What better way to get in full swing warm-weather mood than with a trendy yet unusual tweak to our everyday blondes? Here at All Things Hair, our favorite style upgrade always starts with our crowning glories—so much so that we’ve been looking at some red blonde hair color inspirations to get ourselves pumped for a fun midyear.
A logical progression from the hot rose gold trend (and pink champagne), red blonde hair, or what’s more commonly referred to as strawberry blonde, is also a gentler way to transition into a warmer hue with less of a shock factor. White blondes and brondes who want to flirt with moodier, more robust shades can find strawberry blonde to be the missing link between their present base and their goal of darker hair.
A showstopper in its own right, strawberry red blonde hair is a fresh, somewhat unusual hue that’s also more difficult to maintain, lending it a more luxurious, expensive appeal. Read on to see how to make strawberry blonde work for you, regardless of your complexion or undertone:
Not gonna lie: Strawberry blonde comes into its element when paired against pale skin. The contrast of red blonde hair against a lighter skintone gives the wearer an ethereal, almost delicate glow. Those with warmer/yellower undertones benefit from a true warm ginger blonde, which can even be highlighted with some faint golden strips to give the look more dimension. Cooler-toned women can opt for beiger pinks, such as champagne blonde, to achieve an overall peachy look without looking washed out. To prolong this newfound flirty tint, we like switching to a color-safe system, such as Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner.
Those with medium skintones can definitely get on board the strawberry blonde train by playing up the copper. A more vibrant shade of strawberry plays off against medium complexions, and is particularly fetching on those with olive skin as this enlivens their complexions and counteracts any sallowness. Those on the cooler side of the spectrum can also opt for a strawberry that has violet tones for a modern, very Instagram-worthy take on this reddish blonde. Prevent the tones in your strawberry from leeching out by priming hair before you wash. We like Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer as a pre-poo treatment.
Darker skintones can still play with strawberry shade by actually going full throttle with their red. The contrast of a bright brick red against darker complexions is definitely more pronounced, meaning the color will look most luxurious as a single-process. If you’re still toeing the line, a sombré consisting of reddish balayage highlights near the face and jawline gives a similar effect with less of the upkeep or color-processing damage. Remember to keep things looking shiny and super lush with an at-home glossing agent, such as Nexxus Color Assure Glossing Tonic.
Juicy yellow-orange hues are charming on a curly bob and give a burst of color to pale, freckly skin.
Darker base colors can still flirt with a reddish tone and retain a natural look. Choose a red that mimics the warmth of your undertones, i.e. a light ginger paired with an auburn.
6. Pale Copper
In case you want a cute, swingy update on your regular bob, a beachy, laid-back version like the above is it.
7. Rose Gold
We can’t find anything we hate about this delicate shade of strawberry red: From the sleek cool tint to its expensive-looking shine, this shade is both luxe and statement-making.
8. Penny Red
There’s nothing dime-store cheap about this rich, deep copper, which also features a pretty golden balayage for dimension.
9. Bright Highlights
A glossing treatment and highlights tone out any brassiness and prolongs the integrity of your red.
10. Matte Champagne
An artfully smudged ombré is the key to wearing different tones on a bob and still have it look natural.
11. Sandy Ginger
A bit citrusy, this yellow-red blend perks up a sallow complexion while remaining one of the most unique renditions of red blonde hair we’ve seen.
12. Sunny Highlights
Bright cool-blonde highlights done in the finest of foil strips help give the illusion of fullness to finer strands.
13. Light Cinnamon
Nutty yet spicy, a cinnamon red is more versatile than you’d think. This relaxed reddish shade works for almost all undertones, including neutral.
14. Peachy Blonde
Peach is one of the colors of the moment, and this look definitely embodies its spunky sex appeal.
15. Honey Pink
A peachier take on regular golden honey shades, this look is great for neutral complexions or those who wish to set off a summer tan.
16. Ashy Rose
A quietly confident (yet luxurious) shade of ginger-pink that we can get behind, braid or no braid.
Styles We Love on Strawberry Hair
A chic, everyday half-ponytail is revitalized by a peachy wash of color.
A smooth, shiny, bouncy blowout is the perfect foil for a rich reddish-tinged shade.
19. Blunt Bob
Apart from a crisp, elegant brownish red, sometimes an abbreviated cut is the only thing you need.
20. Fine Waves
Red blonde hair on the thinner side gets a volume reprieve when styled in airy waves.
21. Beachy Lob
Waves that don’t look overdone are the perfect punctuation mark to this fiery color.
22. Beachy Waves
By the same token, a texturizing spray, like Bed Head by TIGI Sugar Shock Bodifying Sugar Spray, can also impart this look on longer locks.
23. Medium Curls
On the flip side, using a medium-barreled curling iron provides a more polished spiral.
24. Middle-Parted Curls
Red hair with curled ends and a simple center part is sexy without being over the top.
25. Old Hollywood Curls
Reddish blonde is a magnificent shade to play off some glamorous, screen-siren curls on.
Pancaking the ponytails for a more texturized look keeps your pigtails looking more haute and less juvenile.
Lighter blonde highlights give an illusion of fullness on a short pixie haircut, while also providing dimension to the reddish base.
28. Reverse Ombré
If you like your color progressively darker from the root down, stick to consecutive color levels for a more cohesive look.
More than being this year’s It girl hairstyle, a sexy, side-sweeping shag also hides a myriad of sins—fine hair and a high hairline being two of them.
30. Feathered Fringe
Want to gracefully grow out your bangs? Style them in a cute 1970s feathered look and no one’s the wiser.
31. Oversized Dutch
A jumbo Dutch braid gets even more personality when rendered on a strawberry blonde hue.
32. Tight Curls
Choosing a high-impact shade can do loads for your natural texture, without you having to do much else afterwards.
33. ’90s Layers
Minimalists with straight hair can rejoice too: That head-turning color is also more than enough oomph you need, apart from a few face-framing layers.
34. Swingy Lob
A pleasantly curled medium-length cut is not only a quick and easy look in the mornings; it’s also a great day-to-night look.