Copper hair is a sexy yet natural take on red hair that will show off your fiery spirit without appearing too unnatural. If The Little Mermaid was your favorite Disney film, then wanting to try copper hair color at least once is fully understandable. Copper hair is a type of ginger or red hair that is bright, metallic, and fun. It looks more natural than true red hair, but it still has all of that sexy drama.
In this article, we will help you choose the perfect shade of copper hair color for your skin tone, and then give you all the details on how to dye your hair copper at home (even though we really do recommend doing it at the salon). We’ve listed all the key maintenance tips, so you can keep your copper hair color fresh and gleaming for as long as possible.
To make sure you look your best in your copper hair, I’ve also got some tips on how you can adjust your makeup and fashion to your new ‘do. To cap things off, we’ve got a ton of inspiration for you, with 57 photos of some of the best copper hair color ideas out there!
Copper hair, for the most part, has an exclusively warm undertone, but some shades of copper hair are warmer than others. Copper hair is primarily comprised of a near equal blend of the primarily colors red and yellow, with just a bit of blue.
Some coppers will have very little red in them, so they really border on blonde or brown hair, while other coppers will have a lot of red in them so they look very orange-y. If copper hair has extra blue in it, it might even look nearly cherry or burgundy in color.
Different shades of copper hair can work well with every skin tone, no matter how dark or light or whether it’s warm or cool. Sometimes the key to having copper hair colors work with your skin is to mix a few different shades together.
Before you start, it’s important you know what your skin’s undertone is. The two most common undertones in people’s skin are yellow (warm) or pink (cool), although some people might have neutral skin or olive undertones.
Usually the best place to look to figure out one’s undertone is the forearm – you can simply try and figure out which colors seem more dominant, or you can look at your veins. Blueish veins mean neutral or cool skin, purplish veins mean that you have pink undertones, and greenish veins mean that you have yellow or olive undertones.
• If your skin’s undertone leans towards warm, meaning that there is very little pink in and quite a bit of yellow, then most copper hair colors should work well with your skin tone, including both yellow-leaning and red-leaning coppers.
• If your skin’s undertone is on the cool side of things, meaning that it has a lot of pink to it, then you want to be a bit more thoughtful when choosing your perfect copper hair color. You might want to try a more neutral copper hair shade that is muted with a lot of brown or gold.
• Those with olive undertones to their skin need to be the most careful, as the more reddish your copper hair is, the more it will bring out sallow greenishness in your skin. Instead, opt for shades of copper hair that are low on red, and high on gold or yellow undertones.
Now that you’ve chosen the perfect shade of copper hair color for you, it’s time to dye it! Hair dyeing is serious business that we usually recommend leaving to the professionals. A professional hair colorist can do more than just change the color of your hair.
Instead, they can really play around with different shades of copper hair dye, to give you a copper hair color that looks lush, voluminous, healthy, and shiny. They can also treat your hair with something like the olaplex hair treatment, to make sure that your hair is less damaged by the dyeing process.
If this doesn’t convince you, and you’d still prefer to go the do-it-yourself route, then more power to you! But it is important that you do it correctly, which is why we will give you the perfect instructions for dyeing your hair copper at home safely and with beautiful results.
Before You Start
• Make sure your hair is in the healthiest condition possible before you start dyeing it. You can prepare your hair with a nourishing masking session.
• Avoid washing and shampooing your hair for a few days before dyeing it, as the natural oils in your hair will help protect your hair from the copper hair dye.
• Examine the lightness level of your hair. Most copper hair dyes will not lighten your hair – they will only tint it. If you are starting off with dark brown hair but you want to achieve a golden-copper hair color, then you will probably have to bleach your hair first before dyeing it.
• If you do bleach your hair in preparation, wait a few days and do a few masking treatments in between bleaching and dyeing. Processing the hair too much in one day can do a lot of damage to it.
Once you feel ready to dye your hair copper, make sure you get the following tools:
• Copper hair dye (our favorite box dye is by L’Oreal, which you can find at Ulta)
• A plastic bowl or applicator bottle
• Plastic gloves
• Applicator brush
• Hair conditioner
• Claw hair clips
• A sacrificial button-up blouse
• Disposable shower cap
• Petroleum jelly is optional
Step 1: Prepping Your Hair for the Dye Job
• Start off by gathering everything you need, and putting on an old, preferably button-up top that you don’t mind getting covered in copper hair dye.
