42 Copper Hair Color Shades for Every Skin Tone in 2018

Copper hair is a broad term for so many variations of hair color. From fiery copper to soft strawberry, deep ginger to a copper penny, copper hair will draw attention and turn heads everywhere you go! Picking the right combo will brighten your skin and give life to your tresses. Check out these inspiring photos of copper hair color and make one your own!

Sandy Brown to Brightened Copper Hair

Sandy Brown to Brightened Copper
Instagram @bymae.lynn

Those dramatic blonde ends make the look so lightweight and soft yet flattering and rich. Copper ombres work best on any hair length as long as there are waves to make it look super dimensional.

Copper Red Bob

Copper Red Bob
Instagram @tmelong

Who doesn’t love a good copper tone on a freshly cut wavy bob with really cute bangs? This multidimensional hairstyle is so effectively done, thanks to the color work that holds it all together.

Coppery Redhead Blunt Cut

Coppery Redhead Blunt Cut
Instagram @klodissalon

Transition beautifully into the redhead world with a bright copper in a subtle ombre. This hair color is so vibrant yet soft and works well with dark red roots.

Copper and Orange Hues

Copper and Orange Hues
Instagram @laurafrisor

Let your creativity flow with a medium length wavy hair or any lengthy hair that allows different of shades of copper to come up in an ombre. From a rich shade at the roots to lighter ones at the ends, this style is sure to grow out fabulously.

Dark Red to Bright Copper

Dark Red to Bright Copper
Instagram @hairlovebyjessica

What better way to show off your newly painted copper hair from roots to ends than styling it with a cool two-braid top knot like this? The natural depth this edgy color would provide your hair will make you excited for the different ways you can style it.

Copper Blonde Ombre

Copper Blonde Ombre
Instagram @fameho0ker

Healthy hair is key in achieving a vibrant shiny and smooth ombre like this. This pretty color style would work best on long hair for a smoother transition.

Balayaged Copper

Balayaged Copper
Instagram @younghairpdx

A stunning fiery auburn to copper melt deserves to be noted by everyone. Just remember to consider your undertones if you want to try this ombre that’s ideal for medium to long hair.

Gingered Copper

Gingered Copper
Instagram @leticiaoliveirashc

Don’t be afraid to go drastic with a bright ginger shade like this one that suits pale and cool skin tones. This very feminine bob cut with curled ends wouldn’t be at its best without the help of this dimensional copper hue.

Dark Brown Copper

Dark brown copper straight hair with bangs
Instagram @kauneustanner

Copper browns would look the most adorable when done on super straight fine hair as it captures the light best and gives off a smooth lustrous look. Those brightening bangs definitely complete the whole style.

Chocolate Brown Copper

Chocolate brown copper hair
Instagram @mechehairnz

A vibrant copper undertone can add distinction to your hair and enhance your overall look when done properly. Reds and browns undoubtedly go together well.

Copper for Dark Skin

Curly copper hair for dark skin
Instagram @certifiedheadturner

A vibrant copper could bring out the warm undertones in your dark skin especially on multidimensional curls like this. If you’re wanting to have little daily upkeep and maintain moisture for your hair at the same time then styling it in a bold mohawk with cornrows at the sides would be the way to do it.

Long Hair with Light Copper

Straight light copper hair with center part
Instagram @hair_beat

A vibrant warm copper on a fabulously straightened hair is an easy classic style. Styling it with a mid part also gives a super polished neat effect and would look best on a short and symmetrical face.

Fiery Copper Balayage

Fiery copper red ombre hair color
Credit: Pinterest

A deep mahogany root melting into light strawberry ends make this copper-inspired look stand out in a crowd.

Chestnut to Brighter Copper Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Juanita Seitz
Independent Hairstylist in Las Vegas, NV

How would you describe this look?

My absolute favorite thing about this color is it reminds me of a sunset. The way the golden brown blends so nicely into the copper just reminds me of a perfect sunset.

When the curls hit the sunlight you see all of the different tones. This was definitely a lot of fun for me to do.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Warmer undertones in your skin will bring out coppers the best, so when choosing a color like this keep that in mind.

