Are you considering a bold and beautiful hair color change? Look no further than burgundy red! A burgundy hair color is a blend of brown and purple that create a deep burgundy red wine hue. Like a fine wine, deep merlot, cabernet, oxblood, and Bordeaux hair color hues shimmer at the slightest hint of light. This rich and vibrant hue is a great way to add drama to your look without going too far outside the box. But before you take the plunge, there are some important things to consider. In this article, I’ll give you expert advice from myself and other hairstylists on how to get the perfect burgundy shade, as well as some picture ideas to inspire your new look.
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Burgundy is a beautiful hair color. However, as with any hair color, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before taking the plunge. I spoke with hairstylist Rachael Lucia to get her expert advice on everything you need to know before getting a burgundy red hair color.
Lucia’s first tip is all about at-home care. “You must have great at-home care in place or be willing to invest,” she says. “Any sort of red color fades very quickly and easily. So investing in a quality salon with professional color-safe shampoo, conditioner, and heat protectant at minimum is extremely important in my eyes!”
If you’re considering burgundy hair and you currently have a different hair color, Lucia’s advice is to be prepared for the maintenance that comes with it. “Just know the upkeep in maintenance with at-home care and salon frequency may increase to keep it looking fresh,” she says. “Also, make sure your skin tone, eye color, etc., will complement this color. Also, note that I highly recommend trying out a demi or semi-permanent in this type of color before jumping to permanent. This color doesn’t lift out of the hair as easily if and when you decide you don’t want it anymore, so by trying a non-permanent option first, you could be saving yourself a lot of time and money in the long run!”
One of the most common mistakes Lucia sees when it comes to maintaining burgundy hair is letting the color fade too much. “Often times if this color is past due to get done, it can get very dull and faded, and can show through as brassy as it is a very warm color to begin with,” she says.
Finally, when it comes to talking to your stylist or colorist before getting burgundy hair, Lucia recommends asking about non-permanent options and the process of going back to your usual color if you decide you don’t want your hair color burgundy anymore. “Again, make sure they are recommending high-quality products as well to maintain at home!” she says.
Get ready to swoon over these stunning burgundy hair color ideas that will have you reaching for the phone to book your next hair color appointment!
#1: Popular Dark Red Wine Burgundy Hair
This dark burgundy wine-colored balayage blends into the naturally dark hair. Use a violet toning conditioner if you’re a wine-haired lady. The violet brings out the purple tones in the color. For that, use Blonde Angel by Kevin Murphy.
A burgundy color works well as a balayage on darker hair, too. I recommend you try the violet conditioner on dark red hair color, and you’ll be surprised at how pretty the results are. Red is famous for fading the fastest, so see your stylist to refresh the color.
#2: Red Velvet Hue for Tapered Bob with Bangs
Try a red velvet hue on a tapered bob with bangs. With red, you want a shade that works well with your complexion. Try a blue-violet red for cool skin tones with a pink undertone. Face-framing bangs with a tapered bob look great on pear and round face shapes.
#3: Neutral Burgundy Tones on a Lob
The perfect way to change your usual lob is to try a neutral burgundy tone. This shade of violet brown is rich and vibrant, and it looks like what some might refer to as cherry cola. Use shampoo in a burgundy shade once every 2-4 weeks to keep the tone looking fresh.
#4: Shoulder-Length Deep Red Hair
Turn to burgundy when looking for a deep red option for your shoulder-length hair. Burgundy can add warmth and richness to your locks, making them appear extra shiny. Blow-dry with Aquage SeaExtend Silkening Oil Treatment and use a straightener for sleek hair.
#5: Cool Burgundy Tone on Medium Wavy Hair
Wear a cool burgundy tone on medium-wavy hair. For a stylish color, try a reflective burgundy. A shade showing purple and violet will be perfect for the edgy and sassy woman. For the shade to show on dark hair, pre-lighten your hair. Or use a high-lift color that deposits color at the same time.
#6: Burgundy Long Hair with Subtle Layers
This is a long subtle layered burgundy style. Depending on skin tones and hair textures, you will want to match a red to complement your hair. For bouncy waves, set your hair in pin curls after you use a round brush to make a curl. After cooling your hair, remove the pins and set it with a hairspray for hold.
#7: Short Hair with Blended Black and Burgundy Tones
A short lob with blended black and burgundy tones is sexy. For dark chocolate hair, you will want to pre-lighten it to go lighter and add dimension to the hair. A rich burgundy will show in the sun more than indoors. You can pick a shade of red that represents your personal style. Whether that’s edgy, classy, feminine, or sophisticated.
