15 Red Highlights Ideas for Blondes, Brunettes and Redheads

Always wanted to try red highlights? Make 2019 the year you decide to go for it!

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to experiment more with your hair, red highlights are a great way to go. Whether you’re a natural redhead looking to upgrade your red hair with highlights, or you’re a blonde or brunette looking to add more dimension into your look, there are different tones to suit all hair hues.

Scroll through for 15 ways to rock vibrant red highlights.

1. Copper showstopper

Red highlights: Close-up side shot of a woman with a copper wavy bob
This is the called the copper showstopper for a reason! Credit: Instagram.com/alydavishair

Have you ever seen a more aesthetically pleasing hair colour than this copper hue of dreams? Darker red roots blend in brighter flaming copper strands for a pop of brightness. Credit: @belksalonorangepark

2. Rose brown

Red highlights: Side shot of a woman with long curly rose brown hair
Instagram went wild over the rose brown hair trend. Credit: Instagram.com/foilingbeautiful

After far too long spent envying blonde friends with rose gold hair, there’s now a way for brunettes to get in on the rose-tinted fun. Adding a rosy pink tint to brown hair with red highlights, this Instagram-approved hue is already set to be one of this summer’s biggest hair colours. Credit: @foilingbeautiful

3. Two-tone red highlights

Red highlights: Back view of a woman with long straight two-tone red highlighted hair
Can we talk about how gorgeous these two tone red highlights are? Credit: Instagram.com/laurenatsaltsalonpa

The dual copper and true red tones in this look compliment each other like a dream and add dimension to straight hair. Credit: @laurenatsaltsalonpa

Editor’s tip: Tempted to give red hair with blonde highlights a go? Or maybe you’re aching to zhuzh up brown locks? Remember to invest in a wash and care set made for coloured hair. Infused with camellia oil, the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Shampoo and Conditioner provides a gentle cleansing that won’t strip away your colour.

4. Red and peach ombre

Red highlights: Side shot of a woman with red to peach ombre hair tied in a ponytail,
Already have red locks? Try peach ombre! Credit: Instagram.com/luanna

Eager to make your gorgeous winter-red hair summer-perfect? Then give them a pretty peach ombre makeover (just like this redhead has done) and get ready to show the world how amazing red hair with highlights can truly be! Credit: @luanna

5.  Ruby sombre

Red highlight: Back shot of a woman with dark black to red hair tied in a loose half-up half-down hairstyle
Gleam like a precious stone with ruby highlights! Credit: Instagram.com/salvador_rubio

Did you know the sombre hair technique (AKA subtle ombre) works a charm on red tresses? Need proof? This ruby-inspired look will dazzle you into submission! Credit: @salvador_rubio

6. Auburn

Red highlights: Woman with long auburn red curly hair, swept over one shoulder, wearing a stripy long-sleeved top, standing in front of a tree
Auburn red highlights are a great way of adding dimension to long hair. Credit: Instagram.com/livingwithpaz

Can’t decide between sticking with brunette or going red? With auburn you can have both. Rich and glossy, this warm-tinted brown hair with red highlights exudes chic autumnal vibes whatever the season.

As you can see, the colour looks more vibrant where the light hits it, so the tones look different in different lighting, which means really you’re getting two for the price of one. Credit: @livingwithpaz

7. Ginger-blonde reverse ombre

Red highlights: Selfie shot of a woman with ginger to platinum blonde ombre curled hair
Platinum hair? Try getting ginger reverse ombre! Credit: Instagram.com/klaudiaagg

You heard it here first: ginger-blonde ombre is set take this year by storm. So, if you’re after a wearable hair colour that combines subtle ginger tones with bright blonde hair, keep this reversed colour combo on your radar. Credit: @klaudiaagg

8. Strawberry peach babylights

Red highlights: Side shot of a woman with blorange wavy bob hair
Don’t like living life on the edge? Try sombre! Credit: Instagram.com/visualhaircolorist

Hair colour newbie? There’s nothing wrong with taking a subtle approach to your red highlights. And if you’re worried that your blonde and red hair won’t blend well, consider trying out these shimmering strawberry peach babylights!

This trendy colouring technique is the best method for giving your locks a radiant, natural-looking glow. And honestly, who wouldn’t want that? Credit: @visualhaircolorist

9. Candy cane red and blonde hair

Red highlights: Back shot of a woman with blonde and red highlighted curly shoulder length hair
Dark copper highlights + blonde hair = hair perfection! Credit: Instagram.com/_megankerns

Desperate to attain red and blonde highlights that scream holiday vibes? Then consider getting candy cane red highlights for your next vacation!

As you can see, this trendsetter’s natural blonde hair practically melts into the darker red hue, making for a subtle yet stylish look. Sweet enough to eat, right? Credit: @_megankerns

10. Copper balayage

Red highlights: Backshot of a woman with brown hair with red ombre highlights
Spice up dull brown locks with copper balayage! Credit: Instagram.com/hairloungeno1

Have you ever wondered what brown hair with red highlights really looks like? Just take a glance above.

The contrasting dark roots and spicy copper balayage of this blown-out style make for an ultra-sexy, bold and sophisticated outcome. The best thing? The shade’s positively perfect for year-round wear! We’re sold. Credit: @hairloungeno1

Editor’s tip: Give your locks some love with the supremely hydrating Love Beauty and Planet Hope and Repair 2-Minute Magic Masque. Infused with organic Coconut Oil to nourish and help repair your hair for smooth and healthy looking tresses.

11. Chocolate wine red highlights

Red highlights: Backshot of a woman with dark brown hair with red peekaboo highlights, worn in loose curls
Chocolate wine? Yes, please! Credit: Instagram.com/kristen.lumiere

Want to try out a deep-toned red look, but worried it won’t go with your chocolate brown locks? Burgundy red highlights (like the one pictured above) will work well with your darker mane, while adding a playful edge to your locks and making your wavy hairstyle look on-point every day. Credit: @kristen.lumiere

12. Sunrise ombre

Red highlights: Side shot of a woman with dark brown to sunrise red ombre straight hair

Want to make a stylish impact with your brown hair with red highlights colour choice? Then try working in a mixture of neon orange, yellow and rich wine-red highlights, for a unique shade that’s as beautiful as the sunrise.

Rest assured, when you pair this surreal-looking shade with a sleek hairstyle (like this mega-babe has done), you’ll turn more than a few heads. Credit: @notanothersalon

13. Red balayage melt

Woman with long wavy red highlighted hair
A balayage is a great alternative to highlights. Credit: Instagram.com/colormebellasalon

If you are itching for a new shade, try getting a red balayage done while keeping your roots natural for an edgy and stylish effect. Credit: @colormebellasalon

14. Cherry highlights

Woman with shoulder length dark red hair with red highlights
Cherry cola hair anyone? Credit: Instagram.com/blowntoashes

Hair colours take their inspiration from everywhere, from unicorn hair to colour inspired by our favourite drinks. Which is why we’re loving this cherry cola red highlighted hue. Credit: @blowntoashes

15. Multi-tonal red highlights

Woman with long wavy red highlighted hair
A mix of hues help to add dimension to your hair. Credit: Instagram.com/classicpgh_kristi

Anyone who has had highlights done know it’s quite a timely process, so why not make the most of your colour session and get a mix of red shades placed throughout your hair.

The mix of red, pink and orange highlights help to add a further dimension to this Instagram babes hair. Credit: @classicpgh_kristi