• Following the instructions, mix your developer and copper hair dye either in a plastic bowl, or, if you bought a box kit of copper hair dye, then in the applicator bottle.
• If you are going to dye your hair with multiple shades of copper hair, then mix different colors in a few different bowls.
• The mixture of copper hair dye and developer might require a few minutes to develop – follow the instructions on the box of the hair dye kit or dye and developer set that you’ve purchased.
• You will want to perform a patch test to ensure that you are not allergic to the hair dye, especially if you haven’t dyed your hair before.
• If you are worried about staining your forehead or ears with copper hair dye, then apply petroleum jelly to the skin around the perimeter of your hair, and to the tops of your ears. This will prevent staining.
Step 2: Applying the Copper Hair Dye
• While the copper hair dye develops, start sectioning off your hair based on how you intend on dyeing it. If you are going to attempt copper highlights or a balayage, for example, you don’t need to worry as much about dyeing the front part of the hair, since you will only paint a couple of strands, but you might want to focus more on the back of your head and the ends.
• Part your hair in the center, and again from ear to ear at the crown. Use claw clips to get a hold of all the sections you are not going to be dyeing at first. If you intend on dyeing all of your hair evenly, then it is best to start with the hair at the front, just above the forehead, and from there to move on to the back part of your hair.
Only move on to the lower half of your hair afterwards, as this part of your hair will not be as visible and therefore does not require as much processing time.
• Put on gloves to protect your hands from getting stained with copper hair dye.
• Pick out the strand of hair that you would like to start with. It should be about 2.5 centimeters thick.
• Apply the copper hair dye to your hair with the applicator brush or by dispensing it directly from the bottle, starting as close to your root as possible (assuming you are also dyeing your roots).
Using your fingers or with the brush, pull the color down all the way to the ends. Apply more copper hair dye if the amount you dispensed at first is not enough to cover the whole strand from top to bottom.
• Using your fingers, massage the dye into the strand of the hair to ensure every single hair is covered.
• Repeat this process with another 2.5-cm strand of hair, until you have finished covering the whole sectioned-off part of your head.
• Clip up the fully dyed section of hair, and unclip the next section.
• Repeat dyeing your hair as you did previously, until you have covered your whole head in copper hair dye.
Step 3: The Processing Time
• Once your whole head is covered, allow the copper hair dye to process. Look to the instructions on the box to see how long the processing time is. 30 minutes is standard.
• Do not dispose of the remaining hair color yet – you might need it later on to make corrections!
• In order to trap in heat to aid the processing, as well as prevent the copper hair dye making a mess and rubbing off on things, put on a shower cap.
• Once the processing time has elapsed, hop in the shower to rinse out the copper hair dye.
• Once you’ve rinsed away as much hair dye as possible, apply hair conditioner to your hair.
• Let the conditioner sit in your hair for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Do not shampoo your hair!
• Get out of the shower, and gently towel dry your hair. Some copper hair dye might rub off on it, so it is better to use a black or dark red towel.
• Your hair will likely still be damp, so allow it to air-dry instead of blow-drying it.
• Once your hair is dry, admire your new copper hair color in the mirror, and go in with more hair dye if any corrections are necessary!
• Avoid shampooing your hair for the next two to three days. You can still condition it or mask it if you like.
• Wash your copper hair as little as possible! Every time you wash your hair, even if you are using a very gentle shampoo, you are stripping your hair both of dye and of nourishing oils. Try to limit your hair washing frequency to once or twice a week.
• A dry shampoo will help keep your hair from getting oily, and it will make it easy for you to wait longer between hair washes.
• Speaking of, make sure you are using a shampoo that does not contain any sulfates! Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are the two most common shampoo ingredients, but they are too harsh so they remove a lot of copper hair dye every time you wash your hair. Switch to a safe, sulfate-free shampoo.
