Fiery, fierce, sexy and luxurious, red hair is more than a hair colour idea, it’s an attitude. Red hair says ‘Hello!’ gets you noticed, and makes you feel fabulous. And what’s awesome about this versatile colour is that there are shades of red hair to suit everyone.

Red hair is a classic and features in our top Hair colour ideas 2021 but the truth is that the red hair trend is here forever. 

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Which red hair colours are on trend right now?

Red hair is a forever colour. It looks good and makes you feel fabulous whatever the season. If you want your hair to shine, your eyes to pop and your skin to glow, ravishing red is the hue for you.

This year, red hair colours are super hot. Rich reds hair dyes are all the rage so think of deep colours such as:

  • Cherry
  • Mahogany
  • Deep rose
  • Burgundy
  • Ultra Violet
  • Strawberry
  • Copper
  • Auburn
  • Vibrant red
  • Bright red

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

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Will red hair shades suit me?

The greatest thing about red hair is that there’s a shade for everyone. So whatever your skin tone and eye colour happens to be, it’s all about finding the right tone and hue that works for you.

You’ll need to determine whether you suit a warmer, spicy palette, or whether you should look for red hair shades that are cooler with bluer hues.

You can use our checklist to see find out which undertone you are.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden undertones in your hair.
  • Your skin tone will be golden, tan or olive.
  • You have green veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades.
  • You probably have freckles.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You prefer wearing jewel and pastel colours.
  • The colour yellow does not look good on you.
  • You have blue veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.
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Which red hair shade is right for me?

It’s not just your natural tones that make the difference when it comes to choosing the right red hair colour for you. 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.

Experiment with shades lighter or brighter than you normally would. That’s what having new hair colour ideas are all about. You can always try a temporary wash out hair dyes to give different hues a try.

Take our quiz!

You can also take our quick quiz to find out which undertones and colours will look the most fabulous on you. Just click on the image below!


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Why does red hair dye fade quicker?

It’s true red hair dye is the hardest to keep looking luscious for longer. The brighter your dye, the faster it will fade.

It’s all to do with the size of the red dye pigments – these are extra large molecules that slip and slide out of your hair with every wash.

If you’re going to be a ravishing red head, you’ll need to look after your hair and use gentle shampoos and conditioners that lock in the colour for longer.

What’s the best red hair dye to get the look at home?

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 box dyes to brighten your life today! Read more about each one in our Best red hair dye reviews.

Best red hair dyes

Hair dyeLooks likeBest forBuy now
Clairol Nice n Easy Mahoganybest red hair dye clairolCool tones
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, Medium Burgundybest red hair dye john friedaCool tones
Schwarzkopf Live Colour Permanent Ultra Violet.best red hair dye schwartzkopfCool tones
Garnier Olia Intense Copper Hair Dye Permanent.best red hair dye oliaWarm tones
Revlon Colorsilk Bright Auburn.best red hair dye revlonWarm tones
Garnier Nutrisse Vibrant Red Hair Dye Permanent.best red hair dye nutrisseWarm tones

TOP PICK!

Garnier Olia Intense Copper Hair Dye Permanent.

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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.


How can I care for my red hair?

Red hair needs more love than almost any other colour and will fade fast if you don’t look after it.

Don’t wash your hair until at least 48 hours later and try to wash it more than once a week if you can get away with it. 

When you do, make sure you wash only with a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for coloured hair. We love these from Joico.

Joico Colour Infusem Shampoo and Conditioner

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Once a week, give your hair a deep conditioning mask like this one we love from Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque.

Invest in the little miracle in a bottle that is Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector to treat and strengthen your hair between hair dyeing.

And don’t forget to follow all of our top coloured hair care tips in How to look after coloured hair can keep it luscious for longer.

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