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7 Copper Hair Colour Ideas To Inspire Your Next Look

Copper hair is having a moment. If you’re looking for copper hair colour ideas, you’ve come to the right place. So, let’s take a look at the different tones of copper colour hair and then, best of all, tell you where you can get the copper hair of your dreams. (Spoiler alert, it’s at Strand & Lock!)

The wonderful thing about copper hair colour shades is that there’s something to suit virtually everyone. Let your fiery side shine with an intense copper dye that will turn heads, or opt for a more subtle copper brown that exudes pure sophistication. 

It really doesn’t matter what your skin tone is, there is a colour for everyone within the copper colour family.


Copper Hair Colour Ideas

Celebrities have been embracing the copper hair trend for a while now. From Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor’s strawberry locks which are dyed, although the actress has said she does have natural red tones to her hair, to the rich mahogany look that Zendaya debuted at the end of 2021, it seems the rich and famous can’t get enough of copper.

So let’s take a look at some of the best copper hair colour shades for you.


  • Light copper

Light copper hair, also known as blonde copper, is a honeyed tone that brings to mind sunkissed summer days and nights. The blonde hues break up the red to create brightness and lift and it’s a warm response to the cool ash blonde and silver grey colour trends that have recently dominated the world of hair colour.

Light copper hair is particularly flattering on anyone with a yellow undertone to their skin as it plays up and accentuates their natural golden glow.  


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  • Rose gold copper

Rose gold has been trending for a while now – from home accessories to iPhones to jewellery to wallpaper. So why not take inspiration and update your ‘do with a rose gold copper hair colour? 

Handy hint: take a colour swatch or a photograph to the salon with you that portrays the shade you’re looking for. Rose gold can mean different things to different people so it will be helpful for your colourist to be able to see exactly what it is that you want to achieve.


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  • Copper with balayage

If you’re looking for copper hair colour ideas with a difference, embracing two trends in one could be the way forward. Balayage is not just for blonde hair – copper balayage is equally stunning and gives your tresses a deep, rich appearance. 

Your colourist will add wonderfully warm copper tones through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair to create shimmer and movement.


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  • Copper brown

This is one of the best copper hair colours for anyone who wants to embrace the copper hair trend but who doesn’t necessarily want to shout about it. 

Copper brown hair is an alluring combination of red, bronze and brown shades which work equally well on all skin tones and all lengths and styles of hair. From pixie cut to bob to beachy waves, copper brown might just be your next favourite hair colour.


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  • Dark copper 

Brunettes who want to experiment with copper hair colour shades might like to think about dark copper. A natural looking blend of chocolatey brown with a hint of red, auburn or copper will give locks a lovely glossy finish. 

Again, this is another copper hair shade that will work well with almost every complexion, length and style and the wonderful thing about dark copper is that it doesn’t have to be ‘in your face’, yet it’s still a great way of following the trend.


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  • Copper with highlights or money piece

Copper hair with highlights can run the spectrum from light copper with strawberry or blonde highlights to auburn with pumpkin-coloured highlights to deep reddy brown shot through with warm copper shades. 

Again, like rose gold copper, this is another hair idea that you should have some idea of what you want before you book your appointment as the combinations are almost endless. Do your research and let your imagination run riot!


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  • Bright copper

A vibrant copper hair colour shade can really make a statement. From a spirited ginger through to a vivid fire engine red, there is more than one way to achieve your dreams of being a redhead. 

Just be aware that your original hair colour will have an effect on how your copper hair dye results turn out. And if you’re naturally dark and you want to really spice up your locks, you will most likely need to have your hair pre-lightened or bleached first.


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Is It Hard to Maintain Copper Hair Colour?

Coloured hair in general needs a little more upkeep than hair that is in its natural state. And in the interests of being completely honest, it can be slightly harder to maintain dyed copper hair than some other colours, particularly if you are a natural brunette to start with.

This is because if you have dark hair and you’re colouring it blonde, you’re removing all of the colour molecules from the hair. Normally with most copper tones, you will have added molecules to the hair which means that these tend to wash out a little faster.

To counteract this, we highly recommend using hair care products that are specifically designed for use with coloured hair. We really love Aveda’s Color Conserve™ Shampoo which not only extends the vibrant colours of copper dyed hair but also protects it from coloured hair’s worst enemies: the sun, water and other environmental factors. 

Team that with a product such as the leave-in Color Conserve™ Daily Color Protect or the Color Conserve™ Strengthening Treatment from the same range and you’ll be left with luscious locks that retain their chic copper tones for far longer.


Get Your Dream Copper Colour at Strand & Lock London

At Strand & Lock we’re loving the copper hair colour shade trend and we’re simply bursting with ideas! Whether you’re looking for inspiration and want to know which the best copper hair colour for you would be, or you want to go full on tangerine dream, come and talk to us!

We offer a number of different hair colouring services, including balayage, highlights and tints, and we only use Aveda colour products, which we love because they’re kind to hair thanks to them being up to 96% naturally derived. 

We’ve got loads of copper hair colour inspiration that we’re excited to share with you so if you’re looking to embrace your inner redhead, get in touch and book your appointment today.

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