20 Radical Styling Ideas For Your Red Ombre Hair

Bold and beautiful hairstyle ideas to help you match up to the fearless diva in you.

Reviewed by Madison DufourMadison Dufour, Barber & Cosmetologist
By Jyotsana RaoJyotsana Rao  • 

The color red enticed you, and now you are flaunting a red ombre – you probably want to show off your new hair color. So, here are some chic styling ideas for your red ombre hair!

An ombre is a coloring trend where your hair is dark at the roots but gradually transitions to a lighter shade. You can experiment with more than one color when it comes to ombre, making it perfect if you want to color your hair red. Red is not one shade; it has many beautiful tones like ruby, crimson, cherry, blood, and scarlet. And you can play around with these tones to achieve an ombre.

Scroll down if you want to learn how to color your hair in a red ombre. Keep reading to check out 20 various ways you can style your red ombre hair, from curls to straight hair, along with color suggestions!

How To Do Red Ombre On Your Hair At Home

The basic principle of an ombre is that the top color on the top half of your hair gradually fades into a lighter shade towards the ends. While this is much easier to do on blonde hair as you can go straight in with your color, dark hair is a whole different ball game. You’ll need to bleach the bottom half of your dark hair before coloring it red.

What You Need
  • Old t-shirt
  • Paddle brush
  • Hair bleaching kit
  • Red hair color
  • Bowls
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hair coloring brush
  • Hair elastics

Note: You may also want to keep a dark-colored towel handy, as red hair colors bleed more than other shades.

How To Ombre
  1. Put on an old t-shirt that you don’t mind getting bleach and hair color stains on.
  2. Put on your gloves. (Hair colors take forEVER to get off once it gets on your skin.)
  3. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your hair.
  4. Mix and prepare your bleach according to the instructions given on the box.
  5. Part your hair down the middle and divide it into 2 sections.
  6. Now, divide these 2 big sections into as many smaller sections as you want to make bleaching them convenient for you. Tie each of them up with hair elastics a couple of inches below your roots.
  7. Start applying bleach to each section of hair, starting from the ends and pulling the bleach up with your fingers till right below your jawline.
  8. Apply more bleach on the ends of your hair and gradually reduce the amount as you work your way up.
  9. Leave the bleach on for the time duration indicated on the box, but keep checking the shade it has lightened to every 15 minutes. (Warning: Don’t leave the bleach on for more than 40 minutes as it could permanently damage it.)
  10. Once your hair has lightened to your desired shade, wash the bleach off with shampoo.
  11. Blow dry your hair completely.
  12. Redivide and tie your hair up in the same sections as earlier.
  13. Mix your red hair color in a bowl, following the instructions given on the box.
  14. Apply the color to all the bleached sections of your hair, making sure to pull it up an inch above your fade line so that it blends seamlessly into your natural base color.
  15. Leave the red hair color on for the duration of time indicated on the box.
  16. Wash off the color until the water runs clear before shampooing and conditioning it with color safe products.

Note: Please perform a strand test to check your hair health before bleaching your tresses. Drop a few strands of hair into a glass of water. If the strands float, your hair is healthy enough to bleach. If the strands sink, you should avoid bleaching your hair as it is weak. Please check your hair during the bleaching process. If your scalp burns, wash off the bleach with cold water immediately.

Quick Tip
Red ombre hair color can last up to 4-6 weeks if it is placed higher up in the hair shaft. It can last up to 6-8 weeks if it is placed lower on the mid-length and ends.

And now that you’ve successfully done your red ombre, let’s look at all the brilliant ways that you can style it!

20 Totally Stunning Ways To Style Your Red Ombre Hair

1. Auburn Waterfall

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When it comes to ombre color jobs, long hair is the best way to go about it. A rich shade of auburn melts beautifully down her chocolate brown locks to create this gorgeous red ombre effect. Just incorporate some subtle magenta tones at the bottom to add oodles of dimension to your hair.

2. Cherry Red Delight

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Curls have the ability to amplify the look of any ombre color job. So, of course, they work just as beautifully on red toned ombre styles. This bright cherry red hue adds a mega pop of color to monotone brown hair and creates a look that can only be described as punk rock chic.

3. Magenta Toned Red Ombre

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Jet black hair is the perfect canvas for any bright colored ombre you might want to try out. And it works especially well with fiery shades of red. Go for a red ombre with a slight magenta undertone to it on straight black hair to transform into a total bombshell.

4. Coral Red Obsession

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If bright red shades are not up your alley, then a subdued orange toned red can do the trick for you. This coral red ombre starts quite high up on medium length brown hair and descends into some voluptuous curls. I don’t know about you but I sure can’t keep my eyes off of this color look.

5. Maroon Madness

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Maybe bright red is not your thing. Maybe you’d like to stick to earthier tones. Whatever the case, here’s a red ombre look that will meet all your needs. Maroon is that understated color that has a beauty all of its own. Go for an ombre in this shade on your mahogany brown tresses to create a totally sophisticated color look.

6. Spicy Scarlet

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Just because you’re going for a red ombre doesn’t mean you have to opt for an in-your-face look. Keep things low-key with this dark scarlet shade that blends beautifully with any naturally dark hair color. All you need to complete this stunning look is to style it in some low curls.

