come together in this blended look that is glamorous without being over the top. Most of the hair is dyed burgundy, but a few strands of a brighter cherry give life to the look.
8. Hot and Cold Red Hair Color
This unique color melt combines cool, magenta-tinged red hair at the roots and ends with a true copper running through the middle. This is the kind of color combination that requires an expert hand, or it can look messy, but in this case it is simply astounding.
9. Earth & Fire Balayage
This gorgeous balayage combines a few different shades of red hair dye for a really impressive effect. The dark brown roots are the earth, while the fiery flame comes from a mix of red, copper, and orange hair dyes.
10. Fire Engine Red Color Melt
Talk about drama! This intense red hair color is actually a color melt, with a few different shades of red that get lighter and warmer from roots to ends, for a sophisticated take on red curls that go perfectly with the cute bangs.
11. Crimson Wave
This perfect neutral crimson shade is a great choice for winter hair, as it stands out but isn’t clashingly warm with the season. The wavey styling lends a touch of old school glam.
12. Muted Ruby Streaks
Streaks of ruby run through this straightened brownish red hair, giving it an edgy touch and a lot of dimension. This is one amazing red hair color to try from winter to summer!
13. Chocolate and Red Velvet Balayage
Combining dark brown roots with a ton of red velvet waves makes for a decadent balayage that keeps the roots healthy and the rest of the hair really eye-catching. We love this effortless wear of nailing the red hair color trend that is both wearable and outstanding.
14. Hair on Fire
This is another fiery take on red hair shades, with darker red near the roots and an impossibly bright orange at the tips, for some high impact damage. This red hair color is a stunning choice for all the brave ladies out there that want to turn heads.
15. Aubergine and Copper Beach Waves
It takes perfect styling and an expert hand at hair painting to make such contrasting red hair shades work beautifully together. This mix of ultra cool aubergine and ultra warm copper is daring but when it works, it works.
16. Deep Cherry Wave
This red hair has serious oomph, which is not surprising considering it’s a Guy Tang masterpiece. This is the platonic ideal of what cherry red hair can look like, since the hair is healthy and luxuriously waved.
17. Deep Copper Wave
This combination of lighter and darker copper red hair colors creates a multi-dimensional take on mermaid hair that is healthy and natural looking but also incredibly well put together. This Jessica Rabbit red hair is the way to go if you want to look elegant and sexy wearing the trend.
18. Crimson Copper Curls
This slightly warm crimson red hair color is elevated by a blend of darker and lighter colors that ensure the curled hair looks healthy and lush. This beautiful color stands out, but it requires careful styling to look chic.
19. Sunset Fire Red Hair
The gradual shift from eggplant to copper hair gives sunset vibes that are only missing that touch of pink-blue sky. It is a safer way of clashing cold and warm red hair shades, and the darker roots help keep the balance.
20. Red and Black Balayage
The simple combination of red and black is timeless, because the two colors together are strong and striking. The burgundy-tinted black perfectly blends in with the red hair color, making the transition seamless.
21. Red Velvet Long Bob
This chic cold take on red hair shades is perfect for the shift from winter to autumn. The curled long bob matches the stylish shade for a modern look. It’s one of the brighter, bolder red hair colors that will blend in with fall and will stand out against the white snow in winter.
22. Mahogany Sombre
This sombre may look simple, but there are so many different red hair dye shades involved in the complex process of making this multi-dimensional mahogany blend. It looks like hot lava, but in a slightly muted, perfectly wearable way.
23. Jean Grey Curls
There is nothing wrong with taking your hair inspo from marvel superheroes, like this Jean Grey-inspired take on copper red hair with all of the texture and just a touch of curl. It will make you look like both a real superhero and a super lady!
24. Deep Cherry and Black Balayage
This deep red hair color is yet another gorgeous combination of red hair shades and browns. The dark brown roots work well with this slightly darker variation on fire engine red hair.
25. Deep Violet With Vivid Red Hair Ends
Muted violet hair with vivid red roots is not the kind of red hair color combination just anyone would come up with, but it leads to a gorgeous metallic effect that is unique and elegant. Can we call this look a red rose?
