Gorgeous hair colours for natural redheads

Being a natural red head is much rarer than you think: only 2% of the world’s population are born natural born redheads.

Some call it red, others refer to it as ‘ginger’, but either way, there are so many hues and tones of being a redhead that you’d struggle to pin it down to one name. Whether your red hair sits more under a lighter strawberry blonde colour, or a dark mahogany red, see yourself as being one of the lucky ones. Your hair colour is much more unique!

When it comes to dying your hair, it’s worth remembering that natural red hair holds its pigment tighter than any other hair colour. Therefore, it’s actually very hard to colour your hair in comparison to brunettes and blondes. The red strands need to have their pigment stripped before being dyed, which means a course of bleaching. And we all know that bleaching damages the hair.

Our first piece of advice if you’re a natural redhead would be – stay red! Keep your luscious, natural locks healthy and unique by enjoying your natural colour. But of course, in a world where we have access to hundreds of shades of hair colours and so many gorgeous tones at our fingertips, it’s easy to want to add some colour.

We have found you some of the best red hair inspirations by a few of Instagrams most gorgeous red haired influencers.

Alixwatch aka Alix Sarah Watchorn


Drerooney06 aka Andrea Rooney



To help you decide on the right shade to colour your natural red hair, here are some great options:

Copper Highlights

Copper highlights can be added to darker red shades to add depth and dimension to the hair. It’s a colouring technique used as a trick to make natural red hair look brighter and more ‘full of life’. Ask your stylist to try a balayage technique of copper toned highlights for a modern, natural effect.  

Copper highlights tend to suit you if your skin is fair or golden, and if you have green, brown or hazel eyes.

Copper highlights
Image by Haircolorsideas


Light Auburn

A colour which suits most natural redheads is light auburn – a blend of light golden red and light brown. It tones down those more bright, vivid natural red tones, but still keeps that beautiful warmth.

It’s a beautiful shade if you have blue, green or warm brown eyes, as it will really make them pop. It also suits those with a creamy, peach/golden toned complexion.

Auburn hair

Red Copper

For a bolder hair colour option, red copper is a rich, bright blend of red and orange/brown tones. Very popular for those who want to bring their hair a tone or two brighter and give it more of the ‘wow’ factor.  This shade will flatter fair-to-medium skin tones and suits blue, green or hazel eyed ladies.

It’s a very sexy, confident hair colour and really brings those natural paler red tones alive.

Red copper hair

Dark Auburn

A rich, deep shade perfect for those with darker undertones is dark auburn. This colour combines deep golden red and rich, warm brown. It’s a warm shade, which is both elegant and sophisticated, beautiful on people with any warm or neutral skin tone.

Dark Auburn hair

Cherry Brown

With the deep cherry red shades becoming more popular throughout 2018, ‘Cherry Brown’ has become a shade that natural redheads can rock. It’s a hair colour made up of a delicious blend of rosy red tones and rich browns.

The beauty of choosing a cherry brown shade is that you can choose to have lighter brown tones with the cherry coming through or go for darker brown shades with hints of cherry. Choose this shade if you have medium to deep and cool-toned skin and brown eyes.

Cherry brown hair

Black Cherry

Now this is a striking one for the darker red heads out there. The black cherry hair colour is a rich, deep blue-black shade with a touch of very dark red.  It looks best on darker skin tones and on people with cool brown eyes.

Black Cherry Hair
Image from Syleaholic


This one has become extremely popular and tends to be pulled off well by those with a natural darker red tone to their hair. The burgundy hair colour is a dark red violet shade, which tends to be more deep and dramatic. It suits redheads with complexions that are dark or olive-toned and looks striking with brown or icy blue eyes.


Intense Red

The intense red hair colour is just that—a bright, intense, true red shade that requires a fair bit of up keep. But if you can keep the shade fresh with regular maintenance, it’s a fantastic shade all year round.

It works on both darker and lighter shades of natural head, but those with more strawberry blonde and light red tones will pull it off better, as the colour will stick to the hair more naturally.

Intense red hair colour

Rose Gold

The rose gold hair colour trend was a huge one this Summer, but it looks like it’s here to stay. It’s one of today’s trendiest shades—a coppery pink shade inspired by the jewellery trend. Rose gold hair can be subtle or intense, depending on how pink the rose gold shade tends to be. It’s great for people with porcelain, tan or olive complexions, and all eye colours.


You can of course, decided to go for blonde highlights to break up and lighten up your red hair, especially if you’re more strawberry blonde. But nothing looks better on redheads than those shades with enhance and deepen the natural red tones. And it looks like you’re overly spoilt for choice for shades!

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