Second, be specific on what kind of copper you are looking for because there is a lot of different variations, and when getting a lighter color than your natural one, even with a copper, be prepared to take good care of your hair. That means use the best shampoos and conditioners meant for color treated hair and the right products to keep your hair’s integrity.

Last but not least, if your lifestyle is kind of busy then I think coppers tend to be a better fit just because the richer the copper the better the fade out, and the better the fade out the longer you can go in between toners and touch-ups.

Cherry Red to Copper Colored

Cherry Red to Copper Colored
Instagram @erika_gravel

Q&A with style creator, Érika Gravel
Hairdresser / Stylist / Propriétaire @ Espace Beauté in East Angus, QC


How would you describe this look?

Fire hair, beautiful copper color, shiny hair, beautiful curls.

The best way to have beautiful hair, certainly, is to treat! I really like Olaplex treatment, and I used Lumishine coloring which repairs the hair.

For the curls, I like to use my iron cone, because it works miracles! Then just pass our fingers or a comb with big teeth and you’re done.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For the maintenance of this hair, it is necessary to have a good shampoo and conditioner that is from a professional brand (I like the Redken color extend magnetics). You will also need a good treatment that will repair, moisturize, and at the same time revive the colors like the Joico luster lock.

A curing oil always has its place too, and a little hairspray for finish will do the trick.

Long Copper to Merlot Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Meghan
Stylist @ JEM Hair Studio in New Paltz, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is a warm red to copper color melt with a pop of yellow which I personally love the most.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think if this would suit your personal style and lifestyle, as this type of color will need some maintenance.

Warm Copper

Wavy warm copper hair
Instagram @hairbygenesis

Q&A with style creator, Genesis Diaz
Hairstylist @ Cuts Etc. in Corpus Christi, TX


How would you describe this look?

What I love about this warm copper look is that it’s very unique. Most people are afraid to get out of their comfort zone when it comes to their hair.

Adding the highlights just gave her hair some dimension! The highlights and copper complement each other very well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You cannot go wrong with copper. Copper is very universal and can work with anyone who is not afraid to rock it!

Chocolate and Copper

Chocolate and Copper
Instagram @hb_hairsalon

Q&A with style creator, Kristen Bias
Salon Owner @ Hidden Beauty Hair Salon in Newcomerstown, OH


How would you describe this look?

I love the smooth transition from roots to ends! She loves changing her hair up!!

We’ve had many many changes and previous sessions before going straight to this in one appointment. She was super dark for a while. We continued to lighten her with each session until she wanted a change again! Because of her previous sessions, it only took a root retouch (Kenra 7RB) and then an application all over of Kenra 7CN (2oz) and Kenra 7RB (1oz) on the mid shaft and ends and just blending really well to achieve this!

I used the Kenra blow dry spray for heat protection and Moroccan oil smoothing lotion to help smooth everything out! I finished curling with a 1 1/4″ barrel and let it cool before running my fingers through for the finished product.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The less you shampoo the better (dry shampoo is your best friend) and the cooler the water the better. Think of it like your bright clothes. You never want to wash your brights in hot water or they will fade extremely fast. Same goes for your hair!

Trust the process. If your stylist says it may take more than one session, let her do it in more than one session! If your hair is dark, you cannot just add a bright color without lightening it first. Think of your hair as construction paper and the hair color as the crayons. If you have a black or brown piece of paper and you color on it with a red or purple or copper crayon, it’s not going to show up well. But if you put it on a white piece of paper, amazing stuff can happen! You want to be lighter for the brighter colors to show in your hair.

If you are going to invest in your hair color, invest in professional products. There is no reason to spend hundreds on your hair and then $2 on shampoo. Get the stuff that works and will continue to help your color last and protect your hair. It’s worth it!

If you want a bright fun color like copper or any other fashion color, be ready to rock it! Heads will turn and you will get stared at. Be ready to look amazing and go for it!

Curly Copper Cinnamon

Curly Copper Cinnamon
Instagram @marcydoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Marcy Malin
Hairstylist @ Penrose Academy in Scottsdale, AZ


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a dimensional copper-red with a shadow root. I went about 2 shades darker on the base and melted it into a vibrant red on the ends.

For an added coppery pop, I used the semi-permanent Joico Intensities line in Orange while in the wash bowl.

