14 ways to wear copper highlights, as seen on Instagram

Two words: Copper highlights.

Copper highlights are red highlights which can be added to any hair colour (not just auburns and gingers) to add warmth to your look. Whether you’re blonde, brunette or a natural redhead, copper highlights make for the perfect transitional style which just so happens to look pretty fantastic on all hair colours.

Not sure if it’s the right hue for you? From the brightest reds to subtler strawberry blonde shades, see how you can wear copper highlights in our gallery above and for all our expert tips and advice, simply read on.

1. Sunkissed copper tones

Copper highlights: Woman with medium length wavy copper hair
Give your look more dimension and texture by asking for balayage. Credit: Instagram.com/kellymassiashair

An easy way to give your hair a boost is by weaving through ribbons of a lighter colour for a sunkissed effect. Credit: @kellymassiashair

2. Accent highlights

Copper highlights: Woman with mid-length curled copper hair with face-framing highlights
Accent your features with lighter sections around your face. Credit: Instagram.com/tegan_hotteshair

If you’re worried about damage or are just scared to commit to allover colour just yet, a few strategically positioned copper highlights can still have a big impact. Credit: @tegan_hotteshair

Editor’s tip: No matter which hair hue you pick this season, be sure to add a wash and care system formulated with coloured tresses in mind. We love the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Shampoo and Conditioner for maintaining colour vibrancy and keeping hair shiny.

3. Rich copper brown

Copper highlights: Back view of a woman with long copper balayage hair, styled in soft curls
If Autumn were a hair colour, it would look like this. Credit: Instagram.com/danielgalvinldn

Inject some life into flat brown hair with copper highlights for a warm glow. Credit: @danielgalvinldn

4. Copper curls

Copper highlights: Photo of a woman with natural hair with copper highlights
We’re all over these beautiful copper curls. Credit: Instagram.com/chanelstylez

These golden copper curls are perfect for women with natural curls and keeping the roots dark stops the colour from washing you out. Credit: @chanelstylez

5. Copper blends

Copper highlights: Back view of a redhead with copper highlighted curly hair, wearing a green top
Copper highlights create a more authentic faux red. Credit: Instagram.com/dukenataliehaynes

Natural red hair is hard to recreate. The secret is to blend a mixture of red tones with more pink and orange shades to give a more multi-dimensional finish. Credit: @dukenataliehaynes

6. Copper ombre

Copper highlights: Photo of a woman with a wavy brown to copper ombre bob, wearing a grey top and khaki cardigan
Who says you can’t have ombre on shorter hair? Credit: Instagram.com/kreativekaehair

Fading from a brown base shade to lighter copper tips gives dimension and depth, even on short hair. Wear it wavy to really make the graduated effect pop. Credit: @kreativekaehair

7. Strawberry blonde

Copper highlights: Back view of a woman with long strawberry blonde wavy hair with highlights
Blonde and light copper blend together to create fresh, summery hair hues like this. Credit: Instagram.com/allhair_onlyzul

It’s not just brunettes who can benefit from copper highlights. Adding a warm tint to blondes is a way to effortlessly switch up your shade between seasons without departing too much from your regular colour. Credit: @allhair_onlyzul

8. Copper melt

Copper highlights: Side profile of a woman with a copper coloured blunt long bob
Style your copper highlights straight and sleek to really show them off. Credit: Instagram.com/beckywiththegoodhair.chch

Set hearts aglow with this softly blended copper colour melt. Colour melting creates softly blended highlights without any harsh lines, for a look so natural you’ll have people doing a double take. Credit: @beckywiththegoodhair.chch

9. True copper

Copper highlights: side view of woman with copper highlighted medium length wavy hair wearing dark top
Fiery copper combination. Credit: Instagram.com/komb.me

Thought you couldn’t have copper highlights if you already have red hair? Think again. This bright copper combination will breathe life into your tresses, which you can show off with glamorous, voluminous waves. Credit: @komb.me

Editor’s tip: Red hair is known to fade quicker than other hair colours, so you should try to avoid overwashing as this can strip colour even faster.

For days when your hair doesn’t call for a full wash, the one-step cleansing and conditioning TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Cleansing Conditioner is a great way to cut down the time spent washing your hair, so you can preserve your colour for longer.

10. Subtle strands

Copper highlights: back view of woman with long wavy brown hair with copper highlights wearing black vest
Subtle and sexy. Credit: Instagram.com/ca_beauty_botanica

Remember when we told you that copper highlights work for all hair colours? Add deep copper hues through dark tresses for an instant colour refresh any time of the year. Credit: @ca_beauty_botanica

11. Rose gold

Copper highlights: back view of woman with rose gold and copper highlights on long wavy hair wearing black top
Rose gold and copper combos. Credit: Instagram.com/hairstylesbyamandaj

You can’t scroll through your social feed without seeing stunning rose gold and copper combinations. Be it on nail art or interiors, this dreamy mixture of colours looks good everywhere, especially in our hair! Credit: @hairstylesbyamandaj

12. High contrast highlights

Copper highlights: woman with wavy dark hair with copper highlights and full bangs wearing green denim jacket
Striking highlights make this style pop. Credit: Instagram.com/njbesthair

We all know that bobs and bangs have become one of the most buzzed-about haircuts of the year, so what better way to give the cut a touch of individuality than teaming it with bold copper highlights? Credit: @njbesthair

13. Copper blonde

Copper highlights: woman with blonde copper highlights wavy shoulder length long bob wearing white top
Warm up blonde tresses with copper highlights. Credit: Instagram.com/goddessra

We know it’s hard to resist jumping on board all the latest hair colour trends for blondes – opal, pearl, ashy…the possibilities are endless!

But if those hues are just a little too out there for your taste, these soft copper highlights are the best for a subtle yet noticeable colour update. Credit: @goddessra

14. Copper wine

Copper highlights: woman with long dark auburn wine hair with soft copper highlights in wavy finish wearing pattern top
Copper wine hues. Credit: Instagram.com/studiolioness

Wine-coloured tresses are always a big hit in the winter months, but when it comes to spring summer there is no need to ditch the colour altogether…

We suggest adding copper highlights throughout your hair, paying particular attention to the front, for a sweet summer refresh. Credit: @studiolioness