81 Auburn Hair Color Ideas That are Hot for 2018!

Whether it’s medium to dark or reddish brown to ginger, there is no doubt that any shade of auburn hair color is a serious head turner. This particular shade of red hair is popular because it’s flattering to a variety of skin tones and eye colors. Take a peep at our collection of auburn hues to inspire your next visit to the salon!

Very Short Hair

Very short auburn hairInstagram @catecutdye

African American

Auburn on African American hairInstagram @londonvirginhair

For Warm Skin Tones

Auburn hair for warm skin tonesInstagram @londonvirginhair

Burnt Auburn

Burnt auburn hairInstagram @catecutdye

Dark Auburn Brown

Dark auburn brown hairInstagram @beautybyloricass

A dimensional reddish brown on long waves like this beautifully complements pale skin tones. It’s also a perfect start off point when you want to try the redhead lifestyle.

Auburn to Brown Ombre

Auburn to brown ombre hairInstagram @hairbyannawilson

It always turn out super beautiful when ombres are done on long wavy hair like this for that smooth transition! These brown color melts, which are ideal for warm skin tones, are an easy maintenance style especially for natural brunettes.

On Dark Skin

Auburn hair on dark skinInstagram @rachel_redd

One of the top colors every woman seeks if they want the spotlight is a rich auburn. Combine it with your luscious waves as highlights to create dimension and movement for your hair.

Reverse Ombre

Reverse auburn ombreInstagram @ruthphillips.hairstylist

Blonde to Auburn Ombre

Blonde to auburn ombreInstagram @mazasalonspa

Chocolate Auburn

Chocolate auburn hairInstagram @abbey_nichols

What better way to show off those freshly cut long layers with this flattering choco-auburn shade! Dark auburn contrasts well with fair skin and brown eyes so be sure to try it for a stunning new style!

With Purple Highlights

Auburn hair with purple highlightsInstagram @mazasalonspa

Brown Auburn

Brown auburn medium length hairInstagram @hairby_steven

This remarkable hue is a blend of medium brown and golden honey highlights that flatters those with warm undertones. Pair with flirty and light waves for that extra glam!

Dark Red Auburn

Dark red auburn hairInstagram @bianca_godden_hair

An easy way to update your shade and going deep is when you match this dark shade with those elegant long waves. Works best for fair skin like hers!

With an Updo

Auburn hair with an updoInstagram @foilingbeautiful

An elegant all-time look for any formal occasion is this messy bun up-do. Leave a part down on each side to show-off that lustrous smooth auburn hair!

Auburn Orange

Auburn orange hairInstagram @rockpaper1111

Auburn is luscious and flattering enough for anyone, what more if you mix in orange with it! This deep rich blend makes you look sophisticated when done on straight, wavy, or even curly hair!

Short Hair with Highlights

Short auburn hair with highlights for women over 40Instagram @ginalewars.hair

A secret for lovely ladies out there who seek youth and freshness is this pairing of a thick pixie cut and a bold shade of auburn. Add some hints of blonde or any warm hue to brighten up your look!

Red Brown Auburn

Red brown auburn hairInstagram @hairstylist_ashleybenefiel

The easiest way to become a natural brunette is to wear mixed shades of red and brown like hers. Undoubtedly beautiful on any hair length and style, this shade also complements any skin color.

Maroon Auburn

Maroon auburn hair colorInstagram @christyshair4u

Loveliest on a pink, olive, or ebony skin tone, maroon plus auburn will bring out your best features from the contrast this blend provides. Match with long dimensional locks and you are set to show off!

Plum Auburn

Auburn plumb hair colorInstagram @paulina.zuzock

Insanely pleasing to the eyes is this shade of plum over long and smoothly created waves! Since plum is a cool shade, it will complement warm skin tones without question. Be the first one to drop jaws with this charming style!

Short Hair with Blonde Highlights

Short auburn hair with blonde highlightsInstagram @michela_acconciature

These honey highlights are a marvelous contrast that will surely revamp your image!

Black to Auburn Ombre

Black to auburn ombre hair colorInstagram @iamtheeayannaz

Get into the popular style scene the easiest way possible! Auburn ombre ends lift your hair up making it voluminous and light at the same time. Pair it like this chick with shoulder length waves and enjoy the scene!

Orange Auburn Blunt Bob

Blunt bob with orange auburn hairInstagram @dld_creative_hair

We’re loving this copper shade of auburn that is flattering for women with cool tones and blue eyes! Flaunt this shade with a straight blunt bob for a lively shiny look.

Chestnut Auburn

Chestnut auburn hair colorInstagram @carly.colors.hair

Streaks of Blonde

Auburn with streaks of blondeInstagram @kristen_licari

Try this vibrant light auburn shade on your long waves that best works for fair skin tones. You can streak some strands in the front blonde to brighten and highlight your gorgeous facial features!

Summer Time Bob

Summer time auburn bobInstagram @sirenstylist

A short haircut made even sassier and more vibrant by this shade of red. Plus a ton of waves at the end for a dimensional look!

For Fine, Thin Hair

Auburn color for women over 50 with fine thin hairInstagram @newenglandsalon

For ladies with fine thinning hair, this auburn shade added with accent highlights is perfect to create the illusion of fullness and dimension for your look.

Dark Brown Hair with Auburn Undertones

Dark Brown Hair with Auburn UndertonesInstagram @saradaniellle

If you want to keep your beautiful natural brunette hair and spice your hairstyle up at the same time, try adding some auburn highlights to enhance your hair color and make it bright and vibrant!

Naturally Curly Auburn

Naturally curly auburn hair colorInstagram @hairbyannriordan

Natural curls stand out in a crowd. What more if you dye it red like this asymmetrical pixie cut that totally lifts up her best facial features!

Auburn Colored Red

Auburn colored red hair with hints of copper and purple auburnInstagram @ceeen

A dynamic triple melt with a bit of red, copper and purple to make this unique auburn red hair color.

Auburn Hair With Highlights

Auburn hair with highlightsInstagram @hairbystefs

Auburn Ombre

Ombre auburn hair colorInstagram @byefromfelisha

Autumn inspired auburn ombre hair color that melts into warm blonde tones.

Dark Auburn Bob

Dark auburn brown bob with highlightsInstagram @willowbirchsalon

This gorgeous dark auburn hair with highlights features a dimensional bob cut.

Ginger Auburn

Auburn ginger hair colorInstagram @erinmorganhair

These warm tones give this a more auburn ginger hair color.

Brown With Auburn Highlights

Brown hair with auburn highlightsInstagram @hairbysaiphetkhosa

Long, dark brown hair with auburn highlights.

Auburn to Blonde

Auburn hair color with blonde endsInstagram @goode_hairday

Deep Auburn

Deep auburn hair color ideaInstagram @kelsey_theyoungamerican

Gorgeous long hair with bangs and a deep auburn hair color.

Caramel Highlights

Caramel highlights on auburn hair colorInstagram @frockaliciousuk

A honeycomb inspired auburn hair with caramel highlights.

Ash Auburn

Ash auburn hairInstagram @suleymanozlu

Q&A with style creator, Suley Manozlu
Freelance Cut & Color Stylist in Istanbul, Turkey

How would you describe this look?

The color of an ash brown is my favorite for a person who knows what she wants and wants to have some single and clear colors.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The facial skin color could be a cold or a warm tone. Check your skin color to completely know how to style and color your hair.

Ombre Highlight

Q&A with style creator, Nancy Britton
Hairstylist / Owner @ Shear Vault Hair Studio in Redlands, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a beautiful warm tone ombré, staying in the auburn tones at the roots and working its way down to a beautiful golden tone. I finished it off with a beautiful layered haircut to add dimension, texture, and remove bulk.

