37 Popular Red Hair Color Ideas Trending Right Now

Red hair colors

Red hair is more than a color, it’s an attitude. Redheads are fun, fierce and ready to take on the world! If you either have the recessive red hair gene genetically passed down from your parents, or a desire for this hair shade, then you’re in the right place. Scroll to see pictures of the best red hair color ideas for 2020 and find the right color for you.

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Brick Red Middle Part

Brick red hair with middle part
Instagram @shan.hair

An edgy and classy style for medium-length hair is this shade of auburn. Cool and fair skin tones look ideal for vibrant reds like this.

Peachy-Pink Undertones

Red hair with peachy-pink undertones
Instagram @gerilynghaisarzadeh

A totally envy-inducing combination of colors that makes everyone jealous is this peach pink balayage. Optimal for long hair to make sure you catch eyes with these delightful and enchanting candy colors.

Auburn Highlights

Red hair with auburn highlights
Instagram @hollywiit

The easiest way to attaining an exquisite and modern look is to streak your hair with auburn highlights. A small effort but a huge difference to give you that sassy and trendy image.

Hints of Strawberry Ombre

A dark red to strawberry red ombre hair color
Instagram @constancerobbins

A remarkable red strawberry pink ombre like this would take you places! Super stunning when you pair this with very long wavy hair for a really smooth easy transition.

Almost Auburn Red

Picture of a red hair bob
Instagram @daniellestyle

This fun and smooth red copper color melt looks epic especially on a medium straight bob like hers! Keep your color safe by using the best products recommended by your trusted stylist.

Vivid Red Highlights

Picture of a short dark red hair
Instagram @the_hairbend3r

Up your hairstyle by getting this edgy red ombre on black hair! Use color-safe products to keep the red vibrant but don’t worry about that black root because you’ll have no problem with the grow-out.

Peachy Pastel

Picture of a pastel red hair
Instagram @sydneyannlopezhair

If you’ve got great long wavy hair and wanna make it even more interesting, try this enchanting pink pastel with peach undertones! This color melt goes amazingly on fair to neutral skin tones and with any hair length.

Dark Ruby Red

Picture of a dark and shiny ruby red hair
Instagram @amberbeckjordhair

Burnt Orange Red

Picture of a burnt orange red hair
Instagram @ailihudson

If you’re feeling bored with your plain ginger hair, this is a noteworthy solution for you. Paint your strands with blonde highlights on your red hair and some pink and orange hues inside, and you can play around with some waves and layers for a super fun and unique result!

Mahogany With Blonde Highlights

Mahogany With Blonde Highlights
Instagram @lafranceglam

Q&A with style creator, Nicole LaFrance
Owner @ LaFrance Glam Artistry in Millbury, MA

How would you describe this look?

For this look my guest and I wanted to achieve a low maintenance color with a little bit of spice! It’s an ashy world out there right now, and I think sometimes we forget how absolutely stunning warmer colors can be! We wanted to keep a mahogany base throughout her hair, but add in some copper balayage pieces to really give it some nice dimension.

One of my favorite things about this color is how low maintenance it really can be! Of course, she has to come in for her touch-ups (because we all know reds tend to fade faster than other colors). The great thing is, she only needs to get her balayage touched up about every 4-6 months. A quick routine color melt will get this color looking completely refreshed!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I always remind them that reds are more high maintenance than most colors because of the faster fade out. Buying a color refreshing shampoo will greatly stretch out the longevity of your color. It is an absolute must! Another quick tip is to use as cold as you can stand it, water to wash your hair. Hot water will open that cuticle and makes 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!

Finally, let’s talk about style! These loose waves are one of my most requested looks in the salon. People are often intimated when it comes to curling their hair, but really, practice makes perfect! The biggest part is finding the right tool for you. My personal favorite iron (and one that I noticed works best for every hair type) is the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Curling Iron. I use it in the size 1 1/4in to achieve these waves. I start by taking about 1 – 1 1/2 inch vertical sections. I always alternate my curls meaning if I curl towards the face for one, I will curl away from the face the next. Once I get to the ones around the face, I will always curl them away from the face. Make sure when wrapping the hair to leave about an inch out from the bottom. This will help your curls have more of that “lived in” look. Curl the whole head, and wait a few minutes for the hair to cool. Then, I take a texture spray (I really like the Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray) and spray it throughout the hair. Finally, use a wide tooth comb to brush out your curls, and you are done!