26. Rainbow in the Fire Red Hair
This is a really unique take on intense mermaid red hair colors, because it was jazzed up with some rainbow colored strands of hair peeking below the cascade of red curls. This cult red hair color inspires and stuns and will look especially striking when gathered up in a high ponytail.
27. Gleaming Cherry Curls
This red balayage combines black cherry and dark cherry red shades for hair that gleams. This big apple red hair color is a simple balayage with a high impact effect for any retro queen.
28. Neon Fire Sombre
Neon-tinged copper red hair shades melt into each other from dark to light, for a fiery sombre that is vibrant and daring. One of the best fall hair color ideas, this red hair catches on fire!
29. Eggplant and Cherry Balayage
Mixing different shades of cool red hair leads to sophisticated balayages that are winter perfect. Dark roots and lighter ends are a classic that will look great no matter the colors involved.
30. Copper Penny and Auburn Balayage
Auburn and copper red hair shades are meant to be together, especially if you’re getting your hair ready for autumn. These warm shades are comforting, and they contrast each other very nicely in this balayage.
31. Riding the Flame Red Hair Color Melt
This is a flaming hot red color melt that combines bright copper and cherry red hair colors, in a seamless effect that makes it seems as though the gorgeous marcel wave has been set on fire. It’s on the more effortless red hair color side, perfect for those that love red hair, but don’t dare to go too bright.
32. Cherry and Tangerine Balayage
You can have the best of both worlds by combining darker red hair shades like cherry with brighter ones like this electric tangerine copper, in a balayage that is fiery without being overwhelmingly bright. This fiery tangerine red hair color idea will look amazing from fall to summer!
33. Midnight Red Balayage
This dark red hair color sits somewhere between cherry and mahogany, and with the dark brown roots it stands out as a wearable look that is sultry and beautiful. It’s both a great winter look and a hot red summer hair color to try!
34. Undercover Red Hair Color
I love a subtle look like this one, where red streaks below the top layer of copper red hair give just a hint of excitement. It’s a great way of enjoying wild hair colors without having to worry about being appropriate at work.
35. Hot & Cold Valentine Curls
I love the way playing with light and dark colors can impact the shape of a hairstyle. The bright electric red hair color is concentrated in the center of the hair, while the ends and roots are a darker burgundy, so the overall effect is super voluminous and romantic.
36. Queen Ariel Red Hair Color
These kinds of massive, voluminous, shiny red curls are not princess hair – they’re positively regal and belong only to a queen! This red hair color is meant to go with long hair!
37. Cool Cherry Red Hair
This is how you do cool red hair without any hesitance or shame. The combination of deep cherry red and lighter vivid red tones creates magnificent set of waves that seem to glow with health.
38. Cherry and Chocolate Balayage
The idea of this red hair color is so simple yet the result is so unique. The vivid cherry red hair dye was applied in a balayage style over naturally chocolate brown hair for a gorgeous yet low-maintenance look that can save you those salon visits.
39. Purple Red Hair Cascade
I love a proper color melt, like this cascade of cool red hair shades. The roots begin in a deep burgundy, which blends into a more reddish eggplant tone, to turn a bright magenta at the ends, in a perfect gradient.
40. Candied Apple Red Hair Streaks
Streaks of warm apple red run through this brunette long bob, making it look shiny and festive, not to mention extremely voluminous. This red hair color kind of boosts the volume and healthy look of this lob!
41. Sleek and Electric Red Hair Color
This sleek red hairstyle combines electric orange streaks, especially along the bottom, with a muted mahogany closer to the roots, for a very textured and unique look. This red hair color screams Christmas!
42. Analogue Rainbow Red Hair
Combining red, orange, and magenta together makes for an analogous color pattern, which looks oh-so-pleasing to the eye, especially when styled into a sexy wave. This is a creative way of doing red hair that is also very flattering.
43. Red Velvet Gradient
Red hair works well with bangs, because it fits together into a retro effect. Here we see a proper gradient with a darker red velvet near the roots that gradually becomes lighter until it looks visibly copper at the ends.
44. Unicorn Blood Long Bob
Muted, cool reds are not red hair colors we see a lot of, but they can make for an interesting take on red hair that is unique, on the one hand, but not too extreme or out there on the other hand. The subtle glitter in the hair takes it from day to night.
