23 Best Auburn Hair Color Ideas That are Hot This Year!

Whether it’s medium to dark or red-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 light to dark auburn hair colors to inspire your next visit to the salon!

Rich Auburn

Rich auburn hair color
Instagram @catecutdye

A rich flattering color can do wonders for thick long textured hair. This burnt sienna with orange undertones can greatly intensify even the most subtle waves your hair has.

Auburn Brown

Auburn brown hair color
Instagram @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.

Brown Auburn

Brown auburn medium length hair
Instagram @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!

Red Brown Auburn

Red brown auburn hair
Instagram @hairstylist_ashleybenefiel

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

Chestnut Auburn

Chestnut hair color
Instagram @carly.colors.hair

This deep shade of auburn would make anyone want to grow a long hair! It’s a color that absolutely looks so mesmerizing with any style you try with your hair.

Auburn Highlights on Dark Hair

Auburn Highlights on Dark Hair
Instagram @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!

Purple and Auburn Red Balayage

Purple and Auburn Red Balayage
Instagram @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 highlights
Instagram @hairbystefs

Auburn Ombre

Ombre red brown color
Instagram @byefromfelisha

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

Dark Auburn Bob

Dark auburn hair color
Instagram @willowbirchsalon

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

Auburn Highlights on Brown Hair

Auburn highlights on brown hair
Instagram @hairbysaiphetkhosa

A gorgeous long, dark brown hair with auburn highlights like this adds so much richness to your color and look!

Auburn and Blonde

Auburn blonde hair color
Instagram @goode_hairday

Deep Auburn

Deep auburn hair color
Instagram @kelsey_theyoungamerican

Gorgeous long hair with bangs and a deep auburn red hue.

Auburn Hair with Caramel Highlights

Auburn hair with caramel highlights
Instagram @frockaliciousuk

A honeycomb inspired auburn hair with caramel highlights.

Auburn Hair with 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.

Auburn on Curly Hair

Auburn on curly hair
Instagram @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.

Auburn Hair Highlights

Auburn Hair Highlights
Instagram @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!

Natural Auburn with Honey Highlights

Natural auburn with honey highlights
Instagram @shinesalonvicksburg

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 Brown

dimensional warm red brown color
Instagram @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.

Medium to Dark Auburn

Medium to dark auburn hair color
Instagram @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.

Medium Auburn

Medium auburn hair color
Instagram @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.

Light Auburn

Light auburn hair color
Instagram @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.

Auburn Short Hair

Very short auburn hair
Instagram @catecutdye

Anyone can pull off this hot short bob with choppy fringe with the proper attitude! This cut suits square and oval faces gorgeously.