For the finished look, I styled the hair with loose waves to complement the fun dimension. Also, you can’t see it in this photo, but we tinted her brows to help bring the whole look together.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look can be easily achieved for people with lighter colored hair, but those with dark brown or black hair will need to pre-lighten their hair to achieve this brightness.

Be prepared for the added time and expense. For those wanting this fun color, at-home care is critical. A salon quality color-safe shampoo and conditioner are required to help maintain this color.

A professional color depositing shampoo or conditioner can also help with at-home maintenance, but it’s important to rebook with your stylist in about 4-6 weeks. This will ensure your copper red stays fresh and vibrant.

Pumpkin Spice Copper

Q&A with style creator, Tabitha Bryson
Hairstylist @ Scout’s Barbershop in Nashville, TN


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

This color melt reminds me of everyone’s favorite fall beverage the pumpkin spice latte! My favorite thing about it is that it’s a great transitional color for your summer blondes. It adds in that copper underlying pigment before transitioning them to their darker winter hues.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used all Wella color, using a deeper copper-red with 10 volume at the base, a copper-gold that’s about two to three shades lighter with 20-30 volume in the midshaft, and a high lift natural (for gold tones). If they are already blonde like my client was, a semi-permanent level 9-10 gold will work beautifully.

I used Kevin Murphy Body.Builder to blow out her hair, and then the Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity spray to set her curls. I then used the new Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair texture spray to tousle and define the curls, and a bit of the Kevin Murphy Session.Spray to finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for fair skin types with more neutral/pink undertones. The high lift color on the ends does best on fine hair, but thick hair can wear it as well. It may just take two processes to get to the desired lightness.

I believe this color will suit nearly anyone looking for some warmth in their life! It can be classy or edgy, depending on who is wearing it.

Copper Sunset

Copper Sunset hairstyle
Instagram @elshairatoasis

Q&A with style creator, Elizabeth Snowden
Hair Artist/Stylist @ Oasis Salon & Spa in Salisbury, NC


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

This color is a rich blend of copper and red copper tones, combining a few different shades to make the overall look pop. It reminds me of the warm, glowing shades that the setting sun displays in the fall (which I LOVE). Speaking of fall, it also reminds me of the falling leaves! It’s a perfect choice for this time of year.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To keep the vibrancy of the color, I recommend using a sulfate-free, color protecting shampoo. My personal favorite is Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics. I also love to use a shine serum instead of a spray to add softness and bounce to the curls. This also makes the color really sparkle. I love Redken’s Glo Dry. Every woman also needs a good workable hairspray, of course. Control Addict is my pick!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a fairly low maintenance color which makes it an option for most. It does need to be refreshed about every six to eight weeks to replenish its intensity. It works well on every hair type and works wonderfully for those with cool skin tones.

Copper is an absolutely stunning color on those with blue or green eyes. However, copper can be customized for warm skin tones and any color eyes, so ultimately it’s an option for anyone if done properly!

Dark Copper Balayage with Mahogany Hues

Dark Copper Balayage with Mahogany Hues
Instagram @kiramichele13

Q&A with style creator, Kira Rodriguez
Stylist/Salon Owner @ Frayed Hair Lab in College Station, TX


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

This is a copper-infused balayage. It’s perfect for fall! I love the richness of the color and the movement the lighter copper pieces bring to the overall style.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create this look, I used TIGI Copyright Color. The base is a mix of a level 4/5 with copper/mahogany infusions. On her ends, I used a color block technique where I alternated a lighter copper formula (on pre-lightened hair) and a deeper formula to achieve a more organic look.

In order to maintain this look, I would prescribe TIGI’s Sfactor True Lasting Color shampoo and conditioner and Sfactor True Lasting Color Oil. I also recommend shampooing with cool water to prevent fading.

If TIGI isn’t your brand of choice, that’s okay! As long as you’re using professional products for color-treated hair, you’re golden.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for the on-the-go client who can’t commit to coming into the salon every five weeks. It is a low maintenance look that requires a root retouch at the client’s discretion. It’s both cost-efficient and easy, so you can’t go wrong with that!

For fairer skinned clients, I would recommend lightening the overall look one to two levels.

