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24 Smokin’ Hot Red Hair Color Ideas Anyone Can Pull Off

Red hair is more than a color, it’s an attitude. Redheads are fun, fierce and ready to take on the world! If you either have the recessive red hair gene genetically passed down from your parents, or a desire for a new red hair shade, then you’re in the right place. Scroll to see pictures of the best red hair color ideas for 2017 and find the right color for you.

  • Sunny Copper Red Bob

    sunny copper red bob hair color

    Instagram @jennie2479

    Q&A with style creator, Jennifer Ebbinghouser
    Hairstylist @ Salon Serendipity in Sparta, NJ


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I had so much fun creating this sunny copper, dimensional wavy bob for Linda. My favorite thing is helping a client step outside of their box and trying something that will set their hair apart. Change your hair, change your life!!

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    This look was achieved by deepening her base using Redken Cover Fusion 7ncr 6nbr and 6nn. We freshened up her balayage using a traditional small triangle pattern, working off her natural part using Redken Flashlift with 30 volume developer and Olaplex. For toning the highlight, we used Redken Shades eq cream 6cc 8cc 7rr with Olaplex.

    I recommended that this client come in every three to four weeks for a glaze to keep the vibrancy of the copper and every six weeks for color and to shape the haircut. Olaplex step 3 is recommended for home use once a week, as well as Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    Linda has natural fine to medium texture level 7 hair with 20% gray and a fair skin tone. She doesn’t mind making a commitment to her hair and understands reds require a little more upkeep.

  • Poison Apple Red

    apple red hair color

    Instagram / @kendalleileen

    Q&A with Style Creator Kendall Wooding
    Hairstylist @ Stratosphere Hair Salon in Washington


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I call this color “poison apple red”. My favorite thing about it is the brightness I added around to face to break the look up and give it a little more dimension.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    If you want red hair, you MUST be willing to use professional products and also come in about every four weeks to maintain the color! My favorite pigmented shampoo and conditioner for maintaining reds is the Davines Red Alchemic system.

    For styling, I used Young Again by Kevin Murphy to repair and provide heat protection to her ends. I also used Anti Gravity Spray by Kevin Murphy which doubles as a root volumizer for blow drying and a setting spray for curling.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    To be honest, my number one deciding factor for color is the client’s personal style. Some people may not agree but to me, personality trumps everything else. If the client wants a certain color because it suits their style and it makes them feel amazing, I say let’s do it!

    If we must go into the nitty gritty of suitability, I would recommend reds for anyone with pale skin and for those who don’t naturally have pinky red tones in the skin.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Aside from getting your color done every four weeks and using a a red pigmented shampoo and conditioner, wash your hair less frequently (two times a week) and wash with cool water.

  • Sunburst Sombre

    sunburst sombre red hair color

    Instagram / @kevinhmeece

    Q&A with Style Creator Kevin Meece
    Hairstylist @ Mixed Co. Salon in Chicago, IL


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this look as a Copper Melt or Sunburst Sombre. Basically it’s an all over single process with a bold copper base. Then, I went back and heavily highlighted with a balayage freehand technique. After the highlights lifted to a nice warm yellow tone, I toned all over with a soft auburn gloss.

    My favorite thing about this look is the soft transition from the bold base to the sun kissed, lighter ends. I love it because it mimics the natural lightening that happens to the hair when you soak out in the sun or on vacation. It creates a lived-in look without sacrificing bright bold tones.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    Product wise, I love using L’Oreal’s Inoa color line because it gets superior permanent coverage while still being gentle and conditioning to the hair. Also, I love a good shine spray like Arrojo Shine Spray as a finisher for maximum reflective results. Also, when lightening, I love using Olaplex as a way to ensure that the hair’s integrity will remain in tact.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I think the best skin tones for copper looks are fair to extremely fair tones, especially for bright bold copper looks. The more contrast from the skin tone to the copper tones, the better. If you have a medium or dark skin tone, then I would recommend going with a deeper red shade or incorporating some red-violet tones to the formula. If you have a lot of warmth to your skin tone, then it could make a copper style look drab and “off.”

