18 Best Reddish Brown Hair AKA “Red Brown Hair” Color Ideas of 2018

Auburn, crimson, chestnut – some of the hottest renditions of reddish brown hair – are the results of the perfect combination of red and brown hues. This multi-tonal color transcends the classic red and takes it to the next level for a more striking and rich blend that can brighten and freshen your look straightaway! Red-browns have a wide spectrum of colors making it a super versatile shade that can complement all types of skin complexion. You just have to find the ideal one for you! Shades that go browner than redder suit fairer skins, while those that are more in the red side of the spectrum goes well on tan to dark skins. You can go rusty or radiant and still this color will surely add dimension and bring warmth to your look. Keep on reading so you can find inspiration and the perfect match and balance of red brown hair color tones for your next color appointment!

Red to Light Brown Ombre

Red to Light Brown Ombre
Instagram @taylermadehair

We’re obsessed with this fiery blend of vibrant colors that tone down when it reaches the end for a lighter finish. The balayage gives a sweet dimension over her natural chocolate roots.

Red Balayage on Dark Brown Hair

Red Balayage on Dark Brown Hair
Instagram @shear.beauty.by.tiff

Kick off this season by going deep with auburn on brunette roots. This hairstyle definitely has a lot of versatility to offer!

Red Brown on Medium Length Hair

Red Brown on Medium Length Hair
Instagram @hairdesign_bynatalie

Be fall-ready with a soft and cute auburn hairstyle like this one! It looks adorable on waves and suits every complexion there is!

Red Highlights on Dark Brown Hair

Red Highlights on Dark Brown Hair
Instagram @cyn_haas

This is the coolest way to go hot on redhead without going all the way! Big strips of vibrant auburn can give interest to your look and also save you the upkeep cost.

Reddish Brown Dark Auburn Balayage

Reddish Brown Dark Auburn Balayage
Instagram @sokiestylist

Feel warm and fuzzy with these autumn tones done with dark roots for an effortless grow-out. Ombres look so amazing on straight hair especially when the blend is seamless.

Dark Red Brown

Dark Red Brown
Instagram @aubrey2355

Get ready for fall with this gorgeous dark reddish-brunette Goldilocks hair with a shadow root. Painting your locks with a vibrant and shiny hue like this can add definition and enhance the shape of your hair.

Red Chocolate Brown

Red Chocolate Brown
Instagram @hairbyohheyheather

Have the colors of the leaves and wood on your mane for a sexy result like this. It’s so vivid and warm and also super modern!

Red Highlights on Brown Hair

Red Highlights on Brown Hair
Instagram @beautybyrain

Streaks of crimson on dark natural hair can provide a stunning contrast that you won’t get from anything else. This is a great idea if you want to spice up your natural color but don’t wanna fully commit to high maintenance.

Two Tone Red

Two Tone Red
Instagram @mandyshairandspa

Grab this hair inspiration for a unique change of scenery in your hair! This sweet coppery vibrant shade has warm undertones in it that makes it look so defined and full of contrast.

Red and Blonde Highlights on Brown Hair

Red and Blonde Highlights on Brown Hair
Instagram @andreavarga_hair

Trade your classic light brunette hair with this combination of honey and strawberry balayage. A flash of this one-of-a-kind color blend can give you a flirty vibe.

Light Reddish Brown

Light Reddish Brown
Instagram @hairbyannastacia

Show off your marvelous vibrant copper color with a perfectly flat-ironed hair for that super smooth and shiny finish. This hue is totally suitable for warm and tan skin tones.

Reddish Golden Brown

Reddish Golden Brown
Instagram @nicoleblanck_hairbytonizambito

A more relaxed take on this sweet color can save you the effort and cost of maintenance compared to brighter reds. It’s amazingly complementing on any hair length, texture, and skin tone.

Red Brown Caramel Ombre

Red Brown Caramel Ombre
Instagram @salonmetta

Q&A with style creator, Vanessa Mosher
Stylist @ Salon Metta in North Andover, MA

How would you describe this look?

This look was meant to enhance vibrancy and warmth to my guest’s existing red hair. She was loving the red but want to add some dimension and brightness without losing her red hair look. With the beautiful art of balayage, I was able to add copper and amber tones as well as a golden honey blonde. What I love most about this is the luster and longevity she gets out of it. From visit-to-visit weeks later, her color still holds its structure.

My guest here has cooler fair skin tone with green/hazel eyes. The copper honey blonde tones really bring out her features. The beauty in balayage is also creating the same look with different tones and lengths of hair that will do the same enhancement to brunettes, blondes, and fashion color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anyone can achieve this look or similar all depending on hair length, styling, and product use. With the right consultation between stylist and guest, the same or similar look can be achieved. What another amazing thing about balayage is it can be personalized for each guest as everyone has different textures, hair lengths, and overall different coloring (example: eye color, skin tone)

What I did for my guest here is I used a 1 1/4 inch curling iron with a texture spray. Leaving the hair with movement and soft waves. When doing this, it helps the layered haircut accentuate the different tonal dimension in the hair and light reflects both red and golden tones. For a more softer look, wearing the hair smoother and flatter the tones blend in together to create a more natural softer look.

