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Updated on February 23, 2024

These days, it seems everyone is experimenting more and more with color. From green and purple to blue and pink, there are no limits or boundaries when it comes to your locks. However, no color is as fiery as red. Bright red hair has made quite the entrance in recent months, and the flames are only getting bigger and better. Check out these 20 pictures that demonstrate the endless options that come with red.

20 bright red hair color


Modern Bright Red Hair Color Ideas

In this article we are not going to talk about traditional red color shades, like auburn, muted copper, mahogany, tawny, russet, etc. Modern bright red hairstyles are more vivid and mind-blowing!

1. Pink-Red with Yellow Highlights

Need pretty color ideas? Here’s one: Don’t restrict yourself to just one color. Go for an unpredictable red look by throwing in some chunky bright yellow highlights.

yellow highlights for pink red hair


2. Mohawk on Pink Red Hair

Nothing is edgier than a short shaved-up mohawk, except maybe this particular pink-red shaved-up mohawk! Trim the hair along both sides of the head and keep the center section long so you have some versatility in styling. Add pink red hair color for the long section, and you will be a full-blown punk.

Women's Short Red Mohawk


3. Crimson Red Hair

Even the brightest style, as this crimson red hair, can be very classy when styled and accessorized correctly. Try a thick, braided crown topped off with a jeweled headband. You will be one fancy lady.

Braided Crimson Updo


Watch a video how to get crimson red hair easily:

4. Very Short Dyed Red Hair

Who says curly hair can’t go super short? Keep those curls under control by chopping them into a pixie cut and adding some bright shading to make them pop. Short dyed red hair always looks sexy and feminine, so be ready to get compliments!

short crimson cut


#5: Black and Bright Red Hair

Put that bright red hair on display by designating it to the front. Create a vibrant crimson strip that sweeps across the head like thick, bold bangs. Black and bright red hair looks really gorgeous, doesn`t it?

Black Pixie Bob With Red Highlights In Bangs


6. Rainbow Neon Red Hair

Pastel, cotton-candy hair may be a hot topic right now, but don’t discount bright, rainbow-colored locks! Make a statement by making your neon red hair a part of a multi-colored masterpiece. This look is especially great on ladies with long hair as you have more “space” for all the colors you want to incorporate. Go nuts!

Rainbow Ombre Hair


Inspiring video about colorful neon hair:

7. Ravishing Orangey Red Hair

Red hair is not one-color-fits-all. There are various shades and directions you can go. For example, try on an orangey red hair style you see on this picture, which is created in ombre technique. It starts bold and ends in a washed, almost-white shade. The key to this is making sure the color transition is well-blended.

Black To Orange Ombre


8. Red Hair, Two Ways

There are many ways to ensure you’re maximizing your red ombre hair. Going the straight and narrow route demonstrates every detail in the color transition (especially when it’s done right). Wearing it loose and curly can add dimension and make the color pop unexpectedly. Try both on for size!

Hot Pink Ombre Hair


#9: Bright Red Bob Hairstyle

Accentuate your quite natural bright red locks with the trendiest haircut for girls on the block. Complement the color right with a chic long bob … and add some beachy waves while you’re at it. To create this bright red bob hairstyle simply curl the hair outward, away from the face with a flat iron and leave the ends untouched. Then, fluff the style, spritz it with hairspray and be on your way.

red wavy bob


10. Multi-Colored Braided Waves

If you’re rocking a look with more than two vibrant hair colors involved, braided hairstyles are the best way to go, as they weave the colors together like a tapestry. Try a thick pancake braid along the side of your head and tug at it to make it fuller-looking.

Red Hair With Blue And Orange Highlights


11. Long Flaming Locks

Have some fun with bright red hair color by using it two ways. Try a two-toned look that starts off with a deep burgundy and ends in a bright almost-orange shade.

Burgundy To Red Ombre


12. Shiny Bright Red Ombre

If you can’t commit to a full head of red, take baby steps and give a scarlet, bright red ombre ‘do a whirl first. The beauty of this look is that you get the bright bold color without the long-term commitment, as you can grow the look out without any maintenance involved.