    A balayage redhead look is perfect for any hair type. For maximum movement and to create that “melt” effect, I think length at least to shoulder-level is ideal. Also, long layers are ideal for a balayage look because it helps support movement in the hair.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    My biggest tip in maintaining this look is to be diligent on refreshing your hair with a gloss or a toner. Red hair LOVES to fade, so a toner is perfect to deposit more of those soft auburn tones back into the hair. I recommend refreshing with a gloss at least once every two months. For even lower maintenance, I love sending guests home with a Fabuloso take-home color conditioner. These conditioners are awesome because the colorist can customize them in the salon to be at-home color refreshers based on the guest’s specific color formula. Then the guest can use it as their personal conditioner once a week.

  • True Deep Red

    dark red hair color

    Instagram / @hairbytawnee

    Q&A with Style Creator Tawnee Hedley
    Hairstylist @ Heartwood & co. in Victoria, BC


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is a deep true red with balayaged bright red pieces painted throughout the ends and in front to frame the face. I find that a loose, tousled curl done with a flat iron brings out the dimensional color best.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    My favorite products for this look are Young.Again oil to moisturize her dry ends, and Smooth.Again round-brushed into the hair to help with frizz. I always finish with Session.Spray to hold the shape and add shine. All products mentioned are Kevin Murphy.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    The depth of this red allows it to compliment most skin types, and, depending on the placement of the brighter pieces around the face, they can be great for a fair to medium skin tone. This red is also perfect to bring out some stunning green eyes! A bright red can be pulled off on many hair types, but I think it’s best paired with healthy hair that is not too porous to maintain the longevity of the color.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    My best tip to maintain this color is to take care of it at home! A color-safe shampoo and conditioner are a must. I always suggest Kevin Murphy because all of their products help to keep your color safe when washing and blow drying. On this look, I used Smooth.Again wash and rinse, but for finer hair I may suggest the Angel wash and rinse.

  • Sunset Red Balayage

    red balayage hair color

    Instagram / @mrangelo_hairtist

    Q&A with style creator, Angelo Digeo
    Hairstylist @ Cutting Room Putney in London


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this look as a sunset balayage. With the red shades melting with copper and gold, it reminds me of a sunset. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s romantic but tenacious at the same time.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I always recommend a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. In this case. Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair is the perfect choice for the longevity of the color (up to nine weeks!), and also to improve the condition of the hair and protect against UV damage and heat. For styling I recommend a styling cream that promotes smoothness, shine, hold and bounce of the hair. My favorites are Paul Mitchell Quick Slip, Fast Form and Hydrocream Whip.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    When doing these kinds of colors, the trick is to adapt the shades of the color to the skin tone. Go with cool reds if the skin tone is cool and warm reds if the skin tone is warm. The best hair types for these colors is hair that can hold color well because we all know that reds are fast to fade. Strong, healthy, flexible hair types will hold pigment better. Porous, weak hairs are more likely to throw the pigment out quicker.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Work with tow to three shades to recreate this look and really blend one into the other. I personally love to give depth at the roots so my darker shade is always at least two shades darker than the others.

    Use professional products rather than others. Just because they are cheaper doesn’t mean that you save money because you will spend more money when the hair is damaged and you’ll need an expert to fix it. Use heat protectors and styling products every time you style your hair as they are important for the longevity of the color and also to achieve a bouncy, shiny blow dry.

  • Beachy Curls

    Q&A with style creator, Kayla Evans
    Senior Stylist @ Pipsqueek in Saigon in Adelaide, South Australia


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a beautiful copper look softened with some bouncy, beachy curls.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I created this look with Fabuloso and applied over highlighted hair. Our client can refresh and keep the vibrancy of her color at home with her retail Fabuloso.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Coppers like this suit a fair completion as they really enhance rosy cheeks and eye color.

