Want to take a walk on the red side? An auburn hair color could be for you. This reddish-brown hue is seriously pretty—and the good news is, it can be tailored to your skin tone! That means anyone can pull off auburn hair. Want to embrace an auburn color? Below, find 30 auburn hair color ideas—including dark auburn hair, auburn brown hair, and auburn red hair—as well as tips for modifying your hair care routine to better suit your new shade.
THE BEST AUBURN HAIR COLOR FOR YOUR SKIN TONE
Before we dive into our 30 auburn hair color ideas, let’s talk about how to find the most flattering shade for you! Since auburn hair is customizable, you can find a color that complements your skin tone easily. If you have fair skin with pink undertones or if you have olive skin, opt for an auburn hair dye that’s brown-based. Meanwhile, if you have a neutral skin tone with yellow or blue undertones or if you have dark skin, color your mane a redder shade of auburn. Ready for some color inspiration? Read on!
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #1: DARK AUBURN HAIR
Love the look of a deep, rich auburn hair color? Give a dark auburn hair color, which looks just as it sounds, a try. Imagine a dark shade with tones of red and brown—that's this color. Gorgeous! To DIY the shade, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Richesse Collection Dark Mahogany Red.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #2: AUBURN HAIR WITH HONEY HIGHLIGHTS
If you want a dimensional mane, consider lightening your auburn hair with highlights—more specifically, honey highlights! This warm blonde hue will pair beautifully with the warmth from the red tones in your auburn base.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #3: AUBURN BROWN HAIR
Prefer an auburn hair color that’s slightly more brown than red? An auburn brown hair color will add just the right amount of red tones to your brunette mane while still looking natural. Use the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Dark Mahogany Brown to get the look.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #4: NATURAL AUBURN
You know what they say—fake it till you make it! If you want to trick people into thinking you’re a natural redhead, consider coloring your mane with a natural auburn color. Just be sure to get regular root touch-ups, and no one will be able to tell the difference!
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #5: MEDIUM AUBURN
Torn between light and dark auburn hair? Why not settle on a medium auburn hair color for a shade that perfectly combines the two? Try using the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Chic Auburn Brown to color your strands that ultimate in-between color.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #6: LIGHT AUBURN HAIR
For a subtle auburn hair color, give a light auburn hue a try. This is especially worth trying if you have pale skin, as a light auburn hair color will look beautiful against your fair complexion!
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #7: BLACK AUBURN HAIR
Partial to dark, black locks? You can still keep your black strands while getting in on the auburn hair dye trend. How so? Ask your colorist for a black auburn hue, which features that rich black shade you crave mixed with subtle tones of red and brown for an auburn twist. Gorgeous!
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #8: RED AUBURN
If you favor the red tones of an auburn shade over the brown, you’re in luck. Red auburn hair focuses on the vibrant, red-hot hues you can’t get enough of. Give the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Reds - Deep Auburn/Red Velvet a try to get the look.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #9: AUBURN HAIR WITH COPPER HIGHLIGHTS
For a dimensional mane, pair your auburn hair color with bright, copper highlights. Not only is copper a trending hair color for fall, but it’s also the perfect complementary shade for an auburn base.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #10: RICH AUBURN
Not for the faint-hearted, a rich auburn mane is vibrant and fashion-forward. Paint your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Intense Dark Red if you dare.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #11: CHESTNUT AUBURN
Calling all brunettes: If you want to ease into an auburn hue, chestnut auburn is a great way to do so. The warm, light brown hair color features notes of red for a subtle auburn hair color that’ll let you test the waters. Interested? Grab the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Light Reddish Brown.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #12: AUBURN HIGHLIGHTS
Speaking of easing into the auburn hair color trend, why not do so with auburn highlights? In case you haven’t heard, red highlights are serious on-trend at the moment, and red highlights of the auburn variety are no exception.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #13: BLONDE AUBURN
For any blondes that may be reading that are on the fence about parting with their light locks, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to stray too far from your current color. In fact, a blonde auburn hue will simply add a reddish tint to your already blonde mane—and we promise you’ll still be having the most fun. Give the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Reddish Blonde a try.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #14: METALLIC AUBURN
Go bold or go home—isn’t that what they say? If you’re one for bold hair colors, a metallic auburn hue is just what your strands need.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #15: STRAWBERRY AUBURN
If you love strawberry blonde hair, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with strawberry auburn! Similar in many ways, this softer version of auburn red hair features tones of red and blonde that come together to create a Pinterest-worthy hue. Use the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Reddish Blonde to get the look.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #16: MUTED AUBURN
Another auburn hair color option that’s on the subtler side of things, muted auburn is a medium auburn shade that features a blended combination of soft red and brown tones. The hue offers an understated take on auburn hair.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #17: AUBURN BALAYAGE
To feel out the auburn hair trend, consider giving auburn balayage highlights a try. The highlighting technique will give your mane a naturally highlighted look courtesy of expert placement and color.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #18: ROOTED AUBURN
Love a low-maintenance hair color? So do we! If you can’t be bothered with constant touch-ups, a rooted auburn look is the perfect way to try out an auburn hue. As your hair grows out, no one will notice a thing!
