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Warm Copper Hair Formulas That Give Instant Redhead Envy

Lately, we can’t take our eyes off the copper hair colors gracing our feed. The next time your client craves a step outside of their comfort zone hit them with one of these luminous copper hair colors that give instant glow and shine. In the gallery ahead, top colorists share their go-to copper formulas for achieving the hue so you can take the guesswork out of concocting the correct shade of copper.


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Fiery Copper

Formula:

  • My guest is a natural level 7 with faded out level 8/9 ends. Her base formula is L’Oréal Professional 6.64 and 20vol, melted down a few inches going further down in the crown area.
  • Then alternating vertical panels of 7.40 and 8.43 blended into the base color. Glossed all over with Redken 7c and clear for added shine.
  • Finished with Biolage Milk Rinse to balance the pH.

At-Home Maintenance: I love the Kerastase Reflection line—Bain Chromatique Riche Shampoo and Chroma Captive Rinse—to prolong color when shampooing. I recommend following with Nectar Thermique Blow Dry Primer for heat and styling protection.

Debbe Salvino

Soft Ombré With Warm Copper Undertones

 

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Formula:

  • Highlights using 20 volume
  • Toned using Redken shades
  • AO clr(2.0) 8g/8c/9aa(.2) for 20 minutes

At-Home Maintenance: My shampoo and conditioner of choice is Mr. Smith Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s lightweight, color-safe, vegan, and overall amazing.

Cherin Choi

Copper

 

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Formula: This look was a total transformation. She was previously brunette with some highlights, which is why the formula breakdown has so many steps.

  • First step was L’Oréal Inoa clear 30 volume through her mids and ends and then on her roots for 15 minutes. We did this on her natural brunette base and ends because we wanted a vibrant rich red, which meant we needed to lift her natural color and expose the underlying warmth.
  • I then did her base which was L’Oréal Dia Richesse 6.34(1.5oz)+ 7.43(.50oz) 9 volume
  • Mids to ends was Dia Richesse 6.34(1.5oz)+ 8.34(.50oz)+ 7.43(.50oz) 9 volume
  • Then her final gloss was L’Oréal Dia Lite 8.34(1oz)+ 7.40(.50oz) 6 volume

At-Home Maintenance: My favorite shampoo for keeping her copper hair color vibrant and fresh is Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color. I also created a color conditioner customized specifically for her hair to use at home by Evo Fabuloso Pro which perfectly matches and helps maintain her color.

Kelcey Barrad

Ginger Snap

Formula: This client previously was highlighted so she already had the right amount of brightness to achieve this copper hair color. If the client did not have brightness, I would have balayaged to created pops of dimension/brightness. The color line I used was Framesi Framcolor 2001.

  • Step 1: Apply 10g 6RN, 10g 7ER, 1 inch of 5N with 10 volume to roots and feathered down about 2 inches.
  • Step 2: Apply 20g 7ER, 10g 6RN 10 vol from where root color was applied to mid-shaft to ends of hair, making sure it is saturated throughout. Processed 30 minutes.
  • Step 3: Glossed with Redken Shades EQ: 7C, 8GI, and clear. Let sit for 10 minutes. Lightly shampoo and condition. To bump up the shine and to protect the hair, I applied Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream before styling the hair.

At-Home Maintenance: To keep this specific color fresh, I recommend using a color-depositing shampoo or conditioner. My favorite one is Color Infuse Copper Conditioner by Joico.

Jaime Michels

Luscious Copper

Formula: Karen’s natural base is a level 3-4 Natural with very little gray.

  • I use L’Oréal Majirel 1 1/2oz 7.4 , 1/2oz 7.3 , 1/4oz 7N = 30vol
  • 35 minutes (Majirel by the book says to use 1.5 times the developer, but I prefer to use equal parts)
  • Gloss: Redken Shades EQ 1oz 8CR , 1/2oz 8WG cap of 7RR 10 minutes (I only leave it for 10 minutes because she is very consistent and comes in every 4-5 weeks. If your client is coming in less, leave it for the full 15-20 minutes for longevity.)

At-Home Maintenance: Copper red is one of the hardest colors to maintain, especially being based in Miami. I recommend coming in for regular glosses and to use IGK Hot Girls Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner for a color safe at-home routine. To maintain this color’s vibrancy that also gives hydration and shine, I recommend the Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask in Chic Red.

Erica Quinca

Wavy Copper

Formula:

  • Base color- oligo Calura 7GK 7K 7RK equal parts with 15 volume.
  • Balayage with Wella freelights 30 volume.
  • Glossed everything with Redken shades eq 8CR, 6AA, 7G, 7C equal parts with 13 volume for 20 minutes.

At-Home Maintenance: I would pair this hair color with Nuema Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, and Neuma Revitalizing Mask.

Greta Wagner

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