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. 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" 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. 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 new red locks have 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. "I have always felt like a redhead my whole life." Take it from Hough— if you hear a voice inside your head encouraging you to try red hair, book an appointment with your colorist, stat.
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 shade 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! While the soft curls look positively glamorous on the red carpet, we imagine they bring a timeless elegance to any look.
While Emma Stone's bright copper locks may be her signature look, they're actually not her natural hair color! Stone is a natural blonde, and while we apologize for bursting your bubble, the good news is that you too can create this rich, red look for yourself (well, maybe with a trusted stylist, too).
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 blond years ago for a role,” said Moore, regarding her iconic copper hue.
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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. In fact, he's even perfected the complex 4D Wed! 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.
Of course, we couldn't put together a roundup of red hair inspo without including something a little more fierce. 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, glossily shines in the sun, and has us contemplating scheduling a highlight 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.