Red hair is a forever colour. It looks good and makes you feel fabulous whatever the season. Best of all, it suits everyone! If you want your hair to shine, your eyes to pop and your skin to glow, get involved with the best red hair dye today.

Red hair is a classic and features in our top hair colour ideas 2021. We told you all about red hair and how to find the best shade for you in Best red hair shades to dye for right now.

Stand by for the best red hair dyes you need to get the ravishing look at home!

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What is red hair?

Fiery, fierce, sexy and luxurious, red hair is more than a hair colour idea, it’s an attitude. Red hair says ‘Hey!’ gets you noticed, and makes you feel fabulous. 

Whether natural or from a bottle, red hair is a sought after colour. It’s shimmering tones can brighten up your skin and make your eyes sparkle. What we love most about red hair is that there’s a colour for everyone. The hottest red hair colour trends right now are:

Cool colours

  • Cherry
  • Mahogany
  • Deep rose
  • Burgundy
  • Ultra Violet

Warm colours

  • Strawberry
  • Copper
  • Auburn
  • Vibrant red
  • Bright red

Check out the latest red hair looks for ideas and inspiration.

Can I dye my hair red at home?

You can! What we love about red hair dye is that it’s totally doable at home. The colour your hair is now of course comes into play. 

The lighter your hair, the pinker your red will be compared to a brunette who will experience darker and richer shades of red.

Always do a strand test before you colour your whole head to check what the colour will look like on your hair, compared to the picture on the box.

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Which is the best red hair dye?

You now know whether you suit cool or warmer colours and you’re ready to get reddy. Check out the best of the red at-home hair dyes to brighten your life today!

Best red hair dyes at a glance.

Hair dye.Looks likeBest forBuy it now
Clairol Nice n Easy Mahogany.red hair dyeCool rich red brown.
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, Medium Burgundyred hair dyeCool red with a hint of purple.
Schwarzkopf Live Colour Permanent Ultra Violet.red hair dyeCool dark red.
Garnier Olia Intense Copper Hair Dye Permanent.red hair dyeWarm copper shimmer.
Revlon Colorsilk Bright Auburn.red hair dyeWarm bright auburn shades.
Garnier Nutrisse Vibrant Red Hair Dye Permanent.red hair dyeWarm pillarbox red.

TOP PICK!

Garnier Olia Intense Copper Hair Dye Permanent.

copper hair dye olia intense

Best red hair dye for: On-trend copper shimmer.

Wow. This is a gorgeously bright and vivid colour and for us, with light brown dyed hair, it came out just like the box! It’s on the side of orange-red and will no doubt become more orange as it washes out. But we love it so.

The natural glints and richness of the copper is stunning and it’s a warm, almost golden-orange that made our skin look glowing too! This is the fave of the red hair dyes for us.

Cool red hair colours.

Clairol Nice n Easy Mahogany.

nice n easy mahogany red

They say:

  • Natural & healthy-looking colour and shine.
  • Ideal for first time colourers.
  • Contains aloe Vera and oils to leave your hair feeling soft.
  • It blends into your hair to leave no visible root line.

Reviewers say:

“This was the first time I dyed my hair and I chose this colour to give me a boost! The dye is not damaging at all and my hair was left in very good condition and very soft. The colour looks great and I’ve got lots of compliments so far!”

“I found this wasn’t as deep as the permanent colour but that’s to be expected. It’s still a lovely luxurious colour. It smelt lovely too.”

“I always recommend this colour to anyone who mentions it including at my hairdressers yesterday a woman mentioned what a beautiful colour and condition my hair was!”

We say:

We tried this out on natural medium brown hair as it’s more of a brown-red shade. It’s a semi-permanent dye and you only need to leave it on for 15 mins to get a good all over colour.

It came out brighter than we expected and redder than the colour on the box! It made our hair feel super soft too. If you have dyed hair already, leave it on for 10 mins longer to really lock the colour. 

Best for: Cool rich red-brown.

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, Medium Burgundy

They say:

  • This violet-red hybrid looks wonderful against cool skin tones.
  • Non-drip foam, natural looking colour.
  • With nourishing after colour conditioner.

Reviewers say:

“I’ve been searching for a hair dye that covers my dark brown hair without turning it black. Seems like I’ve found it at last! I have used this today and I’m very pleasantly surprised!”

“This has been my favourite hair dye forever. It’s a really stunning colour, easy and quick to apply. Cannot recommend this product enough.”

We say:

This we tried on dark brown hair as it’s a darker colour with rich purple and blue tones. 

The foam is a revelation, so easy to apply and sinks into our hair to really penetrate it with colour. (You can find out more about why we love John Frieda Foam Precision Dyes here). 

The colour had real depth with multi-dimensional glints and really soft from the sweet smelling conditioner. It does become lighter after a couple of washes and starts to appear a lighter red than purple. 

Best for: Cool red with a hint of purple.

Schwarzkopf Live Colour Permanent Ultra Violet.

schwartzkopf ultra violet

They say:

  • Shimmering purple with red undertones. 
  • Colour + Lift formula gently lightens up to 3 levels.
  • Adds vibrant colour in one step – simple!