Scarlet Red Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Ella Fritz
Stylist @ inu Salon and Spa in Lancaster, PA

How would you describe this look?

This look is almost resembling lava cascading down the vent of a volcano, her dark root being the vent and the bright, fiery red being the lava, or a pinky rose turned on its head, blooming downward. The best thing about it has got to be my client’s already beautiful hair and the how the custom Pulp Riot color I have mixed for her pops against her olive complexion!

My client has been box coloring her hair at home for years and has always wanted something eye-catching, and I love that I had the opportunity to give her just that and then some! I love how the waves I’ve given her contribute a fluidity to her hair that almost simulates a dancing flame. Before blow-drying and styling, I primed my client’s hair with L’incroyable Blowdry Crème by Kérastase and Balmain Leave-In Conditioning Spray paired with Balmain Argan Moisturizing Elixir, these being my favorite go-to combo!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Go for it! Bold is beautiful and waking up to seeing this bright of a color facing you in the mirror every morning is bound to lighten your mood and the mood of those around you. Definitely be prepared to wash your hair in cold water to preserve the color and have a steady rebooking schedule to stay vibrant. I personally think any hair type and face shape could rock this daring shade! Embrace the new look and be the most vivid head in the crowd!

Scarlet Red

Q&A with style creator, Danon Christoffers
Licensed Cosmetologist / Master Colorist @ Redefined Beauty Bar Salon in Barrington, IL

How would you describe this look?

This is a true red in my eyes. It’s fierce and keeps people guessing. I love that it’s a solid, one color application of a Keune Semi Color (4-6 week life), but it gives dimension and the illusion of highs and lows in the hair which appears more natural. Styling it with a wave adds to that illusion and shows off even more of the pretty dimension and shine.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Someone considering going red definitely needs to know a few things. You will be noticed. Also, you need to invest in sulfate free (color safe) shampoo and don’t use white towels.

Reds can bring out beautiful undertones in your skin that you’ve never noticed and they can make your eyes pop, especially green eyes (because green and red are complementary colors). There are many different shades of red, so just because coppery red wasn’t your jam in college doesn’t mean you couldn’t rock an awesome violet-red or true red these days. Give it a shot!

Also, reds fade fast which is why you need a good shampoo to not over-cleanse that new pretty tone right off the hair strand. Also, it’s normal for red tones to stay a bit on the outside of the hair shaft especially if you go a semi or demi (like in the photo). Seeing a red runoff in the water when washing or bleed onto towels is very normal, so grab some old ones or dark ones! Find a great colorist to help you find your perfect, fiercest shade.

Natural Redhead

Natural redhead hair color
Instagram @beth_conlin

Nothing can go wrong for you lucky ladies who has natural red hair. Try this shaggy and textured cut paired with a fringe for that stunning fresh look!

Q&A with style creator, Beth Conlin
Hairstylist @ Beth Conlin Hair at Malva House of Hair in Tigard, OR

How would you describe this look?

This is a modern take on the “shag.” For this cut, I was going for perfectly imperfect. This cut is all about texture rather than layers! I love finishing with a loose wave for that effortless beachy look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You could air dry with some salt spray and still have a messy look to it. I love to style it using a curling iron and dry texture spray to finish. I would say this style is pretty low maintenance and perfect for those on-the-go. This cut could be great with or without the fringe. The key is keeping the piecey-ness around the face.

Deeper Red Lowlights

A red hair color with deep red lowlights
Instagram @samiamber

Q&A with style creator, Samantha Turnbull
Stylist @ D’Agostino Hair Artistry in Orange County, NY

How would you describe this look?

This is a multi-dimensional blend of copper, red, and warm brown tones to create a subtle balayage. I love giving my beautiful client a nice pop of color that was still natural enough, so she wouldn’t get in trouble with the military.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Prepare for some upkeep, as reds fade quickly. Also, don’t forget to use sulfate-free and sodium chloride-free shampoo to keep your color last as long as possible.

Anyone wanting a little pop of fun while still maintaining a professional look would be a great candidate for this look.

