Auburn highlights: Why we love this hue for autumn, winter & beyond

Want a look that will last you long after pumpkin carving season is over? Then auburn highlights are for you! ?  

There are some things that just sum up the autumn months and that’s conkers, pumpkin carving and, of course, auburn highlights. Not only ideal for as a seasonal transition, rocking a reddish brown shade is also a great colour choice for year-round wear — and we’re going to prove it!

Loved for their universally flattering appeal (plus the way they can warm up fairer complexions, while also complimenting darker tones) we’re here to tempt you with some of our fave highlighted auburn looks from Insta. After all, the proof is in the (pumpkin spiced) pudding…

7 auburn highlights that’ll look great long after autumn has passed


selfie of a woman with curled spicy auburn hair
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1. Spicy cinnamon

This hot and spicy cinnamon shade is so toasty it’s sure to fend off even the crispest winter mornings! Perfect for those with tanned or deep complexions who can dare to go a little bolder, this sexy style has no expiration date. Credit: @hairsheiz

side profile of a woman with deep auburn red hair
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2. Deep auburn red

Auburn highlights can range anywhere from fiery oranges to deeper reds, like this Instagrammer’s enviable mane.

A great one to try if you’re already a redhead looking to shake up your style, when the light hits your auburn highlights your look will be on fire! Credit: @oscarandivyhairco

side profile of a woman with pumpkin spiced latte auburn hair
Show your love for the pumpkin spiced latte with this seasonal shade! Credit:

3. Flaming pumpkin

‘Tis the season of pumpkin spiced lattes, so what better way to show your appreciation for the favourite autumnal beverage than with a latte-inspired look? Best suited to those with English rose colouring, this look will give you all the highland girl vibes. Credit: @tanglesandknotts

TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Whether you’re drawn to punchier colours like this pumpkin shade or something a bit subtler, the key to maintaining auburn highlights for as long as possible is to make sure you’re using a colour protect shampoo and conditioner.

The TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner are great for redheads, as they contain Colour Lock Technology to gently cleanse the hair without stripping away your colour.

back shot of a woman with long curly chestnut brunette hair with auburn highlights
Add dimension to dark brunettes with subtle auburn ribbons of colour. Credit:

4. Chestnut brown

Bold colours aren’t for everyone but don’t let the fear get in the way of you trying out auburn highlights.

For a subtler take on the trend, stick to more understated styles, like this chestnut and auburn balayage, for a natural-looking but still noticeable transformation. Credit: @hairbymarkis

back view of a woman with auburn to blonde ombre hair
We’re not ready to say goodbye to ombre just yet. Credit:

5. Auburn ombre

Ombre lovers, this one’s for you. This warming colour contrast will really make both of your shades pop and curling your lengths will help seamlessly blend the two colours together — need we say more? Credit: @cassandra_foehr

back view of a woman with sunkissed auburn highlighted hair

6. Sunkissed auburn

If you’re not ready to say goodbye to your sun-lightened summer strands, why not give your locks a little helping hand with some lighter auburn highlights? It’ll give you that holiday-in-the-sun effect without the sun damage — bonus! Credit: @cristen_smith

woman with bob length copper auburn highlighted hair
Copper is the ultimate autumnal hue. Credit:

7. Copper bob

If you’re someone who was born to stand out in both life and hair, look no further than this vibrant copper masterpiece. Inspired by this year’s cosy hygge hair trend, you’ll never have to worry about blending in with the crowd with this rustic burst of colour. Credit: @susanfordhair


Okay, we can tell we’ve convinced you to try out a new look for autumn. But if auburn highlights aren’t quite your cup of tea, check out our guide to transitioning your summer ombre hair into autumn and you’ll soon have a season-appropriate ‘do to make all your friends jealous!

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