She is a natural redhead, and she wanted to enhance the red and give some style all within staying in an auburn tone.

We then added some layers to take some of the bulk out of her hair, so it’s not so bushy around her face. Someone with thick hair would benefit from some layering to take out some of the bulk.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For anyone who loves auburn but not ready to take a full commitment as a redhead, this is a great transition idea. It’s also for any redhead who’s ready for a change but wants to take it slow with just an ombré at the bottom.

With Dark Roots

Auburn hair with dark rootsInstagram @vanwhitehair

Q&A with style creator, Savannah White
Cut / Color Specialist @ Keri Gold Salon in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this look?

I’m in love with this auburn melt, especially when combined with a wavy long bob! All of the colors flow right into each other, and the curls capture the lights and the darks to showcase all of the dimension.

I love the vivid pops of copper that come through around the face.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For anyone considering red hair, consult with your stylist about what shade complements your skin tone. Not all reds are equal! Long bobs are fantastic in that they will go well with almost any face shape.

My client has a long oval shape and it highlighted her jaw line and soft features.

Faded Auburn

Q&A with style creator, Aisling
Stylist @ Hairhouse Warehouse in Indooroopilly, QLD


How would you describe this look?

It’s a seamless blend of copper hues and warm tones to create a splash of autumn fun. The graduation from the deeper to lighter tones would be my favorite thing about this look.

By creating movement through the hair, it accentuates the dimension and richness to provide a full-bodied effect.

Any advice for someone considering it?

These firey tones are not for the faint-hearted. They are bold, daring, and they require regular routine maintenance and client commitment.

A strict regime of prescribed home care is of the utmost importance to maintain the hair’s integrity and color vibrancy, such as using a rich repair treatment, thermal protection for your styling as well as a pigment depositing shampoo and/or conditioner.

Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Sheila Macchia
Hairstylist @ Salon Cheval in Whittier, CA


How would you describe this look?

For this look, we did a blend of auburn and golden blonde balayage highlights. I used a “V” shape balayage technique and purposely kept it off the roots for it to be a more low maintenance “rooty” look.

I did a long layer haircut technique and added lots of texture to the ends of the hair as well as within the haircut.

The hair was styled with a 1.25″ curling iron, leaving the ends out to ensure a messy tousled look. One of my favorite things about this look is the dimension the hair has when blending the two colors with her natural base.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look would be great for someone wanting to experiment with red tones but doesn’t necessarily want to commit to the high maintenance of an overall red hair color.

It would require using a color safe shampoo and conditioner, as reds tend to fade quickly when not properly taken care of.

The haircut and style are great for anyone that wants an easy low maintenance look, as it is more of an “undone tousled” look that requires less time when styling.

Platinum Auburn

Take the plunge into this dreamy hair color! This enchanting shade works with any hair length and style but best on cooler skin tones.

Q&A with style creator, Taylor Marie
Stylist @ Radiance Aveda in Marblehead MA


How would you describe this look?

These are peachy beachy waves. It is a very warm and dimensional hair color. The beach waves really show off all the dimension. What I love about this color/style is how natural the overall look is.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This client came in with more than 75% grey hair & over 6 inches of new growth! Her base color was done using the Aveda Full Spectrum permanent line during an educational class, where we learned that natural redheads have several different levels of colors including light & dark red, blonde, and dark brown.

The next day she came back in and we full foiled her, using Aveda Enlightener, in a diagonal pattern, with lots of fine foils. After we foiled her head, I used the new Aveda Demi + line to pull fun, funky chunks of red throughout her foils.

In the sink, we toned her with the new Demi + line to get the highlight to a natural pale blonde. Because this client is a natural redhead, her hair is very coarse, so I used the Aveda Smooth Infusion line when styling her hair. This hair color is a very fun, yet natural!

When consulting with my guests, I always consider their natural hair color, as well as hair type, lifestyle, and how much up-keep they are willing to put into it. This color can be achieved with many different levels of reds, browns, and blondes, as well as different methods. With all of my color guests, I recommend using Aveda Color Conserve to help with the longevity of their hair color.

Reddish Auburn

A delightful choice for those wanting to go classic! This red tone brings life to any hair length and style.

Q&A with style creator, Ellen Gray
Senior Stylist @ KORR Hairdressing in Napier, New Zealand


How would you describe this look?

What I love about the dimension of this color is how it can be subtle and soft in some areas then bright and bold in others.

The haircut has layers and face shaping effect as well which makes it more exciting than just a blunt cut.

I used the soft wave technique to show the haircut off and the color dimensions for a soft and sleek look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is an auburn with a dash of copper, so it’s for someone who wants to brighten or enhance their natural hair color.

It is a low maintenance color because of the deeper root tone (working with natural hair), therefore it gradually grows out softly while keeping the intensity of color on the ends. It suits someone who wants to have bright hair but also doesn’t come to the salon much.

Give it a go if you have deep roots. It will be more low maintenance than having the color brightened all the way through. I find a lot of people look good with auburn. If they have paler skin and blue eyes they can pull it off as well as those with olive skin and warmer eye colors.

Talking about the length, it’s still long enough to pull back and style easily. If you want to have wavy or tousled hair, I definitely recommend layers and face shaping.

Use a mousse to blowdry into the wet hair to get a bit of hold. Also, a thermal protector is a must before ironing through with the Cloud Nine iron. Add light hairspray and a dash of smoothening oil to finish.

Kinky Curly Hair

Kinky curly hairInstagram @hairbylannab

If you’re adventurous, try on this fiery color and look bold with any hairstyle you wear with those glamorous natural curls! This shade looks more vibrant and flattering for warm skin tones.

Q&A with style creator, Lanna
Colorist/Stylist Assistant @ Salon 26 North in Jupiter, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look is an auburn red copper curly style. She wanted a change and this was just what she was looking for. I would call this a rooted auburn color.

I styled her curly because her natural curl was to die for and she wore it curly all the time. It was fun because she gave me total freedom with cut and color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Red is fun but if you like to change your hair color a lot then it might not be for you. It is very important you have a thorough consultation with your stylist to make sure this is the right look for you.

I styled her with L’anza styling cream and color lock and Design.ME’s #fabme for the leave in. If you want to achieve this style, you must have naturally curly hair and you must dry it with a diffuser to reduce frizz.

Do not brush your curls while dry. Only do it when your hair is wet. Dry it section by section working up the head thoroughly, drying a section before moving on to the next.

With Red Highlights

Auburn hair with red highlightsInstagram @taylor.b.hair

Add some red touches to your long and wavy brunette hair for that effortless natural highlight effect. These stand-out strands also offer volume and lightness at the same time.

Q&A with style creator, Taylor Bennett
Stylist & Barber @ The Desert Lounge Salon in St. George, UT


How would you describe this look?

This is a deep auburn tone with copper highlights. Because her hair is so long, a wavy style keeps your eye moving across the lengthy copper and auburn waves. The tones are just bright enough that others will question whether it’s natural or colored.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Some red tones will complement pinky skin tones, though I find deep auburn colors to complement olive skin tones. I recommend holding a swatch to your face and compare the different reds to your skin tone. Also, try the swatches in different lighting. I feel there is a red out there for everyone!

Dip Dye

For those who want to keep it natural and trendy at the same time, a simple auburn dip-dye can majorly transform your look! Best when done on medium-length to long hair to effectively wear this technique.

Q&A with style creator, Christine Cook
Hairdresser in Long Beach, CA


How would you describe this look?

