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20 Smokin’ Hot Shades of Red Hair

Red hair is more than a color, it’s an attitude. Redheads are fun, fierce and ready to take on the world! Is a radiant red calling your name? Find out which red hue is best for you with our guide to the 20 hottest red hair shades and the complexions that wear them best!

  • #1 Strawberry Delight

    Written by Carly Bowers

    Luscious strawberry blondish tones work well to complement blue or green eyes.

    Strawberry Blonde Haircolor

    Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Strawberry Blonde Haircolor Back

    Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This look is great for those who want to still keep a bit of blonde but with a generally warm overall tone. A fair to medium complexion will be complemented by this look. Round brush your hair using a medium-sized round brush and then use a 1¼-inch curling iron to add curls. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Tip:

    If you are already blonde and are looking to change the overall tone of your hair, be sure to visit a hairstylist whom you trust to do it for you! It can often be a process and can take multiple visits to achieve your desired look.

  • #2 Creatively Crimson

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This unique blend of medium to dark crimson tones works to complement this haircut and frame your pretty face.

    Crimson Red Haircolor

    Style by Amy Weirich, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Crimson Red Haircolor Back

    Style by Amy Weirich, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This beautifully toned red combo makes for a fabulous color that complements those with a medium to fair skin tone. Ask for an asymmetrical bob with layers in the back. A swoopy side bang is a nice way to frame your face and really accentuate your color even more! Use a flat iron or round brush to achieve the look shown in the photo.

    Tip:

    The photo here showcases many dimensions in the fringe. Ask your hairstylist to add a few face framing highlights or lowlights in your fringe and around your face!

  • #3 Ridiculously Red Hot

    Written by Carly Bowers

    Use your curling iron to create some waves and really show off your multi-dimensional red!

    Wavy Hairstyle with Multi Dimensional Red Color

    Style by Becca Hoppe, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Wavy Hairstyle with Multi Dimensional Red Color Back

    Style by Becca Hoppe, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Those with a darker, more olive-toned complexion will be complemented by this tonal masterpiece! It also really works to draw attention to blue or green eyes. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to create movement and bounce. The dimension in the fringe area helps to draw attention to your face and features. Ask your stylist for a collar bone-length layered haircut.

    Tip:

    Red hair tends to fade quickly, so be sure to use a color protecting shampoo and conditioner. Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate Me wash and rinse are wonderful and will keep your color looking bright and fresh!

  • #4 Opulent Ombré

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This stunning combo of dark to red ends is perfectly complemented by long, healthy hair!

    Red Ombre Haircolor

    Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

    Red Ombre Haircolor Side

    Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This look is pretty versatile and can really work for any skin tone. Because it has the depth with the dark, it works for mostly everyone. Ask your stylist for a gradual transition from dark to light. A deep side part with waves created using a medium-sized curling iron are a great way to show off your color! Use a bit of a shine serum on your ends to add even more glow.

    Tip:

    This color isn’t just for those with long hair. It would also be beautiful on shorter hair!

  • #5 Racey Red Head

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This edgy cut shows off a dramatic copper combination that is sure to turn heads!

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type: 

    This deep copper can look beautiful with any color eyes as well as medium to dark skin tones. If you have fair skin, this color will bring out your freckles (if you have any!). Shorter hair that has a bunch of layers and a texturized fringe will really show off this color.

    Tip:

    A texturized fringe is a great way to make an ordinary haircut seem a bit edgier! You can rock either a side fringe or a shorter, straight across fringe. Both would complement this color and style well!

  • #6 Big Sexy Red

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This Jessica Rabbit-esque look is so edgy and fun! Pair it with some big, sexy hair and you have a look that’s stunning for day or night.

    Edgy Red Haircolor on Big Sexy Hair

    Style by Carly Dehmer, Moda 330 The Salon, Rahway, NJ

    Edgy Red Haircolor on Big Sexy Hair Back

    Style by Carly Dehmer, Moda 330 The Salon, Rahway, NJ

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Fair to medium skin is a nice contrast to this fiery color. Paired with some bright red lips, you will really draw attention to your beautiful face and features! Use a medium-sized curling iron to add fullness and body. Run your fingers through the curls after you are done curling to make them seem more relaxed and natural. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Tip:

    A color like this can be extremely high maintenance, so be sure you’re prepared to keep up with it! You may need to get it refreshed every 5-8 weeks.

  • #7 Orange Dream Machine

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This stunning, extra warm tonal mix will have you dreaming of beautiful sunsets and crimson skies.

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This look is great for those with fair skin and some freckles. Ask your stylist for a chin-length cut with a few longer layers and a side-swept fringe. Use a flat iron or round brush to smooth your hair out. Add some shine serum to the ends so it feels extra soft!