• The best shampoo would actually be a sulfate-free red-tinted color depositing shampoo, since every time you wash the shampoo will deposit a bit more of that copper hair color into your hair and help refresh your color.
• If the hair dyeing process has left your hair feeling brittle, use a hair mask or conditioner that contains proteins. Look for ingredients like keratin or soy protein, as they will fill in the gaps between the cells of your hair and make your hair stronger and more supple.
• If your copper hair is feeling dry, use coconut oil for hair to mask it. Leave it in overnight, or simply put it into your hair an hour or two before taking a shower.
• Heat styling your hair, even with a blow dryer although especially with straightening and curling irons, will further damage your hair, so try to avoid it as much as possible. If you must use a blow dryer, blow dry your hair occasionally on low-heat and with a diffuser, using a heat protectant.
• The sun can fade copper hair dye quickly, so wearing a hat or using UV-protective hair products will go a long way to keeping your color intact.
• Chlorine in the pool can also alter or fade copper hair color, so make sure to wear a swim cap when going for a swim.
• Make sure to visit your hair dresser for maintenance every 4 to 6 weeks, as it is much easier to update copper hair colors than it is to totally redo them if they have faded severely. It will also save you from having to deal with a lot of grown-out roots.
• Opting for ombre, sombre, or balayage hairstyles that leave your roots their natural color will make maintaining your copper hair a much easier process. You can take longer in between salon appointments, and you don’t have to worry as much about your roots growing out. As an added bonus, darker roots can often actually help make copper hair appear more multi-dimensional!
So what’s the best makeup look for copper-haired women? Here is everything you should know to keep your look bright and balanced!
Complexion Makeup for Copper Hair
Copper hair is much more forgiving than other shades of red hair, when it comes to the state of your skin. This means that if you usually favor a more natural base and sheer foundation, you really don’t have to change anything. As long as your foundation matches your skin tone (a swipe along the jawline will usually help ascertain that it does) and makes your skin look good, that’s good enough for us.
With all that being said, copper hair is less forgiving of skin that looks flat or colorless, so you definitely don’t want to skip your blush. It takes a very brave soul to wear cool pink blushes with copper hair colors, so it is better to play it safe and stick to neutral, peach, orange, or brick-colored blushes that will give your skin life and will complement instead of clashing with your copper hair.
Copper hair doesn’t demand that you contour and highlight your skin, so don’t feel obligated. If you’re a fan of that dewy look then by all means go in with that highlighter, while if you want to look as chiseled as possible then feel free to go into those nooks and crannies with the contour shade.
As with blush, very cool highlighters might end up clashing with that warm gleam in your hair, so stick to champagne, gold, or even coppery highlighters (depending on your skin tone, of course).
Eye Makeup for Copper Hair
The most important thing you might have to change about the way you do your eye makeup once making the switch to copper hair is your eyebrows. Chances are you will not want to use the same eyebrow product as before, especially if your hair was blonde or brown.
Switching to an eyebrow product with a warm undertone is important, as your eyebrows will better match your new copper hair color. You don’t need a copper or red colored eyebrow product – a brown or blonde shade that has a bit of reddishness to it will certainly suffice.
Good examples of an appropriate eyebrow product include the Blonde, Caramel, and Auburn shades of Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, which you can find at Sephora, or the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Blonde or Auburn from Ulta.
As far as eyeshadow and eyeliner are concerned, you do want to consider color theory before diving deep into those colorful palettes. There are colors that will always be safe and flattering, no matter your hair color. Those include beige, taupe, black, gray, champaign, bronze, chocolate brown, and gold.
You can also feel safe with a monochrome scheme in which your eyeshadow matches your copper hair color. This means you can use various shades of copper, peach, and orange around your eyes. Warm purples and mauves also tend to look great with all types of copper hair.
Where it gets complicated is when you want to wear complementary colors, i.e. colors that are opposite your shade of orange or red hair on the color wheel. For redder copper hair shades, the opposite color is more green, while for more golden copper shades the opposite color is blue.
When you wear those opposite colors on your eyes, your copper hair and eyeshadow will both stand out and compete against each other for attention. Because of this, a full green or blue eye makeup look is likely not going to work. However, a small touch of blue or green, in the form of a thin line below the lower lash line, or as a pop of color in an otherwise warm-toned eyeshadow look can work beautifully to bring out both your hair and eyes.
