25 Hottest Brown Hair with Red Highlights

Avery Hunt
Avery Hunt Hair Colorist

Brown hair with red highlights is perfect for a rich, eye-popping look. Whether your hair is a natural brown or you want to color it brown, you’ll find a look for you in the photos below. Browns and reds come in all shades; some work better than others. The color combinations are endless, from browns that are light and dark and reds that are copper, auburn, and burgundy! 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 a subtle dimension.


#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. It also complements skin tones with neutral to warm complexions.

#2: Mid-Length Hair with Red-Toned Soft Highlights

Warm, glossy brunettes look fantastic with a second tone. A dual tone can break the color monotony and add depth and definition. Coppery red tones on a mid-brown hue give an elegant feel. Use a good color-safe shampoo and conditioner to keep the colors fresh. Regular dusting haircuts can help maintain the health of your hair ends.

Brown-Red Short Round Bob with highlights
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#3: Brown-Red Short Round Bob

Fall is upon us, and what a wonderful time to change your style. A stunning brown bob with red highlights is much better for a graduated bob. It’s a lovely look for this autumn.

Merlot Red Highlights for Short Dark Brown Hair
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#4: Merlot Red Highlights for Short Dark Hair

Merlot red highlights work perfectly for short, dark hair. Brown hair with red highlights can be a fall favorite or an all-year statement. These highlights work well, regardless of your approach. Your first step should be blonding to at least a level 7 yellow-orange. This process helps keep the red by avoiding over-blonding. It also allows the underlying pigments to provide longevity.

#5: Red Thin Highlights and Loose Curls

Opt for red thin highlights complemented by loose curls. Red thin highlights in high contrasting dark brown to black hair can come off beautifully. You can ask your stylist for a full head or partial highlight toned with red. For dark hair with no previous color, one-stop color lines can quickly give you intense red highlights. This will save time, money, and extra coloring needs.

Red and Blonde Highlighted Accents on Long Brown Hair
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#6: Red and Blonde Accents on Long Hair

Red and blonde accents look good on long hair. For those with warm skin tones, high contrasting colors like red and gold work well. Many colors are applied to different hair parts using highlights, lowlights, root smudge, toners, and gloss. Remember to discuss your budget and aftercare needs with your stylist when you ask for these beautiful colors.

Bright Red Highlighted Tones on Medium Brown Hair
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#7: Bright Red Tones on Medium Brown Hair

Most people experience a period that professionals in our industry call a ‘red phase.’ This usually symbolizes a major change, reflecting inner growth and development through changes in physical appearance. Bright red highlights and a textured curtain fringe often symbolize a woman making significant changes.

Raspberry Highlights on Copper Brown Hair
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#8: Raspberry Highlights on Copper Brown Hair

Upgrade the copper base by carefully placing brighter, redder-toned panels at specific locations to enhance the hair’s color vibrancy. These panels should be placed underneath the hair, ensuring minimal maintenance as the hair regrows with just a peekaboo effect. The placement of these panels enables you to control the extent of color visibility through clever styling techniques. Curly hairstyles showcase the color more prominently.

Long-Length Wavy Red Sangria Balayage Highlights on Brown Hair
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#9: Red Sangria Balayage Hair

Balayage hair doesn’t have to be blonde. You can choose a bold hue like red for a refreshing change. Darker colors reflect light better and make your hair look healthier and glossier. Maintain the darker color used at the root for depth. Aim to match this color as closely as possible to your natural hair for a cohesive look.

#10: Dark Wavy Hair with Red Tone

Wavy hair looks beautiful on darker hair. The bends in the waves reflect light, creating a glossy, healthy shine. Add a touch of red for added appeal during cooler months. If your hair looks dull, try using a shine mist. It’s light and easy to use.

#11: 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 complement 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.

Warm Ash Brown Hair With Maroon Highlights
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#12: 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. These reddish brown highlights also look great with layers for extra dimension.

#13: Bright Caramel Brown Hair With Dark Red Highlights

This is an eclectic mix of bright red hues perfect for giving 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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#14: Soft Brownish Red Hair With Deep Red Highlights

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

#15: 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.

#16: 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 looks stunning, especially when under the sunlight.

Natural Brown Hair With Auburn Highlights
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#17: 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. This makes this one of the most unique red brown hair color ideas that are easy to recreate.

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

This is for you if you want to keep your natural hair color but add a little pop of color. The greatest thing about these highlights on dark brown hair is how rich and natural the 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 your hair color.

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

Try a dimensional color and textured bob haircut. If you are thinking about this beautiful, fun color, remember 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 lasting longer and more vibrant between salon visits.

Low-Maintenance Long Brown Hair With Cinnamon Highlights
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#20: 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 staying within the highlights. We highlighted it to a warm orange and then overlayed it with Redken City Beats Big Apple Red for the cherry highlights.

#21: 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, 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 their tremendous shine.

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

I think the beachy, wavy reddish brown hair is super chic. The texture is natural but polished, and the waves enhance 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 its versatility. 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. It looks very chic on a wide variety of ladies as well!

#23: Shiny Shoulder-Length Hair With Mahogany Highlights

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

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

This look is a sellable pop of fun! The gorgeous melt of red-browns and reds reminds me of a raspberry dessert wine. It’s a perfect combination of colors 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 a 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 texture and movement.

Medium Brown Hair With Subtle Red Highlights
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#25: Medium Chestnut Hair With Subtle 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 your hair appears more voluminous, it can be nicely paired with a layered cut! I love the way the beautiful colors intertwine. Sometimes, women fear mixing a bold color, like red, with a light color, like blonde, and opt for something more subtle. A strong color is a statement piece.