Scarlet Ombre Hair


13. Flashes of Bright Red Highlights

Your dark raven hair will be bolder than ever when coupled with thick bright red highlights. The red strips will serve as a stark contrast, standing out no matter how you style your locks!

Two-Tone Black And Red Hair


14. Red and Yellow Braided Hair

Mix up that bright red hair dye with more hot shades like orange and yellow using the tortoise-shell technique. This process places color throughout the hair strategically and sporadically, creating a mosaic effect. When neon red and yellow hair colors are styled in a braid, the result is magic.

neon red hair


15. Punk Dark Bright Red Hair

Take your short, layered pixie to the next level by dying it a dark bright red hair color. If cared for properly, the color will keep its shine and vibrancy, and you will be turning heads everywhere you go.

Long Red Pixie Hairstyle


#16: Red Hair with Shaved Side

If the bright red hair color isn’t bold enough, go the extra mile and pair your red hair with shaved side. Choose some cool, razored design and your look will become completely punk and totally extreme!

Women's Long Hairstyle With Side Undershave


17. Loose and Lovely Locks

If you want to give people a lesson on how to get bright red hair and make it look good, just throw in a three-toned ombre and some soft, effortless curls. The red-to-orange-to-yellow color transition will look amazing when waved, making you the envy of everyone around.

Curly Red And Orange Ombre Lob


18. Double-Trouble Braids

In search of hairstyles for long bright red hair that people will never forget? Split the hair down the middle and dye one side a bright scarlett and the other side a raven black or rich navy blue. The results are jaw-dropping to say the least, and no one will ever accuse you of being timid when it comes to your hair.

Half Red Half Black Hair


19. Curly Bright Red and Purple Hair

Think outside the box and give your red hair a boost of extra color. Try a high-powered ‘do that features bright red and purple hair. Here very red roots transition to rainbow-colored chunks in blue, purple and yellow.

Red And Purple Hair


20. Fiery Fuchsia

Bright red hair just got brighter, thanks to the magic of braids. Try an intricate fishtail braid that will show off your red locks and any highlights you incorporate into the style.

Scarlet To Pink Ombre


Now that you’ve seen the amazing effects that can come from bright red hair, it’s time to make one of these cool hairstyles your own. Whip out that hair dye and give your locks a crimson-colored makeover.

Bonus: How to Get Bright Red Hair

How To Get Bright Red Hair


The first thing you have to start from is weighing all the pros and cons of getting bright red hair. Yes, you will be marvelous, you will hear a ton of compliments every day and have perfect Instagram photos. However, if your natural color is far away from the light blonde, you will have to bleach it. Are you ready for that? Then, read on.

The best way to get bright red hair if your base is brown is to use the hair dye and determiner. You won`t have to bleach hair before dyeing it red, these two processes can be carried out simultaneously! Instructions how to become bright read without pre-bleaching:

  1. First, choose the right shade of red. If your skin is pale, take some bright or light dyes. Deep auburn and chestnut shades go well with dark skin tones, medium skin tones need copper or medium auburn hair colors. Buy a multi-level lift hair dye.
  2. Decide which type of developer you need – 10, 20, 30 or 40 volume. For very dark hair you will need 40 Volume developer, for light shades – 10 with little lift, or 20 Volume that lifts 1-2 levels only.
  3. Prepare a mixing bowl, an applicator brush, measuring cup, gloves, a wide toothed comb.
  4. Combine your hair dye and developer (according to instructions, mostly it is 2-2.4 fl. oz. of developer per 1 tube of hair dye).
  5. Clip your locks into sections, leave the bottom section down.
  6. Start applying hair dye from the bottom section of your hair.
  7. Wait approximately 30 minutes (check directions), wash out the dye.
  8. Be sure to apply rinse-off conditioner.

Important note: better wait several weeks if you have recently dyed your hair dark, as you may get red roots only. Also, one thing you will reveal after getting bright red hair color is that it fades quickly. Sad news, but it is so, red hair is really hard to keep up with. You will need to treat your locks even more, deep condition them and desirably visit your hair colorist regularly to check their state.

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