Auburn hair is extremely popular because it is gorgeous and versatile. Since there are a wide variety of colors that can be described as “auburn” it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what quality pushes a hair color into auburn territory. Generally speaking, auburn hair typically falls somewhere on the brown, red, and blonde spectrum and often subtly integrates all three! Auburn hair is especially trendy during the fall, but it also looks great during the rest of the year. Keep reading to take a peek at our favorite 25 auburn hair color ideas for 2017!
11 Dark auburn roots with lighter auburn ombre
Emily looks amazing with this stylish auburn ombre hair color! Her roots are a rich dark auburn and her hair subtly become lighter at the tips. The beautiful auburn color of Emily’s hair perfectly complements and enhances both her complexion and her striking blue eyes. This is a great auburn hair color idea if you want to play with ombre, but without having it make a bold statement or overwhelm your look.
1. Dark auburn roots with lighter auburn ombre
22 Light Auburn with subtle blonde highlights
Amy Adams is well known for experimenting with many hues on the red and auburn spectrum and this color is definitely one of her best looks so far! This particular look is on the lighter side of auburn and could also be described as a strawberry bronde (brown + blonde). To achieve this look, Amy started with a light auburn base and added subtle blonde highlights and a few light brown lowlights to make her color look more dynamic. This color is especially flattering on girls with a pale complexion like Amy’s.
2. Light Auburn with subtle blonde highlights
33 Rich red hair with brown lowlights and blonde highlights
Christina is famous for her bright red hair and often opts to wear orangey hues, but this look qualifies as auburn since she tones her hair down with brown lowlights. This rich reddish auburn hue looks amazing with her alabaster complexion because it creates a striking contrast. As Christina demonstrates, reddish hair also looks stunning with blue eyes because the juxtaposition between warm colored hair and cool colored eyes is striking!
3. Rich red hair with brown lowlights and blonde highlights
44 Medium red hair with brown lowlights and blonde highlights
Emma has such a pretty face that she looks amazing with any hair color, but this reddish auburn hue is definitely one of her best looks. This is a great color to try out if you are interested in experimenting with reddish hair, but don’t want to have something too bright. Well-done Emma!
4. Medium red hair with brown lowlights and blonde highlights
55 Warm Auburn Pixie
Kate Mara rocked every hair cut and color in the book and now she is sporting a new warm auburn side swep pixie cut, which suits her perfectly. The Auburn shade brings out her beautiful, features and complexion.
5. Warm Auburn Pixie
66 Very dark auburn hair
Yes, we just gave Emma a shout out for another auburn look, but this one is spectacular as well and definitely worth mentioning. This auburn hue is very dark, but it clearly has tones of red that create a distinctive look. This color looks great when paired with smoky eye makeup like Emma is wearing!
6. Very dark auburn hair
77 Deep red auburn hair
If you prefer an auburn look that looks like it could be your natural color, this may not be the right look for you since there are probably very few people who are actually born with a color like this. However, if you are interested in trying out a bold auburn look with a distinct and unique hue, this deep red auburn look is definitely a gorgeous and striking option!
7. Deep red auburn hair
88 Light auburn with beachy highlights
Isla Fisher is widely admired for her gorgeous mane of hair and spectacular color choices! This look is a little bit lighter than she usually goes for, but it is gorgeous nonetheless. This light auburn style is achieved by adding shimmery gold highlights and a few darker lowlights to a light auburn base. The highlights and lowlights add extra dimension to the look and look awesome when styled into beachy waves! If you already have a darker auburn color, this look may be something fun to try out for summer!
8. Light auburn with beachy highlights
99 Dark brown hair with auburn highlights
Eva looks amazing with any hair color, but this look is one of our favorites! She has dark brown hair naturally and created this gorgeous look by adding a healthy dose of auburn highlights.
9. Dark brown hair with auburn highlights
1010 Medium auburn hair with blonde highlights
Sometimes obvious highlights can make hair look tacky or dated, but sometimes visible highlights actually enhance a person’s hair color! In Eva Mendes’ case, the latter is true. Her beautiful auburn hair looks amazing with blonde highlights because they add hints of shimmer and create the illusion of thicker hair with added texture.
10. Medium auburn hair with blonde highlights
1111 Medium reddish auburn hair
Mandy is one of those women who we love, but also kind of hate because she can pull off literally any hair color! She looks especially great as a blonde when she has a tan, but she also looks amazing with darker hair when she is paler. This particular auburn hue is definitely on the red side, but it is neutral enough that it is somewhat understated. This is a great auburn color to try out if you want a color that is not overly red.
11. Medium reddish auburn hair
1212 Dark brown hair with auburn ombre
Shenae’s roots are such a dark brown that they almost look black, which makes for a striking contrast to the tips of her hair which are a lighter auburn color. If you have super dark brown hair and are interested in experimenting with auburn hair, this ombre look may be perfect for you! Remember, ombre looks different on everyone and you get to choose how far up you want the lighter color to go, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find what is most flattering for you!