It’s a hybrid, a perfect balance between rich auburn and fiery red. What draws me to this look that I love so much is the combination of the textured lob and effortless messy beach wave that can also be worn straight.

I love how I brought the old school dip-dye technique into this look and infused it with today’s popular free hand balayage technique. This will grow out seamlessly and doesn’t have to be touched up often because the blend has more of an organic feel to it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re considering being a redhead, you have so many options to choose from. Go bold or natural. There is a shade for any personality type! It’s fun and sassy and one of my personal favorites but it’s not for everyone. Reds tend to fade quickly and can be a tad high maintenance.

I always recommend using antifade products such as Pureology Colour Fanatic line. A staple product I use on all my clients is Pureology leave-in conditioner with 21 benefits such as protection from thermal heat and color fade. If you have the time, I’d definitely say give the redhead life a shot, and you won’t regret it!

Bright for Spring

Bright auburn red for spring seasonInstagram @bboutiquesalon

Q&A with style creator, Victoria
Stylist @ The Beauty Boutique in Whitby, ON


How would you describe this look?

This is a beautiful natural copper look paired with warm, buttery highlights and delicious Cabernet red lowlights. I used L’ANZA permanent color to achieve this vibrant multi-dimensional look.

I love creating vibrant warm tones for clients as the warm colors always reflect the light so beautifully. This beautiful color can still be considered a natural tone, but with stunning vibrancy. Even clients who work in a business atmosphere can wear this as a professional look.

I love adding a little wave to my client’s hair when they have multi-dimensional colors, as it shows off all of the beautiful ribboning techniques created in the hair color. I finished the overall style by using L’ANZA Color Illuminator to enhance the colors and light reflection for a lovely shine.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use a professional quality shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. I would recommend L’ANZA’s Color Preserving line as it is gentle on your hair, contains the Flower Shield Complex which mimics how flowers’ colors stay vibrant in the sunlight, and applies that anti-fade technology to your hair color. L’ANZA’s Color Guard Spray will also protect your color from water when you shampoo – which is one of the main elements that contribute to hair color fading.

You will also need to use cooler water temperature and shampoo only once or twice a week to keep your color brighter and longer.

This hair color is great for fair complexions without any red or pink underlying tones. Although women with deeper complexions can certainly suit warmer tones, they should opt for cooler red-toned shades like vibrant red violet or darker cherry tones, rather than copper tones.

Women who want a fun and playful look will love being a redhead. You will still have the beautiful, vibrant, shiny color without risking your professionalism. This look is a high maintenance look, so it is very important to visit your hairstylist every 4-6 weeks in order to always keep your color looking freshly done.

Very Dark Auburn

Very dark auburn hair colorInstagram @aprilpavia

For those who are timelessly in love with dark shades, this hue would surely create a difference without effort. Pale or olive complexions will rock this shade beautifully.

Q&A with style creator, April Oneil
Hairstylist @ Dazzle Hair Bar in Dallas, TX


How would you describe this look?

This is an auburn brown which typically has a copper or reddish hint. I really love the warm tone and the blend that creates lots of dimensions. I love the length because it’s easy to create bounce and volume with it and holds waves really well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The warm coppery tone complements several skin types including neutral and olive skin tones. The length of the cut works on any face shape and is medium to low maintenance. It’d be great for someone with longer length wanting a big change without going too short!

The products I recommend for this look include Aquage silkening oil treatment and working spray. The oil has silkening and heat-protecting qualities. The working spray creates a flexible hold and also protects against heat damage. Last but not least, Kenra’s dry texture spray is my absolute favorite for giving your hair a big boost.

Natural Light Auburn

A naturally looking like auburn colorInstagram @vasmikellides

Q&A with style creator, Vas Mikellides
Executive Stylist @ Sinead Kelly in London, UK


How would you describe this look?

My client had hair below her shoulders, and it was far too bulky and thick for her petite features. The color is a beautiful natural auburn, and so to modernize her cut and suit her face shape, I cut it in an angled bob and removed some of the bulk and weight. It instantly lifted her look and showcased her beautiful natural color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Always consider the thickness, wave, or natural fall of your hair before committing to a shorter style. Hair that is far too thick or curly might be a struggle to style if going for a shorter cut.

Also, consider the face shape. If you have a naturally long face, avoid any styles that might elongate your face further, and break it up with shaping around the face. If you have a diamond or round face shape then you can most likely carry off styles that are more one length around the face (like a long bob).

Also, consider how long you have to style your hair or how many times you are willing to visit your hairstylist to maintain your style. Shorter styles can be easier to manage on a day to day basis if your stylist will require more trips to the salon to maintain shape.

Above all always go for a style that represents your personality. You don’t have to necessarily follow every trend going on at the moment. A good stylist should tailor your cut, color, and style to your individual vibe and personality.

Fiery Auburn

Fiery auburn hair colorInstagram @neeleyamanda

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Neeley
Stylist @ Amanda Neeley Hair at Studio 57 Salon in Clio, MI


How would you describe this look?

This look has a violet base with highlights of red velvet and hints of copper. She was a natural level 6 with previously highlighted hair. The color was achieved using Kadus Professional for approximately 3 hours.

We used Formula A as our base color and foiled the entire head heavily with Formula B while the base color was processing. We shampooed and conditioned the hair with Nioxin System 3 which is for color treated hair.

After towel drying the hair well, we applied Formula C then applied shampoo and conditioner with Nioxin System 3.

Formula A: Kadus Professional Permanent Color 0.75 oz. 5N + 1 oz. 5V + 1.75 oz. 20-volume developer

Formula B: Kadus Blonding Powder + 20-volume developer

Formula C: Kadus Demi-Permanent Color 1.25 oz. 6CR + 0.25 oz. CR + 3 oz. 6-volume developer

For finishing, we performed a 90-degree haircut to provide maximum layers and movement throughout the midshaft. We blow-dried and styled with Nioxin Diamax and Rejuvenating Elixir. Then we curled the hair loosely with a 1-inch curling iron.

I love this look for women who are seeking a sassy fiery red color with a lot of movement in the layers. The maintenance depends on how frequently you need to shampoo, but the color lasts for approximately 30 sessions of shampoo.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering going red for your next style, please understand that these shades tend to fade a little in intensity with each shampoo. This style would have a 4-6 week maintenance schedule. People with cool eyes and skin tones find that this type of color will make their features “pop”. When using hot irons on the hair, please ensure that you are protecting it beforehand with proper heat protection.

Follow your stylist’s personal product recommendations so that the life of your color can perform at its best.

Violet Auburn

Violet auburn hair colorInstagram @oohlalahair

An unusual but surprisingly successful match is this auburn hair with violet highlights! It offers that perfect amount of depth and attractive aura that works amazingly on any cut or style.

Q&A with style creator, Sanada Mila
Hairstylist @ Ooh La La Hair Artists in Staten Island, NY


How would you describe this look?

This is a fresh and fun look. My client wanted something new and trendy because she was tired of the ponytail look. She wanted something drastic but still has some length. The bob was perfect for her. We removed the heaviness from her neck, and yet she still felt like she had hair around her frame. That’s one of the reasons why I love this look.

I recommended a straightening balm for her because she has wavy and frizzy hair. She’s great at blow drying her hair so I know this will work out for her. I also showed her some tricks with the straightening iron for a sleeker look or some fun waves that she can play around with at home. My client has always loved being a redhead and is always up for something new. On top of her base, I added some Peek A Boo Violet Highlights. I love it because they give you a pop of color when you least expect it. She was very happy with the results and so was I.

