16 Hottest Brown Hair with Red Highlights

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Brown hair with red highlights is the perfect combination for a rich, eye-popping look. Whether your hair is a natural brown or you’re looking to color it brown as well, you’ll find a look for you in the photos below. Browns and reds come in all shades and some work better than others. From browns that are light, dark and reds that are copper, auburn, and burgundy, the color combinations are endless! If you’re looking for a perfect blend of brown and red, you’ll find some nice chestnuts, mahogany, black cherry and rosewood colors that will create subtle dimension.

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#1: Chocolate Brown Hair With Crimson Red Highlights

These dark cherry shades are great for adding interest to a dark mane without getting too much contrast and lightening. Also complements skin tones with neutral to warm complexions.

#2: Modern Curly Brown Hair with Red Highlights

Curly, brown hair always looks spectacular with a pop of color – especially red highlights! Tones like these perfectly compliment each other, just as they do on the color wheel. When curly hair comes into the equation, that effect is amplified. Each coil and bend will allow the dimension of red tones to shine through, as the brown tones provide a depth for the highlights to bounce off of.

Warm Ash Brown Hair With Maroon Highlights
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#3: Warm Ash Brown Hair With Maroon Highlights

A blend of rusty warm streaks and ashy light mocha hair creates a multidimensional effect that easily accentuates waves or curls, making it a versatile look.

#4: Bright Caramel Brown Hair With Dark Red Highlights

This one is an eclectic mix of bright red hues that’s perfect when you want to give your style a fresh and bright new look. It’s perfect for autumn and for adding dimension and movement.

Soft Brownish Red Hair With Deep Red Highlights
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#5: Soft Brownish Red Hair With Deep Red Highlights

Creating this mix of luscious reds can add more depth to your lengthy waves or actually any hair length and texture. Putting lighter shades at the bottom also create a light and soft finish.

#6: Chic Dark Brown Hair With Light Red Highlights

This is a perfectly complementing combination of vibrant and dark colors on a long and layered straight cut. This dark brown hair with light red highlights is chic and gives you a subtle hint of gothic.

#7: Vivid Chestnut Brown Hair With Copper Highlights

Stylist Rosanna took this lovely natural brunette to a vibrant red with a blend of a dark deep shade to a very bright one at the ends. This combination of colors look stunning especially when under the sunlight.

Natural Brown Hair With Auburn Highlights
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#8: Natural Brunette Hair With Auburn Highlights

The impression of this color melt is truly one-of-a-kind with the softness and dimension it brings. It starts with vibrant reds from the roots and ends with pops of ginger and subtle purple at the tips, making this one a unique hairstyle that’s easy to recreate.

Dark Chocolate Brown Hair With Cherry Red Highlights
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#9: Dark Chocolate Brown Hair With Cherry Red Highlights

If you want to keep your natural hair color but add a little pop of color, this is for you. The greatest thing about this finished color is how rich and natural of a brunette base color remains.

It’s important to know that red hair color tends to fade faster than most permanent dyes so it’s always recommended that you use color safe products at home to extend the life of their hair color. Hot water and high-temperature styling irons can also fade your color faster, so for the woman who like to style their hair daily, I recommend a heat protectant spray for styling.

Mocha Brown Hair With Ruby Red Highlights
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#10: Mocha Brown Hair With Ruby Red Highlights

Try a dimensional color and textured bob haircut. If you are thinking about this beautiful fun color, keep in mind the maintenance that reds require. Red is one of the fastest colors to fade and the hardest to get out! I would recommend a refresh on this color every 6 weeks. You also need to invest in salon quality shampoo and conditioner. Try Color Minded by Bumble and Bumble. This helps keep your color last longer and keep it vibrant in between salon visits.

Low-Maintenance Long Brown Hair With Cinnamon Highlights
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#11: Low-Maintenance Long Brunette Hair With Cinnamon Highlights

This is a cherry chocolate balayage color with long, textured layers. The key to a rich color is not over-lifting the highlights. We highlighted to a warm orange color then overlayed with Redken City Beats Big Apple Red for the cherry highlights.

