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.
I believe every hair dye enthusiast should try red hair at least once, just to see how it feels. Who knows? You might find yourself falling in love with this exceptional hair color choice.
In this article, I’ll go through the fascinating history of red hair, and even give you a thorough red hair color dictionary that defines all of the different red hair shades. I’ll help you choose the perfect shade of red hair for your skin tone, and then I’ll help you match your makeup and fashion to it.
If you’re a DIY kind of person, I’ll explain how to get that perfect red hair color at home, and no matter where you go for it, I’ll also give you all the tips for maintaining red hair dye. To cap things off, I’ve got some inspiration coming your way with 63 gorgeous red hair color ideas for your to try.
Red Hair Color Shades & Red Hair Dye Tips: Contents
- Red Hair History & Facts
- Red Hair Color Dictionary: All the Red Hair Shades to Know
- How to Choose the Perfect Red Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
- How to Dye Your Hair Red
- Tips for Maintaining Your Red Hair Color
- Makeup Tips for Red Hair
- Fashion Tips for Red Hair
- 63 Hot Red Hair Color Ideas to Try
These days, red hair colors are constantly coming in and out of style, with some sort of red hair shades always reigning during the different seasons. However, historically red hair was not always a great thing to have.
Natural red hair first made an appearance in central Asia as a genetic mutation in the MC1R gene that also led to pale skin, sun sensitivity, and freckles. This mutation leads the body to produce more of a type of pigment called pheomelanin that is more reddish in hue, as opposed to eumelanin which is more common and brownish in tone.
This happened over 70,000 years ago, although another mutation in the gene occurred 30,000 years ago in Europe, so there are actually multiple genetic origins to red hair and a few different types of alterations in the MC1R-gene. Those with red hair and pale skin had an easier time surviving in dark, sunless regions thanks to their skin’s ability to produce vitamin D more easily, which likely explains why the trait is more dominant in northern regions.
These days natural red hair is most common in Ireland, Scotland, and the coastal regions of Scandinavia. In fact, it is extremely likely that red hair first became dominant in Norway and then arrived in early Celtic populations because of Viking conquests in the 8th-11th centuries.
Since red hair is a recessive trait, meaning that there is a low chance of developing it even if one is genetically predisposed to it, those who did have red hair were often the victims of superstitious beliefs. They were associated with loathed biblical figures like Cain or Judas Iscariot, accused of witchcraft, or simply considered unlucky or lascivious.
These days, while children with red hair often experience bullying, the attitudes have still mostly shifted. Women with red hair are often imagined to be fiery, exciting, sexy, and unpredictable, which is why it is such a popular hair dye choice.
Red hair comes in a myriad of forms, and these are all the possible red hair shades you can consider embracing.
The Warm Red Hair Shades
Warm red hair shades have a lot of yellow and orange in them. When the red hair is more natural looking, it can definitely work for those with pale, cool skin, although the more extreme shades tend to work best against skin that is on the warmer side.
Bright Copper Red Hair
Copper hair is the classic red hair color that first comes to mind when one imagines a natural redhead, even though this shade rarely occurs this vividly naturally, and may require the help of a deft hair colorist. It’s a warm, bright shade of red with a lot of orange to it – think Merida from the film Brave. This red hair color is spunky and fun, and it works best for those with fare skin.
Ginger Red Hair
Ginger hair is actually much closer to what people have naturally, since it is a warm tone that sits somewhere between red, blonde, and brown. This red hair color contrasts nicely against cool skin, but it can also bring out unflattering red undertones if the skin is sensitive.
Crimson Copper Hair
This is a brighter shade of red hair that is also quite deep and a touch darker than a bright copper shade. It is decidedly warm toned, but in a neutral place that suits most skin tones. It also works beautifully to bring out blue eyes.
Ginger Auburn Hair
This light auburn shade is comprised of a very light golden tone with just a hint of copper, for light brownish red hair. It is a natural shade perfect for those who are just easing their way into red hair colors, especially if they’re starting out with blonde or light brown hair.
Medium Auburn Hair
Medium auburn is more of a light brown hair look with just hints of red and lots of gold, and is a great way for brunettes to slowly switch over to red hair colors. It’s a great color choice for most skin tones, and works especially well with green eyes.
Golden Ginger Hair
This shade is a bit more golden than ginger auburn hair, and is a great way for blondes to switch over to red. It is spicy and warm, and contrasts beautifully against tan skin.