  • Red Hair With Highlights

    Red hair with highlights

    Instagram @cassandrahager

    Q&A with style creator, Cassandra Hager
    Professional Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ Cassandra Hager Salon  in Franklin, TN


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This look is a head-turner for sure. I love the dimension of the color. The contrast of the base and highlights makes you not be able to stop staring at it. It’s even prettier in person!

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I use Joico color and Kevin Murphy styling products. I would maintain the color with Joico Color Infuse Red Shampoo. For styling, I used Anti-Gravity Spray and DooOver texturizing spray, both by Kevin Murphy.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This color is going to be high maintenance. Red color fades quickly and runs the risk of looking dull. I recommend getting a gloss monthly to keep the tone refreshed and vibrant. Red always compliments fairer skin and lighter eyes. I wouldn’t recommend this style for someone who wants low maintenance hair or doesn’t want a bold look.

  • Red Orange, AKA Neon Sunset

    neon sunset red orange hair color

    Instagram @aprilpavia

    Q&A with style creator, April Pavia
    Hairstylist @ Dazzle Hair Bar in Irving, TX


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I describe this look as a neon, sunset-type red. It melts from a bright violet red into a neon orange. My favorite thing about it is the vividness in the neon orange. Also, the neon color glows in blacklight or uv light!

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    The products I used and recommend to create this look are Wella Lighteners, Pravana Vivids, Joico Intensities and Kenra Neons. I used a combination of all of these products to create this color.

    The products needed to maintain this look are Viral shampoos (help maintain red) and Aquage Silkening Oil treatment for the client to keep her hair hydrated and healthy. This will allow her cuticle to really hold onto the color for longer. And don’t forget Olaplex treatments!

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I believe there is a shade for red for everyone, but for this particular shade I would say it is necessary to have a warm or neutral tone to the skin. Peachy, beige and olive tones work great with violet reds.

    Reds work with any hair type as you don’t need much lightening to achieve a red color. However, I would say reds are a bit on the higher maintenance side due to the refreshing needed to maintain the brightness and avoid dullness. Be prepared to skip the hair wash and pull out the dry shampoo whenever possible to get longevity out of this fun color!

  • Copper Red to Purple

    copper red hair to purple hair color

    Instagram @aripalojarvi

    Q&A with style creator, Ari Palojarvi
    Hairstylist @ Kauneusstudio FAB in Järvenpää, Finland


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I created this look using Schwarzkopf Professional colors. It is a strong, bold color. This look features the strongest copper with little bit of deep purple to make it seem different in the sunlight. My favorite things about this look is that the hair had a good shape and the color is different in every light.
    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    The client’s hair is naturally little bit curly, so smoothing products that give shine to the hair are best. A high quality moisturizing shampoo and conditioner help the color stay longer. There are also masks that contain color pigment. Ask your stylist about them!

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Personally, I love the pale skin and red hair combination. Blue and green eyes are flattered with copper and red hairstyles. But, I would dare anyone to try red out! Every type of hair and skin tone can find the perfect reddish color. In this case, we chose bold copper because of her beautiful blue eyes and cream-colored skin.
    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Try not to wash your hair very often because it will eat up the color. If you want red hair, just ask your stylist for help deciding which shade to go with. It doesn’t have to be overly bright or bold, it could be a soft apricot or even blonde with red highlights. You will love being a redhead!

  • Red Hair With Blonde Highlights

    red hair with blonde highlights

    Instagram @bam_good_hair

    Q&A with style creator, Ashley Bahm
    Senior Stylest @ Salon Lakota in Stillwater, OK


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a vibrant copper orange with golden balayage accents. My absolute favorite thing about it is the vibrancy and dimension this color has!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    To achieve this color, I used Alfaparf cube color in medium golden copper blonde with Redkin flash lift lightener.

