23 Best Red and Black Hair Color Ideas: Ombre, Highlights and Balayage

Red and black hair colors

Red and black hair is when black hair is colored red, leaving some of the black hair exposed. The most common ways to color black hair red are by highlights, ombres, and balayage. This color style is an entirely new creative solution to transforming a simple black mane. Women all over-utilize this modern color match to accomplish a romantic and dramatic look with great depth and perspective.

All you need are red-streak designs or a multi-color scarlet ombre to own a bold or soft look, depending on how you wear this blend. Also, don’t forget to consider a shade that will suit your complexion, and take note of the maintenance reds will require!

Before your next hair appointment, check out these trendy photos of red and black hair colors!

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Black Hair with Red Dip-Dye

black hair with red dip-dye
Instagram @mennndi.a.l.m.b

This black hair with red dip-dye looks divine! Ladies with neutral and warmer skin tones can rock this hair color. Don’t forget that the red strands need a little emphasis, especially if locks are straight. Styling the ends with waves and curls will do the trick.

Black with Red Streaks for Curly Hair

Black with red streaks for curly hair
Instagram @hairvolutions

Black and red streaks for curly hair are the ultimate contrast combo. With a darker base ombre, you will enjoy the low-maintenance of having a vibrant color on the ends. However, the initial color service will require some bleaching.

Celeb Luxury’s Viral Colorwash offers high-quality red shampoos. You can use them to keep the vibrancy of your red every week. The more often you use it, the more vibrant it remains.

Red and Black Split Dye for Long Hair

red and black split dye for Long Hair
Instagram @judithcastrocreations

Try a red and black split dye to achieve an edgy-looking style! Black and red shades do complement each other very well. A trend like this isn’t for women who hate going back to the salon. It requires a root touch-ups to maintain its funky style.

Half Red Half Black on Straight Hair

Lovin’ this unique half red, half black hair? If you do, you must be into some unique, rocking fashion trends, too! This color, no matter what chop it pairs with, is sure to bring out an eye-catching appearance. Jazz it up with a braid and create an outstanding style.

This half red half black is a fun color, created by stylist Oksana of New Zealand. It’s perfect for women who can’t decide on which shade they want more. Also, keep in mind, you can change the parting to however you want for a different look each time!

This style will suit most women. “However, this isn’t for women with naturally light regrowth, as the grow out would be harsher. A good color save shampoo and treatment helps. Use heat protection from those heated tools to protect the color,” Oksana advises.

Brown Red and Black Hair

Brown Red and Black Hair
Instagram @amandarosestylez

This one’s a sexy take on sweet rosy red highlights against dark black hair. Notice how beautifully the red brown hair highlights complement the black hue of the base to accentuate the waves, making them look soft yet glamorous!

Beautiful Rose Gold Highlights on Black Hair

Beautiful Rose Gold Highlights on Black Hair
Instagram @hannahgodown

Wanna amp up your black hair with highlights? This gorgeous blend of a super dark base and hand-painted rose gold pieces makes the style pop with contrast and depth. This red-black hair is an easy style to recreate and maintain.

Dark Red Highlights on Black Hair Color

Dark Red Highlights on Black Hair
Instagram @huntstache

If you wanna keep your natural hair yet add edge to it, consider putting pieces of dark red hair dye all over. They might not be visible at first glance but they surely are effective in accentuating your waves and adding a little brightness to your black hair with red highlights.

Dark Black Hair with Bright Red Highlights

Dark Black Hair with Bright Red Highlights
Instagram @chrissignaturehair

Painting your black hair with flaming red highlights can have a truly stunning impression with the contrast it gives. It’s an easy way to get a taste of the redhead life without doing too much maintenance to keep it.

Intense Black with Auburn Highlights

Intense Black with Auburn Highlights
Instagram @lindsaymkco

Sometimes going subtle with a red and black ombre hairstyle is the best way to go! Beautiful streaks of a reddish brunette or dark brown hue will lift the hair fabulously for a livelier look.