Any advice for someone considering it?

There are many things to take into consideration for this look. The texture of hair is very important. Someone with fine hair will be great for this cut. It will give them the fullness and volume they need. Someone with very thick, curly hair would have a hard time. With that, I would recommend a keratin treatment to help cut the blow drying time in half and make it much easier to manage.

Another important fact is the lifestyle. If you know you’re really not going to have time to blow-dry your hair or maintain the color every 4-6 weeks, then try another look that would be easier for their busy lifestyle. If you’re someone who puts styling your hair into your schedule, then I would say go for it!

The last thing is realistic exceptions. Today everyone comes in with pictures from social media of celebrities and so on. What they don’t realize is that almost all pics are edited, and in reality, they have heads full of extensions and stylist spending hours on them to get that look. I like to show the client how short the hair will be on them and also show them the color chart with their skin tone. If they feel confident and comfortable with this, then that makes me feel better knowing they will love their new style.

Honey Auburn

What can go wrong with merging honey lights together with auburn hair? Absolutely nothing! Amazing how this technique naturally brings volume and life to any hair.

Q&A with style creator, Lori Thompson Finney
Stylist @ Shine Salon in Vicksburg, MS


How would you describe this look?

This color is a natural auburn red with a little flare. This is a great way to have fun with texture on a shorter haircut. We popped some teasy lites around her face for some added brightness for spring.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would suggest a good texture spray like IGK Beachclub for this style to create that separation and movement. This is a very wearable style for people with a round, oval, or heart-shaped face. Auburn looks fantastic for people that have blue or brown eyes.

Auburn to Ash Brown Ombre

Auburn to ash brown ombre hair colorInstagram @rachelrrh

Get this glamorous transition of fiery red roots smoothly melting into ash brown ends. Match your medium length hair with this color, add subtle waves, and you’ll absolutely look smoking hot!

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Heberlig
Hair Designer @ The Salon at Ulta in Chambersburg, PA


How would you describe this look?

This color is a deep maroon faded into a more vibrant red with a warm blonde on the ends. For the cut, we kept her length a few inches below the collarbone and added in some long layers for movement and for de-bulking.

I love that the deep roots allow your natural color to grow out and still look blended which gives you more time between salon visits. Also, the bright red gives this look a more exciting feel without looking too over the top.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My biggest tip for extending the life of this color is washing your hair with cold water. Hot water opens up the cuticle of your hair and lets your beautiful color fade very quickly, and it’ll also end up bleeding into the blonde resulting in a pinkish hue.

A sulfate-free, color safe shampoo will also help to extend the life of your color even more. Make sure you’re ready for lots of attention with this eye-catching style!

Golden Caramel

gold caramel auburn hair colorInstagram @miyokoatseven

Q&A with style creator, Miyoko Bordeaux
Senior stylist @ 7 Salon in Bellevue, Washington


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

This is a warm dark brown auburn with subtle golden caramel balayage for an auburn effect. My favorite thing about this look is how natural it looks. It’s very low maintenance which is what all my clients are looking for.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I love SEVEN hair products. When wet, I sprayed 7-10 sprays of Protect onto the hair for heat protection. Then I used the Diamond serum (1 pump) mixed with Leave In (5 sprays into palm) to give a shiny and luxurious feel and to reduce any frizz. To finish I used the Working hairspray to give it a light hold with movement.

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

This color goes best with anyone with a little warmth to their skin tone. It will bring out the natural glow in the skin. Any hair type can pull off this color on short, medium or long hair.

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

The best tip I can give anyone with any color on their hair is to always use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner! Use a heat protectant spray to maintain the color even longer.

Two Tone Auburn

Q&A with style creator, Dena Minarczyk
Independent stylist/colorist @ Beau Geste Hair Studio in Bartlett, IL


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

This look is a favorite of mine. It is a balayage with two tones of auburn and a bit of a darker base at the root. What I love most about it is the fact that it is super low maintenance for the client. If they are a more neutral shade naturally but want an auburn look, they can have the root color be close to their natural shade so outgrowth is not an issue. Balayage is such a beautiful technique. I definitely favor it over regular highlights because of the natural look and also the fact that it is much less to maintain.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Anytime you go with red tones, it is extremely important to use professional products at home! Red tones fade faster than other colors. Why wash all your money down the drain (literally) by using drug store brand products on your freshly colored hair?

I highly recommend Joico or Goldwell shampoos and conditioners. Sometimes a little trick I will do is to make a color wash conditioner for my clients by putting a little of the color we used into a bottle of conditioner so they can “tone” at home once a week. As for the style, I ALWAYS use Rusk Deep Shine Lusterizer. It is hands down the best leave-in/sealer/styling agent. That with a little root lifter and a good blow dry really “makes” a style.

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

This particular shade of auburn looks best on olive skin tones. I call it a cinnamon color. It really brings out the undertones of that skin color and brightens it up, especially in the winter. I swear it made her instantly look more tan! If you have pale skin, I would go with more of a copper tone.

This cut has many layers. I only recommend it if you have thick hair. If your hair is thin, too many layers will make it look see-through at the bottom.

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

This color was achieved by an ombre with a level 4 at the root and a level 6 through cinnamon the ends. Then I used lightener to balayage highlights in and toned them with a level 7/8. If you have grays, the maintenance would be touch ups at the outgrowth area every four to six weeks, depending on how gray you are. Then a balayage touch up would be required every three to six months.

Auburn With Rose Gold Highlights

auburn rose gold highlights hair colorInstagram @hairbygfabbb

Q&A with style creator, Gianna Fabian
Hairstylist @ Victor Russell Salon in St. Cloud, FL


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

This is a multidimensional auburn look and my absolute favorite thing about this canvas are the rose gold highlights peaking through!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I first used the Color Protect shampoo and conditioner by Paul Mitchell. For styling, I cocktailed Super Skinny by Paul Mitchell with the Awaphui Wild Ginger hydrocream whip. After the blow dry, I applied a little more Super Skinny to the ends of the hair and set it with Stay Strong by Paul Mitchell.

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

Fairer skin tones can really pull the reds off best! Thick and healthier hair pulls this color off well due to the shine and dimension this color brings.

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

Recreating this color can be a little challenging due to different hair types, textures and porosity of the hair. Evaluate the canvas you are working with before you decide if red is your for sure end result.

Maintaining beautiful red hair requires a little more care than most. Wash less frequently, wash AND rinse with cold water, avoid harsh shampoos, and wear hats if you are going to be out in the sun a lot, Last but not least, visiting your salon sooner to keep your color fresh will always help.

Auburn Balayage

auburn balayage hair colorInstagram @jemhair

Q&A with style creator, Jenna Murray
Hairstylist @ Salon Edge in Orange County, Yorba Linda, CA


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

This is a two dimensional red with a balayage touch. My favorite thing about it is the red violet mixed with the copper red to create an all over auburn tone with highs and lows.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For this look I used Rusk and Schwarzkopf color. To style, my go-to line is Unite haircare. Their beach spray is a must! I almost always use it after waving with a flat iron.

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

In my opinion, all skin tones hair types can pull off this color and technique, with the exception of super curly or Afro hair. For those hair types, I would do the same color but a different technique of placement.

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

My best tip as someone that specializes in balayage is it’s all in the blending and creating a smooth transition into both colors. Maintaining this particular hue is a little more then normal as reds do tend to fade quicker than most colors. Keeping it fresh and vibrant is a must.