Lip Makeup for Copper Hair
Choosing the right lipstick to go with your copper hair can be a struggle. Traditional lipstick colors are already so similar to the various red hair shades that you need to have a very subtle eye to see what works and what doesn’t. Once again, the specific tone of your copper hair color absolutely matters.
If you want to play it safe, wear an MLBB (My Lips But Better) shade – for most people that would be a neutral raspberry tone. In general, neutral shades that don’t lean towards either purple-pink or peach-orange, but just sit comfortably in the middle, are not going to clash, since they will mostly appear natural.
If you’re hoping for drama, on the other hand, warmer purples, plums, and magentas will seriously contrast against your hair and truly stand out. It’s matching red lipsticks to copper hair that is the most difficult.
In our opinion, deeper, warmer reds like MAC’s Chili (available at Nordstrom) are guaranteed to stand out and give that seductive and glamorous effect without clashing against the copper hair.
On the other hand, you might welcome that sexy clash of warm copper hair and blue-red lips, à la Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale, in which case Lime Crime’s Matte Velvetine in Red Velvet is the lipstick you seek. You can find that lipstick at Ulta.
• When in doubt, opt for neutral colors that are sure to not clash with your copper hair. Black is always a great choice, as are other neutral solids like white, brown, and even denim, which at this point is essentially a neutral. These neutrals will allow your copper hair color to stand out and gain the most attention.
• When it comes to wearing colors, the color wheel is your friend! Identify the exact shade of copper that your hair has, in order to find the corresponding shade of red or orange on the color wheel.
• Use the color wheel to figure out different color blocking techniques, like analogous (orange-red copper hair, yellow blouse, and red bottoms), complementary (red-orange copper hair with a blue-green dress, or yellow-orange copper hair with a blue-violet dress), split-complementary (red-orange copper hair with both blue and green clothing items, or green and red-violet clothing with red-orange copper hair).
• Wearing the complementary color to your copper hair color (i.e. the color that is exactly opposite your hair color on the color wheel) will make both your hair and outfit stand out, as they will strengthen each other. This can be fierce and fashion-forward, although sometimes it can also clash – a solid, expensive-looking garment that is a little darker than your copper hair is the best bet, while a loud and bright color made with a cheaper material might look tacky.
• Wearing red with copper hair can actually be super sexy! It’s absolutely an analogous color pattern, and since most red clothing has a warm undertone, it is unlikely to clash!
• Jewel tones, especially like emerald and amethyst, can look very sophisticated paired with copper hair colors.
• Look for style inspirations! There are a lot of fashion-forward celebrities with copper hair, so see what they wear to get ideas. Some of my favorite babes with copper hair color include Madelaine Petsch with warm copper hair that has a lot of red undertones to it, Emma Stone with a golden copper hair color that has a lot of yellow in it, and Christina Hendricks with orange copper hair (i.e. equal amount of yellow and red undertones).
It’s high time to dive into the myriads of gorgeous copper hair color shades we have put together to inspire you to pick the most insane, mesmerizing copper hair dye for you!
1. Wavey Copper Lob
A bright copper hair color is great for making a long bob haircut a little more dramatic and playful. A touch of darkness at the route adds dimension as the curls gleam and shine.
2. Copper Melt Three-Tone Ombre
Darker roots and lighter ends are a classic, and with copper hair color shades they make the hair look like a melting cascade of metal. The roots start off dark, and lighten up as they go from auburn all the way to bright copper at the ends.
3. Deep Mermaid Copper Hair
The mixture of coppery orange tones and deeper auburns makes for super dramatic and voluminous copper hair that has depth, shine, and health. Pair this deep copper hair color with pink outfits for an opulent, foxy look.
4. Autumn Copper Sombre
A chocolatey brown and brighter yellow-copper come together in this sombre hairstyle to exude delicious warmth that is oh-so-seasonal for autumn. Add subtle waves to this copper hair color and you have a show-stopping look you can take from day to night.