All easily can be created to suit the guest. Sometimes the finished look as you see here needs to be done in 1 to 2 visits. With minimal upkeep after the look is fully achieved. The most maintenance this will require is some tonal/ color balancing, and the initial balayage can last for several months.

Chestnut Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Jayne Wallace
Independent Colourist & Balayage Educator in Telford, Shropshire


How would you describe this look?

This is such a wearable and long-lasting color. I created this look with a free hand painting technique and then matched up the root shade to my client’s natural color so it will grow out seamlessly. It will grow out into a lovely ombre, needing maintenance twice to three times a year. The cut is gently curved with just a little texturizing around the bottom and gently shaped around the front.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This really is a color that will suit lots of skin tones. It’s gentle on the hair, causing little damage, and can be melted over old high lights for a bit of a seasonal change. If you don’t have the time/money to be in the salon every 6 weeks then this type of coloring is perfect.

Reddish Brown Hair with Highlights

Reddish Brown Hair with Highlights
Instagram @hair.wizard_

Q&A with style creator, Carly Gilewski
Hair Artist @ DYE Hair Salon in Ferndale, MI


How would you describe this look?

This sleek look I would describe as a dark chocolate brown melted into the cherry red with copper highlights and a long layered haircut. The loveliest thing about this look is the dimension and the shine it really brings to the hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Keep it nice and sleek for the office or throw some texturizing spray from Pureology and have a more tousled edgy look.

The great thing about a long layered cut is that it is perfect for everyone. For a fuller face, be sure to start the face frame at least an inch past the jawline. To keep a vibrant color lasting as long as it can, always use a sulfate free shampoo. For this look, I would recommend Pureology Super Smooth Shampoo and Pureology Hydrate conditioner.

To create such a sleek and shiny appeal, acquire a flat iron. Always use a heat protectant. I used Trilliant Shine Spray (made with quartz crystals) by Sebastian Professionals. It smells like a Bubbalicious Watermelon dream. If your hair type is fine and mostly straight this look will be the most efficient for you with the lowest maintenance, however, curly haired girls who don’t mind taking the extra time to smooth their hair out can also have this look (with the help of a good anti-humidity spray and a conditioning mousse). I would recommend The Shield by Amika and Whipped Cream by Sebastian Professionals.

Brown Hair with Copper Highlights

Brown Hair with Copper Highlights
Instagram @lastylestudio

Q&A with style creator, Laura Ashley
Hair Artist / Salon Studio Owner @ LA Style Studio in Cornelius, NC


How would you describe this look?

I love how this color wears, as it’s dimensional and edgy but still looks natural! It’s the perfect autumn color for fall. Her base is a dark mahogany brunette (think red wine) with the subtle balayage copper highlights. I used regular lightener on her highlights but hand painted them instead of using foils, lifted her about 4 levels, then toned her using a copper brown toner from the Redken Shades eq line.

The cut is blunt and angled with some textured layers, as I call them, which is my made-up term. To me textured layers mean that they’re not all blended like a “normal” graduated layered cut, but instead I point cut some random sections that flow with the way her hair naturally lies, giving dimension and texture.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is very versatile, for the girl who works at the office who wants to go edgy with color but also maybe isn’t allowed to have unnatural colors at work. This color still ends up looking very natural but also stands out as different. It’s long enough to still put up when needed, but it’s not too long and looks classy when down.

This cut/color would go with any face shape! I would suggest styling this with a wand curling iron alternating the waves to the front and back, then brush out and finish with a workable hold spray and a texture spray for some lift at the root.

Red Highlights on Light Brown Hair

Red Highlights on Light Brown Hair
Instagram @snssalon13

Q&A with style creator, Lisa Byers
Colorist @ Sugar N Spice Salon in Butte, MT


How would you describe this look?

This is a great color to transition from the highlights of the summer to neutral tones of the fall. A dark brown root, golden and neutral blonde added throughout, and the pops of red give this color a spicy look to face the fall months with confidence.

Although several neutral tones were used, the pops of red allow the client to still have some spunk while still being able to wear the color in all types of lifestyles.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Red is a commitment and involves a little extra care. Using quality product and rinsing your hair in cool water at home will help keep the longevity of the color.

Mahogany Balayage

Mahogany Balayage
Instagram @boss.hairmom

Q&A with style creator, Eryn Cote
Colorist / Stylist @ Trends Of Fashion in Antrim, NH


How would you describe this look?

This is an auburn balayage with deep red tones and copper babylights. The thing I love most about this would be the dimensions that come with this custom color and a Shades EQ Gloss to top it off for a shiny finished look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This hairstyle/colors would be great for someone that’s looking for low maintenance, only having to come in for a root touch up in 6-8 weeks. Products I would recommend to give this look would be, the Wow spray dream coat as a heat protectant, the Kendra working spray for a medium hairspray, and the Aqauage shine sprays for an extra shine at the end. Also used the Paul Mitchell wand to create these beautiful beach waves.