Our Favorite Asian Hair Color Ideas for Pinays

Check out different hair colors that are flattering for Asians.

When getting a new hair color, it’s important to first consider what shades would best suit your Asian skin and hair. Yes, it does matter because Asian skin undertones are different from those of Caucasian women, who you normally see on hair dye boxes or samples in the salon. Asian skin can have pale, yellowish undertones or a warm, golden complexion. Meanwhile, Asian hair has natural black or brown pigmentation. It also has a thick cuticle layer and compact cuticle cells.

The best Asian hair colors are those that flatter these characteristics. We’ve rounded up our favorite hues to help you pick. Check them out below.

Asian Hair Color Picks for Pinays

1. Chocolate Brown Asian Hair Color

Indonesian woman with long chocolate brown hair wearing a white dress and smiling
Chocolate brown is a universally flattering Asian hair color. Credit: All Things Hair Studio

This shade of brown is perfect for those who don’t have much experience in hair coloring. It’s a flattering shade that can instantly brighten up your whole aura. It’s also a popular Korean hair color, so consider it if you want a look that’s inspired by your favorite Korean celebrities.

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2. Blonde Money Piece

Asian hair color: Asian woman with short hair with a Korean hair color
These face-framing highlights make your dark hair edgy. Credit: Cottonbro from Pexels

Also known as face-framing highlights, money piece involves sections of hair around your face that have a different color from the rest of your hair. If you want an edgy look, create a stark contrast by keeping the rest of your hair in its naturally dark hue and going for a light, bleached color for your money piece. Some K-Pop stars incorporate a money piece in their ‘do, making it a popular Korean hair color, too.

3. Ash Brown Hair

Asian woman with long wavy ash brown hair
Try this chic hair color on your next makeover. Credit: Tuấn Kiệt Jr. from Pexels

This medium shade of brown with gray undertones is flattering for any skin tone. It’s also a versatile hair color that you can wear entirely on its own, as part of a balayage ‘do, or together with dark roots or shadow roots.

4. Light Ash

Indonesian woman with light ash blonde short hair wearing a red dress
Going blonde? Try this muted but edgy shade for a totally unique look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This hip and trendy hair color has been popular for a while now, and for good reason! If you want to look edgy, try ash hair.

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5. Golden Brown Asian Hair Color

Asian hair color: Filipina woman with long golden brown hair wearing a sleeveless white top
Get that sun-kissed glow with golden brown hair and beautiful morena skin. Credit: Michelle Pedron

If you’re ready to get a lighter shade than chocolate brown, then this golden brown and blonde shade is the way to go. The best thing about this Asian hair color is its nice, warm glow, which works even better if you have that signature morena tan.

6. Burgundy

Woman with burgundy hair with bangs smiling
Fond of reddish hues? Try burgundy. Credit: Mellamed from Pexels

Getting red hair for the first time? Burgundy is the perfect stepping stone. This wine-like shade of red instantly creates an edgy look while still maintaining feminine Asian features.

7. Bluish Black Hair

Hair color for short hair: Woman with black short hair and blue highlights
Turn heads with a sleek, black-and-blue hair combo. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Most East Asian women do have naturally black hair, but some go the extra mile and go for a bluish black hair color. It makes a beautiful contrast against porcelain Asian skin. It is also a good shade to pick when you love dark hair color.

8. Honey Brown Hair

Asian hair color: Asian woman with honey brown curly hair smiling
Complement your morena</> skin with honey brown hair color. Credit: Shutterstock

This light to medium brown hair color helps add a sun-kissed glow to your face. It looks great on curly hair, too!

9. Purple Highlights

Highlights for dark hair: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with bob with purple highlights wearing a spaghetti-strapped top indoors
Don’t be afraid to try unconventional hair colors. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results. Credit: Shutterstock

You can also experiment with this perky color. Go for deep purple shades like plum and eggplant if you want something more sophisticated. Meanwhile, you can dye your hair lilac or lavender (or a mix of dark and light purple shades) for a hip, artistic look.

10. Pastel Pink

Fair-skinned woman with pink hair in a side ponytail smiling and wearing a denim jacket
Dare to get pastel-colored hair for a cute and playful look. Credit: Shutterstock

Now that you’re playing with colors, dare to go for pastel hues — whether it’s cotton candy pink, lilac, powder blue, among others. These pastel hair color shades give off a happy vibe that’s sure to start your day on a positive note!

11. Ash Bronde

Asian woman with short hair wearing a white top
Create messy-chic hairstyles to go with your ash bronde hair. Credit: Mike Von from Unsplash

Bronde is a hair color you get when you combine brown and blonde hair. Add gray tones, and you get this stylish Asian hair color.