Auburn Brown

dimensional warm auburn hair colorInstagram @shear.renegade

Q&A with style creator, Lael Ann-Marie
Hairstylist @ Belle Sirène Salon in San Diego, CA


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

This auburn brown hair color is dimensional and a warmer, more fun alternative to blonde or even caramel highlights for girls who are naturally darker. It is subtle enough for the office, but still bold and edgy. My favorite thing about it is the seamless blend between the levels of lightness and that the tones tie the look together for an overall seamless blend with tons of dimension.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I would recommend Davines All in One Milk to prep the hair. It provides hydration, thermal protection, and a bit of frizz control. I would also use Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Hair Cream to help seal the cuticle and add shine for the blowout.

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

This look can work on any hair type (though there is more styling involved for more textured hair), and works best with medium to dark brown, or even black hair. It looks best on neutral, olive, and darker skin tones. Stay away from it if you have any red undertones.

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

To recreate this look, start by highlighting, formulating to leave warmth in the hair to keep depth and not over lighten. I used a balayage technique for a more seamless dimension. If you need to cover grey hair, start with with the base color and allow it to process, rinse and dry before beginning your highlights. Allow for lightest pieces to frame the face and simply dust the mid shaft to ends. Gloss the hair with a demi-permanant color. I use Redken Shades EQ equal parts 09AA, 06AA, and 05RV. Leave on five to ten minutes. Finish the look with long layers and face framing layers for an extra kick.

This look is very low maintenance. Aside from root touch ups (if they need it), it only requires maintenance every 10-12 weeks to refresh the gloss and move up the highlights as needed.

Soft Auburn

soft auburn hair colorInstagram @estherachapman

Q&A with style creator, Esther Chapman
Hairstylist @ Bellezza Cristali’s Hair Salon in Pleasanton, CA


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

This is a soft auburn, which by definition is in the red-brown family. It’s not an extreme red, but it definitely has the warm undertones with a hint of copper and red that peak through in the highlights. My favorite part about this is just that — the subtle hints that leave you questioning what color your eye is actually catching.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Red tones do tend to fade faster than others, so I always recommend using a color conserving shampoo and conditioner such as L’Oréal Professionel’s Vitamino Color line. For styling I also used all L’Oréal Professionel Products. I suggest using a leave-in cream like Mythic Oil Creme Universelle on the ends. It is great for smoothing and nourishment on dry or frizz-prone ends, yet light enough that it won’t weigh the hair down or leave it feeling greasy. For added volume I use their Techni Art Volume Envy mousse in the crown and I always finish with a light spray of Extreme Lacquer.

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

This color combo is pretty versatile as it still keeps the darker tones around the face and is only accented throughout the mid shaft and ends with the subtle auburn. It is suited best for light to medium skin tones, but could work on darker tones as well.

As for the cut and style, this particular client has medium density hair with a good about of wave and texture to it. Curls love holding on to hair with some texture.

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

My advice is to always use professional salon products, This will help is preserving the color as well as the integrity of your hair. Also, always use your fingers or a brush to loosen your curls up once they have cooled. This is ESSENTIAL.

Sun-Kissed Auburn

sun kissed auburn hair colorInstagram @katyleehair

Q&A with style creator, Katy Lee
Colorist & Stylist @ ACES: A Chuck Edwards Salon in Austin, TX


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

This is a sun-kissed auburn. My favorite thing about this look is how the copper highlights give it such a natural dimensional look that also brings out the rich depth of the deeper auburn colored hair.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For washing, I used Catwalk’s Fashionista Shampoo and Conditioner for warm tones.

I wanted to to give this client a lived-in wavy style that would show off all the dimension in her color, as well as the layers in her textured lob cut. I prepped her with S Factor Body Booster and DēvaCurl Wavemaker on wet hair. After a quick blow dry, I used a 1.25-inch tapered wand to curl her hair by alternating the direction of the curl in each section for extra texture. Once the curls cooled down, I broke them apart and finished with Fave4 Texture Takeover spray.

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

Copper-based auburns compliment fair skin tones best. If you have fair skin and are considering this color, you will notice that it will add a natural warmth and glow to your skin and your overall look will pop!

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

Invest in a dry shampoo and a good sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Try to shampoo hair less frequently to maintain the vibrancy of the color. When color fades, you can maintain the color vibrancy with a glaze at the salon.

There are many different tones of red, so when asking for this color in the salon, bring pictures for visual representation so you can communicate clearly with your stylist which shade of auburn red you have in mind.

Warm Tones With Auburn Hues

warm tones auburn hair colorInstagram @lalaluxesalon

Q&A with style creator, Leah Carlson
Owner of La La Luxe Salon in Providence, RI


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

This look is fresh, streamlined warm tones intermixed with deeper auburn hues. My favorite thing about it is how versatile the color is and how it can be a great option for someone who may want to experiment with warm, auburn tones without being or feeling too shocking. It’s soft, dimensional, and scratches the color “itch” for any woman who has been wanting an auburn hue.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I styled the entire head with smoothing and frizz-fighting products. My favorite (and the products I used here) is R+Co Park Ave blowout balm mixed with a dollop of R+Co Tinsel smoothing oil. I blowdried with a boar bristle brush (or Mason Pearson brush) for extra sheen. I finished with a little curling iron to give it a subtle wave, then sprayed with R+Co Foil which is a frizz and static spray that helps to add movement and shine on finished styles.

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

I would say cooler skin tones wear this shade best. My client featured here is a naturally light blonde! She has ice-blue eyes and cool skin. The auburn appears warm visually, yet there’s a lot of cool tones and deeper lowlights that have a cool hue to them to balance the warmer tones everywhere, and that’s what gives this finished look such a multi-dimensional tone. I love mixing cool and warm auburn tones when I’m coloring someone this hue. It makes it look more natural and prevents the color from turning brassy over time.

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

She has to see me every two weeks for a fresh glaze (so important) and she needs to wash her hair very infrequently. This color fades easily, so not shampooing and coming in for frequent glazes will help in the long run. Using moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, as well as the styling products mentioned above, will help her to maintain the smooth look/style.

Auburn Sombre

Auburn hair color with lowlightsInstagram @jessisemcken

Q&A with style creator, Jessi Semcken
Hairstylist @ Salon MMM in Palatine, IL


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

This is an auburn sombre. It plays off the natural color of the hair as the highlights and lowlights give it what the sun might naturally do to the color.

My favorite thing about this look is that it has a lot of dimension. It is not just one flat color. The multiple colors of red give it so much depth. Anytime I get to put red tones in hair I get excited because so many people fight red!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I styled this look with a styling cream (Control Emulsion by Rene Furterer) and a little oil (Karinga by Rene Furterer) because she is naturally curly so I wanted to give it a straight look. For someone that already has straight hair with little volume, I usually style with a mousse (Volumea by Rene Furterer).

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

I find that paler skin tones always look good with red in their hair. I believe that everyone can put red tones in their hair, it’s just a matter of finding the right tone that works for you. Auburn can range from orange based reds to blue based reds. If people like a cooler look to their hair, I usually recommend a blue based red.

This style is very versatile and I believe that any hair type can pull it off. No two heads of hair are the same, so I can do the same technique on different people and the results will vary. On someone with thicker hair, the highlights and lowlights might be more diffused on the top, while on someone with finer hair, the highlights will be more pronounced.

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

When I need to recreate this look I start with a highlight and lowlight on the top and blend it into a balayage at the ends. Depending on how much natural warmth comes through (which most people pull some sort of warmth), I will glaze it over with an auburn to give it more shine. With this color, I wanted something that was easy to maintain.

