34 Cool Ways to Wear Strawberry Red Blonde Hair: Tones, Shades and Styles to Inspire

Eunice Lucero | 09 September 2018

We’re falling for a flirty red blonde hair color.

What better way to get in full-swing warm-weather mood than with a trendy yet unusual tweak to our everyday blondes? Everyone knows that 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 perhaps a quieter older sister of 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.

But before you peg this flirty pinkish-red hue as merely a filler, think again: 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:

Strawberry Red Blonde Hair Ideas: 34 Tone, Shade and Style Ideas to Inspire

strawberry red blonde hair light half updo
A pinkish blonde looks pretty and delicate against fair complexions. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Pinkish

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 Keratin Infusion Color Care Conditioner.

strawberry blonde medium hair
Medium or more tanned complexions get more depth out of a copper-tinged strawberry. Photo credit: Dvora

2. Coppery

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.

strawberry blonde hair dark curls
Glossy, single-process cool reds pop against darker complexions.

3. Brick

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.

In love with this hue? Check out more iterations of strawberry blonde below:

The Wide Range of Strawberry Red Blonde Hair

strawberry red blonde hair curly bob
A light coppery hue brings out the best in pale peachy undertones. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Apricot

Juicy yellow-orange hues are charming on a curly bob and give a burst of color to pale, freckly skin.

strawberry blonde tints on darker hair
Even darker reds can get the strawberry treatment by asking for a cool-undertoned red. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Auburn

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.

strawberry blonde hair messy waves
Messy waves bring out the dimension in glinty strawberry locks. Photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography

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.

strawberry blonde with a rose gold tint
Nothing like an elegant cool bronze to turn heads.

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.

curly strawberry red blonde hair
A cool, pinkish red glows against a peaches-and-cream complexion.

8. Penny Red

There’s nothing dime-store cheap about this rich, deep copper, which also features a pretty golden balayage for dimension.

bright strawberry red blonde hair highlights
Revive a fading shade with some strategic balayage.

9. Bright Highlights

A glossing treatment and highlights tone out any brassiness and prolongs the integrity of your red.

matte champagne red blonde hair
A pink undertone gives interest to this ash blonde lob. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Matte Champagne

An artfully smudged ombré is the key to wearing different tones on a bob and still have it look natural.

sandy ginger red blonde hair
Introducing a yellow tone warms up a traditional copper hue. Photo credit: Dvora

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.

sunny highlights on red blonde hair
Can’t decide between blonde or red? Get a shade that can do both, via a champagne-pink blonde with bright highlights.

12. Sunny Highlights

Bright cool-blonde highlights done in the finest of foil strips help give the illusion of fullness to finer strands.

light cinnamon red blonde hair
Want a browner take? Go for the auburn side of the family.

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.

peachy red blonde hair in a shag
An unexpected take on strawberry (peachier and warmer) is just the thing to go with a rock-chic shag. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

14. Peachy Blonde

Peach is one of the colors of the moment, and this look definitely embodies its spunky sex appeal.

honey red blonde hair
A golden-pink hue pops on natural textures. Photo credit: Dvora

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.

rose red blonde hair
A matte, ashy rose gold is a sophisticated, quieter take on traditional red.

16. Ashy Rose

A quietly confident (yet luxurious) shade of ginger-pink that we can get behind, braid or no braid.

Red blonde hair also works with a wide variety of cuts and styles, lending even the simplest look an uncommon take. We illustrate:

Looks We Love on Strawberry Hair

half updo on red blonde hair
Loving the late ’60s French vibe of full bangs and a half pony.

17. Half-Up

A chic, everyday half-ponytail is revitalized by a peachy wash of color.

blown out red blonde hair
So uptown-chic!

18. Blowout

A smooth, shiny, bouncy blowout is the perfect foil for a rich reddish-tinged shade.

blunt bob on red blonde hair
Let your color speak volumes instead.

19. Blunt Bob

Apart from a crisp, elegant brownish red, sometimes an abbreviated cut is the only thing you need.

fine waves on red blonde hair
A styling spray best achieves this level of body.

20. Fine Waves

Red blonde hair on the thinner side gets a volume reprieve when styled in airy waves.

beachy lob on red blonde hair
Red hair + loose spirals + black dress = understated sex appeal.

21. Beachy Lob

Waves that don’t look overdone are the perfect punctuation mark to this fiery color.

beachy long waves on red blonde hair
Longer hair can also get a beachy treatment.

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.

medium curls on red blonde hair
A slight side part gives structure to your hairline.

23. Medium Curls

On the flip side, using a medium-barreled curling iron provides a more polished spiral.

middle parted red blonde hair
Use the end of a fishtail or rat-tail comb for a more precise part.

24. Middle-Parted Curls

Red hair with curled ends and a simple center part is sexy without being over the top.

old hollywood curls on red blonde hair
Ed’s tip: A large-barreled iron and some shine serum are your friends!

25. Old Hollywood Curls

Reddish blonde is a magnificent shade to play off some glamorous, screen-siren curls on.

pigtails on red blonde hair
Such a chic, pretty and unexpected look, especially with this single-process shade. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

26. Pigtails

Pancaking the ponytails for a more texturized look keeps your pigtails looking more haute and less juvenile.

pixie red blonde hair
Keep the highlights 2 to 3 shades lighter at most to avoid a stripey look.

27. Pixie

Lighter blonde highlights give an illusion of fullness on a short pixie haircut, while also providing dimension to the reddish base.

reverse ombré red blonde hair
Lighter reds near the face help open up your features.

28. Reverse Ombré

If you like your color progressively darker from the root down, stick to consecutive color levels for a more cohesive look.

shag red blonde hair color
If you want more polish, keep the layers tame to avoid looking top-heavy or mullet-like.

29. Shag

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.

feathered fringe on red blonde hair
A sweet strawberry hue is a nice complement to loosely feathered bangs.

30. Feathered Fringe

Want to gracefully grow out your bangs? Style them in a cute 1970s feathered look and no one’s the wiser.

oversized dutch braid on red blonde hair
Tug the chains apart for added interest.

31. Oversized Dutch

A jumbo Dutch braid gets even more personality when rendered on a strawberry blonde hue.

tight curls on red blonde hair
So much personality, so little effort!

32. Tight Curls

Choosing a high-impact shade can do loads for your natural texture, without you having to do much else afterwards.

90s layers on red blonde hair
Use products with a matte finish for the full throwback effect. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

swingy lob on red blonde hair
A leave-in styler is all you’ll need to keep this look on point. Photo credit: Dvora

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.