48 of the Prettiest Hair Color Ideas for Long Hair

Open up to a world of awesomely fun hair color for long hair.

When we say that we’ve never met a color we didn’t like, we’re kind of really serious. From the brightest blondes to the darkest of browns, to even the most outrageous of neons and fringe shades, the plethora of hair color ideas for long hair is such that you’re never left wanting, whatever mood you may be in.

Scroll on below for a comprehensive list of our favorite long hair color inspirations—from the classic to the trendy to the far-out and viral—that always manage to turn our heads and make us screenshot with wild abandon:

BLONDES



The shade of beach bunnies, bombshells and iconic Hollywood sex symbols since the dawn of time, there’s nothing more we can say about blonde hair that hasn’t been overstated in pop culture. Striking, effervescent and undeniably sexy, hair colors for long hair that belong in the blonde family always manage to hit the right notes—from a certain perkiness they afford your countenance, to a tried-and-tested level of fun and presence it brings to a room (not to mention your state of mind).

hair color ideas for long hair ash blonde
The It girl hue of the year. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Ash Blonde

Cool and classy, it’s not hard to see why this popular shade is flattering on a lot of skin tones.

baby blonde hair color ideas for long hair
A neutral take on the lightest blonde possible. Photo credit: Dvora

2. Baby Blonde

A pure bright blonde always looks crisp and expensive on long locks. Keep it toned and protected with Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Toning Protection Spray.

beach blone hair color ideas for long hair
Equally cute on surf AND turf.

3. Beach Blonde

This somewhat rooty version of ash is the go-to hair color for long hair that’s not big on rigid upkeeps.

blonde ombre hair color ideas for long hair
This look is a fave of street style stars the world over. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

4. Blonde Ombré

We love the clean smudging in this dark-to-light ash blonde.

bronde hair color ideas for long hair
Can’t decide between brown or blonde? You don’t have to. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Bronde

This midpoint between blonde and brown is chic and versatile.

champagne hair color ideas for long hair
A muted gold always looks on point.

6. Champagne Hair Color

The beigey-rose shade has seen a spike in popularity in recent years.

flaxen hair color ideas for long hair
This super-neutral hue is a couple of levels below platinum, but with a bit of wiggle room at the root. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Flaxen

A buttery neutral, this blonde neutralizes pink undertones.

golden blonde hair color ideas for long hair
Can someone say “screen siren?” Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Golden Blonde

A rich, warm-toned blonde is never not in demand.

honey hair color ideas for long hair
Sweet as its namesake, with a classic appeal that keeps it around for years. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Honey

A more amber take on golden blonde, honey is also a great choice for neutral undertones.

platinum hair color ideas for long hair
Seek a professional for flawless results, please. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Platinum

High-maintenance, but most definitely high-impact.

sandy hair color ideas for long hair
Dune-colored blondes have a laid-back appeal.

11. Sandy

This laid-back wheat blonde is another top choice for those who want to chill on touch-ups.

white blonde hair color ideas for long hair
A bit of root keeps it punky. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

12. White Blonde

About a notch lower than platinum is white blonde, a shade that may feature subtle lowlights.



REDS



If you’re more of a traffic-stopping firecracker (and aren’t afraid of meticulous maintenance), then fiery, robust hair colors for long hair, such as those in the red family, are totally up your alley. These shades, just like those in the ash/green-gray family, wash out very quickly; a detailed, careful regimen with color-safe products is a must. They also bring out a glow in fairer complexions, so no shy violets allowed—you’re definitely going to turn some necks with this unusual hue.

copper hair color ideas for long hair
Nymph-like and precious, without any unnecessary loudness. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

13. Copper

The color of pennies and Irishwomen everywhere, and also a delicately beautiful hue when worn as a single-process.

bright copper hair color ideas for long hair
Make your hair color your ultimate accessory. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

14. Bright Copper

Amp it up a smidge with a bit more orange, and it gains an edgier, more rambunctious feel.

red hair color ideas for long hair
Synthetic, yes, but also fun and seductive.