    Tip:

    This hairstyle will be great for you if you have fine, straight hair.

  • #8 Sweet, Serene Sunset

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This beautiful mix of dark to light warm tones is a stunning combination of copper, strawberry and deep crimson.

    Warm Sunset Red Haircolor

    Style by David Baket, Makeup by Amy Lopez, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    If you have a fair to medium complexion, you will be complemented by this look. Ask your stylist for a subtle transition from dark to light that begins with a deep red and fades to a light strawberry. Healthy hair will show this look off best, so be sure to use good quality products. Use a curling iron to curl each section of your hair, then spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Tip:

    This is a great look to transition to if you already have an ombré with blonde ends. Consult a professional hairstylist before you make any changes to find out what’s best for you and your hair specifically!

  • #9 Soft Cinnamon

    Written by Renee Summa

    A cozy medium copper hue beautifully enhances warm skin tones.

    Soft Cinnamon Red Hair

    Style by Folicle Salon & Spa, Charlotte, NC

    Soft Cinnamon Red Hair Side View

    Style by Folicle Salon & Spa, Charlotte, NC

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This beautiful copper color best enhances complexions that have warm undertones with or without freckles. Ask for long layers and a jaw-length side-swept fringe. Styling is easiest on naturally straight hair.

    Round brush the hair while blowing dry and work in horizontal sections beginning from the nape of the neck to the crown of the head. For the flirty flip on the bottom, place hair under the brush as you blow dry style or use a flat iron to flip the ends up. Remember to use heat-setting spray first to protect hair from heat and lock in your style.

    Tip:

    This copper makes warm green eyes pop and looks best when accented by makeup with natural browns and ivories, and even pastel yellows or soft gold tones.

  • #10 Crimson Collage

    Written by Renee Summa

    Bright red highlights play off a deep, cool red for the best of both worlds.

    Crimson Collage Highlighted Hair in Shades of Red

    Style by Simply Swank Salon, Hudson, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Bold, cool red looks best on pale skin and those with pink undertones. A full fringe works best on naturally straight hair. If you have wavy hair and are digging this look, use a flat iron or blow dryer and large round brush to gently smooth your fringe into place.

    Tip:

    The fringe length for this look should fall at or just below your brows.

  • #11 Vanilla and Spice

    Written by Renee Summa

    Subtle red compliments soft blonde for those who want a hint of blonde but without the full commitment.

    Vanilla and Spice Red Hair

    Style by Shortino’s Salon & Spa, York, PA

    Vanilla and Spice Side View

    Style by Shortino’s Salon & Spa, York, PA

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Let ringlets rule with this soft red and blonde dimensional style! This look work best on medium to fine and naturally straight or curly hair. If you have naturally straight hair, you’ll want to spray heat setting spray throughout before winding curls around a 1-1/4 inch barrel iron to create these beautiful bouncy curls! Intense copper lowlights perfectly contrast beige blonde for a gorgeous balance of warm and cool tones.

    Tip:

    After hair is curled, gently tousle hair with fingertips for a natural look and finish with a bit of lightweight pomade like OSiS Aqua Slide.

  • #12 Red Rebel

    Written by Renee Summa

    Red gets a punch of blonde to keep things fresh!

    Red Hair Rebel with Dramatic Highlights

    Style by Splurge Salon, Highland, TX

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This vibrant red looks great against pale skin tones or those who have a soft dark olive tone. The color and style rock on naturally thick hair but can also work for those who have fine hair, but style it with lots of volume. Keep the blonde slice a soft, neutral hue so the colors go well together. Platinum blonde would also be a great option, though that level is difficult to achieve on some hair types.

    Tip:

    When choosing the perfect red color, be sure to hold a hair strand swatch against your forehead or the side of your face under natural light to get the best idea of which color best complements you.

  • #13 Chocolate Curry

    Written by Renee Summa

    This red is made of chocolate and spice and everything nice!

    Chocolate Curry Pretty Red Hair Highlighted Style

    Style by Taryn Matsumura

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This spicy chocolate hue is gorgeous on those with thick hair who have a medium complexion. The great news is your eye color does not matter! This color complements any eye color, from deep browns to light blues or even hazel! Those with finer hair should choose a version that is a bit lighter.

    Tip:

    For a perfect side-swept fringe, blow dry your fringe straight forward with a large round brush then gently sweep to one side.

  • #14 Vibrant Vixen

    Written by Renee Summa

    This hair color is worn best by those with the attitude to rock it. This vibrant red hue will have everyone’s heads turning for a second look!

