As a professional cosmetologist, I hear people make up their own lingo all the time.  A lot of people don’t quite know all of the correct terminologies that hairstylists use, but they try to express what they mean anyway.  Then, us hairstylists tend to interpret the actual meaning, not what they really wanted, which could result in an unhappy client.  Since the different shades of red hair dye are commonly misconceived, I figured it would be fun to share with you the actual names for the different shades of red color.  Enjoy.

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What's the difference between auburn and mahogany? Learn about the difference between the common shades of red hair color.

1. Auburn

What's the difference between auburn and mahogany? Learn about the difference between the common shades of red hair color.

The first shade of red hair dye we should talk about is auburn.  Auburn is really just a fancy name for the combination of red and brown hair color.

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Hollee Wood is a professional hairstylist with over 10 years of experience in the hair industry. She loves teaching about the science of hair along with everything else beautiful.


  1. Jackie Martinez Reply

    My daughter has hair the colour of a conker. It’s very beautiful. I was surprised b’coz my family are Latin American and I don’t know anyone in my family with red/auburn hair. Her dad’s family are all ginger tho! X

    • That’s crazy! My husband and I both have brown hair and we just had a baby with auburn hair. We both have ginger in our bloodlines though too…

  2. What would you say Crimson is? I use Splat Crimson Obsession and nearly everybody who sees me stops me to compliment the color. I’m looking for something more permanent but similar in color. I was leaning towards burgundy but now I’m unsure. This color fades to a pink not an orange like most red hair dyes. Would you have any suggestions on shades that would be close in color?

  3. There are basically two different reds, cool which has blue tones or warm which has copper/orange tones. From there you can have various shades with tonal and depth of color.

    Great article Hollee…

  4. Red is like blue, or green, there are so many different shades. I’m a natural red-head and I love the way you have broken down the shades! You are right, even natural shades will be completely different.

  5. Jen Ritter Reply

    Believe it or not,us “non professionals”do know the correct lingo.

    • That’s wonderful. This article is to help the people that don’t, because I see people make up their own terminology all the time. Thanks for the comment 🙂

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