Magenta Red

Picture of a magenta red hair
Instagram @beautyby_coley

Q&A with style creator, Nicole
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Advanced Hair Etc. in Derry, NH

How would you describe this look?

This look is super fun! It’s daring and outgoing but not too over the top. The deep cranberry hues give it just enough subtleness for something a little funky and outside of the box. My favorite thing about this color creation is the mix of depth and vibrancy together. It’s just enough pop for someone that wants something fun and different without going crazy!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Any fantasy colors are a lot of upkeep. I would pre-book with your stylist before you leave your appointment for every 6-8 weeks to keep this color fresh. You always want to use professional sulfate free shampoo and to wash with cold water. I always tell my clients who want a color like this that dry shampoo is your best friend! The less you wash it, the longer the color lasts. I feel like this color is great for anyone that is looking for something fun and funky without going over the top and extravagant. The depth to it can also keep it very professional and not super eye-catching if you have a more “professional” career!

A Yummy Cinnamon Red

Picture of a yummy cinnamon red hair
Instagram @radicaljason

Q&A with style creator, Jason Bunce
Owner / Barber / Stylist @ Skull & Combs Co. in New Haven, CT

How would you describe this look?

This was a total transformation! My client is a natural level 4 brunette and has been trying to achieve a vibrant (but natural) looking red for many years. We nailed it with this rich, fiery red! She was pre-lightened from the roots to the ends and then color-melted using a two-part formula to achieve maximum dimension! I would say that this is the most flattering red that I’ve ever done, mostly because of the dimension and natural look of it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to any color client when they come in for a consultation is to take into consideration their skin tone, eye color, natural hair-color and their normal level of maintenance. How does the desired color compliment their skin tone, eye color, fashion choices, how often are they willing to come into the salon for upkeep, and what is the long-term goal.

Garnet Red for Short Hair

Picture of a red short hair
Instagram @thehivesalonuk

Q&A with style creator, Chloe Lyons
Hair Director @ The Hive Salon in West Midlands, UK

How would you describe this look?

My favorite thing about this look is its vibrancy. This client came in at her first visit with long hair, natural in color and felt like she needed a complete uplift in herself, using her new hair color to feel like a new woman. That’s exactly what we did here. First, we took her to a reddish tone but by her second visit she had plucked up the courage and went for the newer, more vibrant plum red tone and we all loved it! She left with a spring in her step.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This red hair colour is amazing for that instant uplift to your hair and gives a real individual look and style. It is, however, a more high maintenance color than perhaps a flat brown color, as its vibrancy does need to be topped up with toners. Depending on the products used at home and how often the hair is washed, it will need to be refreshed approximately every 4 weeks to keep this color shining brightly.

We stock Label M products and highly recommend the color stay shampoo and conditioner and the protein spray to hold the color for as long as possible.

I think you need to be bright, bubbly and have a strong personality to pull off this look, and providing you’ve got the confidence to wear it. Anyone could go for this amazing bright color. We recommend having an in-depth consultation with your hairdresser beforehand because we can create vibrancy with all types of tones including reds, coppers as well as plums. Each tone will suit different skin types in a different way so make sure you decide with your hairdresser when picking your shade.

Rose Gold Balayage

Rose Gold Balayage
Instagram @beautyby_brittanyjean

Be fiery with this sexy look. Partner that fierce red hair with layers and layers of beautifullly crafted soft curls.

Chocolate Red Highlights

Picture of chocolate red highlights
Instagram @krs_styles

Q&A with style creator, Katie Spidle
Stylist @ Park Place Boutique and Salon in Columbus, MS

How would you describe this look?

To me, this color is unlike the more modern shades of red and that’s my favorite thing about it!

I haven’t always been the biggest fan of red, due to some experiences of trying to remove it. It can be a pain if not done right! However, my client wanted more of a copper, auburn red rather than something really bright. So I was all for it! She wanted her ends to pop but still keep a natural look at her roots. It’s slowly but surely making me a fan of warmer tones!

Any advice for someone considering it?

There are two main things you must consider: the shade of red you want and the type of upkeep you’ll be dealing with.

There are many different shades of red: red orange, red violet, blue red, auburn red and more! Narrowing down what tone you want to be will help your stylist tremendously.