#8: Very Long Dark Burgundy Hair
Ask your colorist for a very long dark and reflective burgundy hairstyle. This gorgeous color is perfect for naturally dark bases of level 4 and under. If you use a solid color over some pre-lifted areas, you can create a reflective color with dimension. Aftercare will play a big part in maintaining the burgundy color. Make sure you use color safe cleansers like Hairstory’s New Wash.
#9: Fiery Burgundy Red Kinky Hair
Fiery burgundy red kinky hair is perfect for darker complected ladies who want to rock a daring look. This hair color is a deep, rich hue with cool undertones. To add dimension, try foiling in lowlights of dark brown, almost black, and maroon for a unique style. For burgundy hair, I recommend using Pure Blends Hydrating Color Depositing Shampoo. It will keep the color vibrant right now so that you won’t have to visit your colorist as often.
#10: Cherry Highlights on an Angled Long Bob
Cherry highlights add a beautiful touch to dark-haired women with long bob haircuts. The burgundy hair really pops next to the dark pieces. These deep, vibrant hues leave the hair looking shiny and dimensional. For an even more subtle look, opt for a few small highlights placed around your face. If you’re looking to make more of a dramatic impact, a full head of highlights is the way to go. To get the best results, visit a professional colorist to guide you and create a custom look.
#11: Vivid Burgundy Balayage with Money Pieces
A burgundy balayage with a money piece is the perfect look for long hair with mid-length layers. The balayage is highlighted thicker and lighter around the face. It has a deeper burgundy hue throughout the rest of the hair. If you want to try this color, it’s best suited for someone with an olive skin tone. If you are ready to add in some extra bend to the style, grab your 1 1/4-inch curling iron and bend the ends. Finish with a shine serum to add some smoothness and separation.
#12: Burgundy Balayage with Mid-Length Bouncy Waves
A burgundy balayage on mid-length hair styled with bouncy waves is such a cool hairstyle. If you’re looking for a fall makeover, ask your stylist if this would suit your skin tone! A good colorist should be able to match what shade fits you best.
#13: Dark-Rooted Burgundy Babylights
Dark-rooted burgundy babylights bring dull hair to life. Silky and smooth, this style will surely bring a load of shine to your tresses. If you need inspiration to try a deep red color, bring this photo to your next hair appointment.
#14: Purplish Burgundy Hair Color
Purplish, burgundy hair is underrated. Whether you prefer more or less purple, the subtlety of it shining in the light is gorgeous. You can also color your roots and ends in different tones. Maybe your roots are more of a natural burgundy to blend with your natural tone.
#15: Deep Side Part Burgundy Hair
Get a burgundy hair color with a deep side parted style. For burgundy that will be true to tone on dark hair colors, you will need to pre-lighten your hair first. And then toning to a shade you like. It can be a little bit of work to get to level eight if you want the burgundy to show up with a dimensional contrast. Looking for a color specialist will set you up for success.
#16: Wavy Lob with Subtle Burgundy Highlights
Try a wavy long with subtle burgundy highlights. Burgundy is shades of red and brown mixed. Any hair color can be burgundy. Take into consideration your personal style and skin tone to find the best shade for you.
#17: Burgundy Mulled Wine Hair Color
Ask for burgundy mulled wine hair color if you love a deep red palette. This will be perfect if you like tons of shine and deep yet bold color, and you can take care of a high-maintenance tone. I always tell clients that an all-over burgundy is one of my favorite colors, but it does require some extra TLC. Always use a color-safe shampoo and expect to come in for regular salon visits.
#18: Muted Burgundy Red Hair with Soft Waves
Here’s a red muted burgundy with soft waves. If you want to feel out red hair, add a burgundy to your new style. The right shade that compliments your skin tone is key. Either having more red (warm skin tones) or a more blue (cool skin tones) base will determine what shade to use.
#19: Long Middle-Parted Burgundy Waves
A long wavy burgundy style with a middle part is sexy. For a flawless red, go to a colorist who specializes in reds. You can totally show off the color and work with the right dimensional coloring for your skin tone. This color is more red-based for warmer skin tones. Definitely use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to maintain at home. Glossing treatments can help in between to bring out more color and shine to your hair.
#20: Dark Bob Hair with Crimson Ombre Highlights
Consider a dark crimson ombré bob. For brunettes, a crimson red stands out with the dark color of base levels 1-4. For the most contrast have your stylist do strands of lighter pieces. It will create the most dimension and then use a lighter red over the pre-lightened hair. Consider using a hair mask to color hair. Extra moisture is important when doing any pre-lightening.
