Earlier this spring, a Maryland-based hair colourist 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 over the past few years, beauty lovers and their colourists have begun craving sunnier tones (think: more strawberry, less blueberry), which is probably why Google searches for "copper hair colours" have been so sky-high lately.
A few months ago, Joico colourist 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. And as far as red hair colours go, it's one of our personal favourites.
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 colour this summer, we know you'll find the right copper shade for you here.
After years as a blonde, Julianne Hough dyed her hair this stunning copper hue earlier this year 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?)
Unbelievable but true: This vibrant hair colour does indeed occur in nature. Model Lily Cole is perhaps our ultimate copper-born muse.
Rihanna has rocked many fabulous shades of red, but we are particular fans of this natural, copper-meets-auburn take.
There is something just so impossibly chic about the combination of a vivid copper colour and big curls. This look from the Detacher Fall 2017 runway is so good it hurts.
Et voilà—that internet-breaking "copper peach ombré melt" Kasey Oh invented earlier this spring. If you prefer more of a gradient to the uniform copper look, consider bringing this as inspiration to your colourist.
Bryce Dallas Howard can always be trusted to sport a stunning red shade, but this rich monochromatic copper is at the top of our list.
To keep your copper as shiny as Isla Fisher's (whose hair is truly blinding), try a colour-enhancing deep conditioner like Oribe Conditioner for Beautiful Colour (£45).
That makes two Juliannes with gorgeous copper hair—Moore's slightly deeper version is especially complementary to green eyes.
Matt Rez, one of Byrdie's favourite colourists, is best-known for his signature 4D Blonde, but he's also been obsessed with doing reds lately. This complex, yet natural copper is his version of "4-D red."
Of course, we couldn't put together a roundup of red hair inspo without including something a little fiercer. This tomato-copper shade with the dark root from Rag and Bone's Spring 2017 is unexpected and kind of everything.
Jessica Chastain is another natural redhead who we should all keep in mind when envisioning the ideal copper hue. Bring this to your colourist if you're going for a soft, summery strawberry-copper shade.
The next natural step is to shop for hair products that make your colour last.