A red hair color is more than a color, it’s an attitude. Redheads are fun, fierce, and ready to take on the world! If you have the desire for a red hair shade, then you’re in the right place.
Red hair colors can be natural looking, depending on your skin tone. The hues can be altered, varying from strawberry, copper, auburn, to burgundy. Working with your hair colorist or hairdresser to find the best red hair color for your skin tone and eye color.
Before your next hair coloring appointment, check out these pictures of the best red hair color ideas.
#1: Fierce Red Mid-Length Hair with Loose Waves
Red mid-length hair with loose waves is fire. There’s a couple things to consider when dyeing your hair bright red. Unless your hair is a lighter shade, you’re going to have to lighten it. Most likely with bleach. You can’t get the pop without doing so. Red fades fast. You’ll need a color depositing conditioner and to wash with a cooler temperature of water. Doing so will help lessen the fade. Even with these obstacles bright fierce red is worth it.
#2: Gorgeous Red Curls
Gorgeous red curls are the perfect way to make a show-stopping statement this season. Whether you have bold bottle-red spirals or chestnut waves, try this hairstyling idea. If you’re looking for looks that will stand out, go for big and bouncy ringlets. They look ravishing in ruby shades! Curly hairstyles require special maintenance. Make sure to use quality products like Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo. It keeps your locks hydrated. Don’t forget to chat with your stylist about any needs that come along with these beautiful red hues.
#3: Long Dark Brick Red Hair
When you want to have an impact with color choice, opt for a fiery red and you will have everyone looking. Reds are perfect for lighter skin complexions. And, depending on the tone you choose, can actually look very natural. I always recommend a toning shampoo to keep red from looking lifeless and dull.
#4: Cherry Cola Long Hair
A cherry cola color is great when you want a more edgy color without being too bright. Having your stylist add different shades and levels of red will help give your hair a lot of dimension. To maintain this color, the right products and proper care is crucial. The best way to care for this color would be using professional color care products. Also, wash your hair in cool water and do not wash it every day.
#5: Striking Straight Red Hair
If you need to shake your look up a bit, you should try this striking straight red hair! This color palette is great for anyone with a darker hair color looking to try jewel-tone hair color. All while keeping the integrity and health of their hair in mind.
#6: Beautiful Red Hair Color
Be ready to stop traffic with a beautiful red hair color. The vibrant and rich red hair color will truly make you stand out. If you want your red bold, your hair colorist should pre-lighten your hair. This will help you get the vibrancy you’re looking for.
#7: Dark Strawberry Red Mid-Length Hair
Looking for a color that’s in between pink and red? Consider trying a dark strawberry color, this is the perfect combination of both. This type of color is easier if you have light brown or blonde hair that hasn’t been previously colored. Pastels tend to fade quickly so opt for washing your hair with cooler water. This will close your hair cuticle allowing the color to stay in longer.
#8: Rich and Glossy Long Reddish-Orange Hair
If you’re deciding to jump into a warmer color for the fall I suggest trying a dimensional red! Adding different hues of coppers and reds will give your hair life and allow for a beautiful fade-out. Keep in mind, red is a commitment though. It will need upkeep at home with toning products. Plus, in-salon tone refreshers every 8 weeks to keep looking vibrant.
#9: Radiant Cherry Red Bob
‘Tis the season for radiant reds!! If you’re looking for a color that will pop, go for a cherry red. You’ll get the best of both worlds as far as depth and brightness. My best advice would be to get a red-colored conditioner to increase the longevity of your color.
#10: Copper Red Long Hair
If you’re on the hunt for style that’s very fall-ish this year, look no further than this copper red shade on long hair. Copper red is one of this season’s most requested colors and looks beautiful with nearly every skin tone. I advise you to ask your stylist for a tap root, or shadow root, to ensure your color lasts as long as possible. It will make the grow-out seamless and less noticeable. Otherwise, remember to book a root touch-up every 4-6 weeks. This is a color that can fade quickly so be sure to give it plenty of care and attention at home.
#11: Light Brick Red Bob with Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs with a light brick red bob give an effortless look with a color that stands out. When creating the perfect red color, I’d choose to mix a few different reds to make a custom tone for my guest. In fact, this is how to get the best red color for any skin tone.
