10 Best Cherry Cola Hair Ideas for Women in 2019

Make boring brunettes a distant memory with the thirst-quenching cherry cola hair colour trend.  

We’re not really sure why we all seem to have a desire to dye our hair like our favourite drinks, but who cares. We’ve already seen cream soda, pink champagne and let’s not forget pumpkin spice latte, but now there’s a brand new refreshment-inspired shade serving up inspiration: cherry cola hair colour.

The soda-inspired shade (which sounds like something straight out of a Lana Del Rey song) is a dark brunette shade with a blend of red. Yet how reddish you make your tint is up to you; you can either go super subtle or bright red.

So, continue scrolling for 10 ways you can channel the look yourself and see why this might just be what your mousy brown hair has been calling out for…

1. Ultra dark

shot from behind of a woman with shoulder length straight dark brown and red ombre hair holding her hair in a half up style with her hand
This ultra-dark cherry cola hair colour adds dimension to so-dark-its-almost-black strands. Credit: Instagram.com/braxtonthomashair


If your base colour is a very dark brunette or even black, adding a cherry tint will help to give your look more life. That way, even if you’re just wearing it straight it’ll automatically make every look infinitely cooler. Credit: @braxtonthomashair

2. Mahogany tint

side view of a woman with super long straight mahogany hair with a reddish tint
When the sunlight hits, this hue burns a fiery red. Credit: Instagram.com/memphisbalayageartist

The best part about getting a cherry cola hair colour is that while it would be easy to mistake for a regular rich chestnut in normal lighting, when the sunlight hits it, it literally glows! Credit: @memphisbalayageartist

3. Rich cherry chocolate

back view of a woman with long glossy cherry cola hair colour
Blending a chocolate base with a cherry tint makes for a unique but still really wearable look. Credit: Instagram.com/molliezeehair

This Instagrammer has blended her chocolate brown hair with a cherry tint for a look with plenty of healthy-looking gloss and shine. Credit: @molliezeehair

4. Vibrant balayage

back view of a woman in a khaki jacket with vibrant curly cherry ombre hair
If you like bold brights, this colour is made for you. Credit: Instagram.com/tasonlee

Striking reds will always be a surefire way to get you noticed. The proof? Exhibit A, this bold true cherry hue. As you can see, this also highlights how great curling your hair is for showing off the different tones in your mane! Credit: @tasonlee

No curling wand? No problem. Learn how to curl your hair using just your straightener.

Must-have product: The way you care for red hair will be key to how long your colour lasts.

Using a colour fade prevention wash and care duo, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner, will make sure your hair is sufficiently cleansed and conditioned without stripping away the colour.

5. Bold cherry

back view of a woman with vibrant long curly cherry hair running her hands through her hair
Give Poison Ivy a run for her money with this head-turning hue. Credit: Instagram.com/nottooshabby.270

Always wanted to turn yourself into Ariel from The Little Mermaid or fantasised about Jessica Rabbit’s siren red strands? Throw caution to the wind and take the plunge with a bold and beautiful cherry hue all of your own. Credit: @nottooshabby.270

6. Ombre tips

back view of a woman with long curly dark brown to cherry ombre hair styled in a half up half down braid
Make sure to make the most of your dip-dye with a braid that shows it off. Credit: Instagram.com/rosegoldebeauty

Not sure you’re ready to totally commit? Red is high maintenance, so it’s understandable. Keep your options open and steal style tips from this brunette with her wavy cherry cola ombre – it’s basically 2 looks for the price of one! Credit: @rosegoldebeauty

7. Face-framing accents

side profile of a woman with dark curled shoulder length hair with cherry cola face-framing balayage
Face-framing highlights have an instant feature flattering effect. Credit: Instagram.com/lisa.loves.hair

Highlights around the eyes and jaw really help to frame the face, so they’re a great way to draw attention to your favourite features. They’re also the easiest way to give the illusion of a total hair overhaul without having to spend as much time in the salon chair. Credit: @lisa.loves.hair

8. Warm ombre

woman with long dark cherry ombre hair with her hands in her hair
If you’re on the fairer side, think about trying a complexion-warming ombre. Credit: Instagram.com/andrae_devon_colorist

We tend to think of more red-based hygge hues being more of an autumn/winter look, but if you’re naturally very fair they can have year-round benefits.

If you have cool undertones, warm, rich reds like this are an easy way to warm up your complexion and make you look more sunkissed. Credit: @andrae_devon_colorist

9. Soft ash red

back view of a tattoed woman with medium length wavy ash cherry hair
Reds don’t always have to be so in your face. Credit: Instagram.com/sharondhalpin

We usually think of ashy colours as being just for blondes but ash red hair is a total gamechanger.

Great if you’re wanting something a bit more parred back and office-appropriate, the ashiness softens the harshness of the red and means fading won’t be nearly as obvious as on brighter hues. Credit: @sharondhalpin

Like this one? More dreamy ash red #hairspiration, right this way.

shot from behind of a woman with her hands in her long straight two tone cherry cola hair
This is a great one to try if you’ve already got red hair and want to spruce it up. Credit: Instagram.com/alexandersgrandsalon

10. 2-tone tips

Celebrities like Bella Thorne are always trying out two-tone hair colours, so why not give your mane an A-list finish with two contrasting shades of red? That way, you’ll still be able to add dimension to your red instead of sticking to one allover block colour. Credit: @alexandersgrandsalon

Must have product: The TIGI S Factor True Lasting Colour Oil is a great one not just for redheads, but anyone with coloured hair. It’s both a styling oil and a finishing product, smoothing frizz and adding shine while also protecting your colour.

Take a look and uncover the best red hair shampoos!

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