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," and like everyone else, we swooned over the warm tones that reminded us of the freshest summer fruits. 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" has been 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.
Choosing a Shade: "There aren’t particularly different 'shades' of copper, but your colorist will guide you in how light or dark or intense your copper should be," says Tiffanie Richards, master colorist at Nunzio Saviano in New York City.
Maintenance Level: High. "This color is typically done as a single process making the grow out a straight line," notes Richards.
Goes Great With: All complexions. "Copper tones can honestly look great on anyone if done correctly," says Richards.
Price: $150+ "If this is a change from a previous brunette or blonde color it can be a little more costly," notes Richards.
If you're thinking about warming up your hair color, we know you'll definitely find the right copper shade for you below.
After years as a blonde, Julianne Hough dyed her hair this stunning copper hue at Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood. Her red locks received lots of praise, especially from Hough herself: "I have never felt more like ME than I do right now!!" Hough wrote on Instagram after revealing her transformation.
Emma Roberts is famous for trying just about every hair color under the sun, and each shade always seems to naturally suit her. This bright copper is no different, and perfectly balances with her peachy skin tone. This hue would be perfect for those transitioning to red from golden or strawberry blonde.
Unbelievable but true: This vibrant hair color didn't come from a bottle. Model Lily Cole is perhaps our ultimate copper-born muse, with bright, dramatic lose curls that look fit for a classic renaissance painting.
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 ourselves!
Copper is an extremely versatile red, according to Richards. "For darker, more olive skin tones I recommend goes a little deeper with the color incorporating some brunette in the formula. Lighter skin tones will benefit from lighter-medium colored copper tones."
To keep your copper as shiny as Isla Fisher's,whose hair is truly blinding (in the best way possible, of course) try a color-enhancing deep conditioner like dpHUE's Color Boosting GLOSS+ Deep Conditioning Treatment in Burnt Copper ($35).
Julianne Moore is known for her signature deep copper hair, and especially how it compliments her jade green eyes. “My grandmother always said my red hair was my calling card! And I never realized how much I identified with it until I had to dye it blonde years ago for a role,” said Moore, regarding her iconic copper hue.
Our Lady J
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. He's even perfected the complex 4D Red! Rez is also a celebrity hair stylist to some of our favorite red-heads, and perfected this low ponytail on Our Lady J, who has a chic and subtle copper ombré.
Model Hoyeon Jung sported a tomato-copper shade with a dark root at the Rag and Bone's Spring 2017 runway show. Jung was the only model in the show to rock this hue, resulting in a stunning and welcomed surprise on the runway.
Eva Mendes refers to this color as "Strawberry Feels" and yeah, it's safe to say that we're feelin' it. Subtle with a kick, this seriously sweet style warms up a room and has us contemplating scheduling a touch-up sooner than usual.
Jessica Chastain is one of the natural redheads 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 that's positively radiant all year long.
Nine Zero One Salon colorist Lindsey Neavitt is responsible for this beautiful spiced copper shade on musician Girl Wilde. From a distance it appears to be all one color, but look closer and you can see that carrot highlights have been applied over a deeper base.
Influencer Irene Kim is constantly changing her hair. We love this faded take on copper, which is more on the orange side of red.
Sophie Turner's bronzed copper crown braid is so regal. "Using a moisturizing conditioner (or mask) regularly and avoiding any oils should keep the color at its most vibrant," says Richards regarding at-home maintenance. "Also, if you’re using hot tools definitely reach for a heat protectant." We like Ouai Heat Protection Spray ($28).