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Why copper hair is back as a trend

October 15, 2021

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Why copper hair is back as a trend

One reason why we’re loving the copper hair trend is because every celebrity is jumping on it this season. Every time we open TikTok or Instagram, it seems like someone else has changed up their look with a vibrant red shade.

Pretty Little Liars’ actress Ashley Benson is one of the latest celebrities to switch her signature blonde hair out for a dazzling copper hue instead. She debuted her new look on Instagram with the help of Anthony Holguin, a celebrity hair stylist. Copper isn’t the first hair trend that Benson has jumped on. The actress has experimented with everything from pink to brunette in the past, always going back to her OG blonde.


Benson captioned her Instagram picture with, “always wanted to be a redhead”.


The feeling’s mutual Ashley!


It’s not just celebrities who are rocking the copper hair trend, we’re seeing it all over the silver screen with fictional characters. Some of the biggest shows of the moment have put copper hair front and centre, giving classic blonde a run for its money.


Bridgerton – arguably the biggest show since Game of Thrones – featured its lead actress, Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton in a signature copper red hair. While the actress went back to her classic blonde hair after filming, she’s once again dyed her hair to the familiar shade of fiery red for season two of the hit Netflix show. You can expect to see plenty of women gong into salons with pictures of Daphne Bridgerton as their hair muse.


Other TV shows that have featured a red head lead include the Marvel TV series ‘WandaVision’. The main character of Wanda Maximoff brought back her glossy red locks for most of the show, with rich hues that make us want to recreate the colour at home.


Another Netflix show with a redhead for the lead was ‘The Queen’s Gambit’. Anya Taylor-Joy swapped her blonde locks for copper hair to reflect Beth Harmon’s fiery personality. Although the character was a brunette in the book version, the production team decided to make her a red head. We think it’s a decision that spearheaded the revival of copper red as a hair trend. Even Gigi Hadid has said it was one of the reasons behind her decision to go red.

Why copper hair is back as a trend


It’s not only nostalgia for ‘90s trends and films that are driving the return to copper as one of the must-have hair colours. Red represents a new beginning and it’s a way of helping you stand out from the crowd. There’s a reason why one of the most popular transitions is from blonde to copper. Around 2% of the population has red hair naturally, making copper hair an instant way to make a statement.


There has always been a romanticism with red hair. In the 19th-century, women were painted with red hair to give the idea of independence, selfhood, and identity. If you heard stories as a child, the chances are that the female heroine had red hair. Just think of Ariel – one of Disney’s most popular characters – and her signature bold red locks

What do know before dying your hair copper


You want to consider the maintenance that comes with a red-toned hair colour. It’s not as fuss-free as you might think. You can expect to go back to your salon every 6-8 weeks for a maintenance appointment to top-up the colour. You’ll need to re-dye your hair around the same time if you’re doing it at-home with a box dye.


Between appointments, you’ll want to be using hydrating conditioners and shampoos to help keep your hair protected and maintain its natural shine. Depending on how picky you are, you may even want to invest in weekly touch-ups at the roots or base of your hair to keep its copper hue.


One thing that’s worth keeping in mind is that copper will fade quicker than other popular and trending hair colours. It’s always best to go to see a professional so that they can help you find a copper pigment that you like and that will last a decent amount of time. You don’t want to be unnecessarily dying your hair. You want to make sure you’re using haircare products that are tailored to coloured hair to prevent damage and keep it protected.


What do you think of the copper hair trend? Are you ready to give the shade a go? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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