Magenta Red Highlights on Black Hair

Magenta Red Highlights on Black Hair
Instagram @manderyo

One cool way to get a magenta red balayage without all the upkeep is to get it on black hair! The contrast is stunning and definitely looks cute on simple straight hair.

Black to Copper Red Ombre Hair

Black to Copper Red Ombre hair
Instagram @allieburton.hairart

With the darkest at the roots and finishing up with vibrant tones at the ends, this red and black ombre hair is perfect for the woman who wants red hair, but in a natural way. What’s really great about this copper red ombre on black hair is it allows the natural roots to grow out without any harsh line.

Jet Black and Red Ombre on Mid-Length Hair

Jet Black and Red Ombre on mid-length hair
Instagram @neeckster

If you already have naturally dark hair and want to incorporate fire into your look, this red and black hair melt is for you! It’s also very easy to maintain when you keep the color low and close to the ends.

Maroon-Red Highlights on Black Hair

Maroon-Red Highlights on Black Hair
Instagram @elissawolfe

This deep red color inked on a soft and shiny jet black hair works awesomely on a freshly chopped lob, or any haircut or length. As long as you’re willing to give your black and red hair the upkeep it needs, you’ll definitely rock this one out!

Two-Tone Black and Red Hair in Balayage

two-tone black and red hair color in balayage
Instagram @hairbykael

Two-toned black and red hair has a vibrant shade, especially with a spritz of shine spray. So, to all brunettes out there, no need to go for a full blonde just to achieve a bright hair color. This will do.

This two-toned hair is a rich red wine balayage on a black base with dreamy loose waves, which is a hair gem made by stylist Kaeleigh Burke of New Jersey.

“Ladies, if you want some red in your long hair, first and foremost, red is a high-maintenance color! You are going to want to come in every 6 weeks for a glaze to refresh the color! You’re also going to want to wash your hair with cool water to keep your cuticle sealed and help that red not to run out,” Burke emphasizes.

Only wash your hair 1-2 times a week to preserve the color and use sulfate-free and silicone-free products. Use a dark pillowcase or sleep with a towel on your pillow, so the red hair color won’t bleed. Burke adds, “Ask your stylist to make you a custom conditioner to use at home in-between visits!”

Black to Wild Cherry Ombre

This is a red to black ombre but with some balayage tendencies in the way that it was blended out up top. The big chops feature a contrast of red and black and flat iron curls.

According to Idaho-based stylist Danielle Dyer, ladies need to keep in mind that this will be fairly high-maintenance. Black contrasts highly with any regrowth that’s not also black. So, get the roots retouched periodically, as well as the red if it fades.

“A color-safe shampoo is a must for black cherry hair like this. Listen to your stylist’s recommendations. Professional shampoos do cost more but will help maintain that very vibrant color that you’ve just spent so much time and money on,” Dyer suggests.

Also, take your stylist’s recommendation on where the red starts. Some face shapes look best with it starting more at temples, some at cheeks, others at the chin. Understand that what is going to make you look good might not look exactly the same on someone else. Dyer emphasizes, “Listen to your stylist and actually discuss with them what is going to be the best placement and shade of your black and red dyed hair.”

Bright Red Highlights on Ash Black Hair

Bright Highlights Red and Ash Black Hair
Instagram @ashalily

This is a cool ash black base color and pops of vibrant bright red highlights. “There’s a lot of contrast between the colors in this style,” says style creator Ashlyn Warren from Texas.

This red and black hair color can be worn on all types of hair. Warren states, “Generally, it works best on women who like loud and bright colors! Vibrant tones such as these black hair highlights last longer on women who don’t wash their hair every day. As with any red hair color, use color-safe products when washing and styling!”

Reddish Purple Plum Babylights on French Roast Black

Reddish Purple Plum Babylights on French Roast Black
Instagram @hairbymariahd

This black and red balayage hair is so much fun. “It’s full of dimensions with hints of red and violet, giving the perfect purple plum color that’s ideal for the fall,” says hairstylist Mariah Danic of Canada.