Once the color is finished, the maintenance on it would be a monthly glaze to keep the auburn tones and the shine. For at home care, I will recommend a colored conditioner to use once a week or every two weeks to keep it looking fresh all the time.

Auburn Bob With a Twist

Q&A with style creator, Priscilla
Redken Master Specialist Stylist @ Salon LaPage in Denton, Texas


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

This is a classic bob cut with a fun, autumn-inspired auburn twist. My client is an art teacher, and in our consultation for this specific look she wanted something that appeared conservative with a funky flair. We decided on a classic line with fun color. My favorite thing is the clean line of the silhouette because it’s always eye-catching.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To style this understated cut, I started by shampooing with Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and conditioning with Pureology Hydrate Light Conditioner. I prepared the hair using Redken One United and Redken Pillow Proof Spray Primer. I then emulsified Redken Velvet Gelatine and Redken Powder Grip for volume and a bit of texture. I chose Redken Argon-6 to finish the look for a natural reflection in her beautiful, red-toned hair.

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

I love the bob line for its versalitility. The length and texture can vary for many different types and densities of hair, but the silhouette of the shape is always iconic and easily identified. Fine, medium and thick hair can all wear this shape with just a bit more or less texture/length.

The red-based auburn is worn best on those with a neutral and/or olive skin tone.

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

I tell all my redheads to use Pureology shampoo and conditioners as they are the only ones with the antifade complex to help extend the life and vibrancy of their color. I also recommend extending your time between shampoos to every other or every third day, making sure to only shampoo your roots and condition your ends.

Maintenance on this particular color is four to six weeks, with the cut falling in the five week range.

When styling, make sure to use the right diameter of brushes for the amount of volume and curl you wish to achieve (I used a 3/4-inch for her roots and a 1-inch for her ends).

Dimensional Red

Q&A with style creator, Lindsey Couch
Hairstylist @ Focus Salon in Louisville, Ky


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

This is a dimensional red copper with a shadow root. My favorite thing about this look is the depth in the colors. My goal was to create a red copper that was going to look natural, but still have a pop.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I used Paul Mitchell Synchro Lift 20vol to balayage pieces on top and around her face. Then I dried her and applied ColorXG 6RO + 5RO 30vol. To achieve her curls, I used the Paul Mitchell Neuro Unclipped Small Cone. I alternated every curl, then created a sweep bang with a Neuro Smooth iron. I finished the look with Paul Mitchell Neon Sugar Twist.

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

I believe any hair type can be red. Curly, straight, fine, or thick — really anyone can pull off red. I will say not every skin tone can pull off this red. This red hair looks best on someone with a paler skin tone. The key to red is finding one that fits you.

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

To maintain this red, I encourage my clients take home a good color safe shampoo and conditioner. My favorite is Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair. It helps your color to last up to nine weeks. This line also includes a thermal spray and a weekly mask.

I also never let my reds leave without a dry shampoo. The more you shampoo the more your color will fade. When you do shampoo, use cold water. This will cause less fading and close the cuticle on your hair. I see my clients with red hair every six weeks. If you are looking to achieve this auburn-inspired look, ask your stylist for a dimensional red with a shadow root.

Ana’s Light Auburn Hair Color

Bright auburn hair colorInstagram @hairbyjen_jensen

Q&A with style creator, Jen Jensen
Hair Artist @ Salon Seven in Los Angeles, CA


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

This color is a bright auburn, inspired by Ana from Frozen. My favorite thing is that the client is not a natural redhead. I love creating reds that look natural on someone who’s not naturally a redhead!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I used Wella Color Touch for this look.

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

Fair skin always looks great with this tone and any hair type can pull off the style, but I think confidence is key for pulling off any look.

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

A salon quality color-safe shampoo and conditioner is a must to maintain this color. There are some tinted shampoos with red hues in them that you can use, just be careful it doesn’t shift you into a cherry red. If you want your color to last you have to invest in quality products at home. Shampoo as infrequently as you feel comfortable, and find a good dry shampoo that you love and make it your best friend. Always condition after shampooing. The trick to a good conditioning is to ring your hair out before you put conditioner on and only put conditioner on from the ears DOWN, your roots don’t need the conditioner as much as the ends.

Bring pictures when communicating to a stylist what you’re looking for. Auburn, copper and ginger can all mean different things to different stylists. Your stylist should be able to go over the photos with you once you’re in the salon.

Golden Brown Copper With Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Becky Gertenbach
Hair Artist @ Beauty Store Salon & Spa in Austin, TX


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

During the consultation, my client and I decided that we wanted to do something that was low maintenance, but still multidimensional. We decided using a warm, coppery-brown base with balayaged pieces of a brighter golden copper. I love that it is spicy and rich in color, and also that it looks almost natural on her without being flat.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Here I used Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner because she has hair that tends to get frizzy. On wet hair, I applied Sebastian Whipped Cream mousse for body and moisture, then Oribe Styling Cream for heat protection and a luxuriously smooth and shiny finish. After I curled her with a flat iron, I used Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray as I separated the curls using my fingers for a textured finished look.

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

Auburn hair looks so flattering on warm to neutral skin tones — on people with green, hazel or brown eyes especially! For this specific color and style, I think people with fine to thick textured hair with long layers can pull it off best. Any hair type can look beautiful when using great products and styling methods.

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

Always remember that cool water helps prevent color fading! When I see her again to touch up her roots, I will simply glaze over the balayaged pieces to enhance their color and add shine. We will not need to do balayage every single visit.

Communicating with your colorist goes so much smoother if you bring pictures of what you want, as well as talking openly about maintenance up-keep and cost concerns. Use words like “subtle”, “soft”, “natural”, “high contrasting” and “bold” to describe how you want your color to look. This helps us out a lot!

Warm Brown Auburn

Warm brown auburn hair colorInstagram @monicahubbhair

Style by Monica Hubbard
Hair Artist @ Chic Hair Care Studio in Dallas, TX


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

This warm, auburn color on sleek hair is so on trend. This was the perfect change from the client’s previous warm brown balayage highlight.

What I love most is the depth and color tonality of the shades. The color looks brown auburn in cool lighting and a deeper burgundy red shade in warm sunlight.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I would recommend a sulfate-free, color gentle, cruelty-free shampoo. I am a fan of Pureology and Avalon Organics Hair Care Products. Their shampoos and conditioners are non-stripping and enhance the hair’s natural shine, so minimum styling products are required.

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

Warm skin tones or anyone with a natural hair level 5-light brown to natural black would look best with auburn colors.

The sleek, long layer, blowout razor haircut would suit any client with thick, shoulder length hair that is looking to update their look by removing weighty bulkiness , but without having to trim more than two inches of hair.

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

Recreating this look requires a patient color specialist to properly pre-treat, lift, tone, and condition the client’s hair. A professional stylist or colorist will often have various preferred color lines to recreate any shade, as well as thorough knowledge to omit any unwanted tones from desired final look.

A lightweight heat protectant spray or serum should be used sparingly before blow drying. You should also be mindful of any harsh chemicals that would strip or harm hair color, such as chlorine, harsh water, or styling products containing excessive alcohol content.

Copper Auburn for Fall

Copper auburn hair colorInstagram @beautybyesty

Q&A with style creator, Estevina Unique Martinez
Hairstylist @ Salon Estique in Phoenix, AZ


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

This is a fun yet classic, fall-inspired look. My favorite thing about it is the dimension in the color with the rich chocolate brown base and copper red ends.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To recreate these windswept waves, I recommend Aircraft mousse by R+Co to blow dry, a Paul Mitchell Ion Unclipped curl stick for the waves, and Apres Beach Wave Spray by Oribe for finishing the look.

