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Maroon Hair Colour: How And Why To Make It Your Next Look Change-Up

Elizabeth Hall
13 February 2019
woman with maroon hair colour and red lipstick

Is it red? Is it purple? No, it’s maroon hair colour! George Papanikolas, Matrix US celebrity stylist is our go-to guru for all things maroon, taking us through exactly what you need to know to get this majestically maroon shade. This colour may not be subtle, but, boy, it is beautiful. Join the crimson tide now with this fiery hue.

Red Hot Fever: Why Should Maroon Hair Colour Be Your Next Shade?

We’ve got 99 reasons and no, time ain’t one! Maroon can be yours without requiring hours in the salon chair… say whaaat? Another fab advantage of this shade is that it is very adaptable. Workable on all skin tones and hair textures, it can be tailored to suit any complexion. Our expert agrees:

“It's a great look for brunettes who want a change with an edge”


More than ever, clients are requesting shades of red hair - it’s literally so hot right now. There are many shades on the maroon spectrum, so take some hair inspo with you to the salon so your stylist can get a good idea of what you’re thinking. They’ll be able to give you professional advice on the shade and its upkeep.

How To Get A Beautifully Bespoke Maroon Hair Colour

A dark base paired with a shade resembling a rich red wine is the hair color combination that dreams are made of - we love the drastically moody look of the dark maroon hair colour. For the blondes out there or if your hair happens to be very light in color, your stylist may need to darken your base colour before adding the maroon hue. This will ensure your regal scarlet shade is #hairgoals.

On the flip side, if your base is very dark, a pre-lightening might be necessary to make your maroon pop - slightly more work, but trust us, the results speak for themselves. Your stylist will be able to control to the exact shade the amount of pre-lightening your hair is subjected to, to make sure the tone is complementary to your colouring. This will create the perfect canvas to unleash your bright and fiery hue!

“If you need to pre-lighten first, I recommend that you only lift to an orange. The underlying pigments help the colour adhere and keep it from fading fast”


Not ready to go all in? The maroon hair colour can also look aesthetic AF in a gorgeously blended ombre. As this look typically involves the bottom half of the hair, you get a beautiful trendy look that is low maintenance to boot.

“I like this look best on brunettes, and those with olive or dark complexions”


Pro tip: while you’re in the salon chair, ask your colourist to add a bonding agent such as Matrix Bond Ultim8 to the formula, which will help to preserve the integrity of the hair during the colouring process. Imagine the sun in your healthy maroon coloured strands… an image conjured in hair heaven.

How To Care For Your Maroon Hair

To make the most of your vibrant hue of maroon and keep the dreaded fade away, limit the heating tools, avoid super hot showers and over-shampooing your hair. A way to shake up your hair care routine for maroon hair and to make sure you’re not over-shampooing is to use a cleansing conditioner, such as Biolage Keratindose for Damaged Hair. However, you should still use a colour-preserving shampoo like Biolage ColorLast Shampoo once a week, in order to keep those colour pigments strong and vibrant. And of course - don’t forget that regular salon appointments for retouches help to keep your colour fresh, your roots even and your maroon vibrant!

If you’re craving warm, moody richness, make this shade your next colour appointment!

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