As for the maintenance, it’s different for everyone. Red tones can either fade very fast or do quite the opposite and take many sessions to remove. You should always use sulfate free products. If you feel like your color is fading pretty fast, invest in a color depositing shampoo or conditioner, and try to cut back on the number of times you wash it.

Cherry Red Balayage

Cherry Red Balayage
Instagram @nathaliegavrailov

Accented by thick layers and black highlights, paint over copper red has certain grunge feel to it, don’t you think?

Sunny Red Bronze

sunny copper red bob hair color
Instagram @jennie2479

Q&A with style creator, Jennifer Ebbinghouser
Hairstylist @ Salon Serendipity in Sparta, NJ

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

I had so much fun creating this sunny copper color, dimensional wavy bob for Linda. My favorite thing is helping a client step outside of their box and trying something that will set their hair apart. Change your hair, change your life!!

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

This look was achieved by deepening her base using Redken Cover Fusion 7ncr 6nbr and 6nn. We freshened up her balayage using a traditional small triangle pattern, working off her natural part using Redken Flashlift with 30 volume developer and Olaplex. For toning the highlight, we used Redken Shades eq cream 6cc 8cc 7rr with Olaplex.

I recommended that this client come in every three to four weeks for a glaze to keep the vibrancy of the copper and every six weeks for color and to shape the haircut. Olaplex step 3 is recommended for home use once a week, as well as Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Linda has natural fine to medium texture level 7 hair with 20% gray and a fair skin tone. She doesn’t mind making a commitment to her hair and understands reds require a little more upkeep.

Poison Apple Red

apple red hair color
Instagram / @kendalleileen

Q&A with Style Creator Kendall Wooding
Hairstylist @ Stratosphere Hair Salon in Washington

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

I call this color “poison apple red”. My favorite thing about it is the brightness I added around to face to break the look up and give it a little more dimension.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

If you want a red hair, you MUST be willing to use professional products and also come in about every four weeks to maintain the color! My favorite pigmented shampoo and conditioner for maintaining reds is the Davines Red Alchemic system.

For styling, I used Young Again by Kevin Murphy to repair and provide heat protection to her ends. I also used Anti Gravity Spray by Kevin Murphy which doubles as a root volumizer for blow drying and a setting spray for curling.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

To be honest, my number one deciding factor for color is the client’s personal style. Some people may not agree but to me, personality trumps everything else. If the client wants a certain color because it suits their style and it makes them feel amazing, I say let’s do it!

If we must go into the nitty gritty of suitability, I would recommend reds for anyone with pale skin and for those who don’t naturally have pinkish tones in the skin.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Aside from getting your color done every four weeks and using a pigmented shampoo and conditioner, wash your hair less frequently (two times a week) and wash with cool water.

Merlot Red

dark red hair color
Instagram / @hairbytawnee

Q&A with Style Creator Tawnee Hedley
Hairstylist @ Heartwood & co. in Victoria, BC

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

This look is a deep true wine color with balayaged bright pieces painted throughout the ends and in front to frame the face. I find that a loose, tousled curl done with a flat iron brings out the dimensional color best.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

My favorite products for this look are Young.Again oil to moisturize her dry ends, and Smooth.Again round-brushed into the hair to help with frizz. I always finish with Session.Spray to hold the shape and add shine. All products mentioned are Kevin Murphy.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

The depth of this hue allows it to compliment most skin types, and, depending on the placement of the brighter pieces around the face, they can be great for a fair to medium skin tone. This shade is also perfect to bring out some stunning green eyes! A bright reddish color can be pulled off on many hair types, but I think it’s best paired with healthy hair that is not too porous to maintain the longevity of the color.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

My best tip to maintain this color is to take care of it at home! A color-safe shampoo and conditioner are a must. I always suggest Kevin Murphy because all of their products help to keep your color safe when washing and blow drying. On this look, I used Smooth.Again wash and rinse, but for finer hair I may suggest the Angel wash and rinse.

Mahogany With Blonde Highlights

red hair with blonde highlights
Instagram @bam_good_hair

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Bahm
Senior Stylest @ Salon Lakota in Stillwater, OK

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

This is a vibrant copper orange with golden balayage accents. My absolute favorite thing about it is the vibrancy and dimension this color has!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

To achieve this color, I used Alfaparf cube color in medium golden copper blonde with Redkin flash lift lightener.

