Ginger hair | How to get the look at home.

ginger hair

Ginger hair is just about the trendiest thing in the world right now. So it’s no surprise you want some of this red-headed action. But how can you get the look if your hair is not naturally ginger? Fear not my friends, because we have all the tips and tricks for getting the ginger hair look at home!

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What is ginger hair?

Ginger is a type of hair colour that can be found on people who have natural red or blonde hair. It’s a mix of different hues and shades between brown, orange and red.

The natural colour comes from the natural pigmentation in the skin called melanin, which also determines if you’ll burn when it’s sunny outside or not.

You can dye your hair gorgeous ginger colour too. Ginger hair colour comes in a variety of shades, ranging from light copper to bright orange.

It also looks amazing with blonde highlights, pink highlights and darker warm lowlights of auburn or chocolate brown.

Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.

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Is ginger hair copper?

Copper hair is a metallic version of ginger hair that is a hot and fiery, rich red hair trend right now.

People with copper hair have pigmentation that is dominated by the reddish side, so their locks are brown or reddish-brown in appearance.

Generally, copper tends to be more of an artificial colour with cooler tones than natural ginger.

Auburn is another shade of red that passes as ginger. It’s darker, richer and warmer than ginger and has undertones of brown and red with less orange.

Will ginger hair suit me?

If you’re thinking of dyeing your hair ginger, it’s an extremely versatile colour. But whether or not it really suits you depends on the natural colour of your skin, your eyes and your base hair colour to begin with.

Ginger really shines 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 add richness and 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.
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Which hair colours suit me?

You can also take our quick quiz to find out what colours you’re most suited to! Just click the image below.


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You can also try on some virtual hair colours with the Best hair colour changing apps you need to use in 2021!

Can I dye my hair ginger at home?

Dyeing your hair ginger at home successfully really depends on the base colour of your hair now.

If your base colour hair is light brown to blonde – you have a good base for ginger 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 ginger.

Which are the best ginger hair dyes?

If you’re looking to become a ginger goddess (or god!), you’ll need to find yourself a good copper or auburn hair dye. Red hair dyes are often not orange enough.

You’ll need to take your base colour into account to get it right. Check the colour chart on the side of the box dye to match your hair colour now to the ginger tone you’d like it to be.

Always do a strand test to determine what the colour will look like on your hair, compared to the picture on the box. And a patch test to check for any allergies.

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Best ginger hair dyes at a glance.

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Schwarzkopf Live Intense Colour Hair Dye, Mango Twist.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01B4UBZYO&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBcopper hair schwartzkopfWarm tones and blending.
Garnier Olia Copper Hair Dye Permanent.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B00F98KPP8&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBcopper hair at home garnierVivid, long lasting copper hair colour.
L'Oreal Preference Infinia, Mango Intense Copper Hair Dye.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B077TZYRY2&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBcopper hair at home mango intenseSuper soft copper hair colour.
Garnier Nutrisse Natural Copper Permanent Hair Dye.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B078VQJLRC&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBcopper hair at home nutrisseSubtle, darker copper hair colour.
Clairol Nice' n Easy Crème, Golden Auburn.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B0789PTRG8&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBcopper hair at home nice n easyWarm, golden copper hair tones.

TOP PICK!

Schwarzkopf Live Intense Colour, Mango Twist.

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At first, the colour was epic. It gave a bright orange hue to our lightest strands and blended well into the rest of our hair to provide an even coverage. After the first two washes, the colour started to fade quite fast but to a lovely light auburn. Good reason to stock up.

How can I care for my ginger hair?

Because ginger is part of the red colour gang, it means, just like all kinds of red hair dyes, it will fade quicker than other hair dye colours.

This is because the 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.

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.