15. Red

This true superhero red has confidence and a whole depth of color.

burgundy hair color ideas for long hair
Flirt with some darker edge with a violet-red hue.

16. Burgundy

A nuanced dark violet-red shade is somewhat evocative of biker/rock-chic.

caramel orange hair color ideas for long hair
We love this approachable yet stylish version. Photo credit: Dvora

17. Caramel Orange

Sunnier than regular caramel, this shade has a slightly more golden tint.

cherry hair color ideas for long hair
Nothing is the pits with this striking brick red hue. Photo credit: Dvora

18. Cherry

Sweet and tart at the same time is the best way we can describe this brick/vamp blend. Refresh your hair and keep your color safe with Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo.

coppery caramel hair color ideas for long hair
Or: How to wear red if you have a bit of a tan. Photo credit: Dvora

19. Coppery Caramel

This one-tone caramel’s bronze undertones make it a flattering choice for olive complexions.

ginger hair color ideas for long hair
Adds just the right amount of hot/cold zing to any look, just like its namesake. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

20. Ginger

A reddish-beige hair color pops against peaches-and-cream complexions.

light auburn hair color ideas for long hair
Kind of red, but still brown enough for times you want a quieter feel.

21. Light Auburn

Not as aggressive as a full-on red, think of this cinnamon shade as brown with some spice.

orange red hair color ideas for long hair
Unmistakably in your face, and not for those who like to skip on touch-ups.

10. Orange Red

Like that summer-appropriate lipstick that just brightens up your face each time.

strawberry blonde hair color ideas for long hair
Sensible with a twist, strawberry blonde hair is just the right amount of flirty we aspire to be.

22. Strawberry Blonde

A deep strawberry blonde is similar to ginger, but with a hint of rose gold undertones.



BROWNS



Sleek, sultry and almost mysterious, brown hair color is a stately classic and an elegant, no-nonsense pick of women who know the power of less is more. These quieter shades, though understated, are extremely seductive yet low-maintenance, making them one of the most requested long hair colors in the spectrum. Browsing through swatches may also seem like a trip to that charming patisserie—and the rush one gets from the coffees, toffees and chocolates in the family being undeniable—and highly addictive—indeed.

ash brown hair color ideas for long hair
This good-girl hue never disappoints. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

23. Ash Brown

There’s something inherently pure and chic about an oaky brown that kind of gives us hair envy each time.

chocolate hair color ideas for long hair
Luscious and well-dimensioned, this shade almost feels indulgent. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

24. Chocolate

There’s nothing artificial about this intensely addictive and flattering shade of true medium brown.

chestnut hair color ideas for long hair
Chestnut is a dependable shade for those warming up their hues for the first time. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

25. Chestnut

Like chocolate’s warmer cousin, this hue is particularly fetching on yellow and olive undertones.

walnut hair color ideas for long hair
The cooler member of the nut-brown family, walnut also looks phenomenal as a sombré. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

26. Walnut

…While walnut has a cooler note that enlivens cool complexions with a pink/peach undertone.

mocha hair color ideas for long hair
There’s a bit of a mocha-lover in every one of us, don’t lie. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

27. Mocha

Want a crowd-pleaser? Look no further than the sweet ‘n sexy appeal of a coffee brown.

cafe au lait hair color ideas for long hair
A marriage of beige and bronde, this is the shade to ask for if you want a crisp, neutral ash brown.

28. Café Au Lait

You can also add some cream to that base, resulting in a light beige-brown hue.

espresso hair color ideas for long hair
A reality show fave, for anti-blondes who want to stand out from the pack. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

29. Espresso

Purists appreciate a straight-up black-brown though, and we respect the intensity that goes into this look.

dark auburn hair color ideas for long hair
A somber way to meld red and brown, with just the right amount of sass. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

30. Dark Auburn

A deeper reddish brown takes any frivolities from red and gives it a moodier quality.

brown ombre hair color ideas for long hair
Stylish, low-key and forgiving. What’s not to love?

31. Brown Ombré

A highly popular look, brown ombré entails a subtle gradiation of lengths and ends into a bleached blonde.

coffee highlights hair color ideas for long hair
Homecoming-queen hair!