Dark Auburn Hair
This one is the darkest of the warm brown-red shades. It infuses chocolate brown with hints of coppery red, for a gorgeous look that suits most skin tones. It is a great way for those with darker brown hair to infuse a warm touch, especially in time for autumn.
Electric Orange Hair
Warm red hair colors don’t have to look natural – they can also be in your face and bright, like a bright yellow-orange that is like ginger hair on crack. Electric orange hair is the kind of color best achieved by a professional, as it is loud and bright and definitely most appropriate for summer.
Strawberry Blonde Hair
Everyone is familiar with this light blonde shade that has just a hint of red in it, but without too much orange. Unlike light auburn, strawberry blonde hair color is much less muted and is in fact quite bright. It’s a great complement to fair, cool skin. It is sometimes also known as rose gold hair.
Fire Engine Red Hair
While most vivid red hair shades lean towards cool, this is a near neutral red that is nowhere close to being natural. Because it is a little on the warm side, it stands in contrast to other intense reds, but it seriously stands out.
The Cool Red Hair Shades
Cool red hair leans a little towards purple, rather than orange, and as a result it is a less natural take on red hair colors. The more brown there is in cool red hair, the more natural it will look, while the more it leans towards purple, the more it will stand out.
Mahogany Red Hair
This is a cool toned red hair color that is very rich and has a lot of brown to it, but it is not very dark. It is very much like the cool version of auburn hair, since it is a great way for brunettes to slowly switch over to cool red hair colors.
Cherry Brown Hair
This is a more red toned brown shade that is rich and fairly neutral, although it does lean somewhat towards cool. It is a good way of going traditionally red in a slow, measured way for anyone who is starting out with dark brown hair.
Russian Red Hair
Much like the famous MAC lipstick, this kind of red hair is as true a red as they come, with just a hint of blue undertone that puts in the realm of intense, anime character hair. It is a loud red hair color that stands out and will not be mistaken for natural, so you should definitely have a daring attitude to match it!
Rose Quartz Hair
This is the cool toned sibling of rose gold hair, as it has the same precious jewel effect, but it is much cooler. It is a soft, metallic platinum blonde tinted with pink, and it is gorgeous and soft.
Dark Cherry Red Hair
This is like a darker version of Russian red hair, as it is a dark, deep red that is cool toned. It is just as impressive as more vivid reds, but it is also more sophisticated.
Perfect for autumn, burgundy hair is slightly similar to mahogany hair but it has a fair bit more purple to it. It is a rich brown tone with a red-blue tint that only makes it appear lusher and more delicious.
Black Cherry Hair
Black cherry hair is one step darker than dark cherry hair, but it has a touch of added coolness. It is a dark, sexy red hair color that is perfect for anyone with a retro goth flare.
Eggplant Red Hair
Eggplant hair is a mid-2000s classic, but it can still look chic and unique these days. This purple tinged hair also has a bit of red to it, and it tends to flatter cool and neutral skin tones perfectly. It is especially striking when it is balanced with lighter streaks of violet.
This red hair color is a vivid and bright shade that sits somewhere between red and purple, like a lighter and more intense eggplant. It is a striking color that blends well with other cool shades of red, but it actually also works with warm reds.
As with anything to do with fashion, beauty, or makeup, rules are meant to be broken, so take everything I have to say with a grain of salt, and feel free to trust your own instincts. These are general suggestions, although occasionally you will find that actually going opposite of what I say can lead to really unique results. Red is for the daring, so please be creative!
All of that being said, different undertones will look different next to the various red hair colors. I break the guide down based on skin undertones, with most people having either warm, golden skin, or cool skin with a pink touch. Some people are perfectly neutral, in which case they can get away with nearly every red hair color.
Red Hair Colors for Fair Skin with Cool Undertones
If your skin is on the lighter side of things, with a cooler undertone that leans towards pink, then you can experiment with both cool and warm red hair colors, but stick to something lighter.
The more coppery warm shades will bring out a flush in your skin, which can look effortlessly natural, but it can also look irritated and sickly, especially if you have a lot of redness to your skin. You might feel more comfortable with lighter mahogany shades and muted cherry reds, and you can even try going super light with a rose quartz shade.
Red Hair Colors for Fair Skin with Warm Undertones
If your skin is on the warmer side of things, but still fairly light, you might definitely find yourself preferring medium toned coppers and auburn red hair colors. These will look natural and bright, and will not contrast too greatly against your skin.
