20 A-list auburn hair colours that’ll convince you to go red

Bored of blonde? Blasé about brunette? Give one of these auburn hair colours a try!  

Out of all of the hair colours on the spectrum, auburn might just be the most underrated of them all. Unique enough to be stand-out, yet muted enough to look natural, this hue could be the colour you’ve been searching for!

And just for any naysayers out there, there’s more than one way to rock a reddish-brown hue, too. From flaming oranges to understated cinnamon tints, there’s a shade out there to suit women of all ages and skin tones.

Need more convincing? With sensational styles from Hollywood’s elite, our round-up of A-list redheads are bound to sway you.

Auburn hair colour inspiration: 20 of the best celebrity shades


actress bella thorne with red hair in a glam curly ponytail
Bella Thorne’s deep auburn hue dazzles in a wavy ponytail! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Bella Thorne’s glam curly ponytail

Fans of Bella Thorne will know that the actress changes up her hair colour constantly. Needless to say, though, we’ll always have a soft spot for her trademark deep auburn locks. Just look at that glittering shine!

scarlett johansson on the red carpet with short auburn hair in an updo
Scarlett Johansson’s copper updo wowed on the red carpet. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Scarlett Johansson’s pushed-back updo

If you’re very fair-skinned, you might think that reddish tones won’t work with your complexion. However, Scarlett Johansson’s flaming red carpet look proves that rustic shades can flatter even the palest complexions! And on a side note, just look at how well the hue brings out Scarlett’s gorgeous green eyes.

rihanna on the red carpet with an auburn pineapple updo
Rihanna’s curly golden pineapple is the epitome of cool-girl hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Rihanna’s pineapple ponytail

Want to go lighter but worried it’ll be too harsh with dark skin? Take inspiration from Rihanna‘s summery, golden hue.

Not only will opting for warmer tones be more flattering than ashier blondes, it’s also a great way to transition to an even lighter shade without taking the plunge in one sitting.

singer lana del rey on the red carpet with fiery auburn hair in a half up bouffant
Lana Del Rey stayed true to her retro roots with this fiery bouffant. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Lana Del Rey’s retro bouffant

Prefer the natural look? Sticking to brown-based shades, like Lana Del Rey’s bronze brown, will enhance your existing colour and give it a shimmering seasonal twist.

khloe kardashian with long straight auburn ombre hair
Khloe Kardashian’s sleek style accentuates her warm auburn ombre. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Khloe Kardashian’s warm ombre

Still undecided? Opting for an ombre like Khloe Kardashian is great for those afraid to commit to an allover transformation.

Ask your stylist to start the colour transition at jawline level and you’ll get a real taste of the auburn life, without having to part with your current colour.

Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain’s strawberry blonde strands are a source of major #hairenvy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Jessica Chastain’s sleek, straight hair

With this silky smooth look, Jessica Chastain‘s famous crimson hue became even more covetable. Paired with a scarlet dress and an amber necklace, this look is red hot (pun intended!)

isla fisher on the red carpet with her red hair in hollywood waves
Isla Fisher’s glossy red mane is what hair dreams are made of! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Isla Fisher’s classic Hollywood waves

There’s no denying that Isla Fisher is one of the most famous Hollywood redheads of our time. These cascading old-Hollywood waves that she donned for the red carpet showcased her auburn hair colour in all its glory once again, reminding us why she’s the queen of hair!

emma stone wearing a yellow dress with her red hair curled
Who could forget Emma Stone’s Oscar-worthy red curls? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Emma Stone’s shoulder-length lob

We’re so used to seeing La La Land actress Emma Stone with red hair that it’s almost hard to remember that she’s actually a natural blonde!

By following Emma’s lead and opting for a shade that really complements your skin tone, you too can achieve a similarly convincing mane makeover!

emma roberts with her light auburn hair down with a parting braid
Emma Roberts’ intricate braid adds detail to her vibrant auburn hue. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Emma Roberts’ parting braid

From smokey quartz to rose gold, Emma Roberts isn’t afraid to break beauty boundaries with her hair colour. This creative cayenne pepper-inspired hue immediately caught our eye, showing that there’s more than one way to rock red this season.

drew barrymore with deep auburn curly hair
Drew Barrymore proves her Hollywood credentials with this deep auburn style! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

