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
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
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
Inject some life into flat brown hair with copper highlights for a warm glow. Credit: @danielgalvinldn
4. Copper curls
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
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
7. Strawberry blonde
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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