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20 Red Hair Shades Totally on the Radar for This Season

Anyone can have red hair. It is just like red lipstick! The trick is simply finding the right tone, level, and brightness that will suit you. Get color-inspired by these stunning red hair shades and let us help you achieve your own customized, head-turning red!

Red On Red Dimension

This red hair hue has a red base with red highlights that are slightly lighter.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

This hair color will work best on both warm and cool skin tones with hair that is dark brown.

Tip:

If you try a red this dark over blonde hair, it won’t look as nearly as rich. It could even appear pink! When going darker and red, make sure to see a pro colorist so they could properly prep your hair before applying the final shade you desire.

Red Balayaged Ombre

This hair color is a really dark brown at the roots. It has red highlights that are a combination of balayage and ombre. Bright red clip-in extensions were also added to this hairstyle for more drama.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm and cool skin tones can wear this hair color. As for the clip-in hair extensions, the tone will suit cool skin tones best. A darker hair color will easily achieve these shades of red.

Tip:

Clip-in extensions are a great way to get a lighter and brighter look without having to worry about damage, fading, and maintenance.

Dark Plum

This is a gorgeous deep violet all-over color!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

This hair color suits cool skin tones with hair that is naturally darker.

Tip:

When deciding to try red tones, know that they fade faster than other tones. If you decide to stay red, you need to consider the maintainance it requires. What’s great about it though is that when it does fade, you’ll just look like you have a new hair color!

Medium Copper

This is all-over copper tone is positively radiant! Copper tones, specially, are red tones with a splash of orange in them.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm skin tones will suit this hair color best. Hair that is medium brown will easily achieve this tone and level.

Tip:

Reds tend to fade faster than other colors. Make sure to use a color safe shampoo to make your hair color last longer!

Natural Red Head

Of all the red hair shades, this particular hue has just the right amount of copper in it to make you look like a natural redhead.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type: 

Warm skin tones will suit this hair color best. Hair that is medium brown will easily achieve this tone and level.

Tip:

There are 10 levels of darkness and lightness for hair. Level 1 being the darkest and 10 being the lightest. Each level has an underlying pigment. For example, Level 5’s is red, Level 6’s is a red orange, Level 7 is orange, and Level 8 is yellow orange. This is the reason why reds look the best in mid-levels and not in higher levels such as blonde.

True Red

There’s no doubt you’re redhead with this beautiful all-over red color. Under the sun, hue this appears brighter and will surely make heads turn!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm and cool tones will look great in this shade of true red. Hair that is dark brown will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

The sun could make your red hair color fade, so look for products with sunflower in them to help your color last longer. Wearing a hat or scarf can when outdoors for long periods of time can also protect your color from the sun.

Copper Gold

This all-over color is an attractive shade of copper with just a hint of gold.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm skin tones will suit this hair color really well. Hair that is medium brown will easily achieve this hair color.

Tip:

Red hair shades tend to fade faster than other hair colors. When getting a retouch, ask to have the rest of your hair refreshed with a gentler formula like a demi-permanent color. Ever notice redheads that are red on top, but darker on the ends? There are times when the ends even end up brown! That is what happens when the entire head is colored with permanent color over and over again.

Copper Brown

This beauty of an all-over color is a stunning mixture of copper and brown.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm skin tones will suit this hair color well. Hair that is medium brown will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

Not washing your hair every day will help your red hair color last longer!

Dark Red

This hair color is rich dark red with dark lowlights on the bottom for added dimension.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm and cool skin tones will look good in this hair color. Dark brown hair will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

Washing hair with cool water rather than hot will make red hair shades last longer!

Brown Red

We adore this all-over brown hair color with a the perfect hint of red.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type: 

Warm and cool skin tones will suit this hair color. Dark brown hair will easily achieve this.

Tip:

Keep your wardrobe and make-up in mind when choosing a new hair color. Some colors just don’t go with other colors!

Dark Copper Brown

This all-over color is a dark copper tone that is muted by being mixed with some brown.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm skin tones will suit this color really well. Hair that is dark brown will easily achieve this color.

Tip:

Red hair looks extra fabulous when it is shiny! Ask your stylist for a glaze. It’s like the nail top coat version of hair color. This also helps make your color last longer.

Apricot

We love this deliciously golden all-over color that is spiced with some red.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

A warm skin tone will suit this shade of red. Medium brown hair will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

When getting your hair colored, make sure your hair is clean. If you have a lot of product, oils or dirt on your hair, the color will have to work through all that before getting to the hair. The only reason why some people say to not wash your hair before coloring it is to keep the scalp from getting sensitive from the scrubbing.

Auburn Highlights

If you are unsure about trying a red hair color, you can start out slow by getting red highlights like these!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm skin tones will suit this hair color. Dark brown hair will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

True red suits both warm and cool skin tones. Reds with orange in it suit warmer skin tones. Reds with blue in it suit cooler tones.

Mahogany Brown

Mahogany brown is a violet-based red mixed with brown to create a rich and luxurious shade.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cooler skin tones will suit this hair color. Hair that is dark brown will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

Dry shampoo will help your hair go longer between washes. Make sure to get the clear kind to avoid looking like you have white powder in your hair!

Phoenix Ombre

This auburn-inspired hair color has a red base that lightens into a golden ombre.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warmer skin tones will suit this hair color. Medium brown hair will easily achieve this tone.

Tip:

There are some shampoos that have a red tint to help intensify red hair the same way purple shampoos neutralize brassiness.

Dark Cherry Brown

This sultry hair color is a deep dark brown with a just hint of violet red in it.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Cooler skin tones will suit this hair color well. Dark brown hair will easily achieve this color.

Tip:

You don’t have to go super bright to be a redhead. Having just a hint of red in brown hair is gorgeous! It looks natural and rich indoors and more noticeable outdoors.

Autumn Love

This warm color is red-orange based for a bright and cheery appearance.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm skin tones will suit this hair color well. Medium brown hair will easily achieve this hair color.

Tip:

Did you ever wonder why natural redheads are called “red” heads instead of “orange” heads? Some people say it is because the term “redhead” came before the term “orange” was ever used. Why? Red is usually one of the first colors to get named in different languages because it resembles blood.

Copper Highlights

Partial copper highlights with a dark base could give a graduated bob the illusion of having more volume if placed well.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm skin tones will suit this hair color. Medium brown hair will easily achieve this color.

Tip:

When putting highlights on a graduated or stacked bob, make sure that there are no highlights placed anywhere on the stack. If highlights are placed in that area, they can end up looking like polkadots!

Golden Apricot

This is warm, orange/red-based hair color is downright delectable.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Warm skin tones will suit this hair color well. Hair that is medium brown will easily achieve this hair color.

Tip:

A great way to find out if a warmer or cooler red looks good on your skin tone is to figure out what your skin tone is. If you had to wear either a neon pink shirt or a neon orange shirt, which would give your skin a beautiful glow? If you chose neon pink, cooler reds will look good on you. If you chose neon orange, warmer reds will look good on you. If you chose both, choose a true red!

5th Dimension

This fun hair color combination has a dark brown base with golden highlights, red violet highlights, red highlights and darker brown lowlights.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Since this hair color has a mixture of warm and cool reds, both warm and cool skin tones will be able to wear it. Hair tha is dark brown will easily achieve this hair color.

Tip:

Highlights add dimension and texture to hair, giving it the illusion of more volume.

Red is bold. Red is out there. Red is fabulous. Once you pick your favorite of these red hair shades, the best way to wear it is with confidence!