Burgundy is auburn's cool cousin — a color that could conceivably grow out of your head naturally, but with a playfully edgy twist. From bright berry to intense oxblood, there are so many different ways to try this red shade. For the daring, we have inspiration for bright scarlet strands, and for those who want to keep it more subdued, there are barely-maroon tinted shades to try. Of course, there's also everything in between — this versatile color can be worn in so many different ways. You can ask for burgundy in a salon or even dye it yourself at home (just make sure you use one of the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab's top-tested at home hair colors!).
While it may seem like a daunting color change, burgundy is actually wearable and flattering — and it looks amazing on short hair, long hair, straight hair, curly hair and protective styles. Tons of celebs have tried the shade, and it always adds extra flair to any look. Below, some of our favorite takes on burgundy strands, with inspiration from icons like Zendaya, Keke Palmer, Julianne Moore and Demi Lovato.
Actress Megan Mullally's deep, dark version of burgundy is a perfect option for those who love the color but are a bit timid about going too bright.
Burgundy doesn't always have to be dark or bright. Actress Zendaya sports a light burgundy short style with cool baby bangs.
Singer Demi Lovato's soft tousled updo makes their burgundy highlights feels sophisticated and (almost) subtle.
Dip your toes into the burgundy water with a super subtle shade, like actress Ashley Green's. It reads more caramel and brown overall with hints of coppery-red.
Actress Debra Messing's iconic fiery hair looks multi-dimensional with this subtle ombré. This may look like one burgundy shade upon first glance, but it actually lightens up towards the middle and ends, giving the face a highlighted effect.
If you've been playing around with the idea of a fantasy color, try a purple-leaning burgundy like actress Vivica A. Fox's. It's all the fun of a funky color, but with a sophisticated feel.
Dark roots, bright red ends — we're here for it. Actress Vanessa Hudgens takes ombré to the next level with this color combo.
A sleek center-part ponytail looks clean and modern with rapper Badmómzjay's almost Kool-aid-like color.
If you aren't ready to go full-blown burgundy, try a brownish-red shade like actress Emma Stone's beautiful color. A redhead through and through, her shade may change slightly but is always shiny.
Actress Kerry Washington's deep wine-colored curls really pop against her natural dark shade. The cool wavy texture allows them to blend nicely.
A deep side part looks just right on singer Chloe Bailey's dark red and black twisted braid style. The undone ends are the perfect finishing touch.
Singer Joss Stone rocks multi-toned curls with burgundy and a few blue highlights. The cool combination feels fun and funky.
Wine-colored goddess locs look dreamy on actress Keke Palmer. This protective style is the perfect way to try out a fun color. Wavy ends keep this look soft.
This orange-leaning rust shade is both subtle and striking —perfect for anyone that wants to make a statement, but isn't sure about a bright, cherry-toned red. Actress Julianne Moore keeps it sophisticated with a deep side part and loose, brushed out waves.
Actress Ayesha Curry's take on this trendy shade is a vivid red tint that catches the light. To mimic her defined waves, take a curling wand and curl one inch pieces of hair away from your face.
A deep, all over cherry-toned shade looks sleek. Actress Madeline Brewer's satiny, red velvet strands are the perfect inspiration for a polished look.
Actress Zoey Deutch's pin-straight, blunt bob is the perfect way to show off her scarlet color. Add a deep side part for a bit of dimension.
For a casual style that still shows off your vibrant color, try a topknot like Madelaine Petsch. Leaving some pieces out in front keeps this look soft, while the dark crimson tone keeps it cool.
Actress Taraji P. Henson makes a statement with her vivid, bright hair. While this color is a dramatic take on a burgundy hue, she keeps it simple with a middle part and loose waves.
As if singer Natalie La Rose's curls weren't already incredible enough, they're made even more head-turning by a deep berry shade.
Dancer Sharna Burgess often rocks a retro look, but it's made totally modern by the intensity of her cool-toned red hair color.
Play up the quirkiness of a vivid burgundy shade by cutting cute, blunt bangs. And do like actress Carrie Preston: Make sure your eyebrow shade is a great match!
Actress Anika Noni Rose's sculpted 'do emphasizes the color contrast between her crown and her shaved sides.
Infuse a little extra vibrancy into your curls with a deep, rich ruby shade. No matter your eye color or complexion, your eyes will sparkle and your skin will look extra radiant (like singer Rihanna!).
While many of these looks have highlights and lowlights, this simple one-shade burgundy color is striking in its solidity. Actress Jin Qiaoqiao nails this color with a cropped cut.
Keep the top half of your hair black, then ask your stylist to take the bottom half up to a deep cranberry color. Just make sure to avoid scrunching your hair together too much while washing — you want each color to stay bright. Take a cue from one of singer Ashanti's iconic styles.
If you already love wearing updos, you'll love how beautiful they look showing off your hair in a magnificent shade of deep berry, like musician Ledisi.
Actress Ronke Adekoluego's oxblood twisted bun really pops next to her sleek black roots.
Rapper Saweetie looks uber glam with long, soft waves. The smooth texture is the perfect contrast to the bold, almost jewel-toned shade.
Copper meets burgundy in this loose, natural-looking style. Actress Natasha Lyonne's textured bangs and hair make for a chic yet undone look.