Versatile Brown Copper Highlights

Versatile Brown Copper Balayage hair color
Instagram @kabrinawilliams

Q&A with style creator, Kabrina Williams
Stylist @ Alter EGO Style House in Raleigh, NC


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

Honestly, I describe this look as awesome! This particular copper balayage I created can go from season to season and still remain on trend. The grow out process is going to be seamless with no harsh line of demarcation.

My favorite thing about this particular creation is the dimension. The highs and lows will force your eye to move up and down my client’s hair!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create the color, I used Wella’s Blondor at a 1:1.2 ratio for thickness and lift. I also glazed this client with Wella’s Color Touch! For styling, I used Oribe Straight Away and Royal Blowout. My guest has naturally loose curls, and these products sealed them down beautifully!

Again, I use the word awesome because the maintenance for this look is easy peasy! The everyday woman doesn’t have time to be in the salon every four weeks for a touch up anymore. With balayage, you will have no line of demarcation. The only part to maintain would be the shade you choose. With this copper look, you would pop in the salon for a glaze every six to eight weeks or whenever you feel the need for a refresher!

If you do your part at home and use color-safe shampoos/conditioners, that can prolong the time between appointments as well. I highly recommend Oribe Beautiful Color Shampoo and Conditioner!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for someone in search of a modern coloring service. This look works great on those requiring low maintenance. Copper can be brighter or toned down which allows for a variety of shades to cater to those in different work settings. One has the option of wearing it up with a full balayage entire head and still have dimension underneath or a partial for those who don’t find themselves wearing their hair up as often.

As far as hair type, all have the chance for a great balayage. For those with curly/tight curls, keep in mind that if you wear your hair both curly and straight, balayage is a great option but too much-lightened hair can result in your hair taking on the look of an ombré. If you strictly wear your hair curly, Pintura Highlights may be an option as well and you can get similar results!

Because of the fact that there are multiple shades of copper, all skin tones can get in on the copper vibes! Copper pairs great with muted or even loud tones as far as clothing. I feel hair color isn’t always about skin tones anymore it’s more about confidence!

Try something new. If it’s a new season and you find yourself still breathing, go for it!

Classy Bright Copper

Classy bright copper hair color
Instagram @myzyyz

Q&A with style creator, Mitchell Yaholnitsky-Zornow
Senior Stylist @ Goodhearts Salon and Spa in Toronto, CA


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

My favorite part of this look is that we kept her natural root color, just enhancing it slightly to give the dramatic look, but without creating and harsh regrowth lines. It also helps give a little more depth to the color and allows the copper to pop.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

Unfortunately, copper/red tones like to fade. I highly recommend a gentler shampoo for colored hair or sulfate-free products. Adding in a copper shampoo like Joico Color Infuse copper shampoo/conditioner is a great way to keep the vibrancy of the copper at home in between salon visits.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for anyone who loves to stand out and be noticed. Copper tones are always great on a more fair complexion, and can also help to accentuate soft freckles and make green eyes pop!

This is a great way to rock a fun and loud color in a classy and beautiful way that makes it easy to rock in the office.

Dark Brown to Copper Red Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Alicia Calvaresi
Manager/Hairstylist @ It’s All the Rage Hair Designs in Wyomissing, PA


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

I would describe this look as the perfect fall color. It reminds me of an autumn leaf pile! With the darker root and vibrant ends, it gives the look a deeper contrast around the face with a pop of warmth on the ends.

My favorite thing about this look is the seamless transition from dark to light. It is gorgeous professional color, but with just a pop of edginess.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

My favorite product to maintain this color would be Bed Head Color Goddess Shampoo and Conditioner. This product is great for protecting warm colors from UV rays and heat from styling tools. The best product to create the texture in this style is Bed Head Joyride. It is a texturizing powder balm that gives hair amazing volume!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this color to anyone with a lighter skin tone. The warmth of the hair looks great with a light or light/warm skin tone. This look can be achieved on any hair type, but I would recommend straight or wavy hair to see the transition of colors.

I would not recommend this color if you wash your hair daily as the color tend to fade faster. I recommend this color to anyone who wants a creative new look without having to come in every four weeks for a touch up!

