25 Red Hair Color Ideas You Need To Try Right Now

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Here’s the thing about red hair: Even though it’s one of the prettiest hair colors out there (l mean, have you looked at your Insta feed lately?), it’s also a maaaajor commitment. "Red is the hardest color to maintain and also the hardest color to get rid of," says Olivia Casanova, colorist at IGK Salon in New York, which means you’ll probably want to think twice before you scrap those dark-blonde highlights you’ve been getting all year.

But if your heart is set on red—and, TBH, I don’t blame you—you’ll want to a) make sure you have a color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your shade nice and vibrant at home, and b) take plenty of inspo pics to your appointment, since there's no such that as a single red shade. That's why I rounded up the 25 prettiest red hair ideas (seen on the heads of Zendaya, Emma Roberts, Lucy Hale, and more) that'll flatter virtually every skin tone and hair texture, ahead.

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  1. Zendaya's Cinnamon Red Hair

    One of Olivia's favorite shades of red, Zendaya's cinnamon red hair color is "versatile enough for everyone to wear." When it comes to maintaining this hue, Olivia suggests seeing your colorist for "regular glosses to keep your color vibrant and rich."

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  2. Madelaine Petsch's Medium Red Hair

    Madelaine Petsch—aka Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale—is excellent inspo for future redheads. Her rich, medium-toned hue (which, BTW, is 100 percent natural) is a smart way to test drive red hair before you commit to something too dark or too light.

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  3. Zoey Deutch's Dark Red Hair

    Not quite red but not quite brown, Zoey Deutch's hair color is perfect for natural brunettes looking to switch things up. Have your colorist use a shiny red gloss to bring out the natural red undertones in your hair. Or, better yet, DIY it with a tinted hair mask or at-home gloss.

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  4. Kate Bosworth's Honey-Red Hair

    A bit warmer than your typical strawberry blonde, Kate Bosworth's honey-red hair is such a dreamy color for summer. As with any blonde hue, keep in mind you'll need to see your colorist regularly to maintain this one (which, IMHO, is beyond worth it if your color looks this good).

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  5. FKA Twigs' Red Hair With Dark Roots

    Not ready to commit to all-over red hair? Take a cue from FKA Twigs and try this two-toned shade. Dark, contrasting roots and vibrant, red ends will make for a super-cool (and easy-to-grow-out) look.

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  6. Sophie Turner's Burnt-Copper Red Hair

    Sophie Turner bounces between red and blonde hair regularly, but this burnt, coppery-red shade is definitely one of her best. It's rich enough to really make a statement, but it doesn't wash out her fair skin. Consider this shade as a no-brainer for all skin tones.

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  7. Lucy Hale's Rose-Gold Red Hair

    Even though Lucy Hale has been sticking to her deep, chocolate-brown hue lately, she's definitely (and successfully!) tested out red hair a number of times. This rose-gold shade made for the prettiest blend of pink, red, brown, and blonde when she had it.

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  8. Julianne Moore's Auburn Red Hair

    It doesn't get much more classic than Julianne Moore's auburn red hair. The actress' signature hair color is the perfect middle-ground between brown and red, meaning it's a super wearable shade.

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  9. Jessica Chastain's Ginger Red Hair

    Looking for a true ginger shade? Screenshot this pic of Jessica Chastain and tell your stylist you want something rich, glossy, and vibrant.

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  10. Julianne Hough's Rich Red Hair

    There's no makeup look you can't pull off with fiery red hair—and, yes, that includes brick-red lipstick à la Julianne Hough. Don't forget to tint your eyebrows to really bring this red hair color to life.

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  11. Rihanna's "Little Mermaid" Red Hair

    Don’t @ me, but Rihanna is one of the few celebrities who can pull off a spectrum of red-hair looks, including bright, fire-engine red to subtle auburn. My theory: If you’re confident enough to wear it, you’ll look good no matter what.

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  12. Emma Roberts' Creamy Red Hair

    Equal parts peach and goal, this orangey-pink shade (as seen on Emma Roberts) is perfect for blondes who want to play in the ginger family. 

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  13. Lily Collins' Black-Cherry Red Hair

    Lily Collins' multidimensional, black-cherry shade adds a little warmth to her complexion while bringing out her hazel eyes. 

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  14. Lana Del Rey's Warm Red Hair

    Despite red not being Lana Del Rey’s natural hair color (we may never know what it truly is, TBH), this cinnamon shade perfectly complements the warm undertones in her skin, as if she really were born with it.

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  15. Nicki Minaj's Candy-Apple Red Hair

    If you want to make a statement, try a bold, bright-red shade like Nicki Minaj’s, which looks almost as shiny as a polished apple. 

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  16. Karen Gillian's Copper Red Hair

    Even if you aren’t a natural redhead like Karen Gillian, you can still maintain the charade by mixing red dye with your regular conditioner. It will leave your hair with a wash of red each time you use it. Not only will it intensify your color, but it’ll also add much-needed hydration.

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  17. Emma Stone's Warm-Ginger Red Hair

    Emma Stone’s medium-tone ginger is one of the more natural-looking shades on the spectrum. The key? Uh, having a team of professional colorists on hand, but also having a mix of cool brown tones scattered within the reds to neutralize brassiness.

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  18. Madeline Brewer's Smoky Red Hair

    To get hair that looks rich—ahem, Madeline Brewer’s—and not brassy, look for shampoos or conditioners that neutralize orange tones (if that’s not your thing) and prevent fading.

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  19. Keke Palmer's Burgundy-Red Hair

    Bold burgundies naturally look great against darker skin tones, since they add a bit of contrasting brightness to your skin. 

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  20. Ellie Kemper's Brown-Red Hair

    Ellie Kemper’s brown-red shade automatically gives her fair skin a warm glow, as if she just took a quick nap on the beach (as we all often do). Although Kemper says she used to opt for red shade to “charm people and get free desserts,” you can use yours as a face-sculpting built-in bronzer. Or to get free desserts—I’m not judging.

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  21. Kirsten Dunst's Muted Red Hair

    Kirsten Dunst’s cool brownish-red hair looks especially gorgeous against paler complexions since the muted hue helps offset any ruddy undertones in your skin, almost like a color corrector.

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  22. Tyra Bank's Cherry Red Hair

    Matching your hair color to your drink is a total yes in my book if it produces the same deep-cherry shade as Tyra Banks’. The rich color is made even prettier thanks to her glossy curls—a good reminder to let your textured hair do its natural thing.

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  23. Kristen Stewart's Blood-Orange Red Hair

    To try a hair color in the orange family without looking like a straight-up pumpkin, ask your colorist to give you definitive hints of red and to leave roughly an inch of your natural roots untouched for a cool, edgy result inspired by Kristen Stewart.

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  24. Lindsay Lohan's Fiery Red Hair

    A rich, crimson-red shade like Lindsay Lohan’s looks striking against fair skin, especially when paired with peach and bronze makeup.

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  25. Blake Lively's Strawberry Red Hair

    Blake Lively’s hair is proof that brassiness can actually look really, really pretty. With hints of peach and strawberry, this red-blonde shade looks almost copper, thanks to well-placed highlights around her face. The result: A color that never looks flat or washes you out.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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