Although red and black hair styles look amazing and will definitely make you stand out in a crowd, there usually is a lot of maintenance. Danic explains, “These colors do tend to fade more quickly than natural colors, so be prepared to visit the salon every 4-6 weeks to keep it looking fresh.”

Ginger Highlights on Black Hair

Ginger Highlights on Black Hair
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This black with red highlights is paired with a stacked A-line bob. The color is chocolate brown with auburn highlights. “This is great for brunettes wanting to add some depth and dimension to their color, especially for the fall season,” states Brooke Abbate, a stylist from Tulsa, OK.

Abbate suggests, “Find an excellent stylist who will consult with you and find out what styles and colors will bring out your best features.”

Brownish Red Highlights on Natural Black Hair

Brownish Red Highlights on Natural Black Hair
Instagram @hairondisplay

This red balayage on black locks was created by stylist Susana Haro of California. The base color is the natural hair color. Highlights were added with a balayage technique, so it looks natural and the growing out stages are not severe.

The color is flattering on many skin types, and because it’s a balayage, it will look good as it grows in.

When asked for a piece of advice, Haro says that women who are considering this color need to realize that red is one of the hardest colors to keep fresh-looking in the hair. “It fades the fastest, so if you are considering it, you have to be willing to go in and get it refreshed every 6 to 8 weeks. This re-toning service is about an hour long. Also, if you tend to have red undertones in your skin, going red may not be for you,” she states.

Burgundy Highlights on Short Dark Hair with Side Bangs

Burgundy Highlights on Short Dark Hair with Side Bangs
Instagram @brandimariecos

This dark hair with dark burgundy highlights has an edgy dimensional vibe, designed by hair artist Brandi Marie of Denver. The color is paired with a layered short hair cut for extra spice.

“The best part about it is the density of the red highlights on black hair. It features a high-density foil to make sure the overall look was 50% red,” she points out.

Black Bob with Crimson Highlights

Black Bob with Crimson Highlights
Instagram @helendoeshair

This light black hair with crimson highlights is a multi-tonal angled bob with a Dutch braid. Style creator Helen Panteli of Canada says it’s the perfect way to show off the colors in the hair.

For ladies wanting this hair color, you need to be willing to invest in the right home care products to keep it bright and vibrant. Panteli warns that red and violet tones are not low-maintenance. They are prone to fading faster than other colors.

“Use a color-safe shampoo with a color depositing conditioner. Also, wash every second day at most and using cool water. It really does make a difference. Hot water is very hard on the black and red hair color,” Panteli states.

Black and Burgundy Hair Ombre

Black and Burgundy Ombre
Instagram @_kpstylist

This black and burgundy hair is an ombré alternative. Plus, it wasn’t bleached prior to the hair coloring. It wasn’t the pretty blonde hair nor was it blended. “The best part about it is the seamless lines that were created, especially when it comes to natural vs fashion colors,” says Chicago-based colorist Kasia Pawluk.

If your hair isn’t already bleached, Pawluk advises that you’ll have to be lifted pretty light for the colors to hold on to. Also, maintenance is a priority.

Pawluk explains, “Hair colors don’t discriminate. This black and red ombre can be done on women who want to have a little more pop color. But, if you’re one to wash your hair every day and not care and just want it so bad because it looks cool, then this may not be the color for you.”

Copper Highlights on Black Hair

Copper Highlights on Black Hair
Instagram @hairbybritny

These are warm, dimensional copper highlights on black hair! The natural base was kept for low maintenance, so stylist Britny Bassett of Virginia created a balayage.

“This tone isn’t good for all skin tones, so that’s a factor that should be discussed during a consultation,” Bassett points out.

Red and copper tones tend to fade faster, so usually, you will need to return for toner appointments to keep it fresh. You’ll need to invest in products that are safe for colored hair. Red and black hair color needs a good balance of treatment.