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

Cool skin tones pull off this shade of red hair best. Finer hair types can really benefit from this style as it gives them the illusion of more volume.

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

My number one tip for maintaining the vibrancy in this color would be using a professional color-safe shampoo and conditioner such as Beautiful Color by Oribe. This is in combination with using a heat/uv protectant like Foundation Mist by Oribe before any styling.

Layered Auburn Lob Cut

Q&A with style creator, Carrie Murtaugh
Hair Artist in Berlin, Ohio


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

I would describe this look as a classic layered “lob” with a full fringe and a bit of spice! My favorite thing about it is the fringe and how it flows with the rest of the cut. The auburn color just makes the overall look absolutely gorgeous.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend a color-safe shampoo and conditioner like Aquage Smoothing Shampoo and Fanola Nutricare Conditioner. I also spritz in some It’s a 10 Leave-In, as well as Kenra Blow Dry Spray. For volume, I used Kenra Root Lifting Spray, then cocktailed Aquage Straightening Ultragel and Kenra Silkening Gloss to smooth out her ends. I used Aquage Beyond Shine as my thermal protector while creating her waves with my flat iron, and finally I used Aquage Finishing Spray to hold her waves.

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

This pretty auburn color can be pulled off by a variety of skin tones. There are both cool and warm elements to this color, making it very versatile for all skin tones.

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

My best tip to recreate this look is to ask your stylist for an elongated lob with layers and a full fringe. As for the color, ask for a medium red-brown/auburn. My best tip for maintaining this look is keeping that hair trimmed! A long bob with bangs tends to lose its shape without regular maintenance.

Warm & Natural

Q&A with style creator, Samantha Krasniqi
Master Colorist/Stylist @ Salon Dior in Shelton, CT


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

This is a warm natural auburn base with some balayaged honey going through it. The balayaged highlights help create movement and dimension.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend the Wella color safe, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. For styling, I love Rusk Texturizing Spray and Sebastian Stylbrid 9.

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

The trick is finding the right red for your skin tone. This particular color looks best with light eyes and fair skin.

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

As usual, auburns/reds tend to fade very quickly so a sulfate-free, color safe shampoo and conditioner are a must. I love Wella Brilliance for color treated hair. Depending on your regrowth/grays, you can always go back to your stylist for a glaze or toner to refresh the color in between color appointments.

Winter & Fall Auburn Color Melt

Q&A with style creator, Rebecca Borden
Hairdresser/MUA @ Scissors Salon & Spa in Muscle Shoals, AL


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

This auburn color melt is the perfect choice for a fall/winter look. The color was inspired by the changing seasons. My favorite thing about this color and application is the versatility! It adds dimension and pops of color without being overbearing and looks great styled curly, wavy, or straight.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For her style, I used a Kenra Blow Dry spray, Kenra Thermal Protectant Level 20 Setting Spray, and finished her off with Redken Wax Blast. This allows the hair to hold the curl without looking without looking stiff. I used a Hot Tools Marcel iron is give her loose curls, and picked through them with a tail comb so to keep the look from getting too uniform.

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

For a darker auburn hair, I would definitely pair it with someone that has a more olive skin tone. In my opinion, warmer tones look great with deep auburn colors. However, if you have fair skin, you can still pull this look off! I would just use a lighter shade of red for the root area.

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

This color is a very easy to wear and is relatively low maintenance. If you don’t have the flexibility to be at the salon every time your roots start growing in, then this is your style! By adding a darker root, which was pretty close to her natural color, she won’t have issues with new growth. When it’s time for a touch up, I’ll section her hair horizontally in about two-inch subsections and balayage some more of the lighter auburn up into her root area. I use a color comb to blend the darker root area with the lighter balayage to make sure she doesn’t have harsh lines.

For this particular color, I used Wella. They have a ton of different shades of red to play with. Overall, this look is low maintenance and great for a professional look or some causal fun!

Mahogany Brown

Q&A with style creator, Carrieann Njaastad
Hair Artist & Colorist @ Style Onsite  in Schaumburg, IL


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

This is personally my all-time favorite hair color! It’s a auburn/mahogany brown hair color and is the perfect color to try for fall and winter. I love that it has a lot of vibrancy when you see it in the sunlight, but it’s a great everyday wear hair color as well.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend using the Schwartzkopf color line to achieve these results! Schwartzkopf has incredible reds. They don’t fade super fast like most other lines. Whenever I do this color it stays vibrant until their next root touch up as long as they use a color protecting shampoo and conditioner.

The waves were done with a flat iron. I used the “It’s a 10” Miracle Leave-In Spray to detangle while damp and blow dried the hair thoroughly. I sprayed the dry hair with a thin coat of Kenra’s Super Hold Hairspray. Then I used a 1-inch flat iron to create the waves by taking a small section, twisting the iron a little over 180 degrees, and pulling down. Just be sure to break the curls up with your fingers and spray again afterwards!

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

I truly think just about anyone can pull this hair color off! However, it looks the absolute best on girls that are natural brunettes. It’s a subtle change from their natural dark hair color, but it’s still enough to make a statement.

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

Definitely keep up with your root touch ups and refresh the ends with the formula every other hair appointment to keep it looking fresh and shiny.

Recreating this style is quite simple! You can use either a 1-inch flat iron or a 1 1/4-inch curling iron to give you the perfect everyday look. Using a firm/super hold hairspray or Schwartzkopf’s Extra Sealer Shine Spray will make the style last all day long.

Balayage Highlight

Q&A with style creator, Gabrielle Armanini
Hairstylist/ Makeup Artist @ Salon Diversions in New Orleans, LA


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

This is an auburn balayage highlight. I love this look because it’s rooty and dimensional enough so it grows out extremely well.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I would recommend Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner as well as using the Madder Root conditioner once a week to brighten the color!

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

Any skin tone and hair type can pull off auburn as long as it is the right shade of auburn. Deeper tones work better on coarse hair and a more subtle golden auburn works well with fine hair.

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

Dimension is key! Make sure the color does not look flat and the cut has enough texture in it to style accordingly.

Alluring Auburn

alluring auburn hair colorInstagram @hairby.nicoleg

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Gray
Level 1 Hairstylist @ Stiletto Salon in Albany, NY


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

Auburn, red and copper hair have always had a special place in my heart since I am a natural redhead. I love creating these looks because I feel like I’m adding people into my little red hair family! Auburn hair has always struck me as “alluring.” It is not the most common color and can easily be picked out in a crowd. You will definitely be making a statement and attracting some attention! I love how unique red hair, yet it still feels so natural.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend Pureology Reviving Red Shamp’oil and Reviving Red Reflective Conditioner to maintain the vibrancy of the color. For styling, I like to keep the products simple. Pureology Color Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray will prevent this rich red from fading, and Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer will protect the hair from heat damage. Lastly, Pureology Pure Volume Style+Care Infusion will add fullness to the hair and create a perfect bouncy blowout for this sexy auburn hair!

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

The best thing about auburn hair is that it looks great on many different skin tones, but auburn hair will always look the best, and most natural, on cool skin tones with natural pinky undertones. Being a natural redhead myself and having siblings with red hair, I find that the cool, pale skin makes auburn hair really pop. Having auburn hair with this skin tone will also make your natural features really stand out and make your skin look like it’s glowing! Auburn hair also looks beautiful with all eye colors, but especially with blue eyes!

