hair color ideas 4 Ways to Look Like a Natural Redhead

It goes beyond the hair dye.

February 07, 2022
How To Look Like A Natural Red Head


While there are plenty of fun hair colors to experiment with, red hair is one of the most sought-after hues, and understandably so. It’s stunning and unique — plus, it looks bold with any hair texture, whether curly or straight.


If you weren’t born with coppery red tresses, you’ve likely spent your fair share of time trying to figure out how you can fake the perfect red mane. It’s a bit more complicated than simply dyeing your hair red. So, luckily, we’re sharing our tips to ensure that your red hair color looks as authentic as possible. 


1. Use The Right Hair Dye

Fire engine red hair is undeniably a gorgeous, eye-catching hue, but natural redheads don’t boast that shade. Natural red tresses are typically a reddish-brown color. As with any hair hue, there are variations to it based on how light or dark the hair color is. This means you can have natural, light red hair or natural, dark red hair. The first step to looking like a natural redhead is using a hair dye that resembles a natural red hair color, whether it's light, medium or dark in color. Here are our top picks.


Natural-Looking Light Red Hair

If you’re craving a natural-looking light red hair color, look no further than the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Reddish Blonde. This gorgeous auburn hue is universally flattering and a great low-key option. The formula is designed with an exclusive triple protection system that deeply cares for your hair and provides 100 percent gray coverage. It’s also formulated with a Pro-Keratine complex that helps protect and maintain the color.


Natural-Looking Medium Red Hair

If it’s a natural-looking medium red hair color that you’re after, then the L'Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Color in Auburn Brown is a great choice. The warm shade is a happy medium between light red and deep red, and complements several skin tones. Not to mention, the formula is super hydrating, so it won’t wreak havoc on your hair during the dyeing process.


Natural-Looking Dark Red Hair

If you’re ready to step into bold territory with a natural-looking dark red hair color, grab the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Dark Auburn. The shade is rich, beautiful and bound to make you stand out in a crowd. Plus, the dye delivers ultimate shine to hair and won’t fade for several weeks.


Customized Red Hair

But perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more unique to you. That’s where the L’Oréal Paris Hair Color Concierge can be a great resource. You can live chat with professional colorists and even do video consultations to help you find the right shade for the look you desire — all right from your home.


2. Maintain Your Color

One of the biggest giveaways of a faux redhead is if your natural hair color peeks through. To keep your “natural” red hair dye looking its best, be sure to touch it up as often as you can. 


When going to the salon isn’t an option, you can try different techniques to make your color last longer between appointments and keep a root touch-up spray — like the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up in Red — on hand to make sure your roots stay hidden in between coloring sessions. You can also use a hair gloss like the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss in Copper or Auburn to enhance your tone and add shine and vibrancy to your hair. 


3. Consider Your Brows

Think twice before you reach for a hair dye to color your brows. Matching your eyebrows to your hair color can be done with eyebrow makeup. Typically, people with red hair naturally have brown or dark blonde brows. So if you’re trying to pull off the redhead look, you don’t need to dye your brows red or even look for a red eyebrow pencil.


When choosing a brow pencil, opt for a shade that has warm undertones, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil in Light Brunette or the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Brow Magnifying Pencil with Vitamin E in Auburn. If you prefer gel formulas, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Unbelieva-Brow Longwear Waterproof Tinted Brow Gel in Dark Blonde. You won’t be disappointed by the results, no matter what shade you choose.


4. Opt For Brown Eyeliner And Mascara

In order to achieve the natural redhead look, swap your black eyeliners and mascaras for brown options. Black can sometimes appear harsh on natural redheads, especially since this hair color is commonly paired with fair, freckled skin. Instead, try out softer shades, like the L’Oréal Paris Le Liner Signature Easy-Glide Mechanical Eyeliner, Waterproof in Brown Denim and the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Lash Magnifying Mascara With Conditioning Serum in Brown.


Next: 10 Hair Color Tips for Red Hair


Edited by: Sophie Dweck, Photo Credit: Mary Honkus