7. Reverse Ginger Ombre

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Flip everyone’s idea of ombre over its head and go for a style that is literally the opposite of what everyone thinks it should be like. Start off with a rich auburn at your roots that gradually fades into a luxurious gold hue towards the ends. This color scheme will also pull the eye downwards, thus creating an illusion of length.

8. Red Chilli Rendezvous

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Transform like a butterfly with this bangin’ red ombre look that is one for the ages. What makes this particular ombre look stand out is that the vibrant chili red shade starts pretty high up on her long dark hair and flows down in dramatic waves.

9. Vivacious Carmine

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Bold and beautiful are the exact words that come to mind when you behold this look. The bright but elegant carmine red shade stands out brilliantly against deep brown hair when done in an ombre color style. Keep things simple when styling this look to focus all the attention on the pretty red ombre.

10. Red Edged Ombre

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Mix up your red ombre look to stand out from the crowd by going for a bit of color only on the edges. This bright red ombre is perfect for a long bob that you don’t want to be overshadowed by too much color. A jet black base will also act as the perfect canvas for this look.

Quick Tip
Alternatively, you can also experiment with your hair with an undercut red ombre to provide the appearance of an ombre without the look of harsh lines.

11. Ruby Red Revolution

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Handpainting hair color has been taken to new heights with this red balayage ombre style that looks like someone’s fantasy brought to life. With a luxurious ruby red shade sweeping through dark brown hair, the multidimensional look of this style knows no bounds. Just style this hair in some loose waves to make the most out of it.

12. Ginger Gorgeousness

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Fall (or autumn, for those of you across the pond) may have you excited about beautiful fallen leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. But another major thing you get to look forward to is fall hair colors! This down-to-earth yet oh-so-gorgeous ginger red ombre that melts seamlessly down from auburn tinted brown locks makes for the perfect color look to be sported during this lovely season.

13. A Song Of Ice And Fire

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Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. Whichever one it may be, all I know is that these two elements can blend beautifully together to create an ombre hair look that’s one for the ages. A silver tinted icy blue flows down magically to end in a fiery red shade, thus creating a stunning contrast of colors that is one for the ages.

14. Garnet Magic

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If your workplace does not allow you to go for crazy colored hair (booo!), then here’s a lowkey hair look that will not scream for attention but will definitely raise some eyebrows (in a good way). This jewel toned red ombre in a deep garnet red creates the slightest bit of dimension and looks breathtaking on long dark hair.

15. Berry Red Bonanza

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Blunt edged hair is kind of the perfect haircut to showcase an ombre color job in all its glory. And when done in a rich berry red shade, there’s no stopping you from becoming the center of attention in every room you walk into. The gradual transition from black at the roots to a berry red at the ends looks like her hair was dipped into a vat of crushed raspberries.

16. Homage To Wine

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Who doesn’t love having a glass of wine at the end of a long day, huh? So, pay homage to your favorite beverage by going for this luxurious red shade on your hair. The wine red flows beautifully down in curls from jet black roots to create a stunning hair look.

17. Red Velvet

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Red velvet cupcakes have become such a huge sensation around the world that they’ve inspired their very own color look. The rich red at the ends and dark brown at the roots are reminiscent of a yummy red velvet cupcake topped with some delicious chocolate ganache frosting.

18. Copper Crush

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Metallic tones in hair colors are all the rage right now and it’s about time you got on the bandwagon too. Start off with a bold copper red shade on the top half of your hair and fade it down to a light rose gold at the bottom. Take a narrow barreled curling wand to your hair to complete the princess vibe of this already breathtaking look.

19. Fuel To Fire

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Get the mesmerizing effect of a campfire on your hair by going for this red and blonde ombre look. From mahogany to auburn to golden blonde, this three toned ombre has been handpainted beautifully onto her hair to make her look like the goddess of fire.

20. Blink And You Miss It

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Practise some minimalism and try out this dark red ombre. It is the very definition of the blink-and-you-miss-it look. Ombre the very ends of your naturally dark hair with a deep shade of merlot red that comes to life when hit by light. Take the whole look up a notch by styling it in poker straight.

Red ombres are so vibrant and breathe life into your tresses. Styling a red ombre the right way is sure to send numerous compliments. And if you cannot shell out the big bucks at a salon, we have your back. Scroll up and read through the DIY tutorial to color your hair in a red ombre right from the comfort and coziness of your home. Follow the instructions carefully and keep checking on your hair as it gets colored to ensure you achieve the desired ombre effect. Look through the best styling ideas for your red ombre hair listed above for inspiration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is red ombre hair hard to maintain?

Yes. While ombre is versatile and low-maintenance, maintaining the perfect red hue may be troubling. Red relies on its vibrancy to make your tresses pop. However, this color tends to fade quickly and may lose its charm.

Is ombre still in style?

Yes. An ombre can be a subtle transition or a fun, vibrant component that elevates your look. This low-maintenance method can transform your locks with different colors and hues.

Key Takeaways

    • Red ombre hair is a very eye-catching eye color that gives your hair a natural appearance.
    • It is important to carefully go through the directions provided on the box first.
    • Red ombre hair can be fashioned in many colors, such as auburn waterfall, cherry red delight, and coral red obsession.
    • Hair care products that are specifically formulated for colored hair are recommended.
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