Ask your stylist for long layers cut with a razor for a shattered edge. The key to unlocking this look is in the styling! Think outside the box. Instead of a traditional curling iron, I love using a flat iron to form loose waves and show off the contrast between the base color and the highlights! This look is great for guests looking for head-turning hair color that is low maintenance.

#12: Rich Brown Hair With Burgundy Highlights

This color was achieved by using a base color and balayage technique. The base color is a deep crimson or wine color, which can be described as a “cool-red” – meaning violets are present. For the highlight, we chose a more “copper-red” for a brighter pop to reflect the light. The two colors create a nice balance of highlight and contour, in addition to the tremendous shine they each offer.

The red color pallet has so many undertone options. There’s endless customization. There are red-violets, copper-reds, and true reds. I’ve had many clients tell me that they once had their hair colored red and it looked terrible on them. If the correct undertone isn’t present, any color can be unbecoming. Guidance on finding the tones that best suit your skin tone and eye color is key to enhancing your overall look.

Short Brown Hair With Strawberry Red Highlights
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#13: Short Brown Hair With Strawberry Red Highlights

I think the style is beachy. The texture is natural but polished and the waves enhanced her natural color. The cut is collarbone length with a small amount of face-framing, long layers throughout for movement, and shorter layers in the back for volume/lift. The greatest thing about this cut/style/shape is how versatile it is. You can make it sleek and modern, full and edgy, wavy and natural, or depending on your texture, you can scrunch product (like a mousse, texturizing spray, or curl enhancer) in and go. You can still pull it up and also do nice braids. I think it looks very chic on a wide variety of ladies as well!

A bob can be a low-maintenance style if you have a natural wavy/curly texture, but if you have fine and naturally straight hair and would like this style, you will definitely need a styling tool and time to style every day. This style is also better for wider face shapes. The longer pieces in the front will make her face appear slightly longer than it really is. If you have a bold, sassy, and chic personality, this style is for you!

#14: Shiny Shoulder-Length Hair With Mahogany Highlights

Vintage rouge! A mix of deep and light red tones add shine and dimension to this lightly textured lob. An ironed finish with one direction wave completes this look. It can be loosely combed through with your fingers for a casual look or brushed out to provide an elegant finish for a formal event.

Before styling, Schwarzkopf Osis undercoat primer was applied to damp hair, followed by Osis grip mousse, then blow dried. After ironing waves, the hair was sprayed with Osis Session Label super dry fix. This suits almost everyone but take into account that maintaining this look can require maintenance. We suggest Evo Fab Pro customized color conditioner as a take-home product to maintain color vibrancy.

Sweet Light Brown Hair With Magenta Highlights
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#15: Sweet Light Brown Hair With Magenta Highlights

This look is a sellable pop of fun! The gorgeous melt of red-browns and reds remind me of a raspberry dessert wine. It’s a perfect combination of color that can be worn in and out of any job! The melt of two colors gives it dimension and a look of bulk! The pop of color gives you the sense of fun and excitement for someone who can’t do a bright crazy color. The color is paired with a layered bob to give this skinny hair some texture and movement.

It’s fun, practical and sassy! Keep in mind the upkeep and insurance policy (the at-home care). This client has fine hair, which means it tends to not last as long as most colors would. Take care of this color, and your investment is going to project longevity of your color. Using sulfate-free color care shampoo and even color conditioners like Keracare will help prevent color fade out. We all love our hot tools but also make sure that we use a heat protectant to protect our color and integrity of our hair. Keeping our hot tools on a lower temperature will save our hair from a little sizzle!

Medium Brown Hair With Subtle Red Highlights
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#16: Medium Chestnut Hair With Subtle Red Highlights

This type of hair color, brown hair with a thick weave of copper and caramel highlights, can add so much dimension to your hair, making it seem fuller! If you’d like your hair to appear more voluminous, it can be nicely paired with a layered cut! I love the way the beautiful colors intertwine. Sometimes women have a fear of mixing a bold color, like red, with a light color like blonde, and opt for something more subtle. A strong color definitely is a statement piece.

A color like this is definitely best carried with some beautiful curls, or a nice, voluminous blowout! It’s also best carried with a great personality! Such a fun, bold color definitely needs a great style to go with it! There’s no right or wrong way to wear a color. Make it your own and have fun!

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