    For the style, I used my two go-to styling products. I sprayed each section with Living Proof Flex styling spray then curled with a 1 1/2-inch curling iron. I always curl away from the face and allow the curls to fully cool before touching. Then I spray Surface’s new Taffy Wax Spray all over and run my hands through all of the curls to achieve that effortless curls look.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This color combo is great for women with warm and fair skin tones. I especially love this combo on women with green eyes! The contrast really makes their eyes pop. This color is great for women of all hair types.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Use the base color and balayage throughout (alternating) to add dimension to your color! Using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and always washing/rinsing with cool water will help maintain your look and keep it beautiful and vibrant. If using a hairspray daily, I would also recommend staying away from hairsprays that are high in alcohol. Alcohol will cause your color to fade faster and get very brassy.

  • Crimson Red Hair Color

    crimson red hair color

    Instagram @hairbymeagan

    Q&A with style creator, Meagan Eldridge
    Stylist @ William Edge Nashville in Nashville, TN


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is all about “look at me hair,” from the attention grabbing vibrant reds and coppers to the out-of-this-world texture and bounce. With this guest, I created a shape to accentuate and show off her natural texture and curl. For her color, we did a combination of an all over vibrant crimson red with intermingling coppers and bright reds.

    I absolutely LOVE this look because of how free, fierce and full of life it is. Curly hair is so fun because of its free spirited nature. It never dries the same twice!

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    To create and maintain this look, I always recommend at home color care products for my redheads such as Aveda’s Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner, along with Daily Color Protect or Sun Care Veil. To style, we started with Dry Remedy Oil, Be Curly Style Prep, and Be Curly Enhancer to encourage more curl activation. This is where preference comes into play — diffusing the hair will create more volume and movement while air drying will give you a tame, low profile curl and shape. With my guest, we opted for diffusing her curls and refining pieces throughout with a 1/2-inch curling wand.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I would recommend this look to anyone who wants head turning hair and doesn’t mind working for it. This is a look that requires a certain amount of maintenance and at home care that those who wish to have this amazing look should be willing to commit to. The right shade and tone of red or copper should be chosen after a thorough consultation with your trusted stylist. Reds are stunning, full of life, and worth every penny.

  • Pops of Red & Violet Color

    pops of red and violet hair color

    Instagram @ameliarempel

    Q&A with style creator, Amelia Rempel
    Hairstylist @ Edward Carriere Salon in Winnipeg, Canada


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This color is a vibrant red with balayaged highlights. I love the pops of bright copper that run throughout!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    For washing the hair, I always recommend a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. I love Goldwell Fade Stop and R+Co Gemstone. When using hot tools, always remember to use a protectant! Goldwell Sleek Perfection is a great product that you can spray on before styling. I am a huge fan of the entire R+Co styling line because everything has built in heat protection!

    The base color was created used Goldwell Topchic 7RR@RR 30ml + 6RR@PK 30ml with 10vol 60ml.nThe highlights were created using the Topchic Effects KR, RR and VR, using 20vol for the first two and 30 vol for the last. I also used 20vol Silk Lift and toned with Colorance 9KG + Clear with some GGmix for a little extra gold punch.

    The base was applied first. Then the Topchic Effects and Silk Lift were applied using a freehand balayage technique, making sure to blend the base color in and bringing it all the way down every few sections. It was processed for 30 minutes and then toned at the basin for 15 minutes.

    I styled this look using a round brush and R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray, then curled with my Hot Tools 1-inch Curling iron.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This color is best suited to someone with cooler skin tones or someone with fair skin and pink undertones.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Use cooler water and don’t overwash your hair. Use good quality products (they don’t have to be expensive!) and watch the heat on your styling tools! If you want to get a color like this, ask for multiple tones of red/copper/violet. The dimensions will give you a really nice fade out until you can get back to your stylist. I would recommend checking back in after six to eight weeks!