Stay away from overly cool red hair tones, especially around your face, as they can bring out sallowness in your skin. A very well balanced burgundy or a sultry cherry will still work with your hair, as long as it is not too purple.
Red Hair Colors for Medium Skin with Cool Undertones
If your skin has distinct cool undertones, with bluer veins and a slight pinkiness, but is also on the slightly more tanned side of things, you actually have the option of choosing between both warm and cool red hair colors.
Avoid overly light shades like strawberry blonde or rose quartz, and instead wear red hair shades that are a touch deeper than your skin. Medium coppers will make you look like a natural redhead, auburns are guaranteed to flatter, and eggplants, burgundies, and cherry reds are sure to turn heads.
Red Hair Colors for Medium Skin with Warm Undertones
Those with warmer skin that has golden or olive undertones are much likelier to tan than those that have cool skin, so you might find yourself wanting to make red hair colors work for you even in the summer. Very cool shades of red hair can bring out yellowness in the skin, while violet reds can bring out the green in olive skin, so it is important to be careful.
Sticking to more neutral shades of red and warm-leaning colors will be safe bet – just picture Rihanna. Playing with shades of red and copper that are highlighted with gold will complement your skin’s undertone in a very beautiful way.
Auburns, coppers, and ginger-leaning shades are all a safe bet, and it is best if they are just a few shades darker than your skin tone.
Red Hair Colors for Dark Skin with Cool Undertones
With darker skin that has cool undertones, burgundies and eggplant shades look super chic and almost like they could be natural, rather than the gothic effect they can have on most others.
With cooler undertones to your skin, it is usually better to stay away from overly warm coppers, although neutral auburns and intense cherries can work beautifully. Don’t be afraid of playing around with very vivid blue-reds for a very striking effect.
Red Hair Colors for Dark Skin with Warm Undertones
When darker skin has warmer undertones, red hair colors can bring out a lot of beauty, especially when they are the warmer shades like orange, copper, and fire engine red.
Cool red hair shades like eggplant and burgundy may still work, depending on exactly how much yellow there is in your skin – if you are warm toned but leaning towards neutral, they can look great, but if you are extremely warm toned, they can make you look sallow.
It’s pretty brave to make the switch to red hair at home, but if you’re confident about your hair painting skills then by all means give it a try! If you are hoping for a more elaborate balayage or ombre, or if you’re coveting a three-dimensional look with streaks in different shades of red hair colors, then definitely book a salon appointment, but you can certainly achieve a simple red tint by yourself.
Step 1: Prep Your Hair
• Your hair’s starting point should be dry and unwashed. Unwashed hair tends to hold on to hair dye better, and it won’t become as damaged by the dye, thanks to the natural oils that the hair produces.
• Make sure your hair is not darker than the shade of red you would like to dye your hair. If your hair is very dark brown or black, and you are hoping for gleaming copper red hair, then you will definitely need to bleach your hair before dyeing it. It is better to wait a few days between bleaching the hair and dyeing it red, as overprocessing the hair can seriously damage it.
• Put on clothes that you don’t mind getting damaged by the red hair dye. The best thing to wear is an old button-up shirt that you can put on and remove without having to pull over your head.
• Spread vaseline along your hairline to avoid having red hair dye stain it.
• Make sure you have everything you need in front of you. That means gloves, a mixing bow, a hair dye applicator brush, red hair color, and developer. If you are using box red hair dye, everything should come in the kit, and it may include other things that you might have to add into the mix or a conditioner and shampoo that you can use at the end.
Step 2: Apply the Red Hair Dye
• Start separating your hair based on the style in which you plan to dye it. I usually recommend starting by clipping up the top half of the hair, and starting to dye the lower half, working from the inside outwards.
• Pick a small section of hair, around 2.5 cm in thickness, to dye first. Keep dyeing in small sections of hair, in order to get the red hair dye covering everything thoroughly, and to avoid missing any areas.
• With the brush, apply the red hair dye close to the roots (unless you’re opting for a balayage or ombre, in which case apply the dye where you would like it to start), and brush it downward all the way to the ends of the hair. If necessary, apply more dye as you work your way down to the ends.
• Continue applying red hair dye in this way, until you’ve covered all of your hair. As you finish dyeing sections of hair, release more sections of hair out of your clip.
