35 Red Hair Colour Ideas for 2021 and Beyond

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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

We know that some hair colours can be super difficult to pull off (think platinum blonde or metallic hues), but with shades of red, it’s just about finding the right shade.

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

Christina Hendricks with classic red ginger waves
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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

Bebe Rexha with neon red long bob with flipped ends
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If Kim Kardashian, Bebe Rexha and Bella Thorne can sport this fiery colour, so can you.

Burnt Orange

Elizabeth Mclaughlin with dark ginger curled long bob
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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.

Fiery Highlights

FKA Twigs with copper face-framing highlights
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Dark hair? Introduce a hint of spice to your hair, in the form of bright, face-framing copper highlights.


Halsey with copper red bob hairstyle
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Bobs are so on-trend now, and so are these red-brown copper highlights.

Strawberry Blonde

Blake Lively with strawberry red hair
Credit: Getty Images

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. 

Deep Burgundy

Leomie Anderson with burgundy red hair
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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?

Sandy Red

Lilly Allen with light ginger hair with fringe
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Something about this sandy hue makes us think of the beach! This muted shade is another option blondes can achieve.

Warm Cinnamon Hair

Zendaya with long cinnamon red hair
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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

ulianne Hough with Copper gold wavy hair
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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.

Blorange Hair

Zoey Deutch with blorange wavy bob
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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.

Rusty Red

Red hair: Drew Barrymore with long dark red hair in a curly finish wearing white t-shirt.
If Drew can do it, so can you. Credit: Getty Images

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

florence welch with bright copper red hair at grammy awards styled in a low updo with full fringe wearing green dress
Go bright or go home. Credit: Getty Images

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

Karen Gillan with mid auburn russet waves on the red carpet
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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.

Ronze Hair

julianne moore ronze brown red hair medium-length wearing white shirt and black blazer
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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.

Ginger Balayage

fair skinned model with long wavy ginger copper red hair wearing blue top and berry lipstick
Ginger biscuit balayage is good enough to eat. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

Pumpkin Hair

woman on the street with long pumpkin spice red hair with side parting
Pumpkin spice is surprisingly versatile. Credit: Dvora

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

woman with long cherry brown red hair with side-parting and wavy finish wearing pattern top
Cherry brown hair hues are not for the faint-hearted.

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.

Copper Brown

Even hair as dark as this can benefit from a few well-placed copper highlights.

Fiery Auburn

If you’re looking for a shade to brighten up your complexion, this gorgeous auburn colour is destined for your mane.

Red Balayage

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.

Mulled Wine

This cosy dark red hair colour is perfect for winter! The best thing? It’s a flattering shade choice everyone can try,

Copper Melt

Where to begin with our love for this hair colour! Save this one for 2021.

Cherry Red Ombre

Charli XCX with bob with cherry red ombre
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For a really sweet look, try combining a dark base with cherry red ombre, as Charli XCX has done.

Shiny Ginger Hair

emma stone at red carpet event with long bob wavy ginger red hair styled in side-parting with one side of hair tucked behind her ear wearing strapless blue grey pattern dress
It’s time to embrace ginger hues. Credit: Getty Images

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

rihanna at brit awards with bob-length deep red hair in side parting swept fringe wearing strapless purple dress
Credit: Getty Images

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.

Hollywood Auburn

Madeline Brewer with red shoulder length hair with Hollywood waves wearing a off the shoulder dress.
Make this your autumn hue and we promise you won’t regret it. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Red Waves

Madelaine Petsch with long red hair with curly ends wearing a strapless colour block dress with her hand on her hip.
Blossom with this Mermaid-esque hue. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Woody Auburn

model with auburn brown red straight medium-length hair with full bangs
Woody auburn shades are perfect all year round. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

model with ginger straight medium-length hair in side-parting
Add a touch of fire with a muted ginger hue. Credit: indigitalimages.com

This muted shade of ginger is a lovely, softer red hair colour that’s ideal for pinkish and beige skin tones.

Intense Red

Model on runway with long tousled red hair wearing a striped outfit at Louis Vuitton SS18.
Calling all you grunge girls! Credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

Lived-In Red

Woman on runway with long brown red hair wearing a white shirt and trousers.
Transition to red hair with this brown-toned hair colour. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This brown-red shade is the transitional shade you’ve been waiting for.

Grown-Out Roots

Woman on runway with long red hair wearing a yellow skirt and brown teddy coat at Louis Vuitton FW18 show.
Cancel that root touch-up as stretched roots are your new BFF. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Grown out roots are a fun and exciting way to make your red hair more interesting.


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