#12: Stunning Long Red Hair with Curled Ends
Stunning long red hair with curled ends will give you The Little Mermaid Ariel vibes. Dyeing your hair red can be troublesome without full commitment, as it is one of the hardest colors to maintain, but also tricky to remove. It’s best to go with a darker, richer red as it will give your hair more longevity with its vibrancy. Don’t forget to pick up a sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner to keep your color looking as fresh as possible, for as long as possible.
#13: Stunning Ginger Red Color
Add a youthful glow to your hair and complexion with a stunning ginger red color. Best for warm skin tones, a stunning red always adds vibrancy and life to your hair. Red and copper tones are light reflective, so watch your hair shine.
#14: Vibrant Fire Engine Red
A vibrant fire engine red is so spicy! This is for you if you have a daring personality.
#15: Brick Red Middle-Parted Hair
Brick red with a middle-part is a stunning combination. You’ll love wearing it each day! Keep your tresses, long, and let your red-haired sleek tresses shine. That’s how the added color gets accentuated, too.
#16: Deep Mahogany for Women over 70
A deep mahogany is great for women over 70 to cover up their gray hair. The nice thing about deeper reddish/purple hues is that they can appear more neutral and brown when not in direct sunlight, creating subtleness and making it not so overbearing right away.
#17: Perfect Coral Red Hair Color
Coral red hair color is a beautiful choice for an all-over hue. Coral is the perfect combination of all the warm tones and suits many skin tones. Red tones do tend to fade more quickly, so you’ll need to regularly visit your hair salon.
#18: Vivid & Bright Strawberry Red Hair
Bright strawberry red hair is radiant, luminous, and vivid in color. Rich copper, red tones are great for natural redheads wanting to add depth and spice up your color. Strawberry red hair hue is vibrant and appears amazing on fair or even on darker skin tones. To show off your fiery red hair, use a flat iron to add loose waves that will show off the vibrancy of your hair.
#19: Warm Copper Tones for Women over 60
Gorgeous copper tones look amazing if you’re a woman over 60. It will look best if you have a medium skin tone with a slightly warm undertone. The warm copper hair color will accentuate the glow of your warm complexion.
#20: Peachy Pink Undertones on Red Hair
Peachy pink undertones on red hair create an envy-inducing combination of colors.
#21: Transitional Auburn Highlights
Auburn highlights are an easy way to transition to reddish locks. Break up your bright red hair with darker hair dye and give yourself that sassy and trendy image in your photos.
#22: Fabulous Hints of Strawberry Ombre
Hints of strawberry ombre within red hair are fabulous! Flaunt your new color in long waves, and enjoy a nice red hair day!
#23: Color Melted Auburn Red Hair
Try auburn red hair that features a copper color melt. It gives a vibe à la Christina Hendricks. While coloring your red hair, keep it safe by using the best products recommended by your trusted stylist.
#24: Vivid Red Highlights
Vivid red highlights next to an edgy ombre are vibrant! I highly recommend you use color-safe products to keep your color vibrant. Don’t worry about the black roots because you’ll have no problem with the grow-out.
#25: Peachy Pastel Red Hair
A peachy pastel red hair is a mixture of pink pastel with peach undertones. This color melt works best if you have fair to neutral complexion.
#26: Stunning Dark Ruby Red
A dark ruby red balayage will leave your tresses looking edgier and dimensional. Style your hair with subtle waves, finish it off with a shine spray, and see how your color pops out even better. This ruby red shade is a chic option if you’re a lady with dark hair and want to embrace a fiery look now as a redhead!
#27: Dimensional Burnt Orange Red
Burnt orange red hair dye is a great way to spice up your plain ginger hair. Paint your strands with blonde highlights, plus some pink hues inside to give this orange-tinged red hair some dimension.
#28: Deep Sandy Red Shade for Women over 50
The deep sandy red shade is ideal for women over 50 as it adds character and edge to the woman wearing it. It needs a good quality of hair to shine and exude luxury. Moisturizing care products and color-enhancing masks are vital for the upkeep.
#29: Spicy Mahogany With Blonde Highlights
Mahogany with blonde highlights is a low-maintenance red color with a bit of spice! Warmer red hair colors like mahogany are absolutely stunning. Ask your stylist to keep the mahogany base through your hair. Then add in copper balayage pieces to give it a nice dimension. Red tends to fade faster than other colors. I recommend you touch up your balayage every 4-6 months. A quick routine color melt will get this color looking completely refreshed! Use cold water to wash your hair. Hot was will open that cuticle and make it easier for your color to slip out. Lastly, like having any other color service done, use a good leave-in conditioner once a week! This will help with any color-treated hair damage and restore your hair’s moisture!