Sunset Copper

Sunset Copper hairstyle
Instagram @hairbyceciliak

Q&A with style creator, Cecilia Kerr
Redken Artist / Redken Certified Colorist @ Versailles Salon & Spa in Tracy, CA


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

I would describe this look as sunset copper. My favorite thing about it is the vibrancy and dimension I am able to achieve with Redken Shades EQ Cream.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used Redken Shaes EQ Cream, pH Bonder and Color Extend Magnetics to achieve this look. She was pre-lightened, so the ability to achieve the vibrancy and the finished result was completely customized.

Redken Color Extend Magnetics shampoo, conditioners and Megamask are what is needed to use between services to maintain the health and color.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is for anyone and everyone! As long as they are pre-lightened, they will achieve vibrancy. Results vary depending on starting level, but all Redken color is customized and produces beautiful results.

Natural Copper on Brown Hair

Natural copper hair color on brown hair
Instagram @kbk_hairstylist

Q&A with style creator, Kadi Kirk
Master Cosmetologist @ Refuge Hair Salon in Dawsonville, GA


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

This look reminds me of fall. I love that it’s still natural, but vivid at the same time. My favorite thing about the look is the depth of the color with the contrast.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I recommend towel drying the client and spraying in 12 Benefits Spray. Add Kenra Thickening mousse on the root only and Olaplex number 3 through the ends. Blow dry the product in until 80 percent dry, then bring in your round brush for volume.

Use a Hot Tools wand to make the waves, spray in some Joico Hair Shake and run your fingers through the hair to finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for medium textured hair. Medium to pale skin tones (even with freckles) looks extremely cute with this look. My client has green eyes and it’s perfect on her!

I feel like this look is perfect for any lifestyle. It is great for people who are always on the go, and also perfect if you want to put a little extra work into it with beach curls.

Intense Copper with Yellow Highlights

Intense Copper hair color with yellow highlights
Instagram @_all_dolledup_

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Barthelmes
Hair Stylist/ Makeup Artist @ The Last Tangle Salon in Vacaville, CA


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

I love this look because it really brings out that sassy edge that we need sometimes. It complements those who are natural redheads and strawberry blondes, as well as those who have a fair skin tone. By intensifying the copper/red tones and adding dimension with highlights, it really brings the color to life.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

You’ll want to use a sulfate-free shampoo to preserve the vividness of the color. Additionally, rinsing with cool water will ensure the longevity of the color.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for those who want to embrace their natural red hair and give it life again.

Copper Bob

Q&A with style creator, James Cameron
Salon Owner @ James Cameron Hairdressing in Elgin, UK


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

I would describe this look in one word…fabulous! My favorite thing about this look is its shine and color. It works really well with the shape to show off the haircut.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used Wella color on the hair, but to keep the color in tip-top condition, I recommend Lanza Healing Color shampoo and conditioner, as well as Lanza Healing Oil to style. These products give amazing smoothness and shine to show off the cut and color.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think any client could wear this style, but it works best on thicker hair so you have the depth within your haircut. I have done this cut and color on both pale and warm skin tones.

To maintain the sharpness of this look, it does take maintenance and regular salon visits. As for the color, I think any skin tone can pull off copper colors. It’s simply a case of finding the right shade of copper that suits you best.

Natural Light Brown Copper

Natural light brown copper hair color
Instagram @torijaynehair

Q&A with style creator, Tori Heath
Balayage/Blonde Specialist @ Salon De Cheveux in Temecula, CA


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

I think I would describe this look as a natural copper taken to the next level. My favorite thing about this look is that it is so multidimensional, and honestly so very natural and beautiful.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I created this look with some painted on balayage with Keune’s Ultimate Blonde Lightener with 20 volume. We rinsed, then continued with a mix of Keune’s Color Cravings conditioners in Peach Mist and Sunset Copper, letting it sit for 15 minutes.

To maintain her gorgeous color, I recommended using Unite 7 Seconds shampoo and conditioner for shine, moisture and color protection. For her gorgeous waves, I used a 1-inch iron from Babyliss, followed by Unite Texturiza and Unite Tricky Lite Spray to keep it voluminous and bouncy.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

In my opinion, copper is so versatile. I truly believe that copper can work with most skin tones and hair textures, but finding the perfect copper for your guest is crucial. This color was natural and low maintenance, making it perfect for my client and her busy lifestyle as a teacher.