5. Golden Copper Waves
Ride that wave, baby! Brighter copper hair shades like this one are perfectly natural looking, and are also super playful and youthful. You can’t tell easily, but this is actually a bob augmented with some hair extensions, for when that copper hair needs extra oomph.
6. Wood and Copper Balayage
Copper hair dye on its own is ultra bright and fun, but when the cooler seasons roll around you might want to bring it somewhere more sophisticated. A balayage of cool browns and warm coppers is just that!
7. Burning Copper Balayage
This balayage is so bright I feel like I have to shield my eyes to look at it! The mix of brighter copper hair colors with a touch of true red, plus the dark brown for dimension, make for a balayage that reflects light like no other.
8. Gold Tinged Copper Hair
That touch of gold at the ends of the hair is everything, turning a lovely wavey copper hair color into something much more unique with just a simple touch. Pair with dangling earrings and a little black dress to steal the show at the party.
9. Metal Copper Hair Melt Cascade
Copper hair dye can achieve miraculous effects, like this intense color melt. The roots and first few inches of the hair remain dark, and then effortlessly transform to a red that melts into that perfect metallic copper hair color, leading to a hairstyle that seems to be living and breathing.
10. Grape and Orange Copper Balayage
A hint of cool grape with a whole lot of orangey copper hair color leads to this sophisticated balayage. The dark roots of this bob ensure easy maintenance, while the blend of colors is unique and multi-dimensional.
11. Punky Pumpkin Copper Bob
With copper hair being so fun, how can you not play around with the styling as well? These messy curls are a perfect complement to the shiny pumpkin shade of the hair. Take note of just a few brown strands here and there that make this copper hair color seem to jump out at you.
12. Halloween Copper Colormelt
This colormelt blends Halloween colors together into a copper hairstyle that is anything but spooky! The change over from dark roots to bright pumpkin copper ends is extreme but all the more beautiful.
13. Peek-A-Boo Copper Hair
A great hair colorist can make hidden stripes of color, like the intense red in this case, a fun element of an otherwise sophisticated take on copper hair colors, deepened with a lot of browns and auburns. The copper hair shades look especially vivid when you straighten your hair this sleek.
14. Dark Copper Hair Flow
If your hair is naturally dark, and you don’t want to overdo it with the bleach, then this is exactly the kind of copper hair color you want to consider – deeper, redder, and very well blended for that healthy dimension. A subtle wave takes the copper hair color to completely new heights.
15. Muted Copper Waves
If you’re a little hesitant to become a full-on copper queen, you might enjoy a more muted take on copper hair colors that have a lot of browns and auburns in them. This look is wearable and will pair well with most clothes in your wardrobe.
16. Gentle Copper Swirl
A hint of copper hair dye is all it takes to brighten up brown hair considerably, and to make for a super lovely balayage, especially in time for autumn. This copper hair color is ideal for those stepping into the red hair game for the first time, and we are sure you are going to intensify the copper tones as time goes by.
17. Choppy Copper Bob
Choppy bob haircuts require careful styling and dyeing to avoid looking flat, and different shades of light and dark copper hair dye can seriously help. The wavey styling is also key to the beauty of this warm balayage.
18. Hot and Cold Copper Sombre
Cool and warm copper hair colors are not the easiest shades to mix, but it can be done, as we see in this gorgeously long hairstyle. The color starts darker at the roots and seamlessly goes slightly lighter making a lovely, wearable sombre you’ll adore.
19. Golden Copper Hair Magic
The secret to the intense shine of this balayage is a lot of tiny swipes of brown dye that give a ton of contrast and make this golden take on copper hair colors appear alive. Be bold to pair this copper hair color with bright shades of yellow and gold to make the traffic stop as you are passing by.
20. Deep and Cool Copper Balayage
This is one of the few cooler takes on copper hair colors on this list, at least when it comes to undertones. A cool brownish-red hair acts as base, while a slightly rosey golden copper is balayaged through to give a highlight to the clean waves.
21. Frayed Metal Curls
This ultra vibrant copper hair color looks like it could be made of real metal, with slightly teased curls looking wild yet feminine. A touch of brown at the roots ensures that the whole style looks like it’s moving!