#30: Gorgeous Scarlet Red Balayage
A scarlet red balayage is a glorious pigment and looks gorgeous if you have long tresses.
#31: All Over Scarlet Red
An all over scarlet red color is a fierce one-color application that adds the illusion of highs and lows in your hair. If you’re considering going for a scarlet tone definitely need to know a few things. First, this can bring out beautiful undertones in your skin that you’ve never noticed. There are many different shades, ranging from coppery red to violet-red or true red. Next, they fade fast, so get a good shampoo to not over-cleanse that new pretty tone right off your hair strand. Hair like this needs a touch-up every 4-6 weeks. Also, it’s normal for these tones to stay a bit on the outside of your hair shaft especially if you go a semi. Seeing your color runoff in the water when washing or bleed onto towels is very normal, so grab some old ones or dark ones!
#32: The Best Natural Redhead
There are lots of ways your colors can enhance your natural red hair color. This natural color is a modern take on the shag cut for long hair. You could air dry with some salt spray and still have a messy finish.
#33: Deeper Red Lowlights
Deeper red lowlights create a rich hair color that ladies will drool over. Its flattering reddish tone appears perfect if you have short, thick hair. Subtle choppy layers will accentuate your hair color even better.
#34: Funky Magenta Red
Magenta red can be super fun. The deep cranberry hues give it just enough subtleness for something a little funky. This color creation is a mix of depth and vibrancy together. If you’re looking for red hair dye ideas, you should keep this in mind: fantasy colors are a lot of upkeep. I suggest you pre-book with your stylist every 6-8 weeks to keep this color fresh. If you want a hair color like this dyed magenta, dry shampoo is your best friend. The less you wash it, the longer your color lasts.
#35: Cinnamon Red Fashion
A cinnamon red fashion color has a rich, fiery hue! It’s pre-lightened from the roots to the ends and then color-melted using a two-part formula to achieve maximum dimension. If you want a red hair color, take your skin tone, eye color, and natural hair color into consideration.
#36: Vibrant Garnet Red for Short Hair
Garnet red for short hair screams vibrancy. Ask your stylist for a reddish tone on your first visit. Then ask for a plum tone during your second visit. This garnet hair color is amazing for that instant uplift to your hair. It’s a high-maintenance color that needs to be topped up with toners.
#37: Sexy Red and Rose Gold Balayage
Rose gold balayage is a fierce red hair color. It offers lots of dimension that works well if you style your hair in waves or curls.
#38: Yummy Chocolate Red Highlights
This color is unlike the more modern shades of red hair. Red could be a hard color to remove from your strands. This color is for women who want a more copper, auburn tone rather than something bright. Plus, it’s the shade that suits freckles and can accentuate blue eyes. There are two main things you must consider for this red hue: the shade you want and the type of upkeep you’ll be dealing with.
#39: Beautiful Cherry Red Balayage
A cherry red balayage looks beautiful with red highlights painted over copper-red hair.
#40: Sunny Red Bronze
A sunny red bronze is a sunny copper color looks stylish on a wavy bob cut. Ask your stylist about a small triangle pattern while freshening up your balayage. While toning your red bronze highlight, ask for Redken Shades.
#41: Dyed Poison Apple Red
A dyed poison apple red color adds brightness to your face. If you want such a color, you must be willing to use professional products. Try a pigmented shampoo and conditioner for maintaining the hue like Davines Red Alchemic System. Dyed reds look great on women with pale skin, and women who don’t have pinkish tones in their skin.
#42: Feminine Merlot Red Hair Color
A merlot red hair color is a deep true wine color with balayage bright pieces. The pieces are painted throughout your ends and in front to frame your face. The depth of this hue allows it to compliment most skin types. This merlot shade is also perfect to bring out some stunning green eyes! A bright reddish color can be pulled off on many hair types, but it’s best paired with healthy hair.
