Is your hair not quite brown, but not quite red either? Do you often find multiple shades of both brown and red in your locks, or have others describe your hair as dark ginger?

In either case, you likely own a head full of auburn hair, which is a variety of straight red hair but with added natural chemicals that also add brown shades. In fact, auburn hair is made from a mix of two major chemicals, pheomelanin and eumelanin, the latter of which adds the dark brown shades.

Whether you are a natural, or you are considering get a hair dye, getting an auburn women’s hairstyle may be the best choice for you to perk up your natural look and personality.

Check out hundreds of women with auburn hair color and styles.  Includes many celebrity hair-dos.


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Short and straight auburn hair in a blunt bob cut. The color creates a deeper dimension to this simple cut.

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Long, auburn hair arranged into Fulani-style cornrow braids and embellished with contrasting white, Ivory beads.

Long, dark auburn hair arranged into tribal braids and then wrapped into a high ponytail. This kind of hairstyle works well on long and thick hair.

Barbara Palvin exhibited her great physique with this sexy, white dress paired with her loose, auburn hairstyle. This look is worn last May 21, 2014 during the premiere of The Search at the 67th Festival de Cannes.

Last May 22, 2014, Barbara Palvin went for a simple but more mature look. This auburn ponytail of hers indeed achieved an elegant aura during the 21st annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala.

Medium-length, auburn bob in a neat and straight finish. The look is incorporated with side bangs to increase that youthful glow.

The actress looking preety and classy as always with her sleek and straight hair. This photo was taken at HULU TCA Winter 2017 Photo Call last JAnuary 7, 2017.

The actress looking preety and classy as always with her sleek and straight hair. This photo was taken at HULU TCA Winter 2017 Photo call last January 7, 2017.

A high fashion getup and a neat, high ponytail created this expensive look worn at the "The Path" Season 3 Premiere Screening last December 21, 2017.

A high fashion getup and a neat, high ponytail created this expensive look worn at the "The Path" Season 3 Premiere Screening last December 21, 2017.

A sleek ponytail is so versatile it can look extra gorgeous whether you want to achieve a formal or a casual look. The actress wore this look at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, December 11, 2016.

A sleek ponytail is so versatile it can look extra gorgeous whether you want to achieve a formal or a casual look. The actress wore this look at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, December 11, 2016.

The actress exhibited a carefree aura with the sexy curls she wore at the 40th Anniversary of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise last November 15, 2016.

The actress exhibited a carefree aura with the sexy curls she wore at the 40th Anniversary of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise last November 15, 2016.

Who would have thought that this simple, center-parted straight hair will look this enchanting? The actress totally nailed the look during the AFI FEST 2016 "Patriots Day" Special Closing Night Gala Presentation.

Who would have thought that this simple, center-parted straight hair will look this enchanting? The actress totally nailed the look during the AFI FEST 2016 "Patriots Day" Special Closing Night Gala Presentation.

The actress exhibited a different side of her during the premiere of "Machine Gun Preacher" last September 21, 2011. She had her hair arranged into a nice updo incorporated with straight bangs.

The actress exhibited a different side of her during the premiere of "Machine Gun Preacher" last September 21, 2011. She had her hair arranged into a nice updo incorporated with straight bangs.


Who Has Natural Auburn Hair?

Interestingly enough, individuals who have auburn hair are not only a result of those two chemicals, but they also have a genetic mutation right in their DNA. The melanocortin 1 gene strand has mutated as humans have evolved, and this mutation has been traced back to individuals hailing from Northwestern Europe.

Another group of individuals who are originally from the Austronesians area, or peoples from Asia, Oceania, and Africa, have a different and unique mutation that may also offer auburn hair. This mutated gene is found on the TYRP1 gene, and ultimately reduces the full strength of the production of melanin in hair follicles.

Either way, this hair color is most commonly found with people who have Northern or Western European heritage. While it is possible to be found on any skin tone or eye color due to the nature of genetic mutation, it is most typically associated with individuals who have lighter skin or paler eyes.

Shades of Red…and Brown

There is a wide variety of specific shades that fall under the category of auburn hair, but even so it is often confused with other, different hair colors, such as the less-commonly known Titian shades of hair. The key difference between auburn and Titian hair shades is that auburn hair includes hair that is actual red hair, while Titian hair includes brownish and orange tones in the individual’s locks.

Auburn hair is also intended to cover women who sport maroon shades in their locks, but this may also cause confusion as chestnut and burgundy shades, in contrast to auburn, also include maroon in their hair tints. The difference is subtle, but chestnut reveals far more brown tones, while burgundy sports an almost purple shade in comparison.

When to Choose Auburn Women’s Hairstyles

The common accepted time to really go for an auburn look is in autumn, when the fall colors of burnt red and orange leaves are falling through the air, and the holidays are all accentuated with warm-colored gourds and brown shades of turkeys. Of course, your autumn wardrobe will also benefit from a perfectly accentuated auburn shade of hair to compliment your warm closet as you dress for the windy days and gear up for winter.

Consider your complexion, natural hair color, and speak with your hair stylist on what shade of auburn to choose.


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