It may not surprise you that red is the rarest hair color but did you know that only 1-2% of the world’s population actually has naturally red hair? Knowing that it should come as no surprise that most of Hollywood’s hot redheads were not born that way. It should also give you the inspiration to give it a try.
If you are ready to crank up the heat and become a fiery redhead, view some of the hottest shades of red in Hollywood for inspiration.
Canadian model Coco Rocha has been the face of a many famous fashion houses such as Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, and Calvin Klein. When she decided to change her hair color to red, she opted to put her new fiery haired fate into the hands of the self-proclaimed “King of Color” New York-based colorist Louis Licari.
(Pictured: Coco Rocha – 69th Annual American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala – Arrivals – Metropolitan Opera House – New York City, NY, USA)
Debra Messing-Light Auburn
Actress Debra Messing (Will & Grace) was born a brunette but has been rocking the red hair for years. In reviewing years of PR photo footage, she has tried out several shades and in our opinion, all with great success.
(Pictured: Debra Messing at Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Hosts 2013 Angel Ball in New York City – Arrivals – Cipriani Wall Street – New York City, NY, USA)
Marcia Cross-Medium Copper Orange
Though she has tried out several shades over the years, actress Marcia Cross is actually a natural redhead! But being a true redhead has its downside according to Marcia’s interview with People Magazine. “With the red hair, you get the white skin; it’s a package deal. . . I use as high SPF as I can get, and I live under a hat like a mushroom all the time.” Well, whatever you are doing it’s working, Marcia. You always look healthy and radiant.
(Pictured: Marcia Cross at 2010 Stand Up to Cancer Benefit – Arrivals – Sony Pictures Studios – Culver City, CA, USA)
Kathy Griffin-Light Auburn with Highlights
Kathy Griffin with a light auburn hair color at the 2014 Hollywood Bowl Opening Night and Hall of Fame Ceremony.
(Pictured: Kathy Griffin at 2014 Hollywood Bowl Opening Night and Hall of Fame Ceremony – Arrivals – Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA, USA)
At age 15, Rose McGowan appeared in her first movie Doom as a brunette. She has dyed her hair red on several occasions. In 2002 she made an appearance at the Absolut party as a redhead and kept the red hair until 2004. The public would see her as a redhead again throughout 2008.
(Pictured: Rose McGowan at 2008 Cannes Film Festival – amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS 2008 – Arrivals – Palais des Festivals – Cannes, France)
Sharon Osbourne – Deep Burgandy
Though early on Sharon Osbourne appeared with honey brown hair, her signature look is as a redhead. She has changed shades over the years, including this burgundy tone.
If you like this hairstyle, check out all Sharon Osbourne’s hairstyles below!
Christina Hendricks-Light Copper Red
Christina Hendricks is naturally blonde. According to Daily Mail UK, Christina dyed her hair red at only ten years old. She became a permanent redhead following a modeling shoot for the hair color Nice and Easy. And yes, Christina revealed that she dyes her own hair at home.
(Pictured: Christina Hendricks at (Rape Foundation Brunch – Arrivals – Greenacres – Beverly Hills, CA, USA)
Amy Adams-Reddish Brown
Naturally-blonde Amy Adams is striking in red hair. According to Fox News, the actress claims that she was always typecast as a blonde and only started nabbing better roles when she colored it. Great choice, but in our opinion, she looks great either way.
Amy Adams at EE British Academy Film Awards 2015 – Arrivals – Royal Opera House – London, UK –
Cynthia Nixon-Light Copper
Yet another natural blonde who opted for red, Cynthia Nixon actually became a redhead for her role as Miranda Hobbs in Sex and the City. She told Marie Claire in an interview that she actually returns to her natural blonde as soon as she possibly can because the red is so hard to maintain.
(Pictured: Cynthia Nixon at ShoWest 2010 – Day 4 – Final Night Talent Awards – Champagne Ballroom at Paris Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV, USA)
Considering this particular shade of red, it is obvious that this is not her natural hair color. Rihanna‘s natural color is black, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying out a variety of fun and wild colors over the years. Her adoring fans have seen her in several shades of red, as a blonde, and even two-toned.
(Pictured: Rihanna at 2011 Billboard Music Awards – Arrivals – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV, USA)
Emma Stone-Brownish Red
It may surprise you, but Emma Stone is actually a natural blonde. Though the red hair looks great on Emma, she pulls off either color well.
(Pictured: Emma Stone at “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – Ziegfeld Theatre – New York City, NY, USA)
Jena Malone-Orange Copper
At the age of ten years old, Jena Malone made her movie debut in Bastard Out of Carolina as a brunette. Jena is not a committed redhead, changing her hair color often. She has appeared at events as a brunette, redhead, blonde, platinum blonde, and jet black.
(Pictured: Jena Malone at 52nd Annual New York Film Festival – “Time Out Of Mind” – Arrivals – Alice Tully Hall – New York City, NY, USA)
Julianne Moore-Light Auburn
Actress Julianne Moore is another natural redhead. She has kept her shade of red, which suits her beautifully, fairly consistent over the years. As a redhead, she is blessed with the signature freckles, which she admits were a source of ridicule as a child. She published the bestselling children’s book series Freckleface Strawberry the title of which is based on her childhood nickname.
(Pictured: Julianne Moore at “Non-Stop” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theatre – Westwood, CA, USA)
Nicole Kidman-Reddish Blonde
Though Nicole Kidman wore her hair red for many years, she is actually a blonde. According to her biography on IMDB, she was born a redhead but her hair turned light blonde by age 13 and is currently a darker shade of blonde. She was asked to dye her hair red for her role in the 1983 movie Chase Through the Night and kept it that way for several years and several movie roles.
(Pictured: Nicole Kidman at 87th Annual Academy Awards – Press Room – Loews Hollywood Hotel – Hollywood, CA, USA)
Tilda Swinton-Medium Auburn
Tilda Swinton‘s hair color is as versatile as her talent. Often appearing as a platinum blonde, this shade of red looks fabulous with her skin tone.
(Pictured: Tilda Swinton at The Orange British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards 2008 (BAFTA) – Outside Arrivals – Royal Opera House – London, England)
Sheridan Smith-Deep Auburn
LOVE this red hair color on Sheridan Smith. Most often appearing as a blonde, several PR photos reveal that she has brunette roots.