#43: Flattering Mahogany With Blonde Highlights
Try a shade of red mahogany with blonde highlights and color melt. It features a vibrant copper orange with golden balayage accents. This color combo is great if you have a warm and fair skin tone. I especially love a golden-red hue on women with green eyes! This mahogany color is great for women of all hair types. I strongly recommend you use the base color and balayage throughout (alternating) to add dimension to your color. If using a hairspray daily, stay away from hairsprays that are high in alcohol. Alcohol will cause your color to fade faster and get very brassy,” she states.
#44: Charming Crimson Red Ringlets
Crimson red ringlets look chic with vibrant reds and coppers. Ask your stylist to combine vibrant crimson with intermingling coppers and bright reds. The right shade and tone should be chosen after a thorough consultation. These crimson curls are stunning, full of life, and worth every penny.
#45: Multi-Tonal Maroon & Violet Burgundy
A maroon and violet burgundy color is a rich maroon with balayage highlights. I love the pops of bright copper that run throughout. This color is best suited for women with cooler skin tones or women with fair skin and pink undertones. If you want to get a color like this, ask for multiple tones of red/copper/violet. The dimensions will give you a really nice fade-out until you can get back to your stylist.
#46: Burgundy Red for Summer
A burgundy red is very pretty. Your hair color should be touched up every six to eight weeks to maintain vibrancy. If you have burgundy undertones in your skin, this color will enhance those. I suggest you use Joico Lumishines and Schwarzkopf colors (and of course Olaplex) to create this red shade.
#47: Western Europe Reddish-Brown
A Western Europe reddish-brown base color is broken up with copper highlights. It’s ideal if you don’t want to settle with old dark or brown hair. Warm red hair color shades give the skin a much-needed glow. This color is perfect if you want to lighten up previously red hair. Microfine copper highlights both lighten up the overall red color, but it gives the old color a pop! When it fades, it can look very similar to Amy Adam’s hair color. Copper really suits women with reddish-brunette hairstyles. But, other shades also include red copper, bright copper, and strawberry blonde.
#48: Popular Rusty Brown Red
A rusty brown-red color looks great on a dimensional redhead. Just add brighter pieces and a strong baseline. It’s for you if you’re wanting an edgy look, and are willing to upkeep the dimensional color.
#49: Romantic Ruby Red Ombre
A bright ruby red ombre with a shadow root is spectacular. A darker root gives it an extra kick and actually makes your color last a little longer between sessions. Redheads are very difficult to maintain because it’s hard for your hair to hold this color. I try to stress to people to not use box color and to see a licensed cosmetologist who uses professional color.
#50: Eye-Catching Warm Red Hue
A warm red hue is very eye-catching. To achieve this color, ask your colorist for a deep orange-red that brings out your flushed cheeks.
#51: Reflective Soft Apricot
A soft apricot copper has reflective tones. If you have a warm skin tone ask for a copper-gold base.
#52: Head-Turning Light Auburn Hair
Light auburn hair never fails to make heads turn. Toasted hair colors like this can be achieved with an ombre technique.
#53: Medium Copper + Irish Red
Medium copper plus an Irish red is a ginger color that will make you want more warm hues. A fiery red glow looks amazing if you have medium hair.
#54: Dark Brown and Indian Red
A dark brown and Indian red with highlights combo is a new idea to brighten up your dark locks.
#55: Dramatic Rosewood Balayage
A dramatic rosewood balayage is different than your typical balayage. This is the perfect hair color if you want to have fun with your black hair. Use a red shampoo and condition such as Fanola. This red color balayage is for women with medium, olive, or deep complexions.
Readers Also Ask
Red hair is so rare since it skips a generation. 1 to 2 percent of people have red hair. Not very often you will see a person with natural red hair.
Redheads go blonde or whitish with age, but not grey. Their pigmentation fades with time as a person ages. Hair follicles just simply stop producing pigment causing the hair stands to turn white.
Redheads have a combination of red, orange, and brown hair. It varies, as some people look more red than orange due to the pheomelanin, the higher the pheomelanin the darker the red hues.
Yes, red hair does fade with age, leading it to fade into coppery rose gold tones then eventually white. Redheads retain their pigmentation longer than any other shade, no need to stress it will take a while before it starts fading.
Red curly hair is extremely rare, less than 2 percent of the population. Red hair has thicker strands which may be a reason why it's curly. Approximately 15 percent of humans have curly hair. It all comes down to genetics.