Let’s talk about the different shades of red hair color and how to tell the difference between them!
As a professional cosmetologist, I hear people make up their own jargon all the time. A lot of people don’t quite know all of the correct terminologies that hairstylists use, but they try to express what they mean anyway.
Then, us hairstylists tend to interpret the actual meaning, not what they really wanted, which could result in an unhappy client.
Since the different shades of red hair dye are commonly misconceived, I figured it would be fun to share with you the actual names for the different shades of red color. Enjoy.
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The 10 Different Shades of Red Hair Color:
10. Strawberry Blonde
The first shade of red hair color we should talk about is strawberry blonde. To be honest, this can also be considered a shade of blonde, but with a hint of red tint.
Burgundy is a beautiful rich shade of reddish-purple that mimics the color of Burgundy wine. Let’s just put it this way: anything that resembles wine is A-Ok on my list!
Maroon is really just a light reddish-brown color. It does tend to have a lot more red pigment than brown, making it the complete opposite of Auburn (which is mentioned later in this article).
It’s also slightly different than burgundy, as it has more reddish-brown tones than purple.
Copper hair is meant to look like copper, which is a precious metal and typically has red-orange tones in it. It should be vibrant and finished looking, not like bleached hair that was underprocessed.
This shade is pretty similar to copper hair but much more on the orange side. There should only be a hint of red to this color, and it should be ultra vibrant.
5. Cherry Red
Cherry red hair dye looks similar to maroon but with less brown and more purplish undertones. It’s pretty much just a dark purplish shade of red… like the color of cherries.
4. Natural Red
Obviously, natural red color can vary from person to person but is typically around this shade. I’ve seen it range from dull brownish red to super vibrant dark red.
3. Fire-Engine Red
This shade of red is typically only possible with semi-permanent colors, meaning it will quickly wash out. However, Matrix has a red line (HD Reds) of permanent color that turns out great.
Oh, and in case you were wondering… it should be bout the same color as a fire truck.
Mahogany is a dark and rich reddish brown color, with more red pigment than brown. If you need something to reference, it should be the same color as Mahogany wood.
Auburn, like mahogany, is a mixture of red and brown hair color. However, it tends to be more natural looking than mahogany, with more brown than red.
Your Turn: Are there any other shades of red that were not mentioned? Have you ever had any of these colors? I’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below…