  • Short Red Hair

    Q&A with style creator, Sarai Speer 
    Master Colorist @ ReHab Hair in Kansas City, MO


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this look as sassy yet wearable. I believe it’s still workplace appropriate, while bordering on edgy color. I like to teeter the line of work wearable and vivids. I’d call this “business edgy”.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I used Joico Lumishines and Schwarzkopf colors (and of course Olaplex) to create this look. To style, I used Kenra Blow Dry Spray and Kenra Root Volumizer Spray. After drying, I used Kenra Thermal Protectant Spray and curled with a 1-inch curling iron, alternating the direction of the curls. After the whole head was curled, I emulsified Kenra Texture Taffy in my hands and ran them through the hair to break up curls and add texture. I recommend Joico Co-Wash, a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, and shampooing every two to three days (using dry shampoo in between).

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This is a pretty low maintenance hairstyle. The color should be touched up every six to eight weeks to maintain vibrancy along with a cut to maintain the shape. This look would be great for fair skin, dark ski and olive skin, but should be avoided by those with red undertones in their skin as it will only enhance those.

  • Fiery Copper Red Hair

    Fiery copper red hair color

    Instagram @shear.gemini

    Q&A with style creator, David Rink
    Hair Artist @ The Salon in Windsor, CA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a fiery copper redhead. It walks the fine line between natural color and fashion color due to its brightness and pop! My favorite thing about this look is the combination of using two different shades of red and melting them into a shadow root. This helps create dimension and vibrancy while making the color look natural as well.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I used Schwarzkopf Blonde Me + 20 vol + 1/8th of b3. As a side note for stylists who are reading this, if you don’t have b3 in your hair arsenal, take it from me — invest in your business and get it. It’s liquid gold and I use it in everything. I applied the lightener in a back to back babylight plus foliage application throughout the whole head.

    After I achieved the level I wanted, I rinsed, blowdried and applied Joico 7rc +3,5 vol and 8rg with 10vol for the red and coppers. I used Fanola 5.29 + 3,5 for her chocolate root. I would highly recommend the b3 shampoo and conditioner. Your hair feels like silk after each use they also have an out-of-this-world hair mask to help maintain the health and beautiful color of the hair.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I would recommend this look to someone who has cooler or neutral skins tones. I’ve found, personally, that it helps to bring out a warmth in the skin. It seems to make the eye color stand out more and the skin to look more even-toned. I feel that this look is for someone who’s on the go — a strong and independent woman!

  • Red Brown Hair Color

    Rich red and brown copper red hair highlights

    Instagram @strutmichelle

    Q&A with style creator, Michelle Conway 
    Senior Stylist/Colour specialist @ Strut Salon in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a mid-length textured bob with a rich, red, brown base color that is broken up with microfine copper highlights.

    I love this look because the warmer shades give the skin a much needed glow this time of year. And while this look is soft and pretty, it really stands out in the grey winter!

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I used a 1 1/4-inch iron for the waves. It’s important to get a really good shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. A shampoo with a ph level of 4.5-5.5 is essential. I recommend Schwartzkopf Color Freeze shampoo or Hairphix shampoo .

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This style of cut suits almost anyone and it is easy to style many ways. This client was trying to lighten up her previously colored red hair. Microfine copper highlights both lightened up the overall look and gave her old color a pop!

    This client is fair skinned with green eyes, so the copper shade really suits her, but there are so many variations of copper (brown copper, red copper, bright copper, strawberry blonde) that most people who want to can wear it. This color will require touch ups every five to seven weeks

  • Bright Red Hair Pieces

    Bright red hair color pieces

    Instagram @rickikouryakus

    Q&A with style creator, Ricki Kouryakus 
    Hairstylist / Colorist @ Nude The Salon in Birmingham, MI


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a dimensional redhead created by adding brighter pieces and a textured cut with a strong baseline.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I used R+Co Blowout Balm and Jackpot Styling Cream with Davines’ Polish and Separation Spray and Oribe Dry Texture Spray to finish.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This look is recommended for a client that is looking for a more edgy look, but it willing to take on the upkeep that this dimensional red color requires.