45. Red Bob with Frosted Tips
Okay, so this red hairstyle is actually an example of lighter ginger or golden tips, which naturally pair well with the deep copper. Beachy waves add nice texture and provide a great contrast to the straight across bangs.
46. Hot Red Balayage
There is something about the seamless transition from deep auburn tresses to red streaks and ends that looks naturally unnatural and extremely romantic. This red hair color is bright and hot without being too difficult to wear.
47. Electric Jolt Red Hair Color
This is one of my favorite takes on red hair colors, as it involves darker roots, deep copper, and just a jolt of electric orange to give an insane amount of dimension. Pair it with darker wine lips for extra oomph.
48. Vivid Red Tresses
This is another example of how to utilize red hair dye for that perfect, out-of-this-world magical anime girl hair. This red hair color slightly leans towards magenta with the right amount of crimson to make it hot.
49. Impossibly Long Red Hair Ombre
An ombre can be a great way of rocking different red hair shades, especially if you have super long hair. The top half of this look is a classic auburn that transitions into a vivid copper at the bottom half.
50. Sleek and Cool Red Bob
I love a sleek, straightened bob, and I feel like it positively begs for more sophisticated red hair shades, like this blend of muted cool tones. This red hair color is bright enough to look hot, and muted enough for you to wear to the office.
51. Bob with Magenta Streaks
The burgundy base of this feathery bob could work well on its own for a sultry look, but the addition of ultra bright magenta turns it into a fun, funky style perfect for summer. This fireball red hair color is definitely not for the faint of heart.
52. Rainbow of Lava Red Hair Color Melt
You’ve probably already realized that I’m obsessed with these multi-color red hair looks that have a brighter color applied horizontally in the center, to add the illusion of volume. Here this effect was achieved with purple and magenta tones, and an electric orange for brightness and contrast.
53. Understated Red Bob
Not all takes on red hair have to be extreme and in your face. This natural brunette look got jazzed up with just a few swipes of red, but it has still regained a reserved elegance.
54. Flaming Balayage Bob
The best way to get that flame effect is to combine reds, coppers, and even yellows in small-ish streaks. Applying them in a balayage style keeps the red hair color maintainable and actually builds a perfect contrast.
55. Flaming Ombre Red Hair
This red hair color idea is similar to the previous one, but the colors melt into each other more seamlessly for an almost fluid effect. It’s a sea of fire hair that will ignite admiration.
56. Over and Under Red Hair Color
I really love the blend of cool tones mixed together in this fun take on red hair colors. The top part of the hair was dyed a rich eggplant, while the lower part is a true purple.
57. Marigold Color Melt
Channeling the colors of the marigold is a great way of getting your red hair summer ready. The roots are a natural auburn, with an ombre that is a gradient of deep red to bright red to a proper electric orange.
58. Fall Foliage Balayage
This balayage mixes cool and warm tones of red hair that are so muted and understated that they look balanced together, echoing the falling autumn leaves. Style your hair in soft waves to make the color melt pop.
59. Hand Painted Red Hair Color
This red sombre looks truly organic because different shades of copper and red hair dye were applied to the hair painstakingly using expert hair painting techniques. This red hair color will look amazing both on medium hair and longer locks.
60. Deep Copper Red Curls
Is there anything more feminine than a curled copper bob? This is a take on copper red hair colors that is deep and romantic, which pairs well with the adorable hairstyle. It’s again a lovely and effortless color that is office-ready too.
61. Ethereal Mermaid Lava Red Hair
This is another fabulous take on mermaid red hair, with an electric red shade that is straight out of the cartoons. It perfectly mimics melted hot lava erupting in the head of the model.
62. Electric Current Red Balayage
It is easy to miss at a first glimpse, but the reason why the electric magenta red hair in this photo seems so bright and electric is because of some touches of purple hair dye, providing a contrast to the brightness. It’s a unique way of coloring that is perfect if you’ve got some anime cons coming up.
63. Red Wine Balayage
We’re ending this list on a calm note, with a complex balayage that features cool red hair shades like burgundy, mahogany, and magenta, for that perfect red wine effect. Pair it with your favorite burgundy lipstick and neutral eyes for a show-stopping look!
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