20 Pictures of Stunning Blonde, Brown and Red Hair Colors

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Should You Darken Your Hair Color?

Jayma Mays as a redhead. Frazer Harrison // Getty

Whether you go for bold red, rich brown or a glossy blonde, color can update any hairstyle and make you look fresh.

This photo gallery shows off stunning hair colors. It also includes tips that may help you find your own perfect color.

Hair Color Tip No. 1: How to Tell if You Should Go Darker

If you think you might look better with darker hair, try this trick NYC stylist Eva Scrivo writes about in her book, "Eva Scrivo on Beauty" (buy from Amazon). Since hair when wet is a few shades darker than dry hair, wash your hair and while it's wet, put on your regular daytime makeup. If your complexion is brighter, Scrivo says you would look better in darker hair. 

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Should You Get Blonde Highlights in Your Brown Hair?

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Hair Color Tip No. 2: Brunettes Can Get Highlights, Too

People usually associate highlights with blonde hair, but they work beautifully in brunette hair as well. Weaving in lighter washes of color into dark hair can help add definition and dimension.

This amazing hair color on Katherine McPhee is a great example of ombre color. You can get this gradient effect with the balayage technique. 

If you love ombré color, you'll also love "bronde" hair color. 

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Christina Hendricks' Gorgeous Shade of Red

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Hair Color Tip No. 3: Bring Pictures to the Salon

When getting your hair colored, it's best to bring pictures along or at least show up a half hour early to peruse the salon's hair magazines for suggested ideas. Just describing a color to your stylist won't always work because "Irish setter red" may mean something different to her than it does to you.

Amy Huson, a colorist at the Marie Robinson salon, suggests in Allure magazine that you bring in 2 pictures to the salon, one that you love and one that you hate. "This way the colorist is sure to see -- not just hear -- what you want."

This photo is of "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks, who admits she's dyed her naturally blonde hair red almost her entire adult life.

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Gorgeous Blonde Hair

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Hair Color Tip No. 4: Highlights Should be Multi-Dimensional

The best hair color is multi-dimensional, never one-dimensional. A great big wash of blonde is boring unless there are darker and lighter strands woven within. For a good example of natural hair color, look at a child's hair. You'll see many different colors.

When getting your hair colored, ask your stylist to weave in up to three different types of colors if you're getting highlights. Ask for both lowlights and highlights. If you are getting all-over color, consider a few highlights around your face.

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Why Dirty Blondes Should Consider Going "Bronde"

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Hair Color Tip No. 5: Bronde Hair is a Gorgeous Alternative for Brunettes

If you have dirty blonde hair, you can perfect the "bronde" look -- a mix between blonde and brunette seen here. You simply get highlights and lowlights, keeping your "dirty brown bits" but adding in lighter colors for variation.

This first photo is a terrific blend of brown and blond.

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Try an Ombre Shade of Brown

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Hair Color Tip No. 6: Don't Get Highlights Just Because It's Summer

Scrivo writes in her book that women think they need highlights in the summer, but it's actually the reverse: you need highlights in the winter when skin tone can look dull. The sun will naturally lighten hair in the summer, so you can actually save money and skip the salon visit in those summer months.

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Gorgeous Dark Brown Hair

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Hair Color Tip No. 7: Take Care of Your Own Roots

You don't need to run to the salon to get your roots done as the gray hairs grow in. Many people swear by Clairol Root Touch-Up (buy it from Amazon) as a quick fix between salon visits.

This touch-up matches almost all salon colors and comes in several shades for redheads, blondes, brunettes and even women with black hair. Users who have tried this report the package only provides enough color for temples, part and your hair line. The package suggests keeping it on for 10, but testers recommend leaving it on up to 15 minutes if you have stubborn gray hair.

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Blah Brown Hair? Try Jennifer Aniston's Sun-Kissed Color

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Hair Color Tip No. 8: Can You Color Your Hair When Pregnant?

Many pregnant women color their hair using ammonia-free hair color, while others opt for highlights because when done correctly the color doesn't touch the scalp, at least not as much as all-over color does. Your best bet is to wait after your first trimester to get your hair colored or highlighted.

