What Hair Color Looks Best on Dark Skin Tones?

What hair color works for you?
What hair color works for you?

When it comes to hair color, you don't want to make a mistake. The potential public ridicule and embarrassment aside, your hair, after all, can only take so much dyeing before it wears out--literally. If you dye, do it right. For those with darker skin tones, though, what hair color looks best?

What's Your Complexion?

This is the most important question. The color you choose should be the one that complements your complexion the best. Look at the color of your skin--examine its shade. Is your skin olive (which points to a darker complexion) or pale (a lighter complexion)? Do you have a lot of freckles (which could darken your complexion) or especially smooth, freckle-free skin? Look for undertones in the color of your skin--usually brown, pink or yellow. Brown undertones are cooler, darker, while pink undertones have a warming effect. Yellow, on the other hand, can go either way.


Dark skin and bleaching can work together--in some people. But this combination is almost always hard on dark hair, and almost always looks unnatural on those with dark skin. Try this combination only after serious thought and consideration. This doesn't mean it can't work--some people look great! But it's tricky, and perhaps best avoided.

Finding Your Tone

Most, though not all, dark-skinned people fall in the cool range of natural colors. Typically, a combination of deep brown or black-brown eyes, dark brown skin and black or dark brown hair equals a cool tone. If your skin is dark but your eyes are, say, green, and your dark skin has pink or golden undertones, the proper tone might lean more to warm. If cool, try to avoid red, yellow, bronze and gold in your hair, and consider raven black (shiny), ash brown and mink or platinum blond. If warm, avoid white or jet-black hair, and consider red highlights, a warm gold, auburn, chocolate or deep, rich brown colors.

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