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #19: SUN-KISSED AUBURN
Combining blonde, brunette, and red tones, this warm auburn color offers beautiful dimension. Head over to our article, How to Get a Sun-Kissed Auburn Hair Color, to learn more about the trend.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #20: AMBER AUBURN
Take cues from the gemstone itself with an amber auburn color. We can’t get enough of this rich auburn hair color, which has notes of copper that make for a lit-from-within hue.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #21: AUBURN HAIR WITH ESPRESSO LOWLIGHTS
If you want to add a bit of depth to your auburn mane without going lighter, consider asking your colorist for espresso lowlights. This deep brown shade will add the perfect amount of contrast to your locks for a dimensional look that’s full of movement.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #22: PURPLE AUBURN
Who said auburn could only include notes of red and brown? If you want to switch things up a bit, try a purple auburn hue, which—as you probably guessed—features red, brown, and purple tones.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #23: RUSSET AUBURN
More on the brunette end of the spectrum, russet auburn hair is made up of a dark brown base with tints of red and orange throughout. Color your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Light Auburn.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #24: AUBURN OMBRÉ
Another low-maintenance auburn hair color option, auburn ombré will allow you to keep your base color. The gradual transition of tones will make trying out a new hair color less scary—not to mention, give some leeway in terms of root touch-ups.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #25: CHOCOLATE AUBURN
This hair color rivals your favorite sweet treat! The rich, chocolatey base pairs beautifully with notes of chestnut and red.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #26: AUBURN HAIR WITH PLATINUM BALAYAGE
If you love a high-contrast look, you’ll be happy to know that auburn hair looks striking against platinum blonde. For a subtle transition between shades, opt for platinum balayage highlights. This low-maintenance technique will eliminate the worry of a harsh line of demarcation as your roots grow out.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #27: COOL AUBURN
Auburn hair tends to be on the warm end of the spectrum, but that’s not to say cool auburn hair dye isn’t a thing! If you prefer a color with cool undertones, this may be the auburn shade for you. Color your mane with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Auburn Brown.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #28: AUBURN HAIR WITH CARAMEL HIGHLIGHTS
Want to play up the warmth of your auburn hair? Consider doing so with the help of caramel highlights! This warm blonde shade is a subtle way to go a bit lighter with your auburn hair, while still staying true to your roots.
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #29: ROOTED AUBURN HAIR
For those who are faking their auburn hair till they make it, consider asking your colorist for rooted auburn hair. This involves using a smudging technique at your root so that as your roots begin to grow out, there is a seamless transition between shades. It’s a great option for those who want to put off time between touch-ups!
AUBURN HAIR COLOR IDEA #30: AUBURN HAIR WITH ROSE GOLD BALAYAGE
Want to add a trendy touch to your auburn hair? Look no further than rose gold balayage highlights. This metallic pinky peach shade looks absolutely stunning when paired with an auburn base, not to mention it’ll make you a total trendsetter. If you want to test the waters before committing to a permanent color change, you can use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Rosegold to DIY temporary rose gold highlights.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF AUBURN HAIR
You’re going to want to care for your pretty red 'do properly! The following tips will help you keep your locks in tip-top condition.
TIP #1: USE A COLOR-SAFE SYSTEM OF SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Any ol’ hair-care products won’t do. If you’ve colored your hair auburn, it’s important to use products that are safe for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Gently massage the shampoo onto wet hair, then rinse. Follow up with the conditioner and leave it on for one to two minutes before rinsing out.
TIP #2: TRY A HAIR MASK ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK
Does your auburn color feel like it needs a little extra love? Swap out your conditioner for the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm once or twice a week. Apply the mask to wet hair after shampooing, leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.
TIP #3: WASH YOUR HAIR IN LUKEWARM WATER
Super-hot H2O can strip your hair of essential oils, so turn down the dial and shampoo and condition your strands in cooler water instead. It may not feel quite as relaxing as a hot shower, but your hair will thank you!
TIP #4: LAY OFF THE HEAT TOOLS
Excessive heat styling can lead to damage, so put down that blow-dryer! Air dry your auburn hair from time to time to get a trendy bedhead look. Work the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty through dry hair, scrunching as needed to define your hair’s texture and shape for piece-y texture. We have a feeling your flat iron is going to start collecting dust!
TIP #5: TEMPORARILY DISGUISE GRAY ROOTS
As with any hair color, you’re going to need to touch up your roots eventually. If you haven’t had time to do so, you can temporarily hide your gray roots with the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up in Red. Apply it directly to new growth and lightly through the rest of your hair to blend the color. The quick-dry spray will last until your next shampoo, so don't forget to book a salon appointment or grab a box of at-home color to give your roots a more serious touch-up when you have a little more time.
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