Red highlights on black hair: 5 Reasons to try it out

See red in a whole new light...  

When it comes to colouring our hair, we often look to our favourite A-list stars for inspiration, in a hope that we can replicate a celebrity-approved ‘do for our next big event. But instead of turning to the stars this season, make Instagram your go-to source of styling inspo, where you’ll find looks such as red highlights on black hair taking social media by storm!

With the likes of Kylie Jenner working a bright red hue in cornrows, the rest of the world was quick to cotton on to this fiery colour trend! And seeing as the past few seasons have been all about understated tones and subtle looks, it seems people were ready to welcome this vibrant new look with open arms. So, if you’re interested in getting red highlights on black hair, simply scroll down and check out our 5 reasons to try it out.

5 Reasons you should try red highlights on black hair


red highlights on black hair in a bun hairstyle
Red highlights on black hair: Go subtle. Credit:

You’ll stand out from the crowd

For the season ahead, you should follow the mantra ‘the bolder, the better’ – and red highlights certain are that, making the perfect choice for anyone looking to stand out from the crowd!

But even if you don’t want to shout it from the rooftops, you can still get on board with this trend, simply by working deep mahogany tones into your mane, that’ll still be the envy of everyone you meet. 

It’s work-appropriate

Unlike other artificial hues (like bright pinks and blues), you can rest assured that red highlight in black hair are still work-appropriate! While these other tones can be a little over-the-top, red can easily be styled in a cool and edgy way, yet still remaining classy if the occasion calls for it.

And just between us, thanks to your neat red tones, you’re go-to office updo will have that much more depth and dimension! Credit: @emadozai

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Red highlights on black hair: Ideal for any hairstyle. Credit:

It will make every hairstyle look amazing

If you have black hair, you will know that working other dark colours into your mane is a challenge, since they so often melt away, lacking that high-impact finish you hoped for. But by making the right red colour choice for your locks, you could have a look that’s bursting with attitude, no matter what style you rock!

So, whether you opt for simple curls or cute braids, having red highlights on black hair will ensure that every strand pops, sizzles, and stuns. Credit: @amandazaeske

red highlights on black hair curly hairstyle
Red highlights on black hair: Experiment with your colour. Credit:

50 shades of red

Think that red highlights won’t work in your dark hair? Well, you’d be wrong: with a whole spectrum of incredible hues to choose from, there’s no excuse not to try one! From ultra bold shades of scarlet and crimson, to deeper tones of garnet and merlot, you’re sure to find one that’ll suit you to a T. Credit: @kavvy86

Editor’s tip: If these tantalising red hues have tickled your taste buds, and are now considering switching up your locks, remember to invest in a wash and care set specifically designed for coloured hair. We suggest trying the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo and Conditioner, to help maintain your colour vibrancy for longer.


Have these bright and beautiful red highlights got you lusting for a mane change? Well, if your desired hue wasn’t on our list, just get yourself over to our Hair Colours page, where you’ll find a rainbow of dazzling hues!

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