Stunning Red Hair Highlights Ideas For 2023: 7 Of The Best

Written by Lopa KJan 16, 2023
Stunning Red Hair Highlights Ideas for 2023: 7 of the Best


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If there’s one shade that everyone wants, it’s red hair with highlights. But within the reds, there are numerous shades to choose from–there are fiery reds, deep plums, auburn, etc. When you go to a salon for a hair colour consultation, your hair colourist will probably hand you a shade card with the different reds that you can try. The trick is to pick the red hair colour that suits Indian skin tones. 

Stunning Red Hair Highlights Ideas for 2023: The Basics  

Red hair with highlights is very flattering for us Indians with dusky skin tones and black hair. They have the capacity to add a certain amount of vibrancy to dark hair, which might not be possible with other hair colours. Even a couple of red-toned highlighted sections can transform the appearance of your hair, without having to go global with the colour.  

Red highlights are also versatile in their options - ranging from vibrant crimson hues to much more muted and deep wine reds. There is a perfect red shade and style for everyone. So, if you have decided to take the red route and are looking for the most suitable shade, here are some fabulous options to choose from. 

7 Red Hair Highlights Ideas for 2023 


1. Cherry Coke highlights

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When it comes to red hair with highlights, you can go from strawberry red to even tomato red, with a touch of plum added to deepen the colour. Our trendy pick, however, goes to this cherry shade, the glossy finish being the highlight of the hue! A mane that looks like a tall, chilled glass of cherry Coke, you will certainly get the most out of this hair transformation.


2. Fall red highlights

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A seasonal fave, especially now that we are in the middle of winter, this chic shade will do wonders for naturally dark hair. With barely any lift required, this autumnal shade will perfectly complement the gentle, seasonal flush in your skin, and your party wardrobe as well. The fiery red is a strong, easily noticeable colour and complements fair and pale skin colours best. If you have cool undertones, you can go copper red or lighter with your reds, which will balance the hair colour with your skin tone.


3. Dreamy magenta

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If you are a fan of burgundy hair colour, chances are, you will love magenta highlights as well. The balance between blue and red in this shade makes for a rich pigment to add to your tresses. Based on how dramatic you want the transformation to be, you can opt for sections of chunky highlights or slivers of highlights spread casually all over. A toned-down version of bright red, this hair colour looks absolutely gorgeous with olive or tan skin tones.


4. Wine-toned balayage

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Wine-toned hair highlights are perfect for a balayage or ombré look. The deep tone can add depth to your dark hair and looks stunning on those with a cool undertone. Wine-toned highlights are warmer than the magenta we saw above, or even the traditional mahogany. But a slight hint of burgundy and violet to this look can make this hair colour suitable for almost every Indian skin tone. No matter how dusky or fair your skin tone is, this colour also enhances your complexion!


5. Fiery finish

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If you are a fan of taking pictures of sunsets, this one is right up your alley. A fiery finish with gold undertones, this is a great choice for brown-haired girls looking for a statement hair transformation. The colour really shines through when placed under the sun, making it the perfect hair inspo before you head for a tropical vacation. We love how the colour melts into a blonder finish, keeping the option of getting rid of it just a trim away.


6. Crimson and caramel

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If you do not wish to settle for just red highlights, we have a trendy option for you. Mix and match ribbon highlights of red with caramel, blended with your hair’s natural base colour. A dye job that feels like it is straight out of the 90s with the lighter shades giving a contemporary touch of the glossy reds - this one is sure to fetch many compliments. Best suited on moderate browns to dusky skin tones, the brown tinge in the red helps neutralise the intensity of the red and yet makes it stand apart.


7. Vibrant frames

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If you do not wish to commit to an all-over-dye job, this new trend of red hair with highlights will come in handy. What began as the ‘Rogue Blonde’ look, the idea is to just dye a small front section of your hair so that the coloured bits frame your face. This style can be adapted to sport vibrant and bright highlights, which otherwise can be tricky to pull off as a global colour.


Post colour care

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But maintaining the red can be tricky. Go for a shampoo and conditioner that are made with coloured hair in mind. The Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Shampoo and Conditioner add moisture and help soften dry hair without fading your highlights. Murumuru butter and coconut oil are used to cleanse and moisturise your hair instead of sulphates or parabens, while fresh roses provide a revitalising aroma.  

You can also try the Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner. It doesn't include any harsh chemicals that typically dry out hair and make coloured hair look worse. Instead, it uses Morocco’s liquid gold – argan oil to restore your hair’s natural shine. It maintains the colour and lustre of your highlights for a long time while also keeping your hair silky smooth. 

Finish off your routine with a moisturising serum like the Tresemme Pro Pure Moisture Boost Hair Serum as hair dye can dry out your tresses. Keeping coloured hair in mind, it gives a moisture boost with the help of coconut oil and aloe vera. Apply a few drops evenly from the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair to get a smooth finish.


FAQs about Stunning Red Hair Highlights Ideas for 2023

FAQs about Stunning Red Hair Highlights Ideas for 2023

1) Should I get foil or balayage red hair highlights?

A. The choice of hair highlighting technique depends largely on how you want the final look to be. Foils should be used for a big colour shift, making them perfect for super dark hair that needs to be lightened (four or more levels). Whereas, if you are going for sweeping, casual chunks of colour that blend into your hair, getting a balayage will be the better option.

2) How can I reverse red hair highlights that have turned brassy?

A. Red highlights that have turned brassy can easily be toned down by touching up with the opposite colour, like green. Similarly, purple or blue toning shampoo can tone down and neutralize the brassiness as well. 

3) Do I need bleach treatment on dark hair to get red highlights?

A. Fortunately, dark hair already has natural red undertones, which means when you strip it, it already has the warmth required underneath to play host to red shades. This means bleach isn’t always necessary while getting red highlights. However, your stylist might use a bleach treatment if you have previously colour-treated hair. 

4) How often do I need to touch up red hair highlights?

A. When it comes to hair colour touch-ups, the rule of thumb for all-over global colour is three to four weeks and highlights are six to eight weeks. With red highlights specifically, you have to take into account the contrast that has developed between the highlights and your natural colour. Based on this, you can decide how much touching up is required since dark hair is generally quite accepting of red highlights.

Enter 2023 with a whole new look that will have everyone envious. Take inspiration from our list above and easily get red hair with highlights to jazz up your look.

Lopa K

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