#21: Bright Red Balayage for Dark Hair
A bright red balayage for dark hair is trendy right now. If you’re looking to have a modern color, try a color melt of a darker made into a lighter red over your balayage hair. A perfect choice for edgy women or those not afraid to stand out.
#22: Bright Burgundy on Sleek Bobbed Hair
Opt for a sleek and bright burgundy bob. To create an eye-catching red for burgundy hair, do chunkier pre-lightening to the hair. Use a couple of different shades to create contrast and dimension. For warmer skin tones, ask your stylist for a blue base burgundy. It has a cooler tone and will complement your complexion.
#23: Face-Framing Burgundy Highlights for Black Hair
A face-framed burgundy highlight on black hair is sultry. To transition from a dark base color to lighter shades, stay within a few levels of lift. Try a violet-based tone too, at first. For a nice face-framing effect on round face shapes, create a lighter money piece that frames the face. Place lighter pieces through the end of the hair to elongate the face and neck.
#24: Wavy Layers with Dark Purple Burgundy Accents
A layered wavy dark purple color with burgundy accents. For a dark purple color, the right shade will complement your skin tone. Ask your stylist to help navigate what works for you. Adding burgundy highlights for dimension and a pop of extra color will suit those with in edgy style.
#25: Glossy Burgundy Deep Wave Wig
Try a glossy burgundy deep wave wig for a glamorous look that oozes with shine. Are you someone that wants a way to explore the deep red vibe? But you don’t want to color your natural hair? A burgundy wave wig is for you! Look for a hairdresser that specializes in wigs to make things more simple. This way you can enjoy your new color to the fullest.
#26: Deep Red-Violet with Silver Face-Framing Highlights
Fashion hair color is so fun and so gorgeous. This deep, red-violet coloring with a summer, silver money piece is one of a kind. The shade of red-violet contrasting with the silver, lilac blonde is stunning.
#27: Gorgeous Black and Burgundy Balayage
If you’re thinking of classing up your black mane with pops of a dark wine color, go for it! Get that dazzling, natural-looking result with a black and burgundy balayage. This subtle burgundy style won’t let your straight, fine locks appear unexciting. When styling, curl the mid-lengths but leave the ends out for a softer touch.
#28: Sangria Burgundy on Long Wavy Hair
This is one of Guy Tang’s classic color transformations on Huda Kattan’s long wavy hair. It’s a gorgeous combination of burgundy purple hair with hints of light nutmeg and chestnut hues.
#29: Mid-Length Burgundy Shag
A mid-length burgundy shag is a fabulous way to add soft color to an ultra-trendy cut. It’s giving an elegant style that doesn’t try too hard. You can try to incorporate a co-wash into your hair. For example, use New Wash to promote volume and texture at the ends of this haircut.
#30: Sexy Curly Burgundy Hair
A curly burgundy hair has all the flare. Beautiful and complimentary on warmer skin tones. If starting with a darker base you may need to pre-lighten to achieve a bright burgundy tone. So consider what after hair care you will need to keep those colored curly locks hydrated. Definitely oils, deep conditioners, and anything your stylist prescribes for your specific texture.
#31: Seamless Burgundy and Magenta Balayage
A seamless burgundy and magenta balayage with dark, blended roots allows for better growth and works best with balanced skin tones. Ladies of any age can pull off these fun, bold burgundy hair colors.
#32: Dimensional Red Violet Burgundy Tones
In this red-violet burgundy wine hair color, the tones really become vibrant in natural lighting. The color is deep and professional, but when you see it in natural light, it really pops. Try the Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair System. Their shampoo, conditioner, and Triple Rescue Thermal Protection Spray are infused with quinoa. It keeps your color vibrant and prevents fading for up to nine weeks!
To maintain the vibrant burgundy tones of this color, I recommend you go in for a gloss or topcoats using Paul Mitchell PopXG Burgundy every four weeks and touching up the new growth every six to eight weeks. Thermal protection is a must, as well as washing with color-safe and sulfate-free products like Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair System.
#33: Sweet Burgundy Pinot Noir with Bangs
Doesn’t this remind you of a wonderful bottle of wine, maybe Pinot noir? This burgundy (color) bob haircut looks really nice with bangs to make beautiful eyes pop. These colors do fade but this specific color line allows it to fade to a beautiful mauve color. Avoid washing every day, and use dry shampoo for in-between days to achieve this desired wine hair color.
#34: Shiraz Wine LOB
This shiraz lob’s depth of the burgundy color allows for a nice fade out since reds fade quickly. Though the color is dark, reds do fade quickly, so most colorists will only recommend reds for women who can be in the salon every 6-8 weeks to refresh their toner.