12. Blonde Ombré

Asian woman with blonde ombre hair wearing a beige coat sittingin a cafe
Blonde ombre hair also suits Asian women, so go give it a try. Credit: Shutterstock

Blonde ombré hair is one of the most tried-and-tested Asian hair colors, especially for Filipinas. This hairstyle trend has been going strong for years and even up to this day, so feel free to rock it!

13. Bright Pink

Asian hair color: Filipina woman with pink hair wearing a rust-colored long-sleeved shirt
Let your vibrant pink hair scream “adventure!” Credit: Michelle Pedron

Bold, adventurous, and playful—all these describe vibrant pink hair. Try this color if you want a total makeover that will make you say hello to a new you. Get a trendy haircut together with your new hair color, too. A pink blunt bob or lob sounds amazing.

14. Sunflower Blonde

Asian hair colors: Asian girl has blonde hair and is wearing round sunglasses
Blonde has always been a popular hair color of choice by many. Credit: Shutterstock

This bright blonde hair color exudes a cheerful vibe. Complement it with a cute haircut, like a bob with bangs, for an overall perky look.

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15. Copper Highlights

Asian woman wearing copper hair color
Copper highlights help add dimension to your hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Coloring hair with hues other than black started becoming a fad in the ’90s. Copper was among the first popular colors. It was a great shade for those who wanted to change their hair color but weren’t ready yet for something that was bold and very obvious.

Today, you can wear this hair color as highlights on your dark hair. You’ll love the combination of black and copper, as the latter gives more depth and dimension to your ebony mane.

16. Ash Brown Ombré Hair

Asian woman with ash brown ombre hair wearing a light denim jacket
Add some drama to your long hair this hair color. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Start with dark hair on top (or leave your roots untouched), then transition to ash brown and lighter shades of brown near the tips. Keep your hair well-maintained by protecting it from dryness and discoloration.

17. Mahogany

Asian hair colors: Asian girl is wearing a white top and is smiling at the camera with her body at an angle
The copper hair color was among the first hair colors used by Pinays. Credit: Yindee Phuttasirayakorn

You cans, wear this reddish-brown color as highlights as dip-dyed hair, or as your new hair color. It’s also not a far cry from your naturally dark hair, so you can try this color if you’re not yet ready for a drastic change.

18. Rose Gold

Asian hair colors: Girl with rose gold hair and bangs is wearing a black fisherman's hat
Be bold and be in with the Rose Gold hair color. Credit: Shutterstock

It’s like a pastel color that’s equal parts edgy and sweet. You’ll surely love how this color lets you be expressive with your hair.

19. Green Hair

Asian woman with black and green hair wearing a jacket
Green is in! Credit: Shutterstock

Liven up your naturally dark hair by adding dip-dyed green color. And because you only dye the bottom half of your hair, you wouldn’t need to touch it up right away when your hair starts growing.

20. Green Hair With Blue Tips

Asian woman with green and blue hair color wearing a beret
Feel free to combine different hair colors in your hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This is like a reverse ombre look. You have green hair near the roots and it transitions to darker shades of green and, eventually, to blue as it approaches the tips. It’s hip and dramatic at the same time.

21. Ash Pink

Asian woman with ash pink hair
Complement your ash pink hair with a simple and fresh short haircut. Credit: Nothing Ahead from Pexels

This shade of pink is a bit toned down, but it doesn’t mean it’s less stylish. If you want a pink hair color that’s not too sweet and bold, try ash pink.

22. Coral Pink

Asian woman with short coral pink hair wearing a red top
Let your personality shine through this cheery hair color. Credit: Shutterstock

Give your look a youthful and cheery vibe with coral pink hair. It’s flattering for morenas, too!

23. Unicorn Hair

Woman with pink, purple, and blue Asian hair color wearing a cap
This hair color combo is like magic! Credit: All Things Hair

Want a dreamy, whimsical look? Combine blue, purple, and pink on your hair and turn heads wherever you go.

24. Cinnamon

Asian woman with a cinnamon brown hair color wearing a white blouse
This Asian hair color is flattering for almost all skin tones. Credit: Michelle Pedron

Cinnamon hair color is a medium shade of brown with red or orange undertones. It’s a cheery shade of brown and it’s also flattering for a lot of skin tones.

25. Brown Hair With Blonde Streaks

Asian woman with short brown hair with blonde streaks
Spice up your short hair with this hair color combo. Credit: mikoto.raw Photographer from Pexels

This combination gives more dimension to your hair. And if you have a bob or a lob, scrunch your hair to help bring out the streaks.

So which Asian hair color are you most drawn to? Given that all of these colors are suitable for Asian women, all you need to do is choose based on your personal style—and of course, just how much you’re willing to experiment to create a new look for yourself!