22. Simple Mermaid Copper Hair
Copper hair colors can look really clean and fresh when they are kept naturally warm, and styled into simple, chic waves. This is one of the most versatile copper hair color shades you can easily pair with your wardrobe of rainbow palette.
23. Dreamy Copper and Auburn Waves
Dark auburn roots work so well with all kinds of copper hair shades, including this super bright mixture of orange and blonde coppers. The contrast is extreme and memorable! The mid-length haircut makes this look gleam with volume and strength.
24. Muted Woodsy Copper Hair
The more woodsy coppers that have a lot less red in them and a lot more yellow with just a hint of blue are definitely more mature and less Disney princess. This sophisticated bob shows exactly those kinds of copper hair colors, mixed with a nearly burgundy underlayer of color.
25. Deep Copper Waves
Long, wavey hair can protect you like a warm hug in the autumn, especially when it is colored appropriately. These copper and auburn waves are just deep enough to be perfect for the season.
26. Chocolate Caramel Waves
When a copper hair shade is truly balanced with a bit of brown, it becomes the kind of delicious caramel that is working so well with the chocolate brown roots in this dramatic balayage. Pair with a little white dress to be the fairy in town!
27. Apple, Pumpkin and Straw Balayage
The beautiful thing about copper hair colors is that they are possible to mix in so many different ways. This balayaged bob shows how well apple red, straw blonde, and true copper can come together in vivacious hair.
28. Baby Pumpkin Highlights
These long, fiercely highlighted waves are showing that copper hair color can totally be a pastel, as long as it’s applied to seriously bleached hair. This ultra soft baby pumpkin copper hair shade gives an intense contrast to a deep brown base.
29. So Hot it Burns Copper Balayage
Be careful touching this copper balayage – the temperature was turned up so high with the flawless styling, dyeing, and color blending that you might actually burn yourself. This is that flaming copper hair color that will look amazing on any length and thickness of hair.
30. A Wave of Warmth
The touch of copper balayage running through this wavey bob lends a lot of warmth and dimension to what is otherwise a primarily cool hairstyle with a light cherry cola brown base. The vintage curl added makes this one of our favorite copper hair color shades to fall in love with!
31. Straight and Messy Copper Bob
Warm copper hair shades, a touch of brown for dimension – we cannot get enough of these balayages! We already knew they were perfect for wavey styles, but here is proof that they can work even on the sleekest of bobs, and maybe even inspire a touch of tousling.
32. Deep Copper Hair Romance
These deep copper hair shades that have a touch of extra brown in them are a touch more conservative, so they are a good way to ease into red hair. Style them into flawless curls and a wavey side bang for a romantic look that is perfect for special events.
33. Under the Sea Copper Waves
If you’re embracing copper hair, why not go for full-on mermaid hair? Style it into waves, dye it a deep reddish-copper, and live your best Ariel-inspired life. Pair with antique jewelry to wow the crowd!
34. Understated Copper Lob
There is something interesting happening in this copper long bob. A close look at the ends will show a touch of straw coloring, adding a subdued and balancing touch to the red-toned copper hair dye.
35. Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Balayage
Is anyone else getting hungry? These pumpkin orange copper hair shades are simply delicious, especially with chocolate browns keeping the root healthy and adding volume. This is also one of the most wearable copper hair colors perfect for beginners.
36. Neon Copper Hair
From the most wearable to the boldest! This sleek style proves that copper hair colors don’t always have to be all that natural – neon copper is bright and unique, but still passionate and warm.
37. Fire Up That Copper Balayage
This is another extreme take on copper hair colors, with a deeper coppery-red root that melts into a bright orange-yellow take on coppers in a flame-mimicking balayage. This copper hairstyle screams the wearer is on fire!
38. Copper and Color
Only a truly creative spirit can come up with such a fascinating blend of colors, while a talented hand is what’s required to pull them together so cleanly without creating a muddy mess. The copper hair base gleams brightly with health, while the muted mix of purples, greens, and blues at the bottom contrasts in a way that is pure fashion.
39. Copper and Rose Gold Colormelt
This is a complex colormelt that really shows an intense progression of metallic copper and rose gold hair shades, starting with deep auburn at the root and ending with a lavender-tinged rose gold at the ends, with all shades showing up in between. This copper hair color is for the creative souls out there!