#35: Purple Burgundy Balayage for Long Hair
This shade of purple-red burgundy balayage is perfect for fun, bold, adventurous women. It’s warm yet cool, making it suitable for many skin tones. The pink violet tones are flirty and fun and the cut creates fullness and bounce.
I recommend you use lukewarm to cool water when washing. Use a sulfate-free shampoo, alternating with a red color depositing shampoo or conditioner to keep the color vivid until your next appointment. Shampooing about 2 times a week would be ideal. Re-toning would be about every 6-8 weeks.
#36: Amazing Dark Burgundy Pixie Cut
This mesmerizing dark burgundy hair is a red pixie cut with sharp edges that couldn’t be any bolder without a stunning plum color hue. Though it requires maintenance if you wanna keep the cut and color for a long time, this short burgundy hair definitely a worthy head-turning look to own.
#37: Layered Boysenberry + Burgundy Locks
This shade of burgundy red hair looks gorgeous on lengthy waves and pale complexions. Try this ombre hair with your natural black hair with burgundy if you want a taste of this sweet rich color.
#38: Beautiful Dark Burgundy with Magenta Highlights
Rich and luscious dark burgundy hair suit any skin color, warm or cold, so the only thing you need to rock this bold dashing color is confidence! Subtle burgundy red wine highlights and flirty big waves on brunette hair would create the dimension needed to complete one of the most gorgeous hairstyles here.
#39: Medium-Length Mauve Burgundy Hair Color
Who would’ve thought that a metallic mauve and a rich mahogany base would blend smoothly and amazingly? No matter what your skin tone is, this super pretty burgundy hair dye would surely look perfect on you!
#40: Vivid Black and Burgundy Dip Dye
Here’s a black and burgundy dip dye hair trend that adds a soft yet edgy upgrade to a mid-length cut. The balayage creates a seamless blend of shades of burgundy. For the burgundy hue to pop even brighter, waves on ends do wonders, for sure. Try this burgundy hairstyle to bring out instant gloss to dark tresses. This black and burgundy hair dye is a low-maintenance color with a more purple tone. The foilyage technique was used to lighten the hair. Previous at-home coloring left a lot of warm red tones through the ends of the hair. If that’s your case, use it to your advantage and create this juicy berry color!
This burgundy hair color is a warm purple, merlot to marionberry. Color can be so open to interpretation, sometimes, and the important part is this color is warmer in hue. It’s more low-maintenance than hair with burgundy highlights or all-over colors, because of the applied technique. There are no harsh lines of demarcation. With any color service, make sure you’re doing your at-home care! Color-safe shampoos, heat protectants, and washing the hair in cooler water. All of those things help to preserve your burgundy color hair.
#41: Stunning Blonde and Burgundy Hair Color
This blonde and red burgundy hair was inspired by the beautiful colors of spring flowers. It’s styled with easy-flowing waves that help the color intertwine and pop with its contrasting colors. This fun hair dye and burgundy style is a perfect way to add some fresh and fun change to your hair.
#42: Burgundy Brown Raisin Hair Color
This burgundy brown hair color is the look of today’s balayage! This particular reddish-brown color is a wearable rich shade of burgundy. Instead of doing the entire head which is very high-maintenance, you can overlay a color onto highlights or a balayage for a softer look.
The best way to maintain burgundy color hairstyles is to use the recommended color shampoo and conditioner at home. The right shampoo and conditioner will enable you to help to enhance the rich burgundy hair color and also give a long-lasting hair condition.
#43: Classic Burgundy + Mahogany Blend
These burgundy tresses have the ultimate dimension with shades of red, brown, and bursts of violet all blended together to give it a great mahogany tone with burgundy lowlights. The mahogany mixed with honey really complements each other, flattering dark brown hair.
When a color has red in it, you have to schedule your appointments every 6-8 weeks. Use a shampoo that is salt-free and sulfate-free which is good for your hair color used. It’s best to use a shampoo that your stylist recommends.
#44: Bold Burgundy with Blonde Highlights
Trendy and stunning—what’s not to love about this burgundy hair with blonde highlights? This vibrant two-toned trend is making a statement! Pair a shade of burgundy with blonde highlights to provide your long tresses with a new, unique edge. This high-contrast look flatters fair to medium complexions.
#45: Dark Cabernet to Neon Tangerine Orange
This is a rich, dark cherry burgundy shade that fades into a neon tangerine orange at the tips. A woman with a lighter or tan complexion can pull this color off, which means all types of hair can wear it as well. It’s a stunning hair color for an olive skin tone. When it comes to maintaining hair color (especially fashion colors like this), leaving your hair’s natural oils is healthy, and washing with cold water prevents the color from washing out so quickly.