10. Drew Barrymore’s voluminous curls

We might know Drew Barrymore as a blonde, but did you know that she’s experimented with cinnamon strands in the past? Styled into amped-up, voluminous curls, the effect was both bohemian and glamorous at the same time.

christina hendricks with curly red hair with a split fringe
Christina Hendricks’ bardot bangs and vibrant red shade are a match made in heaven! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

11. Christina Hendricks’ Bardot bangs

Proving that auburn hair colours and bangs are a match made in hair heaven, Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks complemented her copper tones with a face-framing parted fringe.

bryce howard with her dark mahogany hair in a chignon
Stuck for colour inspo? Try a mahogany hue like Bryce Howard! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

12. Bryce Dallas Howard’s chic chignon

Bryce Dallas Howard’s hair history has seen her play around with a variety of inspiring red shades, but this sultry mahogany hue deserves a special mention.

Her colour (though definitely red) leans more towards brunette territory and is perfect for those of you already sporting dark locks.

harry potter star bonnie wright
Bonnie Wright is famous for her flaming locks. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

13. Bonnie Wright’s side braid

She’s part of the wizarding world’s most famous family of redheads, so really it’s no surprise that Bonnie Wright’s auburn hue takes centre stage both on and off the screen.

singer florence welch with her auburn hair in a pretty halo braid
Florence’s angelic red carpet style is great for those rocking a fringe. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

14. Florence Welch’s halo braid

Ever since Florence and the Machines frontwoman Florence Welch first burst onto the scene she’s embraced her striking red hair. With her hippy vibes and eclectic style, her flaming locks have only further cemented her style icon status.

actress ashley greene with glossy auburn curls
Twilight star Ashley Greene stuns with her rich auburn hue. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

15. Ashley Greene’s perfect blowout

Looking for a subtle auburn hair colour to try this year? Twilight star Ashley Greene has been working this fabulous autumnal chestnut shade, complete with a blow out even Kate Middleton would be envious of!

A colour like this calls for shiny, healthy-looking locks, so make the most of it by treating your strands to regular deep conditioning treatments.

julianne moore with her red hair in a chic high bun
Julianne Moore oozes elegance and class with this feminine high bun. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

16. Julianne Moore’s ballerina bun

Let’s face it, would it really be an auburn hair colour round-up without mentioning Julianne Moore? The 56-year-old leading lady pulls off red hair like no other and proves that there’s no age limit on style!

actress kate walsh with her dark auburn hair in a fishtail braid ponytail
Kate Walsh’s fishtail pony is just what the doctor ordered! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

17. Kate Walsh’s fishtail ponytail

Kate Walsh remained true to her dark auburn roots throughout most of her time on Grey’s Anatomy. A hue this pretty deserves an equally charming hairstyle and, we’re sure you’ll agree, this Pinterest-worthy fishtail braid did just the trick!

lindsay lohan with her red hair in a sideswept curly style
Lindsay’s signature rusty hue looks fab styled in tumbling waves. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

18. Lindsay Lohan’s side-swept style

We’ve seen Lindsay Lohan‘s style evolution play out in front of our very eyes. While she’s experimented with platinum and chocolate brown shades in the past, she always returns to her beloved rich ginger hue – and can you blame her?!

actress blake lively with long strawberry blonde beach waves
Ariel, is that you?! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

19. Blake Lively’s mermaid curls

Who could forget the time that Blake Lively went strawberry blonde? It’s amazing how much the glossy hue warmed up her California-girl complexion and while we love her princess blonde, we’re secretly hoping the red makes another appearance.

millie mackintosh with light auburn hair in tousled waves
No-one does tousled waves quite like this Chelsea girl! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

20. Millie Mackintosh’s tousled waves

Fashion maven Millie Mackintosh has always got her finger on the pulse when it comes to trends, so it’s hardly surprising that she’s already trialled a light auburn hue. A blend of soft brown and dusty blonde (with a hint of red thrown in for good measure) it’s the perfect summertime style.

Editor’s tip: If you’re tempted to try out an auburn shade, investing in a colour care range is essential. The Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner are great, as the Vibrant Colour Lock technology maintains the intensity of your hue, while also leaving hair feeling silky and nourished.


We hope you enjoyed these auburn hair colours! If you did, head over to our Red Hair page now for even more crimson colour inspiration, including the top 10 redheads you should be following on Instagram!

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