Beyond Basics: Red Hair Colors for Fall

Fall is synonymous with vibrant foliage, pumpkin-spiced treats, and cozy fashion. It’s also the perfect time to experiment with deep, rich, and warm hair colors. Among these, the spectrum of red hair tones stands out. I recently led a Beyond Basics class where we explored the world of red hair color. We learned the art of achieving flawless shades across the spectrum of red and mastering the techniques to maintain their vibrant hues. If you’re thinking about going red this season, read on for some helpful tips and tricks!

The Spectrum of Red

Each shade of red hair color offers unique charm and character. There’s a hue to match every style and personality. 

If you’re looking for a natural red try a subtle and soft strawberry blonde with golden tones. Copper is another great, natural option. Your hair will look stunning under the sun and it is a highly popular choice this year. Just check out #CowboyCopper on Instagram for some inspiration! Finally, we can’t discuss natural reds without auburn. It is a balanced blend of red and brown, which offers depth and warmth, making it suitable for many skin tones. 

If you are looking for a bold transformation you can try rich and intense mahogany, a darker shade of red with undertones of purple and brown. Last but certainly not least, cherry red is for the bold at heart. This show-stopper is a bright, pure red with cool undertones that are sure to turn heads. 

Customizing Red Tones

Your stylist can work with you to customize your hair color, ensuring it’s flattering for your skin tone and radiates your style! By blending various red shades, introducing subtle undertones, or fine-tuning the saturation, you can craft a one-of-a-kind hue that perfectly aligns with your preferences. For instance, combining auburn with a hint of copper can yield a warm, toasted pecan hue.

Maintaining Red Hair

Red hair color can be notorious for fading quickly, but with the right care, you can enjoy your vibrant hair for months to come! 

Here are a few things to keep in mind to care for your new color:

  • Get a good sulfate-free shampoo like Oribe’s Beautiful Color or Bumble and bumble Illuminated Color Shampoo
  • Condition your hair regularly
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and use products with UV protection like Bumble and bumble Illuminated Color Leave-In Seal 
  • Refresh your color regularly to help maintain vibrancy


Fall’s red tones are not just limited to the leaves. They offer a plethora of options for those looking to change their hair color. Whether you prefer subtle hints or bold statements, there’s a red for everyone. 

Remember, it’s not just about following a trend; it’s about finding a shade that resonates with your personality, style, and skin tone!

Amanda C. is a designer, Wella educator, and creative director at Cole’s Salon in Savage. You can follow her on Instagram at @haute_acade.



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