• Once you’ve covered your whole hair in red hair dye, go over it one more time to ensure you haven’t missed any pieces. Do so by massaging your hair with your hands, and applying extra hair dye if you happen to have any.
• If you are dyeing your roots, go over your roots one last time by massaging them and your scalp with your fingers to work the red hair dye in.
Step 3: Waiting and Washing the Hair
• Once all of your hair is covered in red hair dye and it’s all been massaged in thoroughly, pile it all up on top of your head and clip it in. For extra bonus points, put on a shower cap to avoid making a mess of anything.
• Now it’s time to wait! Hair dye normally takes between 20 to 45 minutes to process. Don’t wait any longer than the time recommended, as that can damage your hair.
• During the wait time you can use a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove any hair dye stains from your skin.
• Once the required amount of time has passed, it’s time to rinse out the hair dye! Hop into the shower, and turn on the tap to a lukewarm temperature.
• Rinse out the red hair dye without using any product – just let the water remove the excess.
• Unless your red hair dye comes with a particular shampoo, avoid shampooing your hair. Instead, just condition it with a nourishing hair conditioner or mask. Let the hair conditioning treatment sit in your hair for 2-3 minutes for the full nourishing effect.
• Rinse out the hair conditioner or mask, and finish off the rest of your shower.
• Once you’re done, it is best to gently towel dry the hair, or to let it air-dry. For the next few days avoid any kind of heat styling, as it can damage your hair.
• The key part of keeping red hair dye looking good for as long as possible is to shampoo as little as possible. Even the gentlest, most color-safe shampoos will still fade your red hair dye, so it is important to try to limit how often you wash your hair. If you can get away with it, only wash your hair once or twice a week.
• When you do shampoo your hair, make sure to use a shampoo that is sulfate-free. Sulfates are harsh cleansing agents that seriously strip the hair of both oils and color. Use a color-safe shampoo instead.
• For extra bonus points and vivid redness, use a red shampoo or conditioner. These special shampoos and conditioners are not just color safe – they are infused with red color, so each time you wash your hair you deposit a bit more dye into it, ensuring it remains looking bright and fresh.
• To help you use shampoo less often, you can use the aid of dry shampoos and dry conditioners. Dry shampoos are powders that will absorb the oils from your hair, and allow you to wait longer in between washes.
• Hair dyeing damages the hair and removes needed emollients from it, so masking your hair to bring back much needed moisture can greatly increase the health of your hair, making sure it looks and feels great. Look for hair masks rich in healthy oils like coconut and argan oil, as well as hydrators like glycerin and panthenol.
• If, after you’ve made the switch to red hair, you find that your hair has gotten especially weak or it starts to break then you might need a protein treatment. You can opt for something like Olaplex, or simply purchase a mask that contains proteins like keratin, or soy and silk proteins.
• Definitely avoid heat styling your hair as much as possible. Heat styling tools damage the hair, so it’s better to either avoid them altogether or to try to lower the temperature and use heat protectant sprays.
• If you don’t have a lot of free time to go to the hair salon for dyeing appointments regularly, you might want to opt for having balayage style red hair, where you keep your roots their natural color, and dye your hair red in streaks that become gradually more numerous the closer you are to the ends. Balayage hair colors are super trendy these days, they look more natural than an ombre, and they are much more forgiving to those who tend to go longer in between salon visits.
When you change your hair color, it is always a good idea to re-examine your makeup, and perhaps to make a few changes. My advice might help you make some tweaks to your look to suit red hair better, but please don’t feel stifled! After all, with red hair so vibrant, you should let it inspire you to get creative!
Foundation for Redheads
Red hair of all undertones can bring out red tones in the skin, while cool red tones will bring out any sallowness your skin might have in it. Because of this, you might want to make sure that either your skin care game or foundation game is on point, especially if you’re going to wear other makeup items.
You may want to choose a foundation that has a slightly higher coverage than products you’ve used in the past. Match your foundation to your neck and chest, and make sure its undertone matches the undertone of your skin.
Contour, Highlight, and Bronzer
You might find that some red hair shades seem to wash you out, especially if you have very fair skin or if the hue of your hair is a similar hue to your skin tone (meaning that your hair is not significantly lighter or darker than your skin, but is at about the same level).
