If you’re game for making a bold statement with your tresses this autumn, opting for a ginger hair color is certainly an easy way to do so. This fiery hue can be tweaked to complement any complexion—not to mention it blends in seamlessly with fall foliage and all those cozy sweaters.
Whether you’re looking to amplify your naturally reddish locks or completely transform your dark brown or platinum tresses, going ginger might just be your next color crusade.
What color hair is ginger?
Nope—you’re not the only one asking, “What is ginger hair color?” Putting your finger on this gorgeous, somewhat elusive hue is a little tricky. Slightly softer than the red-orange color of the setting sun, ginger hair color is an eye-catching tone that can stand on its own or be paired with subtle blonde highlights for a more dimensional style. You could even try it with darker roots for a more brooding twist.
Inherently vibrant ginger locks require a certain amount of lift to achieve the best base for the color. If you have naturally dark hair, this means bleaching your strands before coloring them with ginger hair color dye. Bleach will always cause damage, but your stylist will work with you to ensure your hair looks and feels healthy before you leave the salon.
Is ginger hair red or orange?
We’d argue that ginger hair isn’t either red or orange but is rather a spectrum that encompasses both shades. Ultimately, the specific ginger hair color you go with should suit your preferences and complement your complexion. For example, orange-y golden ginger hair colors work well on fair, cool skin, while a darker blend that leans more auburn is flattering on dark skin tones.
Is ginger a rare hair color?
The term “rare” is somewhat subjective, but in the scheme of all hair colors we’d say that it’s definitely less common compared to brunettes, blondes, and rich black. Natural ginger hair color is even rarer—only one to two percent of people in the world are born with this hair color.
How do you maintain ginger hair colors?
Once you and your stylist get just the right shade, you’re going to want to amp up your hair care routine to avoid premature fading between salon appointments. The Kérastase Bain Chromatique Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Fondant Chromatique Conditioner are multi-protecting, sulfate-free formulas for color-treated hair that can help preserve your unique tone. Adding a moisturizing hair mask like the protein-rich Redken All Soft Mega Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask to your routine can help to keep your locks nourished and supple for weeks after your appointment.
If you find yourself confused about identifying the best products for your new hair care routine, you can always ask your colorist for personalized advice. From touching up your roots every few weeks to arming you with a step-by-step care process, keeping the experts close is the best way to ensure the most flawless ginger hue.
The Prettiest Ginger Hair Colors to Try
Not sure which ginger hair color to go for? Let these 25 hues inspire your next salon visit!
Auburn can bring a darker feel to ginger, but it can also add an even more vibrant twist to natural ginger! Although this bright auburn may scream autumn leaves at you, it makes for a versatile statement color all year round.
Looking for a more subtle way to wear ginger hair? Whether you choose soft highlights or transform blonde hair into a rosy dream, strawberry ginger offers an equally warm-toned alternative to bright auburn or sandy red.
If orange tones are everything you want, this orange-tinted ginger promises an electric look without the color shock of neon orange.
Light brunettes don’t have to give up their tone for a gorgeous ginger shade! Channel your brown hair with a copper-toned ginger that complements medium to light skin.
Splurge on a sultry twist to a traditional color with a mixture of dark and light tones. Deep ginger hair tiptoes to the redder side of the red-orange color, providing another option for ladies with darker skin tones to slay a standout look.
Add a little shine to your new look with a metallic ginger hue! Warm tones balance out the platinum nature of metallic colors, bringing you an orangey ginger shade that doesn’t have to be limited to fair and cool-toned skin.
For ladies who aren’t quite ready to completely give up their dark brown tones, a golden-brown ginger offers a similar reddish effect on the darker end of the color spectrum. This shade can complement medium to dark skin as well as seamlessly blend into a brunette balayage.
This ginger hair color leans deep into the orange side of the spectrum, and we’re here for it. It’s definitely a bold hue, and we especially love it for fair, cool-toned complexions.
Now for the other end of the spectrum with this red ginger hair color! Brilliant shades of red tones make this hue the perfect option for fall. We love it for darker complexions.
This take on ginger hair color is definitely not for the faint of heart. Shades of platinum blonde, ginger, orange, and a little gold come together in this head-turning ombre look.
Cinnamon And Ginger Spice
Why opt for only one spice when you could play with two? The more flavor, the better! This combination of cinnamon and ginger make for the perfect fall ‘do.
This slightly pinker, peachier take on strawberry blonde is one that will transition beautifully from summer to autumn. It almost has a sparkling pink champagne quality to it.
Craving a moody hue for fall? With a base of black and red ribbons throughout, this dark ginger hair color might just be what the colorist ordered!
If you’re not afraid of a little orange hair, this is the carrot hue for you. We'd argue it leans slightly more into fashion color territory, and that's what makes it so gorgeous. It's a mix of true orange with bold pieces of red, auburn, blonde, and yellow.per Balayage
Talk about a copper dream! This gingery balayage blends shimmery copper blonde with deep auburn and orange.
If you can’t choose between red and orange for your ginger hair color, go ahead and choose both. The rich colors perfectly complement each other and will definitely put you in the autumn spirit.
Dark to Light Ginger
We love the dimension of a darker ginger root that gets lighter as it stretches to the ends. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s also less upkeep for those who have naturally dark hair.
Red Velvet Ginger
Bring on the red dye! This rich red velvet hue will have all the heads turning this autumn. For more dimension, have your colorist incorporate subtle ribbons of slightly lighter and darker red throughout.
Light Ginger Hair Color
Calling anyone with light blonde to medium brown hair! This light ginger hair color allows you to keep that pale aesthetic while still having fun with a warmer tone for fall.
The pinkish undertones of this rich copper hair color makes for a super sweet look.
For those who want to keep things more natural looking, try on this subtle muted auburn. The lighter pieces that hit at the mid-shaft and through the ends add dimension.
Auburn With Golden Money Piece
Raise your hand if you’re craving some serious contrast. A base of dimensional deep auburn paired with golden money pieces will help you scratch the itch.
Strawberry With Pink Money Piece
For a different way to wear a money piece, start with a strawberry ginger base and incorporate pale pink money pieces on either side of your face.
Subtle Ginger Highlights
Not quite ready to commit to all-over ginger? Have your colorist weave in subtle ribbons of this reddish hue into your existing hair color. This trick works brilliantly for all bases from deep black to light blonde.
Here’s another way to keep your ginger hair more subtle. Ask your colorist to incorporate a mix of copper, blonde, and brunette for a truly multidimensional shade that's as brilliant as it is beautiful.
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