For the style, I used my two go-to styling products. I sprayed each section with Living Proof Flex styling spray then curled with a 1 1/2-inch curling iron. I always curl away from the face and allow the curls to fully cool before touching. Then I spray Surface’s new Taffy Wax Spray all over and run my hands through all of the curls to achieve that effortless curls look.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This color combo is great for women with warm and fair skin tones. I especially love this combo on women with green eyes! The contrast really makes their eyes pop. This color is great for women of all hair types.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Use the base color and balayage throughout (alternating) to add dimension to your color! Using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and always washing/rinsing with cool water will help maintain your look and keep it beautiful and vibrant. If using a hairspray daily, I would also recommend staying away from hairsprays that are high in alcohol. Alcohol will cause your color to fade faster and get very brassy.

Crimson Red Ringlets

A red crimson hair color
Instagram @hairbymeagan

Q&A with style creator, Meagan Eldridge
Stylist @ William Edge Nashville in Nashville, TN

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

This is all about “look at me hair,” from the attention-grabbing vibrant reds and coppers to the out-of-this-world texture and bounce. With this guest, I created a shape to accentuate and show off her natural texture and curl. For her color, we did a combination of an all over vibrant crimson with intermingling coppers and bright reds.

I absolutely LOVE this look because of how free, fierce and full of life it is. Curly hair is so fun because of its free spirited nature. It never dries the same twice!

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

To create and maintain this look, I always recommend at home color care products for my redheads such as Aveda’s Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner, along with Daily Color Protect or Sun Care Veil. To style, we started with Dry Remedy Oil, Be Curly Style Prep, and Be Curly Enhancer to encourage more curl activation. This is where preference comes into play — diffusing the hair will create more volume and movement while air drying will give you a tame, low profile curl and shape. With my guest, we opted for diffusing her curls and refining pieces throughout with a 1/2-inch curling wand.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this look to anyone who wants head turning hair and doesn’t mind working for it. This is a look that requires a certain amount of maintenance and at home care that those who wish to have this amazing look should be willing to commit to. The right shade and tone of red or copper should be chosen after a thorough consultation with your trusted stylist. Reds are stunning, full of life, and worth every penny.

Pops of Maroon & Violet

pops of red and violet hair color
Instagram @ameliarempel

Q&A with style creator, Amelia Rempel
Hairstylist @ Edward Carriere Salon in Winnipeg, Canada

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

This color is a rich maroon with balayaged highlights. I love the pops of bright copper that run throughout!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

For washing the hair, I always recommend a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. I love Goldwell Fade Stop and R+Co Gemstone. When using hot tools, always remember to use a protectant! Goldwell Sleek Perfection is a great product that you can spray on before styling. I am a huge fan of the entire R+Co styling line because everything has built in heat protection!

The base color was created used Goldwell Topchic 7RR@RR 30ml + 6RR@PK 30ml with 10vol 60ml.nThe highlights were created using the Topchic Effects KR, RR and VR, using 20vol for the first two and 30 vol for the last. I also used 20vol Silk Lift and toned with Colorance 9KG + Clear with some GGmix for a little extra gold punch.

The base was applied first. Then the Topchic Effects and Silk Lift were applied using a freehand balayage technique, making sure to blend the base color in and bringing it all the way down every few sections. It was processed for 30 minutes and then toned at the basin for 15 minutes.

I styled this look using a round brush and R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray, then curled with my Hot Tools 1-inch Curling iron.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

This color is best suited to someone with cooler skin tones or someone with fair skin and pink undertones.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Use cooler water and don’t overwash your hair to save the color. Use good quality products (they don’t have to be expensive!) and watch the heat on your styling tools! 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. I would recommend checking back in after six to eight weeks!

Burgundy Red

Q&A with style creator, Sarai Speer 
Master Colorist @ ReHab Hair in Kansas City, MO

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

I would describe this look as sassy yet wearable. I believe it’s still workplace appropriate while bordering on edgy color. I like to teeter the line of work wearable and vivids. I’d call this “business edgy”.

