Red Hair with Highlights: 9 Color Ideas To Try

Courtney Leiva | 16 April 2018

Go bold this spring with these inspiring red hair with highlights. 

If you are looking to take your red hair to the next level, adding in some gorgeous highlights can give your overall color some added depth and dimension. It’s a look that’s pretty high up there on the upkeep, but we think the payoff is so worth it, especially if you’re ready to go red! But if you aren’t entirely sure what kind of look to get, here are nine looks featuring red hair with highlights to inspire you to give this color a try.

9 Red Hair Ideas With Highlights

Red Hair With Highlights: Natural Auburn Lowlights
Auburn lowlights gives your red some added depth.

1. Auburn Highlights

If you are growing bored with your chestnut locks or your dark red hair, try adding in some rich auburn highlights (or lowlights) to give your look a smoldering finish. To get the look, ask your colorist to use a balayage technique for a trendier yet more natural-looking head of color.

Red Hair With Highlights: blorange highlights
Blorange highlights are fun and unexpected. Photo credit: @jaclynlacyhair

2. Blorange Highlights

Perfect for lighter strawberry blondes, adding in some fun blorange highlights can keep your hair fresh and unpredictable. To get this fun color spring look, ask your colorist to apply a mix of orange, peach and blood orange tones together to get that peachy-orange finish.

Red Hair With Highlights: cooper highlights
Red Hair with Highlights: Copper highlights look edgy and chic. Photo credit:

3. Copper Highlights

To give your red some edgy contrast, ask your colorist to spice up your auburn base with some brassy copper highlights. However, when you maintain your color at home, it’s important to keep your brassy looks free of orange and yellow tones. To keep the color fade to a minimum, use Catwalk by TIGI Fashionista Violet Mask at least once a week to give your highlights a boost.

Red Hair With Highlights: sombré look
A sombré look can give your ends some serious color. Photo credit:

4. Highlighted Ends

Ombré looks can definitely turn heads, but if you want something softer, opting for a sombré look is always recommended. To get the look, make sure your colorist places your highlights at the bottom of your hair, melding all tones together to give your hair that evenly blended look.

Plum Lowlights Are One Of The Best Ways To Dress Up Red Hair With Highlights
Plum highlights are dramatic and vampy.

5. Plum Highlights

To take your red down a notch, add in some plum lowlights to give your hair some dramatic impact.

Red Hair With Highlights: red ombré
A red ombré can take your look to the next level.

6. Red Ombré Highlights

If you love a bold ombré, ask your colorist to carefully highlight the back part of your head with a cherry red ombré color. This helps gives your hair a dip-dye kind of effect. But with all color looks, you’ll want to invest in the right color-care products. To maintain your vibrant color at home, be sure to use the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Shampoo and Keratin Infusion Color Care Conditioner to ensure that your hair stays smooth and that your color stays intact.

Red Hair With Highlights: chocomauve highlights
Chocolate mauve is a fun way to shake up your red hair. Photo credit: Hannah Edelman

7. Chocolate Mauve Highlights

Like vampy auburn and plum tones, unexpected chocolate mauve highlights give your hair a deeper multidimensional effect. However, to keep your highlights fresh and bright, you’ll want to wash your hair less in order to avoid the unwanted color fade. Try using a good dry shampoo to revive your hair in-between shampoos.

Red Hair With Highlights: Orange Ombre
An orange ombré is ideal for lighter shades of red.

8. Orange Ombré

A reddish peach ombré is a great way to brighten up fair and warm tones with ease. Try out this tone on blonde hair for a new color that will really help your hair ‘pop’ this spring.

Red Hair With Highlights: Ashy Red Highlights
Ashy red highlights keeps your red soft and glossy. Photo credit:

9. Ashy Red Highlights

If you want something soft and natural to your blonde or light blonde hair, consider adding in some ashy red highlights to keep your look bright and soft.

Want some more red color ideas? Check out stunning dark red hair colors to try



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