What can we tell you about ombré hair that hasn’t been said already? While plenty of hair color trends come and go as the seasons change, ombré hair is one that has proved it’s here to stay. A-listers have been rocking ombré highlights for quite a while now—and for good reason. These highlights can add a ton of movement and dimension to your tresses. Looking to get in on the trend? While most people opt for blonde ombré hair, why not mix things up a bit by going for a fiery red ombré hair color instead?
This gorgeous look demands attention and will surely have heads turning. The best part about getting a red ombré hair color? It’s super low-key and requires little to no maintenance because the color doesn’t start at your roots. Ready to go? Here’s everything you need to know about getting the look, including a few different red ombré hair color ideas to try!
5 RED OMBRÉ HAIR COLOR IDEAS
Bring on the hair color inspo! Below, find five red ombré hair color ideas for a trendy mane makeover.
Red Ombré Hair Color Idea #1: Brown to red ombré. Natural brunette? We love the look of brown hair that transitions into a burgundy or maroon shade, both of which look great with darker hair tones.
Red Ombré Hair Color Idea #2: Black to red ombré. If you have black hair, consider spicing up your mane with a fire engine red ombré shade. The contrast of tones will leave you with a trendsetting fire hair color.
Red Ombré Hair Color Idea #3: Blonde to red ombré. Calling all blondes! With a blonde to red ombré hair color, it may just be true that blondes have more fun. Those of you with blonde hair should consider going for a light red hair color that almost falls on the pink side.
Red Ombré Hair Color Idea #4: Red to blonde ombré. What if you’re a natural redhead? Do you have to give up on the red ombré fun? Of course not! Rather, have your red hair transition to a blonde shade, resulting in the inverse of the above. Talk about Instagram-worthy.
Red Ombré Hair Color Idea #5: Red to red ombré. Like we said, redheads can certainly get in on the red ombré hair trend. If you prefer a subtler take, have your natural red hair transition to a lighter red shade at the ends. The result? A natural-looking, dimensional mane.
4 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE TRYING RED OMBRÉ HAIR
Ready to take the plunge with a red ombré hair color? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. YOU SHOULD DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFOREHAND—AND CONSIDER ALL YOUR OPTIONS
Before you go ahead and get red ombré hair, you should do your research and consider what the process is going to entail. It’s worth pointing out that the darker your starting shade, the more work it might entail to get your desired red hue. If you’re a dark brunette, for example, you may want to visit a professional colorist instead of trying this one at home. Decided you want to hit up the salon for your version of red ombré hair? It’s essential to find a colorist who specializes in ombré hair, since it requires a special hand-painted technique to get the look. So, take the time to do your research so that you can find a hair colorist who not only specializes in ombré hair but who you feel comfortable with as well. After all, they’re going to be working on your hair color for quite a while!
2. THERE IS A RIGHT SHADE OF RED FOR EVERYONE
There are so many different shades of red hair, it can be difficult to determine which one will look best on you. The whole point of getting ombré highlights is that they can make your locks look like they’re naturally sun-kissed. If you really want to make an impression (and think you can pull it off), go for a fire-engine red. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a subtler red, opt for a burgundy or maroon. If you’re having your hair colored by a professional, print out some pics to show your colorist what you want—he or she will also be able to offer some guidance as to what red shades will work best with your natural hair color and skin tone.
3. YOU CAN GET RED OMBRÉ HAIR AT HOME
For those of you who feel like you can handle a DIY project, it is possible to get red ombré hair at home. Keep in mind that if you have darker hair, you may have to bleach your hair first in order for the red to show up. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Ombré Bleach, then follow up by with your red hair dye shade of choice. You can also try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Maroon or Burgundy, which can work on light brown, medium brown, and dark brown hair and lasts seven to 15 shampoos.
Still on the fence? For an even more temporary option, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Red or L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in BronzeAuburn, which washes out in just one shampoo!
4. YOU MAY NEED TO SWITCH UP YOUR HAIR CARE ROUTINE POST-COLORING
Once you’ve finished dyeing your hair, the next step is to properly take care of it. That means that once you’ve got your red ombré hair color, you may want to switch to using a system of shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated hair like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
Ready to continue seeing red? For more hair color inspiration, head on over to our article, How to Get a Bold Red Hair Color, next.