#46: Sultry Deep Burgundy Hair Highlights
Those deep burgundy highlights on dark hair create a black cherry effect. The result? Fabulous! The depth of the burgundy color is what makes it sophisticated and classic. Waves within the deep burgundy hair color, accentuate the subtle red highlights.
#47: Fabulous Chocolate Brown Burgundy Bob
This chocolate spice-inspired long bob is a rich burgundy hue. This color is ideal for any ladies who want to liven up and enrich their dark medium-length locks.
#48: Sweet Plum Burgundy Hair Color
After the salon, taking care of a plum burgundy color can be as easy as one, two, three nowadays. Keep some purple shampoo (and other products) with you, go in for regular touch-ups, and enjoy the color!
#49: Zinfandel with Purple Highlights
Down for a hair idea that’s one-of-a-kind? Why not rock such long and rich burgundy hair? Dark roots plus a shade of zinfandel with purple highlights—what a vibrant color melt! Added waves and curls create a more dramatic result. To keep its shine, use a red shampoo that deposits red tones into your hair.
#50: Charming Burgundy Highlights on Black Hair
Black hair with burgundy highlights are a great way to change up a dark color. The awesome thing about burgundy streaks is that they change in different lighting! Sometimes, it can be more subtle in indoor lighting and brighter in direct sunlight. Either way, it’s always a very shiny color and makes long thin hair look much fuller and healthier.
#51: Chocolate Merlot Burgundy Hair
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate any burgundy hues into your style, this is a chic one that you’ll love! The depth and richness of the chocolate merlot hair color give long hair a flattering result. Red and burgundy shades tend to fade quickly, so sulfate-free hair products will be useful.
#52: Rich Burgundy A-Line Bob
This is a rich burgundy A-line bob with the wearability of the style and all the dimensions in the color. Keep up with your root touch-ups and try an all-over semi-permanent gloss to keep the richness of the short burgundy hair. You’ll also want to use a good shampoo and conditioner like Kerasilk Color by Goldwell, as well as a hair serum like Kerasilk Protective Oil by Goldwell to use after towel drying.
#53: Effortless Burgundy Hair with Highlights
This sweet hair dyeing combo features burgundy highlights that not only add depth to the color but also make the brown-red shade more vibrant.
#54: Deep Port Wine Burgundy Hair
This burgundy hair haircut is classy and sultry at the same time, like a glass of fine port wine. I recommend you try Oribe’s Beautiful Color line to keep your color vibrant and prevent fading. Some women may also use a red depositing shampoo from time to time, but if the color has faded out too much, it may be time for a glaze.
#55: Alluring Dark to Light Burgundy Ombre
Rock this dark to light burgundy ombre hair color and show your love for classic styles! This trend features a reddish-brown tone to flatter fair to medium skin complexions. The catch is wearing this burgundy ombre mane is that it demands high maintenance. Use a UV protective styling balm or thermal protection spray to prevent color from fading in the sun. If you have acne-prone skin or have a lot of red pigmentation, it’s best to stay away from being a redhead altogether.
#56: Light Burgundy Tint
Are you a natural redhead who simply wishes to intensify her (already sensational) hair color? Amp up your hue by heading to the salon for a light burgundy hair color gloss.
#57: Chic Maroon Burgundy for Short Hair
Wants to give your bob a different twist? This trend offers hints of maroon burgundy for short hair like yours. With waves, the highlights are creating a dramatic result. This maroon hair color looks very stunning from every angle!
#58: Burgundy with Auburn Hues for Older Women
Burgundy with auburn hues for older women makes a fun, funky hair color that complements a warm skin tone. I recommend a red shampoo for copper shades of burgundy. It preserves your color and gets rid of orange or brown undertones. I also suggest a visit to the salon to renew the color every 3 to 3.5 weeks.
#59: Bordeaux Curly Brown Hair with Burgundy Highlights
This is a Bordeaux for Your Hair because it’s a rich and dimensional color with tons of warm burgundy hues,. There are so many different shades of burgundy to choose from, and all can be customized for most skin tones.
I suggest you use a sulfate-free shampoo for any color-treated hair, especially burgundy-tinted hair. Keep up with maintenance by coming in for a gloss to freshen up the color and keep a vibrant and shiny appearance.
#60: Burgundy Meets Blackberry Jam Hair Color
This burgundy hue is fun and confident, but not too bold. Women with jobs who aren’t allowed to have fashion colors can still express themselves through their hair with this burgundy tint. Olive and tan completions go great with this burgundy tone of color. Women with naturally dark hair rock a burgundy hair color well because in most cases they already have lots of underlying red pigment.