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Blonde Highlights

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Hair Color Tip No. 9: Got Fine Hair? Get Thee to the Colorist

If you have fine hair, adding any color will give your hair body because coloring causes your hair's shafts to swell. If you have a good blonde hair base, you're best bet is to get highlights, not overall color because strips of color is much better than one-dimensional color.

Ask your stylist about lowlights. Lowlighting means darker strands are woven into the lighter ones creating more depth and drama.

If you use traditional foil methods for your highlights, keep in mind these are harder to care for once your roots grow out. Foil highlights require precision application, which makes fixing dark roots costly. However, if you go with widely-spaced, less structured pieces of color (called 'hair painting' or 'balayage,' touch-ups will be easier.

You can opt for either full or partial highlights. Partial means the stylist sticks to the top part of your head, instead of highlighting all over. If you have thick hair, you'll want to go partial otherwise you'll be there forever. In summer, ask your stylist to color the hair that shows when you wear a ponytail.

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Red Hair Color -- How to Find the Right Shade

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Hair Color Tip No. 10: How to Find the Right Shade of Red

When choosing a shade of red hair color, you'll want to pick one that's not only flattering to your complexion but also makes it glow from within. Not sure you want to go red yet? Why not try a temporary color. These come in the form of mousse, hairspray, shampoo and wash out in a few washes. Be careful not to color already treated hair yourself.

To find if you can go red, you need to figure out if your skin has warm or cool undertones. Hold a piece a paper up to your face. If your skin coloring appears to be pink, you're a cool. If it appears yellow or olive, you're warm. Warm skin tones look best with all sorts of shades (except bright blonde). You can look great in red (dark, rich tones will counteract sallowness), however, cool skin girls should avoid reds because they bring out the pink in your skin.

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Platinum Blonde Hair

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Platinum shades are super edgy. Not every woman can get away with this look. It's best on women who don't have pink skin. Olive skin works best, and you have to have the right attitude to carry this look off.

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Let Your Gray Hair Go

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Once your hair turns gray it can be a hassle to keep it colored, which is why many more women are opting to go gray. In my gallery of gray hairstyles below, I explain how to properly go gray, how to dye your hair if you so choose (highlights are better than all-over color for blending in the gray) and how to wear makeup so your skin doesn't appear sallow.

See photos of gorgeous gray hairstyles

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Go Blonde, But Not Too Blonde

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The California look is blonde, but not too blonde.

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Want to Go From Super Dark to a Little Lighter?

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Not all brown is boring, especially ombré hairstyles on brunettes, like the look worn by model Lily Aldridge, pictured here. The gradient color shifts from dark at the roots to color on long hair. Most natural browns aren't this golden. The hue is meant to resemble sun-kissed locks that have grown out.

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The Perfect Copper Red Hairstyle

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This copper red is a funky, edgy hairstyle.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Honey Golden Blonde

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According to InStyle Magazine, Gwyneth's blonde hair color is the most requested blonde color in Los Angeles salons.

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Dip-Dye Hair Color

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Dip-dye hair color has seen no signs of flagging in popularity. Not just a trend for teens, dip-dye color -- in which the ends are dipped in color, while the rest of the hair is left natural -- is popping up on women (and men!) of all ages. Check out my gallery of my favorite hairstyles.

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Rich Copper Highlights

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This is a lovely hair color on actress Odette Yustman.

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How to Go From Brunette to Blonde

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Kristen Chenoweth, the actress pictured here, is not a natural blonde (you can tell from her roots, which are beginning to grow in), but her hair color is gorgeous. If you don't want obvious roots, get balayage instead of foil highlights. They grow in more naturally.

If you want to go completely blonde, it's typically a two-stop process that involves bleaching color from hair and then adding color back in. Progress with caution and never try this at home. Also keep in mind that there will be extensive upkeep to going blonde.

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Not Everyone Can Get Away With This Red Color

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Maggie Rizer must know what she's doing with this look. She's made millions as a supermodel.