Blazing Red Copper with Bangs

Blazing red copper hair color with bangs
Instagram @myriamcurtet

Q&A with style creator, Myriam Curtet
Master Hair Colorist @ Brickell 777 Salon and Spa in Miami, FL


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

This look is very trendy and copper has been a very studied color for many years. This copper is a blazing color which emphasizes the personality of the client. I love that!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create this look, I used L’Oréal color, mixing 8.34 and 7.40 with 30 vol. at the roots. After, we balayage colored with Studio D 20 vol. for painting. I rinsed with Pravana ChromaSilk Copper for 20 minutes.

For maintenance, I recommend the Kerastase shampoo for colored hair and the Pravana ChromaSilk mask in copper. To emphasize the blow dry, use Kerastase Touche Finale Polishing Serum.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The skin tone is very important when choosing a copper hue. For example, light skin tones wear coppers nicely, as well as those with clear eyes. On naturally copper hair, we can opt for a light balayage to strengthen the color. For blondes, we opt for soft copper. For the brunettes, an intense copper color is marvelous.

I highly recommend consulting an experienced hairstylist/colorist to choose your copper color. Do not try this at home! As with any color, coppers require a fair amount of maintenance.

Deep Ginger Copper

Deep Ginger copper hair color
Instagram @vero_benwell

Q&A with style creator, Vero Benwell
Hairstylist @ Priska & Co in Montreal, Quebec


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

This look is a deep ginger! What I love the most about this color is the depth of it. I love how the dark roots gently melt into this rich and bright copper. It’s a very multidimensional color which makes it so luminous.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To maintain and extend this fiery color, I definitely recommend using a sulfate-free and color protective shampoo. You could also use a root lifter to give nice volume and a styling cream to make the bouncy curls last all day. I used a round brush for the curls, but an iron would be perfect to easily recreate this look at home.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This fiery copper goes perfectly on light porcelain skin and it will give more tan to this skin tone. Any hair type can suit this color, but you have to know that it will be high maintenance. Unfortunately, copper, ginger and red colors often wash out fast. I recommend refreshing it every five weeks.

Sandy Brown Copper Curls

Sandy brown copper curls
Instagram @hairbynicoleliu

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Liu
Stylist @ CoCo North in Huddersfield, UK


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

I love this look because I think balayage/ombré are really moving with the times rather than sitting still. Introducing the bold colors (rather than your everyday brunettes and blondes) is exciting!

I love playing with the copper colors and creating this copper balayage was really amazing! I love how edgy but classy looks.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I always stress the importance of quality products to my clients. To maintain this look, a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner are a must! Coppers/reds/purples are the hardest color to maintain, so I always recommend my clients to come back into the salon in two weeks time for a Wella Color Fresh or a Wella Perfecton to keep the vibrancy alive.

I finished my client’s hair with a wave. The Balmain Tong (medium-sized barrel) is perfect to create beach waves. My favorite product for wavy hair is Alterna Beach Waves. It’s oil-based so it helps fight frizz and the sea salt helps enhance the curl.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This colour can suit any client, the coppery tones suit both cool and warm skin types which is great! The best sort of hair type for this colour I would say is a medium to thick density, to allow the true colour to shine through the more hair you have to play with and create movement the better. This colour is perfect for clients who want something quite edgy and bold, and they want to express there boldness through there hair, but on the other hand it’s not great for someone who wants something low maintenance.

Brighter Copper with Gold Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Catherine Elizabeth Wallis
Hairdresser @ Antonino Salon in Birmingham, MI


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

This hair radiates warmth. Glints of gold play off of the copper tones when it hits the light. I love it because it is a fun but sophisticated look.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used Wella hair color to create this shade on my client. Copper tones fade easily, so I recommend using a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to increase the longevity of the color.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Copper tones work well on fair skinned people with green or blue eyes. These tones can warm up a pale complexion and add life to the hair. Copper hair does require maintenance and regular visits to the salon to refresh the color.