40. Autumn Kaleidoscope Copper Hair
Deep, woodsy brown roots and gleaming dark copper curls make for a simple hairstyle that is healthy, autumnal, and warm. Wear it loose or style it into a chic updo paired with your sparkling sequin dress for special events.
41. Copper Brunette Drenched in Orange
Those brunette roots are hard to let go of… nor should you, since you can fully embrace the joy of copper hair while still staying a brunette at heart! Just have a look at this fiery take on a copper sombre.
42. Straw Copper Bob
This is another great example of what copper hair colors look like when they are yellow-dominant, with just a hint of red. The mixture of lighter and darker straw coppers is sophisticated and reserved.
43. Subtle Depth on Copper Hair
This deeper take on copper hair colors combines a lot of different shades of darker copper, to create a really subtle balayage that has volume and movement, without the extreme contrast of some of the other looks here. This is also an excellent hairstyle idea for women over 50.
44. Cherry and Pumpking Balayage
The base color for this balayage is a deeper, cherry copper shade that has a lot of presence despite being on the darker side of things, while a thread of pumpkin adds just a touch of whimsical brightness. This copper hair shade is an awesome fall hair color idea to try.
45. Coppery Brown Curls
These brown curls are washed with just a tint of copper hair dye that adds a ton of shine and warmth. This is a fabulous way of updating brunette hair for fall and making it a touch brighter!
46. Deep Copper Lob
This deeper copper hair color has a ton of yellow and brown in it, but because of its intense shine it doesn’t seem all that dark. Haphazard curls keep this look airy and fun. Pair with a deep mauve lipstick to create a femme fatale look.
47. Casual Copper Hair
All others step aside, the master is showing us how simple copper hair is done. This blend of light and dark copper shades that are low on red is artful yet wearable, in the way only Guy Tang can create.
48. Feathery Copper Brown Curls
This is another simple take on copper hair colors that are high on browns and low on reds. Careful styling makes the curls look soft and feathery. Pair with a minimalist makeup look to make the copper shades pop.
49. Piecey Copper Wave
Using copper hair dye on thin strands of hair is labor intensive, but it’s the only way to get this high-dimension and high-shine piecey copper hair look. This color will look dramatic when paired with a deep burgundy or red lipstick, so go for it!
50. Copper Peach Balayage
Peach and copper are a dreamy mix that is soft and lovely, but also unique and innovative. This wavey bob mixes lighter copper hair shades with a deep brown copper, while the peach is the secret to the brightness of the look.
51. Blonde to Copper Success
Tired of your blonde hair? It’s easy to switch to a luxurious copper, and the hair instantly looks shinier and healthier! This take on copper hair leans more towards brown, but it gleams like any metallic.
52. Coppery Glint Balayage
Copper hair dye gives an instant glimmer and gleam even to a brown-heavy balayage like this one! A subtle wash of bright copper is all it takes to add that sudden and surprising shine.
53. Pumpkin Spice Latte Curls
Another gleaming take on pumpkin and coffee copper hair shades, which shows that just a little bit of copper goes a long way to elevate brown hair colors. It’s deep, dramatic and so perfect for the gloomier seasons!
54. Cherry Copper A-Line
An A-line bob is already a show-stopping haircut, but pairing it with such an astounding red-heavy copper hair color makes the wearer impossible to forget. Add some choppy baby bangs to make the look even sweeter.
55. Auburn and Deep Copper Bob
This feathery bob is primarily a totally wearable auburn, but a touch of muted copper hair dye gives it extra life. The hairstyle is kept as simple and wearable as the color job, making the look understated but chic.
56. Gleaming Copper Touch
The orangey copper hair dye in this balayage is super bright, acting as the perfect highlight to increase gleam and shine, and turn this reddish brunette look into something much bigger than the sum of its parts. This multidimensional copper hair color is great to take from fall directly to summer.
57. Autumn Leaves on Fire
A storm of autumn leaves falling is the first thing that comes to mind, with this perfectly waved and impossibly shiny take on brown and copper hair colors. The lush waves give movement to the color making it more alive.
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