12 Copper Hair Color Ideas That Would Make Anyone Want to Go Red

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A Maryland-based hair colorist named Kasey Oh inspired thousands of double-taps on Instagram for creating a look called the "copper peach ombré melt." She told Allure: "Cool tones are overrated. Let's bring some warmth into people's hair this year." As a response to the cool, ashy blondes that have been trending, beauty lovers and their colorists alike have begun craving sunnier tones (think more strawberry, less blueberry), which is probably why Google searches for "copper hair colors" have been so sky-high.

A few months ago, Joico colorist Mark Mileti described copper hair to us as the sassier sister to auburn and as the brighter and bubblier sister to burgundy. It's a super-warm, rich tone that comes with a bit of a zing, like a copper penny. As far as red hair colors go, it's one of our personal favorites.

But there isn't just one version of copper hair—there are shades that lean browner or blonder and there are even shades that are more monochrome or more dimensional. If you're thinking about warming up your hair color, we know you'll definitely find the right copper shade for you below.

Copper Hair Colors - Julianne Hough
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After years as a blonde, Julianne Hough dyed her hair this stunning copper hue at Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood, and everyone with an opinion about it was fully on board—including, and especially, her. "I have never felt more like ME than I do right now!!" Hough wrote on Instagram after revealing her transformation. "I have always felt like a redhead my whole life." (Could you be next?)

Copper Hair Colors - Emma Roberts
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Emma Roberts's slightly brighter version of copper is also perfect for those transitioning to red from golden or strawberry blonde.

Copper Hair Colors - Lily Cole
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Unbelievable but true: This vibrant hair color does indeed occur in nature. Model Lily Cole is perhaps our ultimate copper-born muse. 

Copper Hair Colors - Rihanna
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Rihanna has rocked many fabulous shades of red, but we are particular fans of this natural, copper-meets-auburn take.

Copper curls

There is something just so impossibly chic about the combination of a vivid copper color and big curls. This look from actress, model, and editor Annette Kemp is so good it hurts.

Jourdan Dunn
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Dunn at the 2017 British Fashion Awards

Jourdan Dunn stuns with a deep copper color and bouncy ringlets. The vivid, almost-red-velvet undertones are so decadent and bold, we want to try it out ASAP.

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Kasey Oh

Et voilà—that internet-breaking "copper peach ombré melt" invented by Kasey Oh. If you prefer more of a gradient to the uniform copper look, consider bringing this as inspiration to your colorist. 

Zendaya, Met Gala 2018
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This rich monochrome copper chop is at the top of our list. Zendaya can always be trusted to sport a stunning red carpet look and this vivid shade and cropped style compliment her armored look perfectly. 

Copper Hair Colors - Isla Fisher
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To keep your copper as shiny as Isla Fisher's (whose hair is truly blinding), try a color-enhancing deep conditioner like dpHUE's Color Boosting GLOSS+ Deep Conditioning Treatment in Burnt Copper ($35).


SZA by Vogue

Known to try out various shades (Have you seen her cinnamon hued style?) SZA doesn't shy away from a vibrant tone either, offering up majorly bright hair inspo with her shiny copper locks.

Copper Hair Colors - Julianne Moore
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That makes two Julianne's with gorgeous copper hair—Moore's slightly deeper version is especially complementary to green eyes

Copper Hair Colors - Red Hair

Matt Rez, one of Byrdie's favorite colorists, is best-known for his signature 4D Blonde, but he's also obsessed with doing impressive shades of red. This complex, yet natural copper is his version of "4D red."

Copper Hair Colors - Model Hair

Of course, we couldn't put together a roundup of red hair inspo without including something a little more fierce. This tomato-copper shade with a dark root from Rag and Bone's Spring 2017 runway show is unexpected and kind of everything.

Eva Mendes
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Eva Mendes herself refers to this look as "Strawberry Feels" and yeah, we're feeling it. Subtle with a kick, this seriously sweet style has us contemplating scheduling a highlight touchup sooner than usual.

Copper Hair Colors - Jessica Chastain
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Jessica Chastain is a natural redhead we should all keep in mind when envisioning the ideal copper hue. Bring this picture to your colorist if you're going for a soft, summery shade.

Are you willing to try out a fierce copper color? If you're not ready to commit read about The 9 Best Temporary Dyes for Commitment-Phobes.

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