    Vibrant Vixen Red Hair Full Long Style

    Style by Ogle School, Dallas, TX

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Medium neutral or tan/olive complexions are best for this color. Pale skin can rock this look so long as the hue is cool enough in tone. Medium to thick hair texture works perfectly for this style!

    Tip:

    Brows should be colored to match your red hue. Mix a bit of brown with your chosen hair color so your brows don’t turn out too bright.

  • #15 Copper Kisses

    Written by Renee Summa

    Rich, deep copper accented by lighter copper highlights in the crown is great for brightening any complexion.

    Medium Reddish Brown Red Hair with Fringe

    Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This red hair color is best suited for those with pale skin tones. This particular color combo also works well with medium neutral complexions who want a lighter color, but like to keep their hair darker around the face.

    Tip:

    Use a flat iron to angle front layers in toward your face and finish with a light hold hairspray like Paul Mitchell Extra Clean Light.

  • #16 Sunset Beauty

    Written by Renee Summa

    Rich, copper tones reminiscent of a sunset look fantastic for summer!

    Red Sunset Beauty Pale Flowing Style

    Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This color beautifully complements those with warm pale skin and light eyes. Green eyes will especially pop when paired with this hair color! This color can be worn on any hair texture; just remember that the healthier your hair is, the better the color will look.

    Tip:

    You can use either a 1 inch or 1-1/4 inch barrel iron to create these stunning curls! The larger the barrel, the larger the resulting curl.

  • #17 Red Velvet Riches

    Written by Renee Summa

    A gorgeous, cool red brown beautifully enhances cooler complexions!

    Red Velvet Riches Red Hair

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Pair this rich red brown with your medium toned cool complexion to enhance the color of your skin. When blondes go red, this is one of those colors that often helps to brighten up and give more color to the face. This look is created with long, thick, straight hair, but those with curly hair can rock this hue too!

    Tip:

    To get an idea of what tones (cool or warm) would look nice in your hair, take a hint from your closet! Do you wear a lot of blue and purple? You probably have a cool complexion. Warmer complexioned people tend to like reds, oranges and yellows in their wardrobes.

  • #18 Midnight Melody

    Written by Renee Summa

    The deepest red brown sets a seductive tone for those with pale skin.

    Midnight Melody Deep Red Brown Hair

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Midnight Melody Deep Red Brown Hair Side View

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Pale skin with neutral or slightly warm tones looks best in this color. Dark brown is a perfect eye color because the brown matches and plays off the undertones of the hair. Medium and long lengths are best with this color because the length softens the contrast between dark hair and light skin. Those with shorter hair should keep in mind that this color would lend itself toward more of an edgy feel.

    Tip:

    Keep your hair parted to the side or rock a full fringe with this color! Stay away from a middle part.

  • #19 Cherry Cola

    Written by Renee Summa

    Rich, shiny, cool red is the perfect match for warm medium to dark complexions!

    Cherry Cola Rich Red Hair

    Style by Mary Burt, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Dare to be bold in this gorgeous cherry cola red. This color is absolutely amazing paired with deep, warm skin tones and light eyes! Those with curly or straight and medium to thick hair can totally rock this style.

    Tip:

    For shine like never before, finish with a pea-sized amount of Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Serum. Put three or four drops into the palms of your hands, rub hands together briefly to warm up the product, then rake palms and fingers through hair to distribute evenly.

  • #20 Strawberry Delight

    Written by Renee Summa

    Beautiful, cool, strawberry blonde makes its way to the top this season as it emulates the pastel tones showing up on fashion runways everywhere.

    Strawberry Blonde Side View Highlighted Hair

    Style by Krista Hamilton, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    Strawberry Blonde Side View

    Style by Krista Hamilton, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

     

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This perfect pastel red complements medium to light skin types that have neutral or warm tones. This is a balance of the gentle contrast of a cool color in the hair against a warm skin tone. If you opt for having some blonde highlights sprinkled in, be sure they’re a cool blonde tone so they don’t compete with the pastel red.

    Tip:

    Frame your face with a cheekbone-length, side-swept fringe! Not only does it look great with this long style, but when hair is pulled back in a pony, the fringe will be the perfect flirty finish to your style.

    Remember that color wheel you learned about in art class? It’s your best friend when determining which hair color will go well with your eye and skin color! Colors opposite each other on the color wheel tend to bring contrast, or make each other pop. Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel enhance themselves.

    As for red hair color, there are some general rules… Cool reds look great on those with light blue or cool brown eyes. Warm reds complement those with green, hazel or warm brown eyes. So never fear! Armed with all these tips, you’ll be able to choose the perfect red hue for you.