Rooty Long Layered Copper

Rooty long hair with layers and copper color
Instagram @mis_heatherlynn

Q&A with style creator, Heather Lynn Thompson
Color Tech @ Toni & Guy Maxwell Place in Hoboken, NJ


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

This is rooty, dimensional, coppery auburn hair color! I love this color because it can be both traditional and head-turning at the same time. Being a redhead myself, I LOVE red/copper hair. Eyes are drawn to these warm tones and they stand out in crowds.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

It’s always a constant battle to keep red hair as vibrant as it was when you walked out of the salon. My most important advice is to avoid washing your hair every day! To keep red hair vibrant in between color services, I also always recommend investing in a red-toned shampoo. My personal favorites are WaterColors Fluid Fire for your true red-toned hair, Liquid Copper for your copper-toned hair, and Crimson Splash for your violet/red-toned hair. For this particular look, I would recommend Liquid Copper.

Salon visits are recommended every six to eight weeks to touch up roots and get a gloss to brighten up the overall color.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

You need to make sure your client’s skin tone is complementary for the tone of red they are looking for. Fair skin types with pink/rose undertones wear strawberry blonde and light coppery tones very well. Light to medium skin tones with warm golden or red undertones are the most diverse and can wear anything from golden strawberry to copper/red auburn to bright, red-toned hair. Medium skin with olive undertones looks best with cherry and violet-red. Dark skin tones should stay away from golden tones as blue/violet reds are most complimentary.

Copper Auburn

Q&A with style creator, Linda Hansen
Hairstylist @ Dana Bartone and Company Hair & Makeup Salon in Cheshire, CT


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

I would describe the color as a copper auburn, and a beautiful color moving into fall ahead. To achieve this color, we use L’Oréal Dia Richesse 6.53 with a copper mixer to really intensify the color.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To maintain the color, I always recommend the L’Oréal Professional Vitamino Color Shampoo, as well as the L’Oréal Professional Color 10 IN 1 Perfecting Multipurpose Spray. These products will help bright colors like this last by protecting against fading. This also acts as a leave-in/heat protectant, so it is the perfect product for a lower maintenance client that doesn’t want to use five different products in their hair!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This color is one of my favorites and I feel like anyone can pull this color off! As for my client, she has very thick, naturally curly hair. She also has an undercut (sadly not shown in the picture) to help remove some weight from her hair. This looks awesome when she wears her hair up! She is also pretty low maintenance when it comes to styling her hair. Some days she will wear it with her natural curl, or sometimes she’ll spend the time to smooth her hair. This color looks great either way! She has hazel eyes, but blue eyes would make this color pop as well.

I reached out to this client to ask if she wanted to say anything about her hair color and she said, “I love the color so much. I never thought I’d ever want to start coloring my hair, but now I wouldn’t want it any other color!”

Rich Copper

Rich Copper hairstyle
Instagram @austin_myreis

Q&A with style creator, Austin Laflamme
Luxe Hairstylist @ My Reis Salon in Exeter, NH


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

This look says fall! Fall brings out beautiful rich and warm tones, and I love correlating them into the hair.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I am Oribe obsessed! For this look, I used Imperial Blowout on the root. This product is a must for someone who doesn’t have time to blow out their hair every day. This product will keep your blowout for days!

I used Royal Blowout on the midshaft and ends for quicker drying, and a little Gel Serum on the ends. I rough dried the hair to about 80%, then ran the big round brush through for smoothing. I finished with a 1 3/4-inch curling iron, curling away from the face. This is a 20-30 minute look!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This color is great for anyone who has a light skin tone. Reds help bring color to paler skin tones. The style is very versatile and would look great on anyone, no matter what length the hair is.

Blended Copper Tones

Q&A with style creator, Maria Cruz
Salon Manager/Senior Stylist @ Ulta Beauty Salon in Pasadena, TX


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

This is the perfect bold fall look! My favorite part is the blended copper tones. They remind me of Colorado’s autumn foliage.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I recommend Joico copper/red shampoo for at-home care, along with using cold water to shampoo and a medium heat tool to style. These items will all help with the fading process.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for warm skin tones with fine-medium hair texture. It’s definitely a high maintenance look, so I don’t suggest it for the person who only visits the salon twice a year. To keep it nice and fresh, visits every four to six are preferred.