  • Black to Red Ombre Hair

    black to red ombre hair color

    Instagram / @wtfrinna

    Q&A with Style Creator Marinna Guasto
    Hairstylist @ Salon Kroma in Long Island, NY


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a bright red ombre with a shadow root. It has a lot of depth and contrast to it which makes it super fun. My favorite thing is the darker root because it makes the ends of the hair seem brighter and lighter. It gives it an extra kick and actually makes the color last a little longer between sessions for the client. Redheads are very difficult to maintain because it’s hard for the hair to hold this color. This particular client comes in for a retouch and glaze every six to eight weeks.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I try to stress to people to not use box color and to see a licensed cosmetologist who uses professional color. For a client to maintain this color, I suggest going home with a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. I work at Salon Kroma in Babylon Village in Long Island, New York. Here we use Redken color and products, Unite products and Moroccan Oil.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I always suggest my clients to take home the Redken Color Magnetic shampoo and conditioner. I also advise them to wash their hair as little as possible, and always use a heat protectant and low heat. Over washing and high heat fades color so fast, so I try to teach clients proper washing and styling techniques.

    A leave-in conditioner and serum are definitely suggested as well. I love Unite 7 Seconds Detangler as a leave-in conditioner and a heat protectant. The Unite U-oil is a favorite serum of mine since it doesn’t change the tint of the hair color and keeps it shiny. Using dry shampoo in between washing is also a great trick. Clients should spray it on the root and rub it in with their finger tips before styling. I prefer Moroccan Oil dry shampoo or Unite 7 Seconds Refresher.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Since the color has a dark root, I tell clients they can move the highlights and balayage pieces up to their leisure, but come in every six to eight weeks for root touch ups and glazes. This keeps the vibrancy and color looking fresh. I find that any color after eight weeks (especially a redhead) starts to look dull and needs some extra love! I’m sure not everyone wants to spend time in the salon as often as a redhead needs, so I suggest this color for clients who will stay committed to the color and have the lifestyle to come in and maintain it.

    I think anyone can rock this color. I tell everyone that with confidence, you can wear any color you want. I have clients of all ages with bright hair colors. It’s all in the way you want to carry it. I do find that this hair color is very beautiful on olive skin and light skin. Green and blue eyes also makes this color pop. But like I said, anyone can rock any hair color with confidence!

  • Long Red Hair

    Q&A with Style Creator Nicole O’Brien
    Owner @ Zen Hair New Direction in Gerringong & Albion Park


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a vibrant, but softly blended Ccopper/red balayage. It has a slightly deeper root color shadowing down into intense copper mid lengths and ends. I think the thing we love most about this style is that it is full of shine and when it hits the sunlight it glows with intense reflect.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    We achieved this look by using ID Hair Paint, our amazing color company that has an incredible range of reds and coppers. This color needs to be maintained and kept fresh. We do this by having our clients take home one of our Color Bombs from ID Hair. These come in 14 different shades, including shiny copper and vivid saffron which were recommended for this client. These are are highly pigmented conditioners to use at home, allowing you to keep your color bright, fresh and shiny in between visits.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This color looks great on women with fair skin tones, but can also be a great option for people with very dark hair that can’t go blonde as we don’t need to lift as many shades when we create reds and coppers.

    Make sure you know that when choosing high fashion reds and coppers that they can be harder to maintain and keep vibrant. Keep this in mind if you spend a lot of time swimming or at the beach.