Reviewers say:

“I’ve used loads of different hair dyes in the past that haven’t given me result I’m after BUT the Ultra Violet is the best. It gives my very dark brown hair the colour and shine I want. Will be using this colour from now on. Thank you!”

“AMAZING HAIR DYE. I have dyed my hair so many different colours because I get bored easily. I was a dark brown and put one box of this colour on my hair and it turned out amazing.”

“Used on dark brown hair and it turned out so well! It’s a good dye for dark hair!”

We say:

This is another for one for dark hair so we tried on dark brown/black dyed hair. It’s easy to apply and we left it on for slightly longer so that the colour would really sink in to our already dyed locks.

The results were fab! It’s almost a blackberry shade (also on trend) and a deep, deep red that’s almost blue-purple in tone. This was our fave of the cool tones for darker hair. Grab at least two boxes if your hair is long.

Best for: Cool, dark red.

Warm red hair colours.

Garnier Olia Intense Copper Hair Dye Permanent.

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They say:

  • Maximum colour performance.
  • Visibly improves the quality of hair.
  • Pleasant and easy application with optimal scalp comfort.

Reviewers say:

“I used this dye 2 weeks ago.. It’s a lovely soft colour and not as vibrant as it looks on the box, it’s just right. I love that there is no ammonia smell or fizzing sensation on my scalp!”

“It is a beautiful colour that left my hair very shiny and feeling soft and gorgeous. Easy to use and doesn’t take too long either. I’d recommend it.”

“I wasn’t expecting it to be too bright as I have dark blonde/mousey brown hair. But it was! My hair has a lot of shine and when the sun hits it it’s so bright. Really pleased.”

We say:

Wow. This is a gorgeously bright and vivid colour and for us, with light brown dyed hair, it came out just like the box! It’s on the side of orange-red and will no doubt become more orange as it washes out. But we love it so.

The natural glints and richness of the copper is stunning and it’s a warm, almost golden-orange that made our skin look glowing too! This is the fave of the warm hair dyes for us.

Best for: Warm copper shimmer.

Revlon Colorsilk Bright Auburn.

revlon bright auburn red

They say:

  • This specially blended, permanent hair color formula includes our Revlon 3D Color Gel Technology, which deposits rich, dimensional color that looks natural and lasts.
  • Leaves your hair in better condition than before you coloured it.

Reviewers say:

“I’ve been dyeing my hair red for yonks. I’ve tried other brands but I find  Revlon is always my go-to. The colour keeps really well and is and on my hair it’s close to the colour on the box”. 

“It’s so nice and vibrant! It lasts long and is easy to apply. I have long medium brown hair that’s quite thick so I use two packs.”

“I recently had my hair lightened and then I coloured it myself bright Auburn at home and I’m really happy with the results. I was aiming for a light brown but I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to try something totally different. SO glad I did!”

We say:

This is another fantastic vibrant shade. It lifted our dark blonde hair to almost a pale strawberry blonde. Our hair felt super silky with this and the conditioner is wonderful although we could’ve done with it being bigger as we used it all in one go.

As the reviews say, you’ll need two boxes if you have long or particularly thick hair. This is also on the orange-red spectrum although it’s not as golden as copper shades. It’s really bright for a couple of days but it does dull down.

Best for: Warm bright auburn shades.

Garnier Nutrisse Vibrant Red Hair Dye Permanent.

nutrisse vibrant red hair dye

They say:

  • Permanent nourishing hair colourant allows you to dye your hair in the comfort of your home
  • Intensely nourishes and protects against hair dryness for up to 8 weeks.
  • Nourished hair means better colour (we agree with this!).

Reviewers say:

“I’m always looking for dye that won’t leave my hair dry and feeling frizzy. After using this my hair was soft and the colour was beautiful!”

“My natural colour is dark brown and I should’ve used hair lightener before applying this colour but I skipped it because I’m impatient and applied it anyway! It looks amazing! It has a really glossy shine. Very happy.” 

“By far the best red hair dye I’ve ever bought. It’s easy to apply and leaves hair in lovely condition – I’ve loads of compliments from friends and family!”

We say:

This is the most vibrant red of the bunch. It’s a full-on perfect pillarbox red if your hair is already lightened. We used it on blonde hair and the result was a bold, block colour of fire engine red.

This colour is also fab for combining with darker colours for the ombre or balayage look. We might just give that a go!

Best for: Warm pillarbox red.


TOP PICK!

Garnier Olia Intense Copper Hair Dye Permanent.

copper hair dye olia intense

Best red hair dye for: On-trend copper shimmer.

Wow. This is a gorgeously bright and vivid colour and for us, with light brown dyed hair, it came out just like the box! It’s on the side of orange-red and will no doubt become more orange as it washes out. But we love it so.

The natural glints and richness of the copper is stunning and it’s a warm, almost golden-orange that made our skin look glowing too! This is the fave of the red hair dyes for us.

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