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

Auburn hair is truly gorgeous, but maintenance is something to consider before diving into the world of red. Auburn, red and copper hair require a little more maintenance than other colors in order to keep the vibrancy. Professional color-safe shampoos and conditioners are a must, and you definitely do not want to wash your hair every day. Frequent shampooing will make the color fade much faster. Also, you must be prepared to be in the salon every five to seven weeks for a color refresh to keep your auburn hair fresh, shiny and vibrant.

Inner Wild Child

Q&A with style creator, Carla Massimo
Master Stylist @ Currie Hair Skin & Nails in Glen Mills, PA


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

I would describe this auburn look as the inner wild child for reds! My favorite thing about it is that it’s sassy and fun, yet office wearable.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

A curling iron is key to create this look, along with texture sprays like Kerastase VIP Spray or Joico Hair Shake Spray.

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

Fair to olive skin tones would be able to pull off this color the best. It should be avoided if clients have a natural red or pink undertone as this color will enhance that rather than balance it out. This client has fair skin with green eyes, so it was a perfect fit for her.

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

To recreate this color, my tip is to GO FOR IT! You can’t be scared if you want an eye-catching color. I used a combination of R and RR from Redken with varying volumes, and an intense red from Joico. Also, reds tend to fade quicker than other colors, so using a color protecting sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is VERY important. Utilizing dry shampoo when possible would save the color that much more.

Rich Auburn Shimmer

A rich sunkissed auburn hair colorInstagram @mapelandco

Q&A with style creator, Marianna Peluso
Salon Owner of MAPEL & co. in Malvern, Melbourne Australia


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

This is a rich auburn shimmer. My favorite thing about this color and style is the soft waves that show off the different auburn hues throughout the hair like a sunkissed affect.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I’m a big fan of Wella and Sebastian professional products. I prepped the hair by cleansing it with Wella Color Save shampoo and conditioner which protects the hair from color fading. On towel dried hair, I applied Sebastian Whipped Cream which is a light conditioning style whip that gives a super conditioned, air-light bounce. I also used Sebastian’s Mousse Forte which is a body boosting curl and wave strengthener with UV protection. It is perfect for de-frizzed curls, waves, and control. I finished off her twisted blow dry with Wella’s Luxe Oil-Light Spray Shine.

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

I’ve always thought a fairer skin tone was best complimented by auburn tones, especially those women that have green or blue eyes and a complexion of peaches and cream.

Auburn is actually quiet fitting for most skin tones and hair types. I do however think it’s all about how you wear it. With confidence!

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

To recreate this color, your colorist will place fine stitch highlights throughout the hair to give dimension. After the lightening process, I would recommend to glaze the hair with a semi-gloss color. This will add intense shine and rich, vibrant auburn hues to the hair.

I would recommend to always cleanse your hair with color protecting shampoos and conditioners and treating it regularly. Hair can change how we look and feel every day, so maintaining your color and style every four to six weeks is ideal.

Always ask your colorist/stylist about what is best suited for your hair type. Like they say, redheads always have more fun!

Light Reflection & Depth

Medium auburn hair colorInstagram @cachezsalonstudio

Q&A with style creator, Kayla Martel
Owner and Color Specialist @ Cachéz Salon Studio Glastonbury, CT


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

This sun-kissed auburn is a beautiful combination of light reflection and depth.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Care: Always use a color safe shampoo/conditioner to cleanse. Auburn/red tones fade the fastest, so it’s incredibly important to prevent premature fading.

Styling: This look was created using just a few go-to products. I use all Verb products. All you need is a volumizer/texturizer like a sea salt spray, a medium hold workable hairspray that allows for movement, and if your hair is fine/flat, a dry shampoo is an excellent tool to add that extra lift at the roots.

Step 1 – On damp hair, spray an even mist throughout of sea salt spray.

Step 2 – Blow dry using your hands, moving the hair from side to side to create fullness and enhance texture from the sea salt spray. We tend to want to always to smooth the hair, but most often that flattens the cuticle down making hair limp or unable to hold a curl.

Step 3 – Once you’ve fully dried your hair, grab a 1 1/4-inch barrel curling iron. Take random sections about 1-inch in size and begin to curl the mid-shaft only. Keep the barrel one to two inches from the roots and leave the tips of the ends out of your iron. Be sure to curl each side away from your face.

Step 4 – Let the curls cool, then finish with a workable hairspray. Break the curls up by shaking them from inside at the roots. If needed, add a little dry shampoo to the root for extra lift.

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

Auburn hair color is amazing for light skinned clients who want to go darker without washing them out. For some reason clients will come in during the fall/winter seasons and assume they must go darker. That only works well for certain skin tones. If you’re pale skinned, you must have warmth added when going darker or you’ll be completely washed out.

This shade will actually add warmth and color to pale skin during the months skin is at its dullest. The multidimensional tones also give the illusion of depth/fullness, so it’s great for all hair types.

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

I’d recommend a 12 week maintenance for this color to retouch the new growth and refresh the vibrancy with a high shine gloss. If you have a grey coverage concerns, then do a six week base color retouch.

Fresh & Effortless

fresh effortless auburn hair colorInstagram @tykhairstyle

Q&A with style creator, Teresa Kim
Stylist/Educator/Salon Owner @ TYKSTYLE in Los Angeles, CA


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

This look was about big change for my client. We cut off ten inches of her hair! I love this look because it’s fresh and effortless. She can wash and go by putting a little product in the ends and letting naturally set into a beachy look, or it can be styled into a sleek and sexy blow dry that still carries an edgy look.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

When the weather is colder, I always recommend a leave-in conditioner. The lack of moisture in the air can dry it out and cause frizz. I am really into EVO She Bang Bang which is a dry texture spray wax. I love it in damp hair to dry a little gritty and in styled hair to keep the ends separate in order to see the internal texture.

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

I think that all skin tones can wear this color. Because of the neutral medium brown color with balayage highlights, this color has many natural nuances. The balayage let’s us see multi-dimensions in dark hair.

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

Depending what your natural color is or previous coloring, this color can really be easily maintained. With balayage you don’t have to worry about any lines of demarcation unless it’s altered. I would suggest getting a color refresh 8-12 weeks and consulting with your stylist to see if you should add a couple of highlights around the face if needed. If not, the color refresh will bring back some shine and tone to the hair.

Rich Auburn Base

Q&A with style creator, Bonnie Davis
Owner @ Vivid Salon in Linthicum, MD


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

This is a drastic angled bob with a rich auburn base kissed with a copper highlight! My favorite thing about this look is how it can play a trick on your eyes. You still feel like you have some length, but there is a fun little surprise in the back!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend a color-safe shampoo and conditioner from Pureology. I styled this look with Redken’s Pillow Proof along with Pureology’s Style Care Infusion for volume

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

This is a good look for any skin tone. Fine to medium hair strands with a moderate density are ideal for the cut and style.

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

My best tip for recreating this look is to create as much volume in the root area as possible and to just flat iron the ends smooth. Color maintenance is simple for this look with a root retouch and a glaze with Redken Shades EQ!

Auburn Color Melt Ombré

Q&A with style creator, Paige Leible
Hairstylist & Color Specialist @ Beautique Salon in Lees Summit, MO 


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

This is an auburn color melt. I love the tonal and dimensional hues of this balayombre!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend a leave-in conditioner, Surface Bassu Oil, Keune 2 Phase, and Moroccan Oil Hairspray.

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

Fair to medium skin tones and any hair type can pull off this color. It is also great for blue, green or hazel eyes!

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

Recreate these waves by curling the hair with a 1-inch curling iron, letting your curls cool, then running your fingers through them with the Surface Oil. Maintaining this color by booking a refresher with your stylist! Reds tend to fade fast, but showering with cooler water will help.