Balayage Peachy Copper

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Boylin
Stylist @ The Colour Bar Wirral Salon in Bebington, England


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

This is a natural melt into a balayage peachy copper. It will grow out naturally and softly, so it’s actually lower maintenance than one might think. My guest can pop into the salon to have her roots topped up and ends refreshed as needed.

I love this look because you can still have fun, even with it looking natural!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used Wella Color Touch and Wella Magma to create this look. The products I recommend are Wella Color Brilliance fine/normal shampoo and Wella Recharge warm red conditioner to maintain condition and color vibrancy.

To style, I always recommend Wella EIMI Thermal Image heat protection spray. This will keep help to keep the color vibrant if the guest uses hot tools on their hair. I also recommend EIMI Flowing Form Anti-Frizz Smoothing Balm to create a smooth look with high shine, as well as EIMI Glam Mist and EIMI Just Brilliant shine pomade to finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for the client who wants a low maintenance root but wants to have fun with the ends. It’s perfect for someone who dares to stand out in the crowd, likes to have fun, and is outgoing.

When choosing a color for your hair, consultation is key. You must always take into account skin tone, eye color, and lifestyle. My guest’s skin tone is light with cool undertones. This tells me she will suit more peachy tones of copper rather than a red copper. I used more pinky tones underneath, but on the face, I used more peachy tones to complement her skin tone.

Her hair is fine in texture, but she has a lot of it. It also has a slight natural wave to it. Her hair was in good condition and we didn’t compromise that. My guest is a full time mummy and doesn’t want to be in a salon every four to six weeks. The root stretch color is not high maintenance and home care products will help her maintain the copper.

Copper Color Melt

Copper Color Melt hairstyle
Instagram @hairbykamif

Q&A with style creator, Kami Fortier
Hairstylist @ Perimeters Studio in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


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

I would describe this look as a copper color melt. My favorite thing about this color is how it complements the changing of seasons. For blonde clients who are wanting to go darker, this is the perfect transitional look.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

Maintaining copper hair can be hard. I recommend using a color conditioner or color ball every few washes to prevent fading.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this color to any client who is looking for a super fun but still natural hair color. Coppers also suit fair skinned, freckled clients quite well.

Copper with Golden Tones

Q&A with style creator, Stephanie Adams
Hairstylist / Colorist / Makeup Artist @ Stephanie Adams Artistry in Roseville, MN


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

This look reminds me of autumn and the changing of the leaves. I love the red, copper and golden tones.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I blow dried using Evo Shape Vixon volumizing lotion and Root Canal volumizing spray and curled with a 1-inch curling iron. Then, I used Evo Shebang-a-bang dry spray wax to give texture.

For reds, it’s especially important to use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. I used Evo The Therapist shampoo and conditioner.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client was very blonde prior to this color, so this is a great start if trying to transition from light to dark. She has fine hair, so the dimensional color adds depth and makes it look fuller and thicker. She has a light eye color, so the red really makes her eyes pop. Her hair has natural golden undertones so the reds really work for her.

Fierce Fiery Copper

Fierce Fiery Copper hairstyle
Instagram @styling_by_sou

Q&A with style creator, Soula Lambropoulos
Creative Director @ YourSpace Hair Salons and Spas in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada


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

I would describe this look as a fierce fiery copper. I was very excited when my client wanted a fun, new look. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a bold, vibrant color and is perfect for the fall.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

My client had natural level 6 roots and pre-lightened level 9 ends. Using L’Oreal Professionnel Majirel color, I created a shadow root with 3/4 7.40, 1/4 7N and orange booster @30V. On her ends, I used equal parts 7.40 and orange booster @30V which made the color so vibrant.

To maintain this look, I suggest using a professional color-safe shampoo and conditioner. I also recommend a colored conditioner such as Revlon’s Color Ball in 740. Using this will help maintain this hair color in between salon visits.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Generally, clients with fair skin and blue/green eyes such as my client look great in these tones. However, I do feel anyone with any hair type can rock this color if they really want it.

Your hairstylist should let you know that these colors do fade quickly and that maintenance is key. If you can’t make the commitment, then this color may not be for you.