12. Dark brown hair with auburn ombre
1313 Dark brown hair with many auburn highlights
Shenae has had so many great auburn hair choices throughout her career so we couldn’t resist adding another one of our favorite looks of hers! This look is achieved by adding a ton of auburn highlights on top of her very dark brown hair. This auburn style is beachy and fun and looks especially amazing with long tousled hair like Shenae’s! Although Shenae demonstrates how great this hair color looks with long hair, don’t be afraid to try it out even if your hair is shorter!
13. Dark brown hair with many auburn highlights
1414 Strawberry blond auburn
Nicole’s hair color is a gorgeous combination of strawberry blond and auburn. This is not an easy hair color to recreate, so if you want to try it out make sure you find a hair colorist who is very talented!
14. Strawberry blond auburn
1515 Warm auburn with blond highlights
This beautiful shade of auburn is understated, but strikingly gorgeous. Emma created this flattering look by beginning with a warm auburn base and adding blond highlights throughout the ends of her hair.
15. Warm auburn with blond highlights
1616 Ashy auburn hair with blonde highlights
This auburn look that Natalie is wearing is very unique because it is ashy instead of being saturated and warm in the way that most auburn hair color styles are. This particular shade of ombre looks more flattering on girls who are tan or have some color in their cheeks because it might look a little dull on very pale girls.
16. Ashy auburn hair with blonde highlights
1717 Dark brown hair with auburn highlights in the front
Ashley’s dark brown hair looks great with the addition of a few auburn highlights in the front part of her hair. This is a great look if you have dark hair and want to experiment with auburn, but do not want to be auburn all over!
17. Dark brown hair with auburn highlights in the front
1818 Rose gold auburn
Jessica is famous for her striking reddish auburn hair and for good reason: she looks incredibly gorgeous! This auburn hue is a warm rosy gold and does a great job of complementing her complexion! To add a little bit of extra shimmer, Jessica also has a few golden highlights dispersed throughout her hair.
18. Rose gold auburn
1919 Dark red auburn hair with highlights and lowlights
Kristen Stewart has always had amazing hair because she pulls off the grungy-glam look effortlessly. This deep red auburn hue is a little bit edgy and her highlights and lowlights help create the illusion of grungy texture by adding extra dimension. This color also perfectly complements Kristen’s complexion and enhances her facial features!
19. Dark red auburn hair with highlights and lowlights
2020 Deep red auburn
Demi Lovato experiments with her hair all of the time and sometimes the results are not particularly flattering. However, in this particular case, Demi made a great move by choosing to color her hair with this deep and bold red hue. Though this color does not look like a shade that a human could produce naturally, sometimes it can be fun to experiment with colors that are a little bit out there!
20. Deep red auburn
2121 Dark red auburn hair with brown lowlights
Ashlee looks amazing with this dark red auburn hair color. Although her gorgeous green eyes would look striking no matter with any hair color, they really pop with this shade! This is an amazing auburn shade to try out if you want something a little bit edgy and mysterious!
21. Dark red auburn hair with brown lowlights
2222 Medium brown hair with caramel and auburn highlights
Miranda has such striking blue eyes and they look especially amazing when contrasted with a warm auburn hair color. This auburn look is fairly understated and has a neutral base, but the caramel and auburn highlights make this hair color anything but ordinary!
22. Medium brown hair with caramel and auburn highlights
2323 Auburn hair with gold highlights
Cindy has always chosen such amazingly rich hair colors, and this look is no exception! Cindy achieved this bright and warm look by adding golden highlights on top of an auburn base. The good news is that this color is universally flattering so it will definitely look great on you!
23. Auburn hair with gold highlights
2424 Auburn roots with blond ombre
Vanessa has had a lot of fun over the years experimenting with a variety of bold hair colors, and this look is one of her most memorable in our opinion! Vanessa’s roots are a warm dark auburn color and then transition into a bright golden blond at the tips. Though Vanessa achieves this look with some help from hair extensions, you can also adapt this look to flatter shorter hair.
24. Auburn roots with blond ombre
2525 Warm strawberry blonde auburn
Bella has worn some amazing red hair colors over the years, but this is definitely one of our favorites. This look is super flattering and brightens up Bella’s face and complements her features flawlessly. If you want to try an auburn color that is light and understated, this is the perfect color to try out!
25. Warm strawberry blonde auburn
2626 Medium Auburn hair with red and blonde highlights
Khloe Kardashian is hilarious and outspoken, so it’s no surprise that she likes to experiment with bold hair colors. Although she now dyed her hair into platinum blonde, we love this reddish look on her. This look is a lovely medium hue of auburn supplemented with red and blonde highlights. The red highlights add richness and visual interest while the blonde highlights help to create brightness and shimmer because they catch the light. This is a great look for girls who want to make a statement with their hair!
How gorgeous are all of these auburn hair colors? As you can see from this list, some of these shades of auburn are more on the red side, brown side, or blond side, but they are all equally gorgeous. Finding the perfect auburn hair color for you is easiest when you consult with a professional hair colorist, so don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Auburn hair is so gorgeous and flatters most skin tones so it is no surprise that it is such a popular request at hair salons. We hope you enjoyed this list and found some ideas that will inspire you!
26. Medium Auburn hair with red and blonde highlights
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