Red Hair with Blonde Highlights Ideas for Every Skin Tone and Hair Type

Red Hair with Blonde Highlight
November 7, 2021

Rachael Grant

Does red hair look good with blonde highlights? You bet. Red and blonde mix well as base and highlights, providing warm, spicy tones on natural redheads and red-coloured hair. If you need inspiration, think how good bright red looks on Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone. And whether you have dark auburn or light strawberry blonde hair, blonde highlights can add dimensionality to any hair type, style, and texture. 

Who Can Wear Red Hair with Blonde Highlights?

The short answer is anyone. That being said, certain red shades will be more flattering to lighter, while others to darker skin tones. Here is what to look for to find the perfect red base to add blonde highlights for every skin tone:

Light Skin Tone 

Strawberry blonde and bright copper tones are the best matches for very pale skin. If you have a rosy complexion you want to highlight, add several dark strawberry highlights to freshen up the look. You cannot go wrong with a darker copper foilyage.

Medium Skin Tone 

Medium skin tones have a warm, golden glow that will look the best in golden copper. Cherry red and fire red are also good red shade choices to emphasise the natural golden tone. Add light golden blonde highlights to round up the complementary look.   


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Olive Skin Tone

Cool undertones, such as violet, auburn, and mahagonny won’t make olive skin tone look washed out. Rose gold highlights will add texture. Avoid orange undertones if you have olive skin.

Brown Skin Tone  

Wine and red-brown shades look fabulous on brown skin. For a rich, sunkissed deep shade go for a red-brown combined with light beige blonde highlights.


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Dark Skin Tone

The most intense red hair colours complement dark skin tones. Think of creating a base of dark auburn, burgundy, or cherry red, and add lilac foils to achieve an inspirational look that looks as fresh as a daisy.  

The Hottest Red Hair With Blonde Highlights Ideas 

Red hair colour is generous because it can add subtle highlights or go bold and surprise everyone with a fire red shade. Here are some sexy and sophisticated ideas to add highlights to every type of red hair. 

Natural Red Hair 

Keep it Simple

If you are blessed to be born with a red mane, then this is the option to add golden blonde highlights in a most innocent manner – make sure you add more foils in the front for the flattering face-framing effect. 

Copper Red

The waves on this copper blonde look gorgeous and are a challenge to showcase your most admirable balayage skills to achieve the delicate transitions from red to blonde:


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Caramel Red

Is your client unsure that full-blown red with highlights would suit them? Then take it easy by blending in some caramel foils and solve the hesitancy like a breeze. 

Dark Red Hair with Blonde Highlights

Cruella De Red

This courageous combo is nothing like the iconic movie character. On the contrary, it is rather sweet, but will for sure turn heads. Add a claw clip to accentuate the red-blonde contrast. The look is produced with Paul Mitchell hair care.  

Dark Auburn Balayage

Here is a dark balayage look that will suit dark or olive skin, and where the client still gets to have blonde highlights. Prove them it is possible by creating a base with chestnut red. The extensions are optional. 

Festive Red 

This look is what most people have in mind when they mention red hair with highlights. Since it gives the impression of a burning fireplace, it can most appropriately be presented at a beach barbecue or (metaphorically) light up the fire at home over holiday celebrations. 

Short Bob and Medium-Length Red Hair 

French 70s

A somewhat unexpected cut in the abundance of curls and waves, this sleek straight light copper red with hazelnut highlights will grow to be a statement look for the dedicated blow-dry addicts. Keep the shine by caring for the coloured hair with argan, olive, or jojoba oil to eliminate frizz and simplify hairstyling/ 


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Colourmelt Razored Bob

The blonde highlights are barely noticeable on the dark auburn base, but that is how the hairstyle comes into the focus. Make the best of the shape by using the root melting technique to smooth out the transitions from brown to red and dark blonde.  

Ginger Red

Okay so we can’t go past this gorgeous look. From the shine to the colour, everything about this look is perfect. BRB, just going to colour my hair! 


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Bright Red Hair With Highlights

Copper Ombre

Red tones typically carry the note of fall, but we don’t see why you wouldn’t wear them in hot weather, too. If you have a warm complexion, this transitional ombre from copper to golden blonde will inspire a few ‘ahs’ and ‘ohs’. Warning: Not for the faint of heart if you don’t want to draw too much attention, but if you do, then, you have our absolute support! 

Soft Rosy Red

Add rose gold highlights to a light copper red to flatter light skin tones and layered hairstyles. Suggest your client use rose gold toners at home to avoid colour fading between salon appointments. 

Warm Apple Cider

This absolutely stunning blonde red look is created by adding a pastel peach toner to soften the look. Use a barrel curler to create bouncy waves. Add medium-hold hairspray to extend the hairstyle’s lifespan.  


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