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

I used Joico Lumishines and Schwarzkopf colors (and of course Olaplex) to create this look. To style, I used Kenra Blow Dry Spray and Kenra Root Volumizer Spray. After drying, I used Kenra Thermal Protectant Spray and curled with a 1-inch curling iron, alternating the direction of the curls. After the whole head was curled, I emulsified Kenra Texture Taffy in my hands and ran them through the hair to break up curls and add texture. I recommend Joico Co-Wash, a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, and shampooing every two to three days (using dry shampoo in between).

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a pretty low maintenance hairstyle. The color should be touched up every six to eight weeks to maintain vibrancy along with a cut to maintain the shape. This look would be great for fair skin, dark ski and olive skin, but should be avoided by those with burgundy undertones in their skin as it will only enhance those.

Reddish Brown

A reddish brown hair color
Instagram @strutmichelle

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Conway 
Senior Stylist/Colour specialist @ Strut Salon in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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

This is a mid-length textured bob with a rich, red, brown base color that is broken up with microfine copper highlights.

I love this look because the warmer shades give the skin a much-needed glow this time of year. And while this look is soft and pretty, it really stands out in the grey winter!

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

I used a 1 1/4-inch iron for the waves. It’s important to get a really good shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair. A shampoo with a ph level of 4.5-5.5 is essential. I recommend Schwartzkopf Color Freeze shampoo or Hairphix shampoo.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style of cut suits almost anyone and it is easy to style many ways. This client was trying to lighten up her previously colored red hair. Microfine copper highlights both lightened up the overall look and gave her old color a pop!

This client is fair skinned with green eyes, so the copper shade really suits her, but there are so many variations of copper (brown copper, red copper, bright copper, strawberry blonde) that most people who want to can wear it. This color will require touch ups every five to seven weeks

Rusty Brown Red

Bright red hair color pieces
Instagram @rickikouryakus

Q&A with style creator, Ricki Kouryakus 
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Nude The Salon in Birmingham, MI

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

This is a dimensional redhead created by adding brighter pieces and a textured cut with a strong baseline.

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

I used R+Co Blowout Balm and Jackpot Styling Cream with Davines’ Polish and Separation Spray and Oribe Dry Texture Spray to finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is recommended for a client that is looking for a more edgy look, but willing to take on the upkeep that this dimensional color requires.

Ruby Red Ombre

A black to red ombre hair color
Instagram / @wtfrinna

Q&A with Style Creator Marinna Guasto
Hairstylist @ Salon Kroma in Long Island, NY

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

This is a bright ombre with a shadow root. It has a lot of depth and contrast to it which makes it super fun. My favorite thing is the darker root because it makes the ends of the hair seem brighter and lighter. It gives it an extra kick and actually makes the color last a little longer between sessions for the client. Redheads are very difficult to maintain because it’s hard for the hair to hold this color. This particular client comes in for a retouch and glaze every six to eight weeks.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I try to stress to people to not use box color and to see a licensed cosmetologist who uses professional color. For a client to maintain this color, I suggest going home with a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. I work at Salon Kroma in Babylon Village in Long Island, New York. Here we use Redken color and products, Unite products and Moroccan Oil.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I always suggest my clients to take home the Redken Color Magnetic shampoo and conditioner. I also advise them to wash their hair as little as possible, and always use a heat protectant and low heat. Over washing and high heat fades color so fast, so I try to teach clients proper washing and styling techniques.

A leave-in conditioner and serum are definitely suggested as well. I love Unite 7 Seconds Detangler as a leave-in conditioner and a heat protectant. The Unite U-oil is a favorite serum of mine since it doesn’t change the tint of the hair color and keeps it shiny. Using dry shampoo in between washing is also a great trick. Clients should spray it on the root and rub it in with their finger tips before styling. I prefer Moroccan Oil dry shampoo or Unite 7 Seconds Refresher.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Since the color has a dark root, I tell clients they can move the highlights and balayage pieces up to their leisure, but come in every six to eight weeks for root touch ups and glazes. This keeps the vibrancy and color looking fresh. I find that any color after eight weeks (especially a redhead) starts to look dull and needs some extra love! I’m sure not everyone wants to spend time in the salon as often as a redhead needs, so I suggest this color for clients who will stay committed to the color and have the lifestyle to come in and maintain it.

