Amber hair colour | How to get the look at home.

Amber hair colour is all the rage right now. It’s a warm, beautiful hue that can be worn in so many different ways.

Whether you want to go for a subtle look or something more bold, keep reading to learn how to get the look at home!

In case you haven’t noticed, amber hair is all the rage on social media and in the fashion world. It seems like every other influencer or celebrity is sporting this gorgeous warm colour.

And we don’t blame them – it’s a shade that looks amazing on everyone! If you’re thinking about trying out this trend, keep reading. We’ll teach you how to achieve an amber hue at home with ease!

If you’re ready to switch up your look, but don’t want to spend hours in the salon, then this is the perfect guide for you.

Let’s go!

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What colour is amber hair?

Amber is a shade of copper orange, just like the amber gemstone, and part of the red hair family.

This colour is available in many different hues, including red-toned “chestnut” and gold due to its warm undertones. If you are looking for a subtle shade of warm brown, amber is an easy choice.

Other colour names that might be considered “amber” are dark orange, auburn, red-brown, deep copper and reddish blondes like strawberry blonde.

It is this varied palette that makes it so popular. It looks fantastic on most skin types, and its versatility makes it a great choice for any outfit.

Blend it with warm honey blondes to create a bright, sun-kissed look, or mix it up with darker coffee browns for a more intense effect.

Balayage, ombre, and other fashion colour techniques suit this shade perfectly, as it ages well and fades beautifully.

Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.

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Is amber a warm or cool colour?

It will suit people who have warm undertones in their skin, as opposed to those with a cool undertone.

People with a colder complexion look better in cooler shades of brown – think deep chocolate or black!

Those with warmer complexions should choose orange based colours like spiced amber or terracotta. Both look fantastic on all face shapes!

What make this shade so flattering is its ability to flatter skin tones regardless of whether they are dark or light.

Not only will it bring out your complexion and add vibrancy to your overall appearance, but it will also play nicely against lots of different eye colours (including green especially).

If you’re not sure what undertones you have, just use our handy checklist below!

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You blush easily!
  • Jewel and pastel colours are so your thing.
  • The colour yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
  • You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
  • Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
  • You might have freckles.
  • You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades better.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
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Will amber hair suit me?

If you’re not sure what colours will suit you, you can take our quick quiz! Just click on the image below to find out which hair colours suit you!

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Is amber orange or yellow?

This spicy shade is located between orange and yellow on the colour wheel, as such it’s a warm shade that borrows some of both colours’ attributes.

Technically, a shade of red is always going to lean towards orange because it’s a warm colour. Just like how certain shades of green can look almost blue-ish.

Warm colours include reds, oranges and yellows – but if you want something cooler that still has an element of warmth, try out golden hair colours instead!

If you’re looking for amber hair with more yellow undertones, try out some honey or butterscotch shades.

What colour is amber blonde?

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Amber blonde is a fantastic way to enhance already golden hair. If you have pale skin and warm undertones, this shade will add warmth to your look while making you stand out from the crowd.

This shade can look almost strawberry blonde at times but has a much richer tone that distinguishes it from the reds or coppers that exist in other amber shades.

If you find most brunette looks too dark for your taste, try adding some gold into the mix for an interesting twist on your hair colour!

What colour is amber brown?

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Amber brown is an incredibly beautiful shade, and it’s easy to see why so many people love it. It looks great on all skin tones, has more depth than lighter shades of amber.

This shade shows much less contrast between darker roots and lighter ends. It looks almost like cinnamon with added layers.

The effect is a softer, stretched-out version of copper: warm and bright without much darkness at all. This makes it perfect for those who want a more orange-toned version of auburn.

What colour is light amber brown?

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This shade incorporates a bit more blonde, giving it a warmer tone than a standard dark amber. It also has much less orange than other amber colours, so it looks almost cool toned.

This unique colour is perfect for creating an intense contrast against fair skin, bright eyes and blonde hair without losing too much warmth in the mix.

It’s ideal if you want to stand out from the crowd but don’t want to go for any extreme shades – particularly if you’re just starting with fashion colours and experimenting with your look.

What is butterscotch hair colour?

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Butterscotch is a lighter, muted version of amber. It’s perfect if you want to warm up your hair without going too dark or intense.

This shade has more yellow and cream undertones than standard copper blondes and looks almost like a mix between honey and caramel – hence the name!

It works well with darker skin tones and adds depth to brown eyes. If you love butterscotch candies but don’t want such an intense colour change, this might be the best choice for you!

Is amber green?

Amber is a mix of yellow and orange, so it’s not green.

Yes, we do get asked this question!

Can I get amber hair at home?

Amber hair can be created using a variety of different hair dye shades. The only way to find your best fit is to test-drive them!

Try going a shade darker and brighter with different brands’ colours until you find the one that suits you best.

Remember: if you ever need to lighten or lift any artificial colour, it needs to be bleached first (to remove all traces of pigment) before you apply your new shade. If not, the two will mix and it won’t take properly.

If your hair isn’t ready for such a big change just yet, try using semi-permanent fashion colours first.

This allows you to dip into the trend without making as drastic a change as permanent dye would – but don’t worry, you can still get beautiful results!

The amber hair trend is here to stay – so dive in and start experimenting!

Which are the best amber hair dyes?

You’re in luck – most brands now produce an amber shade as part of their range, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find one that’s perfect for you.

Check out the list below (we’ve included both permanent and semi-permanent options).

Best amber hair dyes at a glance.

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Adore SemiPermanent Haircolor Rich Amberq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B004M4B3YC&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 20&language=en USir?t=colouredhairc 20&language=en US&l=li2&o=1&a=B004M4B3YC

Watch and learn: How to dye your hair amber at home.

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How long will amber hair dye last?

Amber hair colours are fairly long lasting, like most dark brunette shades.

If you’re going for a semi-permanent dye, it should last a few washes. You might be able to stretch it out a little longer by using cold water and washing less frequently.

For a permanent shade, the colour will typically remain vibrant for up to 6 – 12 weeks.

Certain factors like how often you wash your hair, whether or not you use heat styling tools and how much product you put in can affect this though!

How can I care for amber hair?

There are a few simple things you can do to keep your hair looking healthy and vibrant after dyeing it:

Avoid using shampoos that contain sulphates or harsh detergents as these can strip away artificial colour (and natural oils) from the hair shaft.

Sulphate free shampoo is typically much gentler and will help lock in any colour you have left over.

Coloured hair tends to be more porous than non-dyed locks, so try not to wash it too often. A couple of times a week at most! Dry shampoo will be your friend.

This helps stop the cuticle becoming damaged which could impact how long your colour lasts for.

Use a weekly deep conditioning treatment to help restore moisture lost through heat styling, environmental exposure etc. This will leave your hair feeling silky smooth and looking shiny.

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So there you have it. That’s everything you need to know about this lustrious shade and how to get this vibrant look at home.

So next time you’re in the mood to add some glitz and glamour into your hair, keep awesome amber in mind! Good luck!


  • Nicola Freeman

    With over two decades of passionate hair dyeing experience, I've experimented with nearly every shade imaginable. My journey began long before blogging; as an award-winning copywriter in London and New York, I shaped narratives for iconic brands. However, when friends sought advice during Covid for at-home hair dyeing, I realized my true calling. Beyond being your hair color expert, I'm a mom of two girls, wife to artist Tony, and an avid soccer player. Win me over with a plate of sushi anytime!