Black and red – 13 best hair colour combinations

Black and red hair team together like a dream and you don’t need to be a Goth to appreciate this look.Thanks to colour techniques like ombre, balayage and dip-dye, there are so many ways to wear this distinctive look.

Your red is a question of personal choice and skin tone. Cool-skinned girls should work with the cherry and pillar-box red palette, while warmer-toned beauties should embrace tones with more yellow undertones like coppers and fiery reds.

Remember that red colours fade most quickly because of the large size of the colour molecule, so aftercare with colour shampoo and conditioner is essential to keep your colour vibrants.

Below, we’ve picked the top red-and-black hair colour ideas from Instagram to help inspire your next trip to the salon.

Red and Black Hair Melt

Woman with dark brown to cherry red colour melt posing outside
This colour works all hair lengths. Credit:

The dual dark brown and cherry-red tones in this look work together so well and add dimension to this beauty’s medium-length hair. Credit: @tobruckave

Black and Red Balayage

woman with long black and red balayage hair
Give dark tresses a red balayage makeover. Credit:

The balayage technique is one of the most popular ways to wear black and red hair, that we can attest to.

Thanks to the freedom to go as heavy or as bold as you like, you can tailor the look to your own style and personality. If you’re a more discreet type, simply add a few slices of red throughout the lengths of your hair for a more subtle finish, or glow up like this Instagrammer and turn heads with an intense red effect. Credit: @hairhasdina

Two-Tone Split Dye Black and Red Hair

Woman with long black and red split dyed hair
Can’t decide between black and red hair? You’ll love this. Credit:

Cruella De Vil gone rogue (or should that be rouge)? It might not be one for the faint-hearted, but it’s certainly one of our fave red and black hair colour ideas.

From Nicki Minaj to Ke$ha, this half and half two-tone black cherry hair colour is super playful, and just imagine how amazing it will look when weaved together in a braid or in a twisted updo! Credit: @colorbychristina

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Editor’s tip: If you plan on adopting any of these red-and-black hair colour ideas, keep your tresses nourished and frizz-free by shampooing only every other wash. We suggest using the TRESemmé Replenish and Cleanse 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner  to help maintain your hair vibrancy way past the hundreds of Instagram likes you’re sure to get.

Two-tone Black and Red Braids

Woman with beautiful black and red box braids with curly end. Wearing a green hat
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These tresses weave the natural black hair into the box braids to create a beautiful two-toned look. Leaving the curls loose emphasises the fiery red. Credit: @nakedbeautyplanet

Red Ombre on Black Hair

Woman with beautiful long dark, straight hair with bright red ombre from below the crown
Long hair, don’t care. Credit:

This Instagrammer’s mix of black and red hair is striking for all the right reasons. Using an ombre to show off her hue, this straight hair look show off the colour and gleam to great advantage. Credit: @colorbychristina


girl with black hair in a bob with red dip-dye front tips
You can’t go wrong with a dip-dye. Credit:

Make a tip statement. This fearless dip-dye combination is the perfect way to ‘dip’ your toe in the colour trend. Credit: @johannarejstrom

Colour Blocking

back view of woman with half red and half black straight hair
Colour blocking is a cool way to wear black and red hair. Credit:

Not just for your wardrobe, colour blocking is becoming one of the surprising new ways to dye your tresses of late. This Instagrammer coloured the top section of her hair with a fiery red hue while leaving the hair underneath a deep dark hue.

The contrast looks amazing and can be your own little secret when hair is left loose. Credit: @trishhairdesign

Bright Cherry Red on Black Hair

Woman with a black cherry hair colour done in an ombre technique on her long hair
This vibrant look will make you shine. Credit:

This sweet black-and-red hair combination is a great choice for ladies who aren’t afraid to show off a vivid hue. Not only will it warm up your strands in the winter, but it’ll also make you shine in the summer. Strong dyes like this can damage your hair, so make sure you use a protective shampoo like SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo.

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Credit: @mhollandhair

Money Piece Highlights

Woman with long black hair with red side highlights
Prefer subtle looks? Try this. Credit:

Looking for a subtle black-and-red hair combination? Look no further! This beauty has opted for fiery red money-piece highlights on each side of her strands for a cool effect. Credit: @tashdollars

Red and Black Pixie

Woman with short black and red pixie haircut
Black and red hair looks great on short hair. Credit:

If you are dreaming of adding a playful touch to your pixie cut, take note of this Instagrammer’s hairstyle. With a dash of red hair and the rest of her hair left dark, this look makes an edgy and stylish impact. Credit: @hairhasdina


Red Highlights on Vintage Black Hair

Woman with vintage hairstyle seen from rear. Hair clasped with silver clips. Two red highlights on bouffant wave.
Elevate your look. Credit:

All eyes on me! This vintage ’40s hairstyle is given a quirky update with two bright red highlights on her victory roll. She’s no shrinking violet. Credit: @miss.amberlouise

Bright Red Tresses with Black Roots

Woman in profile with bright pillarbox red hair and dark roots styled in pompadour and ponytail
Flaming Pompadour. Credit: Instagram/tashdollars

This edgy look gets our vote with its cheeky pomapdour/victory roll, and luxuriant pony. the black roots soften the whole appearance. To keep your colour vibrant and bright, use TRESemmé Revitalise Colour Shampoo, that will boost your flame red for up to 12 weeks.

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Tonal Red Streaks on Black

Black woman with long straight black hair with red front bangs

Prefer a subtle look to going all-out? These dark chocolate cherry red streaks elevate the look quietly but beautifully.


Does red go with black hair?

Red works beautifully with black hair, as you see above. Why not experiment with different tones – try warm and spicy to bold and bright or why not a combination of complementary tones?

What does red hair fade to?

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