After dyeing your hair red, especially if you’ve gone for a darker shade like auburn, cherry, deep copper, mahogany, or burgundy, you are very likely to find that you need to up your contour or bronzer usage to avoid looking pale. Apply a dusting of contour just below your cheekbones and to your temples for that perfectly contoured look, or opt for a touch of bronzer along the tip of the nose and the cheeks.
There are less rules when it comes to highlighting – if you love highlighting your skin, use a fun highlighter in a shade that won’t be too cool or too warm and that will match your skin tone.
For that traditional flushed redhead look, blush is absolutely a must! If you prefer to play it safe, opt for a blush with a neutral undertone like a rose, or a blush that has an undertone that matches the undertone of your hair. This means that if your hair is dyed a warm red like a copper or ginger, then definitely wear a warmer blush like a peach or even an orange.
On the other hand, if you’ve dyed your hair a cool red tone, you can safely opt for slightly cool blushes like raspberry or anything that leans towards pink or purple. It is totally fine to wear a warm blush with cool red hair and vice versa, but it does require a fine eye for colors to avoid clashing.
Eyebrows are possibly the one feature that requires the most change, since many of us expect our eyebrow color to match our hair. You don’t have to dye your eyebrows to match your red hair and you don’t even have to fill them in with a matching shade, unless you really want to rock that anime look.
Instead, you have a few routes you can take. The first one, which I recommend to those dyeing their hair a more natural, warmer shade of red like ginger or copper, is to fill in your brows with a warm golden brown shade of brow powder, pomade, or pencil. The warmth of your brows will complement your hair, without being overly matchy.
The second is the shade I recommend to those who have dyed their hair a darker shade of cool red including cherry, burgundy, eggplant and mahogany. With these kinds of deeper red hair shades, it is best to fill the eyebrows in with a cool-brown shade, meaning a shade of brown that has red and blue undertones.
Eyeshadows for Redheads
As always, neutrals will never clash, so if you are not an eyeshadow master, stick to safer shades like beige, champagne, taupe, and brown. Other variations on neutrals like bronze, dark brown, and black, not to mention all kinds of metallics, can also be thrown in for some extra fun.
If you do want to play with color, have a look at the color wheel. Shades of green, which are opposite red, and shades of blue, which sit opposite orange, can clash with your red hair if they are too dark or too bright. Muted, forest or earth green shadows, as well as blue jewel tones can work but only if you are very confident with your eyeshadow application.
A monochrome look can be super nice! Coppers paired with golds, and burgundies paired with shimmery soft pinks are two eyeshadow combinations that can look astounding on all kinds of redheads.
Lipstick for Redheads
Much like with blushes, it is generally easier to match your lipstick to the undertone of your hair. This means wearing warmer peach and red lipsticks if your hair has been dyed a warm red, and wearing cooler lipsticks in berry, magenta, rose, and blue-red shades if your hair has been dyed a cool red.
Neutral, “my lips but better” shades like raspberry will look good on anyone. If you are feeling a little more daring, and if you are very confident with your color matching skills, then feel free to experiment with clashing undertones – it is risky, but it can have a very unique pay off.
• Much like with makeup, paying attention to the color wheel will help you know exactly what kind of effect your clothing will have on your red hair.
• The opposite color of red on the color wheel is green, so when the two colors are put together, they both seem much stronger. In the same vein, warm orange reds seem stronger when placed next to blue, and cool purple reds stand out next to yellow-green shades. Wearing clothing that is the opposite color of your red hair can flatter, or it can clash, depending on how you style it and the effect you’re hoping to achieve.
• Try color blocking your outfit, and remember that your red hair is part of the process. You can create all kinds of looks with patterns like split complementary (ginger hair with a green top and light blue jeans), triadic (burgundy hair, orange top, and a teal skirt), and more. Play around and have fun!
• The kind of fabric you use also matters. A jewel toned, deep green will look gorgeous with copper hair, while a bright green cotton fabric might not work as well.
• Be careful with bright reds, as they can fight against the red tones in your hair. This is not to say that red is totally off the table, but really evaluate how it plays with your red hair, especially if it leans more towards warm.
• If you are only daring when it comes to hair color, you can actually breathe a sigh of relief. Neutrals look amazing with red hair, since they really let your hair take center stage. You can wear blacks, whites, and browns without having to worry, and you can mix and match them as you please.
With so much useful information on red hair under your belt, it’s high time to look through these 63 intensely red hair color ideas to pick your new look!
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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