14 Fun Hair Colors To Try If You Secretly Want To Be a Redhead

Mahogany Red
Photo: @elliemareehair

We'd argue that redheads have even more fun than blondes; how could you not when wearing the loudest, most outgoing hair color on the natural spectrum? In a sad turn of fate, there aren't many of those: natural redheads. The rest of us have to feign the copper, auburn, ginger, and strawberry shades, which has us calling the colorist in a wannabe-redhead haze.

From peachy blondes to coppery brunettes, there are plenty of ways to go half-redhead instead of full-on fire-engine. Not only does it require less commitment and look flattering on just about anyone, it also leaves plenty of room to decide if you want to go completely redhead on your next salon trip. Nothing is off the table, from auburn to cinnamon to rust red, and you can keep your natural base color.

For all the secret (or undecided!) redhead wannabes out there, here are 14 fun hair colors to try if you want to go red, but not all the way red.

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Subtle Copper

Soft Copper
@mizzchoi

Was the inspiration here a lush lion's mane? Because that's definitely the vibe we're getting. This barely-red shade adds a touch of boldness to otherwise low-key light brown hair.

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Ginger Brown

Ginger Brown
@hairbybritny

Get some ginger spice in your life by taking this balayaged brown mane straight to the salon as inspo.

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Strawberry Honey

Strawberry Honey
@jamiewilhelm.hair

Golden honey blonde goes with strawberry red hair like biscuits and gravy. Bring out your inner glow with this bright, barely-red hair color.

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Dipped Scarlet

Dipped Scarlet
@nikkilee901

She's not afraid to go red, but she's also not particularly high maintenance. Scarlett-dipped ends are the ultimate compromise.

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Peach Blonde

Peach Blonde
@hairbylindal

Is it just us or is this the perfect red-blonde hybrid to wear come summertime? Think of a chilled glass of rosé, and you've got your inspiration.

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Midnight Merlot

Merlot Black
@hairbynathi

Merlot red might be the most muted red in the bunch, and we're loving it for super dark base colors that sometimes leave you feeling lackluster.

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Cinnamon Red

Cinnamon Brown
@stylefeen

Put a little cinnamon red spice on your brown curls to ensure you're the most eye-catching curly girl in the room.

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Bourbon Red

Bourbon Red
@colour.jade

You know that fiery amber brown liquor Southerners love to love? That's the goal.

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Strawberry Bronde

Strawberry Bronde
@adamehair

We were two steps from calling this color, "sparkling rosé." It's five o'clock somewhere, right?

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Mahogany Red

Mahogany Red
@elliemareehair

If you're looking for an all-over hair color that teeters the line between chocolate brown and auburn red, this is the ticket.

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Tiger Brown

Tiger Brown
@jamiewilhelm.hair

Nothing puts a perk in a brunette's steps like a wash of tiger red balayage color. Go for it and you won't regret.

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Sunkissed Auburn

Sunkissed Auburn
@los_pastel

Ever so slightly auburn-tinted, this shade is as subtle as it gets. Anyone with reddish undertones can pull off this look, easy.

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Warm Chocolate

Warm Chocolate
@mizzchoi

This is just a baby step past classic chocolate brown, but the extra warmth is enough to make it feel fresh.

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Rust Brunette

Rust Brunette
@mizzchoi

This hair color practically belongs on anyone with warm-toned or olive skin. We're just saying.

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