15 Stunning Dark Red Hair Colors We're Tempted to Try

Updated 07/13/19

Although creative hair colors have seen more cultural acceptance over the past ten years or so, dark red hair feels like it's held widespread popularity much longer. While cotton candy-type blue and pink hues might even still get you some judgmental looks, burgundy and auburn locks have long been so common that they might as well be naturally occurring. Most "natural only" offices will even let these shades slip by without a second thought, they're that embedded in the collective consciousness.

This is fortunate for us, because not only do we love dark reds, but you're sure to find at least one that works on every skin tone. Proof of that? Celebrities. Ariana Grande is well-known for the red hair she had during her Nickelodeon days, but the color has also been spotted on Demi Lovato, Rihanna, and (famously) Lana Del Rey. We've rounded up a few of our favorite shades on a few of our favorite celebrities—in case you're thinking about a hair change.



We're forever living for Rihanna's hair transformations. These auburn ringlets she wore at the 2010 American Music Awards looked absolutely stunning with her matching gown.


Lily Collins

Is is it just me, or is the contrast between Lily Collins's fiery bob and her dark (perfect) brows everything? The soft bend in her waves adds texture to this cool style.


Keke Palmer

Braids are always a good idea—but Keke Palmer proved that burgundy braids are even better. Feed-in braids pulled back into a high ponytail make such an effortlessly gorgeous, protective style.


Katy Perry

It's only right that Katy Perry, also known as an OG hair chameleon, gave auburn locks a whirl. Plus, those Old Hollywood glamour curls give her a timeless look.


Lana Del Ray

We loved Lana Del Ray's brunette 'do with hints of auburn, which she wore at the 2012 Met Gala. We don't know what's better: her romantic curls or her sultry berry-stained lips. Good thing we don't have to choose. 


Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks has served lots of iconic hair moments over the years, but there's something about this color and those spiral curls that makes them a perfect match.


Ali Larter

The cool red tone of Ali Larter's locks is so eye-catching. With a color that pops as much as this, a simple middle part does enough (insert heart-eye emoji).


Emma Stone

Besides the fact that this tousled bob done by celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak is one of our all-time favorite cuts on Emma Stone, this hair color she donned at the 72nd annual Golden Globes is picture perfect.


Amy Adams

We love the warmth Amy Adams's auburn tone brings to her complexion. Seen at the 2014 LACMA Art and Film Gala, here's proof that understated makeup pairs perfectly with golden locks.


Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore stunned on the 2013 SAG Awards red carpet in this sleek, sideswept look. Similar to Amy Adams's approach, this toned-down makeup look is more than enough when combined with that hair color. 


Demi Lovato

Never forget 2011 Demi Lovato. Her time as a redhead wearing these copper-tinted mermaid waves was good.


Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore can do no wrong in our book, and these face-framing, feathered curls are a favorite hair moment of ours.


Ariel Winter

Ariel Winter took a brief break from her jet-black strands to debut vibrant red hair. The actress has admitted to being a fan of fun hair colors, and we're digging her red mane.


Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson's hair color has been strawberry blonde, rose gold, brunette, and more. However, this dusty red shade looks so elegant, especially with her fiery red lipstick. 


Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts wears a more natural tint of auburn shadowed with chocolate brown. This rich shade of red looks gorgeous on her.

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