  • Soft Apricot Red

    soft apricot red hair color

    Instagram / @evielily_hair

    Q&A with Style Creator Evie Williams
    Graduate Stylist @ Silhouette du Barry in Chelmsford, Essex


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I wanted to create a soft apricot copper with reflective red tones. I love how vibrant it is while still being a commercial and wearable color.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I used a light mousse because she has long hair and her curls drop quickly. I also used a shine spray to finish off.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Copper can really suit anyone, but it is vital to find the right tone. This client has a warm skin tone, so I used a copper gold base.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Coppers fade quickly, and to keep the hair looking fresh, home care is important. I recommend using a sulphate-free shampoo and turning the heat down on styling tools.

  • Sunkissed Auburn Red

    auburn red hair color

    Instagram / @shearcolorkels

    Q&A with Style Creator Kelsey Rice
    Hairstylist @ Augusta Ranch Hair Studio in Mesa, AZ


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a dimensional sun kissed auburn. My favorite thing about it is that it will provide this client so many versatile color tones that will compliment the hair in all lighting and flow with whatever color outfit she wears.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I am a Paul Mitchell National Educator and work at a focus salon (we carry all things Paul Mitchell), so I used our Awapuhi High Gloss Primer when prepping for my blowout for frizz control and thermal protection. After I dried her, I used our Hot off the Press thermal protectant that will provide her protection from the iron, but also give great memory to her style. I used the Paul Mitchell 1-inch gold curling iron and did a nice and loose beach wave curl. Then I added a pea-sized amount of the high gloss primer again, rubbed my hands together, and ran my fingers through her hair to break up the curl. This way there was product on my fingers to not “frizz out” my style and keep it very polished, even though I was loosening the curl.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This particular color is so versatile for so many types of people. With coarse type hair, I would suggest a darker auburn red tone to give it that depth with brightness that coarse hair can sometimes lack. There is a right red or copper color for everyone depending on how dark or light it is created. For this specific look, I would suggest pale, olive, or sun tanned skin tones. The dimension of having blonde in her look helps off set it from being overly red for her skin color that tends to get pink at times. I always believe that having some dimension or contrast, even if it’s the most subtle, always brings out the best in your complexion.

    As far as lifestyle, this look is easy maintenance. We touch up her base color every five weeks and tone the blonde if needed. Then once every four months we bring up her blonde so it doesn’t look too grown out. At the end of the day, always have pictures of a look for your stylist. They should be able to suggest the correct tones in the family of what you’re wanting that will best fit you. There is no rule book. If you feel confident and your hair is what you want, that will always radiate beauty in every way.

  • Sunny Copper Red

    copper red hair color

    Instagram / @xanthi.hair

    Q&A with Style Creator Xanthi Diamond
    Hairstylist & Color Specialist @ Meraki Hair Studio in Clarksville, TN


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This color is a sunny copper red. The reds are amplified with gold undertones. The style is soft waves on long layers. My favorite thing about this look is the way the color pops, but still complements her natural color palette.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I recommend a level 7-8, gold based copper red permanent color with an orange glaze in the shampoo bowl after processing and shampooing. A sulfate-free shampoo will help retain the vibrancy of the color. A dry shampoo is also helpful to prolong time between washes. Any type of oil or spray designed to protect from UV rays will aid in color retention as well.

    The key to maintaining vibrant colors is to protect the hair from harsh cleansers, direct sunlight and high heat tools.
    To create the wave pattern, I used a 1-inch wand with medium-sized sections and smaller sections around the face to create a natural looking wave pattern. A small amount of Bumble and bumble Invisible Oil controlled flyaways and added that lustrous shine.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This look is ideal for clients with natural red hair to strawberry blonde hair who are wanting to add brightness and shine. A more pale and pink-based skin tone works well with this color as well.

    Any hair type can have this wavy look. For more fine hair types, a texture spray is recommended to add volume and movement. For more coarse hair types, a smoothing cream before blow drying will help tame your tresses.

