Thinking about getting red hair? After watching The Queen’s Gambit, we don’t blame you! From deep burgundy to bright copper, auburn or even strawberry blonde, red hair never fails to impress. Just ask the slew of celebs like Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Kim Kardashian and more, who have famously coveted this trending hue.
Since this popular hair colour can range from light, medium to dark, it can easily be tailored to suit any skin tone, which means there’s a perfect shade of red out there for you. And, depending on how brave you are, you can go full-on red, opt for red highlights, ombre or even a natural balayage.
Whether you want to enhance your natural fiery hue or try a new head-turning shade for 2021, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling to see all the best red hair colours.
What to Know Before Getting Red Hair
But while red hair usually looks great on all skin tones and hair types, you still need to do the legwork to find the right shade of red to suit you – and that’s where we come in! Helping you to find your perfect shade of red we have compiled a handy little guide to get you started just below.
Red hair colour handbook:
- If you have very pale skin, light blue or green eyes, and freckles, try a warmer red hair colour, like strawberry blondes and coppers.
- If you have a cool skin tone with brown or dark blue eyes, you can experiment with deeper reds, like cinnamon and auburn.
- If you have olive or darker skin, opting for opulent red shades, like mahogany or true red tones will to blend with your base hair colour or complement your rich skin colouring.
35 Red Hair Colour Ideas for 2020
Queen’s Gambit Red
Thanks to Netflix’s show, The Queen’s Gambit, everyone is lusting over Beth Harmon’s (aka Anya Taylor-Joy) red hair. This gorgeous, ginger shade works a treat on paler complexions.
Natural Red Hair
Though Christina Hendricks is a natural redhead, her glossy red hue can easily be achieved if you’re starting from a light blonde base.
Neon Red Hair
If Kim Kardashian, Bebe Rexha and Bella Thorne can sport this fiery colour, so can you.
There’s something so elegant about this burnt orange hair colour! If you fancy yourself a silver screen siren, you’ll love this charming shade.
Editor’s tip: Before you go red, don’t forget to swap your usual shampoo and conditioner for one specially formulated for colour-treated hair.
We’d recommend using the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Colour Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner.
Dark hair? Introduce a hint of spice to your hair, in the form of bright, face-framing copper highlights.
The most delicate of all red hair tones, strawberry blonde, makes a perfect match for fairer skin with yellow undertones not to mention it is also great for ladies with naturally blonde locks who are looking to take their first steps into the world of red hair.
A reddish-purple hair colour, like this, is ideal for ladies with olive to dark skin tones. This beautifully rich burgundy shade creates a lovely, lit-from-within look. Who wouldn’t want that?
Something about this sandy hue makes us think of the beach! This muted shade is another option blondes can achieve.
Warm Cinnamon Hair
If anyone is going to convince you to get cinnamon hair, it’s Zendaya! This sultry hue is a flattering shade choice for all skin types.
Copper Gold Hair
This gorgeous golden colour is more orange than red, but is not too saturated, which means it’s perfect for fair to medium skin with yellow or olive undertones.
Editor’s tip: Coloured hair tends to be on the drier side so to keep your lengths looking shiny and healthy, we recommend trying a serum the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum.
When you blend together red and orange hues, you get the dreamiest hair colour ever: blorange. And, Zoey Deutch’s mane proves that this eye-catching shade makes brown eyes pop.
Championed by the likes of Debra Messing and Drew Barrymore, this alluring rusty hue has surprising brightening qualities and makes a perfect red hair match for medium skin with pink or yellow undertones.
Bright Auburn Hair
This wonderfully orange-auburn colour is a fail-safe choice for those with pale skin and pink undertones. The intense brightness is ideal for complementing and illuminating pale skin tones.
Medium Auburn Hair
Bringing together a luscious blend of light, golden-red and very subtle, light brown tones, this mid-auburn shade is one of our favourite red hairstyles on our list.
As the name suggests: a mixture of copper red and bronze. The advantage of this sophisticated shade is that it works all year round and there are varying hues to suit pretty much most skin tones.
Made up of varying shades of strawberry blonde, ginger and copper, this colour is perfect for those who want a unique look that looks natural.
We really do love this striking spiced pumpkin hue, thanks to the fact that it’s actually super versatile! It’ll look great on those with pale to medium skin tones, and it’ll work wonders regardless of your undertones.
Cherry Red Hair
This luscious deep red hair hue was made for ladies with medium complexions and cooler undertones. It’s also perfect for off-setting beautiful hazel or green eyes.
Soft Cinnamon Hair
A nutty, spicy shade that glimmers with a hint of redness, this cinnamon colour is perfect for those looking for shades of red hair that are soft and subtle.
Even hair as dark as this can benefit from a few well-placed copper highlights.
If you’re looking for a shade to brighten up your complexion, this gorgeous auburn colour is destined for your mane.
Want to add a fiery touch to your look without going all the way? Balayage is a great way to try out the red hair trend with a subtle, graduated effect through the length of your locks.
This cosy dark red hair colour is perfect for winter! The best thing? It’s a flattering shade choice everyone can try,
Where to begin with our love for this hair colour! Save this one for 2021.
Cherry Red Ombre
For a really sweet look, try combining a dark base with cherry red ombre, as Charli XCX has done.
Shiny Ginger Hair
This much paler, almost biscuity, version of auburn has recently risen in the ranks on the red carpet. Consult your colourist on picking just the right shade for your complexion as this soft ginger tone can help create the illusion of glowing skin, too.
Dark Red Hair
Make serial colour experimenter Rihanna your poster girl and don’t be afraid to go for bright red hair. You’re on the right track as long as it’s blue or purple-based. Want to know the basic rule of thumb? The darker your skin tone, the deeper the shade.
Editor’s tip: Don’t let your colour be a wash-out, invest in a colour specific hair mask likes the TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Miracle Treatment Mask. Use as a weekly treatment for an intensive moisture treat, which enhances your colour vibrancy.
Just like actress Madeline Brewer, this shade will look best on fair skin tones with blue or green eyes. Add Hollywood curls for a sultry red carpet finish.
On and off-screen, this Riverdale actress has been serving up a host of amazing hairstyles, but it’s this over the shoulder hairstyle with curls at the ends that we love most.
Summery in tone, but autumnal in attitude, this earthy auburn shade will work wonders on a variety of skin tones, from those at the paler end of the spectrum to neutral, medium complexions
Soft Ginger Hair
This muted shade of ginger is a lovely, softer red hair colour that’s ideal for pinkish and beige skin tones.
If you have tanned or dark skin tones and want an eye-catching hue, this vivid red shade is for you. The tousled finish and dark roots on this models hair are perfect for all you grunge girls out there.
This brown-red shade is the transitional shade you’ve been waiting for.
Grown out roots are a fun and exciting way to make your red hair more interesting.