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
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!
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.
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.
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.
5. Khloe Kardashian’s warm ombre
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.
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!)
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!
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!
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.
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.
11. Christina Hendricks’ Bardot bangs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?!
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.
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!