  • Dark Brown and Red Hair Color

    Dark brown and red hair color

    Instagram / @cathysbeautysalon

    Q&A with Style Creator Sarah Merritt
    Hairstylist @ Cathy’s Beauty Salon in Meadville, PA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a deep vibrant red with rich red/copper balayage highlights. I love that this color is vibrant without looking unnatural. This is perfect for someone who wants something a little different, but doesn’t want to be shocked when they leave the salon.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    We used Eufora color to achieve this look and toned her pre-lightened highlights with Jean Alexander color.

    I used Eufora Smooth’n straightening balm and Eufora Illuminate shine mist to blow her out. I used Aquage Finishing Spray for her curls. I would recommend Eufora BE Bodify shampoo and conditioner to maintain the color.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    My client has thick, naturally curly hair. I balayaged the highlights so we don’t have to retouch them every time she’s in getting her roots done. This isn’t a color for only thick hair of course. I would just recommend less copper for less hair.

    My client also has fair skin, freckles and blue eyes. I always love enhancing red on women with ginger hair qualities. I also love using copper on anyone with green eyes. Balayage is great for low maintenance, but since this is red you need to be using professional products and even a tinted shampoo to help maintain the color. We refresh her ends every eight weeks.

  • Dramatic Dark Red Balayage

    Dark red hair with black roots

    Instagram / @hairgoddesskat

    Q&A with Style Creator Kathleen Austin
    Hairstylist @ Villa 2000 in Stockton, CA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is a black to red dramatic balayage. My favorite thing about this balayage is that it is different than your typical balayage. This is a perfect color for those that want to do something fun with their hair, but still need to stay a little conservative for work. You can probably get away with this color!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner in cooler water. One of my favorites is Pureology Gold Nano Works. Also, to really maintain it, I would recommend using a red shampoo and conditioner. My clients always go home with Fanola. Make sure to turn your heat down on your hot tools as well and use a heat protector!

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I would recommend this color for clients with a medium, olive or deep complexion. Any hair type can pull off this look, but I wouldn’t suggest it for someone with thin hair or super curly hair, unless you are going to style every day.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    When my client first came in she had an all over level 4/5. I started with Fanola 4.0 3.5 v and did her roots, brushing it to drag it down. I then went in and balayaged her entire head in the areas where I wanted to see the red. I used Schwarzkopf Blond Me with 40v. After she lifted to a level 7, I washed her hair and blew it dry.

    I then went in and used Joico Intensity Colors in Magenta, Ruby Red and Purple. I then gave my client the advice that I explained in the previous question, and recommended that she come in about every six to eight weeks, depending on how she takes care of it.

  • Fire Engine Red

    fire engine red hair color

    Instagram / @classyvividhair

    Q&A with Style Creator Stephanie Mitchell
    Hairstylist @ Twisted Heads Salon in Denton, TX


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this look as balayage fire! My favorite thing about it is the different reds it shows in different lighting. Dimension!

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    To create the color I used Wella 5/5 kp 20vol on her base, balayaged the whole head, then toned with a bright red Wella (66/45 color touch 6vol) at the bowl for about 15 minutes.

    Maintaining this color is easy because it’s permanent color and semi-permanent toning. Shampoo and condition with a good product. She comes in about every six to eight weeks for a refresher and I only have to do her base and tone if she wants to be brighter.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This color is great for anyone that can get away with a little brighter than normal hair color at work but doesn’t quite want a shocking vivid. She has very curly hair and wears it straight sometimes and curly sometimes. It works with most textures.

    Because you only have to get the hair to a level 6 or 7 for reds like this, it’s great for dark haired girls. Red is so versatile anyone can wear it! This is a wash and go type of color. This is no bleeding so there’s no worry about getting your hair wet and it running down your face or staining your clothes. It really can work for anyone! If someone wanted a brighter red I would reach for the vivids most of the time, but I have created some bright reds like this one using Wella alone. Again, I would recommend it for someone that wants to walk safely on the wild side of hair.