I think anyone can rock this color. I tell everyone that with confidence, you can wear any color you want. I have clients of all ages with bright hair colors. It’s all in the way you want to carry it. I do find that this hair color is very beautiful on olive skin and light skin. Green and blue eyes also makes this color pop. But like I said, anyone can rock any hair color with confidence!

Warm Red Hue

Warm Red Hue
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Seriously giving off autumn vibes! Stylist Kelsey was able to concoct a deep orange red that brings out flushed cheeks.

Soft Apricot

soft apricot red hair color
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Q&A with Style Creator Evie Williams
Graduate Stylist @ Silhouette du Barry in Chelmsford, Essex

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

I wanted to create a soft apricot copper with reflective tones. I love how vibrant it is while still being a commercial and wearable color.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I used a light mousse because she has long hair and her curls drop quickly. I also used a shine spray to finish off.

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

Copper can really suit anyone, but it is vital to find the right tone. This client has a warm skin tone, so I used a copper gold base.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

Coppers fade quickly, and to keep the hair looking fresh, home care is important. I recommend using a sulphate-free shampoo and turning the heat down on styling tools.

Light Auburn

Light Auburn
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Toasted hair colors never fail to make heads turn. Colorist Emily made this color an ombre, perfectly partnered with wavy, long locks.

Medium Copper

Medium Copper Hair Color
Instagram @hairbyleahoxo

Seriously ginger will make you linger for more warm hues! Colorist Leah managed to make fiery red glow for this medium-haired babe.

Dark Brown and Indian Red

Dark brown and red hair color
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Q&A with Style Creator Sarah Merritt
Hairstylist @ Cathy’s Beauty Salon in Meadville, PA

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

This is a deep vibrant tone with rich red/copper balayage highlights. I love that this color is vibrant without looking unnatural. This is perfect for someone who wants something a little different, but doesn’t want to be shocked when they leave the salon.

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

We used Eufora color to achieve this look and toned her pre-lightened highlights with Jean Alexander color.

I used Eufora Smooth’n straightening balm and Eufora Illuminate shine mist to blow her out. I used Aquage Finishing Spray for her curls. I would recommend Eufora BE Bodify shampoo and conditioner to maintain the color.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

My client has thick, naturally curly hair. I balayaged the highlights so we don’t have to retouch them every time she’s in getting her roots done. This isn’t a color for only thick hair of course. I would just recommend less copper for less hair.

My client also has fair skin, freckles and blue eyes. I always love enhancing reds on women with ginger hair qualities. I also love using copper on anyone with green eyes. Balayage is great for low maintenance, but since this is red you need to be using professional products and even a tinted shampoo to help maintain the color. We refresh her ends every eight weeks.

Dramatic Rosewood Balayage

Dark red hair with black roots
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Q&A with Style Creator Kathleen Austin
Hairstylist @ Villa 2000 in Stockton, CA

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

This look is a black to red dramatic balayage. My favorite thing about this balayage is that it is different than your typical balayage. This is a perfect color for those that want to do something fun with their hair, but still need to stay a little conservative for work. You can probably get away with this color!

Which products would you recommend for this look?

I recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner in cooler water. One of my favorites is Pureology Gold Nano Works. Also, to really maintain it, I would recommend using a red shampoo and conditioner. My clients always go home with Fanola. Make sure to turn your heat down on your hot tools as well and use a heat protector!

Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

I would recommend this color for clients with a medium, olive or deep complexion. Any hair type can pull off this look, but I wouldn’t suggest it for someone with thin hair or super curly hair, unless you are going to style every day.

What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

When my client first came in she had an all over level 4/5. I started with Fanola 4.0 3.5 v and did her roots, brushing it to drag it down. I then went in and balayaged her entire head in the areas where I wanted to see the red. I used Schwarzkopf Blond Me with 40v. After she lifted to a level 7, I washed her hair and blew it dry.

I then went in and used Joico Intensity Colors in Magenta, Ruby Red and Purple. I then gave my client the advice that I explained in the previous question, and recommended that she come in about every six to eight weeks, depending on how she takes care of it.

Vibrant Fire Engine Red

Vibrant Fire Engine Red Hair Color
Instagram @hairbykaseyoh

A look that’s oh so spicy! Try this super hot alluring wavy hair that’s absolutely a confidence booster