Gingers rejoice! Red hair of every hue and shade is all the rage this year. The hot pizzazz that is copper has got us completely obsessed. All everyone wants to know is, can you get copper hair at home?
We’re here with everything you need to know to get the on-trend look on point!
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What is copper hair colour?
Copper is one of this years most popular red hair shades right now. It’s a bold, fiery, statement colour that gets you noticed and keeps you warm from season to season.
It’s a heady mix of golden, red and orange tones that magically combine to create a soft, subtle colour with a pop of brightness. Along with rich auburn and cool rose gold, it’s one of the most coveted hair shades this year.
Despite it’s metallic name, most natural redheads have copper tones in their hair rather than the red tones you’d expect. Natural red hair looks more like a dark copper-blonde than an actual vibrant red. Those kinds of reds are thanks to the wonders of our best friends the box dyes.
Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.
Will copper suit me?
Copper as a colour is extremely versatile but whether or not it really suits you depends on the natural colour of your skin, your eyes and your base colour to begin with.
Copper colours really shine on people with a lighter base colour and those with fairer skin tones will glow in the contrast it makes. With tanned and olive skin, it’ll bring out your warm undertones.
Use our checklist below to find out whether your undertones are warm or cool.
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.
Which hair colours suit me?
Before you decide to go copper at home, you can also take our quick quiz to find out what colours you’re most suited to! Just click the image below.
You can also try on some virtual hair colours with the Best hair colour changing apps you need to use in 2021!
Will copper colour fade fast?
Because copper is part of the red colour gang, it means, just like red hair dye, it will unfortunately fade quicker than other hair dye colours.
This is because red dye is made up of extra large molecules that slide out of your hair with every wash.
To keep the colour locked in, you’ll need to use specially formulated shampoos and conditioners to make the colour stay rich and vibrant for longer.
How can I get copper hair at home?
It’s always a good idea to have a chat with your hairdresser if you’re thinking of trying a new colour. They’ll be happy to help.
How well your hair will take to copper depends on the condition it’s in, whether it’s already colour treated and other considerations, as well as what your base colour is right now.
If your base colour hair is light brown to blonde – you have a good base for darker copper colours. If you want to go lighter or achieve that ultra-bright orange/ginger colour, you’ll need to pre-lighten your hair with bleach first.
If your base colour is mid-brunette and darker – you’ll need to pre-lighten your hair with bleach first to get the right colour base for copper.
If you’re feeling confident and fancy taking the plunge with copper hair at home, you’re in luck.
There are a wonderful range of bang on-trend copper box dyes that you can buy off the shelf to achieve that perfect all over bronze sheen.
Which are the best copper box dyes?
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Best copper hair dyes at a glance.
Garnier Olia Copper Hair Dye Permanent.
- A vivid, bright, oil-powered hair colour
- No ammonia and a nice smell.
- Visibly improves the quality of hair
- Olia is all about oil that infuses and nourishes your hair.
“I used this hair dye along with the highlighter to lighten my hair first as it was a little too dark to begin with. What an awesome result . The colour gave my hair a glossy shine and covered all my pesky grey hairs. Love it.”
“This colour has serious staying power! I wash my hair every week and I only have to top up my hair every other month now. With other brands I was refreshing the colour every 3-4 weeks!”
“I have dark ash brown hair so I wasn’t expecting it to be too bright but it was! My hair has a lot of shine and when the sun hits it it’s so bright and glossy. I’m so pleased.”
This is a mighty vivid colour and for us it came out just like the box! We tried it on light brown hair and it’s on the orange side of orange-red and will no doubt become more orange as it washes out.
But the natural glint and richness of the copper is stunning and it’s a warm, almost golden-orange that made our skin look glowing too. It also lasted better than the other brands on this list.
Best for: Vivid, long lasting copper colour.
How can I make copper last for longer?
Copper will fade fast if you don’t look after it with the right products.
Don’t wash your hair until at least 48 hours after you dye it at home and try to wash it no 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 to tone copper hues. Which one is right for you depends on whether your colour has more red or golden undertones.
For red undertones:
You want to prolong the effects of any orange brassiness with red toning shampoos and conditioners. We love these from Joico.
For golden undertones:
If your hair colour has golden glints to it, you need to prevent any yellow brassiness spoiling your vibe with a good purple shampoo and conditioner. We love the Catwalk range from TIGI.
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.