32. Coffee Highlights

Ask your stylish for highlights and lowlights in a similar warm brown family for this effect.

dark cherry hair color ideas for long hair
A burnt berry goes with a quirky, moody aesthetic. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

33. Dark Cherry

Look closely, and you’ll see the violet tinge in this auburn hue.

khaki hair color ideas for long hair
Nothing ho-hum about this shade, we promise! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

34. Khaki

Unlike the basic uniform it’s named after, the ashy base in this brown makes it a standout foil for pink undertones.

caramel hair color ideas for long hair
Asians and those with medium skintones look healthy with a caramel hue.

35. Caramel

Got a craving for sweet, sultry notes? This multi-faceted warm caramel hue satisfies all of those and more.



BLACKS and ALTERNATIVES



Ink black hair is hard to come by, which is why spotting it on the streets is akin to finding a unicorn in the forest—precious and pure and worth every single stare. Which is not to say unicorn hair color takes a backburner at all: Recent seasons have seen a fever pitch of every possible iteration of the rainbow, urging it way past the punk subculture and nestling it happily into millennial/viral territory. Young, unique and kind of badass, call these the ROYGBIV that keeps on giving.

pastel hair color ideas for long hair
Rev up a platinum with a light blue wash. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

36. Pastels

Baby blues and pinks aren’t as frail as their names suggest; shades like these are as confident as they are dainty. Keep this style smooth and healthy with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum.

jet lack hair color ideas for long hair
Channel your inner Snow White with a raven-black mane. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

37. Jet Black

They say there’s no life beyond a blue-black hair color, and they would be (mostly) right. It’s harder to lighten hair than it is to darken hair, so a jet black hue is perhaps the biggest test of color commitment there is. We say wear it with full purpose.

natural black hair color ideas for long hair
A soft, natural black goes well with most ensembles. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

38. Natural Black

Arguably the most common hair color in the world, there’s no disputing the minimalist charm of this chic shade.

violet and green hair color ideas for long hair
Wildly popular hues, purple and teal bring out anyone’s inner mermaid. Photos courtesy of @hairbyfranco (violet) and @hello_jet (teal)
violets and greens hair color ideas for long hair
Photo courtesy of @hello_jett

39. Violets and Greens

You can’t be a mermaid from the bottom up, so settle for the top half instead with playful fairy hues such as purples, violets and teals.

pink hair color ideas for long hair
Pink hair is irresistibly sweet, and also surprisingly wearable.

40. Pink

We think every girl should try pink hair at some point in her life—it’s just that much fun.

black ombre hair color ideas for long hair
Subtle gradiations look the most natural. Photo credit: Dvora

41. Black Ombré

Test your limits with a dark-to-amber ombré.

black violet hair color ideas for long hair
Pair with some bold lipstick for a fun contrast. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

42. Black Violet

These subtle long hair color combos are classy with a bit of attitude.

silver hair color ideas for long hair
Pink/cool undertones work gray shades the best. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

43. Silver

#GrannyHair never looked this sexy! (Also a great choice for neutralizing redness.)

rainbow hair color ideas for long hair
No one can accuse these peek-a-boo highlights of being ordinary! Photo courtesy of @notanothersalon

44. Rainbow

This cheerful, nostalgic dye job can easily be hidden if the situation requires.

streaky red hair color ideas for long hair
This trend gave way to the viral dip-dye look that took the world by storm. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

45. Streaky

You can thank the 2012 runways for the hair color trend that started it all. Nota bene: Clip-ons make a good Plan B, as seen on the Alice+Olivia SS ’19 runway.

purple ends hair color ideas for long hair
Charming and sexy, this look is popular on the festival circuit. Photo courtesy of TIGI

46. Purple Ends

A pop of purple worn on festival waves is pretty popular when it comes to hair color styles for long hair.

neon hair color ideas for long hair
Take a walk on the wild side with this cheery burst of neon shades. Photo courtesy of @crystalchaos

47. Neons

No inhibitions allowed when sporting this free-for-all of fun, lively shades.

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