Red Hair: How to Find the Perfect Bold Shade for You

Serena Norr | 22 April 2016

Ready to go bold? Read on to discover your most perfect shade of red hair.

Red hair is one of our favorite stop us in our tracks colors. But did you know that only 1-2% of the American population has naturally red hair? This flattering hair color is the combo of high levels of reddish pigments and low levels of dark pigments that forge together to create a rich hue known to turn heads. However, unlike going blonde, red hair can be a confusing color to test out, since it often turns dull or brassy. But the unique nature of red hair means there are actually tons of shades and variations within this category, making it one of the most versatile and complicated shades out there. So whether you want to test out a deep fire-engine hue or a lighter strawberry blonde, we’ve got you covered in our guide to the many awesome shades of red hair.

Fiercely Fabulous Red Hair Color

asian red hair with texture
Red Asian hair with a texturized finish. Photo credit:

1. Strawberry Blonde

A cross between blonde and light orange, strawberry blonde is one of the mellower shades of red that works well on women who have lighter or paler skin tones. Generally, it’s an ideal transitional shade for blondes since it mirrors some of their own lighter hair tones.

2. Ginger Red

Still a lighter color, ginger hair features a combination of light red and some orange tones that work together to create a vivid result. Those with with pinker and slightly red tones in their cheeks look lovely with this hue!

3. Deep Red

A bolder color, deep red hair is a striking look that’s known for its rich and vibrant tones. A daring transition for light brown-haired girls, deep red hair looks great on women with medium skin tones and generally doesn’t require as much upkeep in comparison to lighter reds.

4. Auburn

This shade is a cross between red and brown with a color ranging from medium to dark. Auburn is associated with lighter skin tones but can also work with medium tones. It’s also an easy transitional color for brunettes to try.

5. Copper

Another tone in the brownish red category is copper. This shade is equal parts red and brown, and that makes it pretty easy to adapt to if you have light brown hair. This stunning shade is a good transition for blondes and light-haired brunettes.

6. Burgundy Red Hair a.k.a. Purple-Red Hair

Reminiscent of a berry and wine color, burgundy or dark red is a luscious color to try if you want to go dark. This vivid color is an exciting way for brunettes, blondes, and even lighter redheads to try something a little bolder. Darker shades of red are ideal for women who have medium-to-olive skin tones.

Must-Have Hair Care Products for Redheads

1. Check out the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Shampoo and the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Conditioner, as a system, to maintain your vibrant red hair color while also keeping your hair fresh and clean.

2. Bedhead by TIGI Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo for when you don’t have time to wash your hair, but probably should.

3. TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray for when you just need to blowout your hair or use a flat iron

Ready to go bold with red hair? Which shade of red hair are you excited to try?

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