Best hair colour for black women: 10 hot hair colour trends you didn’t know you could try (until now!)

So, what is the best hair colour for black women to try? There's more than one!  

As naturalistas, the main priority for our manes is often to do with refining curls, hydrating coils and styling those kinks. But when all of those things are done and dusted, we can move on to the next level: finding a suitable hair colour for black women.

Yep, thanks to the inspiring black Instagram stars we’ve stalked, you’ll never be caught with a dull hair colour again! So, if you’re in the market to try something new (like right now!), take cue from these ladies and slay one of these sizzling, skin-flattering shades.

Hair colour for black women: 10 hair colour ideas that’ll flatter your skin

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Purple rain, purple rain! Credit:

1. Violet

Word on the street is that violet hair is topped to take 2018 by storm (especially since Pantone revealed it to be their colour of the year). And guess what? It’s also a skin-flattering hair colour for black women to try, too!

If you need any proof, just look at how this beauty slays the shade with Rapunzel-worthy tresses, above. Honestly, it’s just what you need to inspire you to take your mane to trendy heights! Credit: @justineskye

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Editor’s tip: Want to know how to make your hue shimmer? Just apply the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil through your lengths and watch as your locks begin to gleam!

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2. Cherry red

Ariel has had us wishing for red locks ever since we saw her flaunting them in The Little Mermaid!

While Ariel’s signature shade flatters those with paler skin tones, a darker cherry red hue is best for darker skin tones and guaranteed to make you feel like a princess. Just don’t forget to pair the look with waves, like this Insta-star has done! Credit:@thepatriciabright

close up shot of black woman with fanta red hair, wearing white top and posing in bathroom
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3. Tangerine hair

Have you heard of tangerine hair? It’s basically a brighter, blazing take on orange hair and also a perfect hair colour for black women to try.

Here, this fiery shade illuminates her complexion like a dream, plus it’s perfect for year-round wear, being bright enough for your summer shenanigans and warming enough for a cosy autumn/winter. Credit: @suelentenn

close up shot of woman with silver blonde hair, wearing a open cut jumper and posing
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4. Khaleesi blonde

This fierce colour inspo seriously reminds us of Khaleesi. With this on-trend silver blonde, you’ll feel like a total #girlboss and flatter your skin tone at the same time! Count us in. Credit: @sandralambeck

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If this hue is good enough Ciara, it’s good enough for you! Credit:

5. Ash blonde

Want to experiment with blonde hair without committing to a statement-making shade? Then this gorgeous ash blonde hue has got you covered.

The soft, nude hair colour features a winning combination of ash blonde and dark honey tones, making it the perfect look for anyone who is wanting to make a subtle yet stylish mane move. #Slay! Credit: @taliquindio

Editor’s tip: It’s all well and good finding the best hair colour for black women, but if you’re getting the shade done for real, you need to know how to take care of it!

The answer? The Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner, which will help make maintenance a breeze. Yay!

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6. Grey ombre

Living your natural hair life to it’s fullest? Then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s nothing wrong with getting colourful protective box braids or box twists done! And if there’s one skin-flattering hue you should pair with them this year, it has to be grey.

Not willing to go all in at once? Salt and pepper hair is the latest grey trend that works a smattering of both grey and black hues for a more seasoned look. #blackgirlmagic. Credit: @breakfastt_at_tiffanys

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Pink hair isn’t going anyway anytime soon! Credit:

7. Candyfloss pink

Can we wake up with our manes looking like this everyday?

For this stunning look to work with your skin tone, just make sure to keep your roots dark and grungy, and the pink hues worn ombre, as this will help add some It girl-worthy depth and dimension to your overall style. Credit: @itsmyrayeraye

close up shot of woman with blue hair colour, wearing a slogan tee and sunglasses
Love mermaids? You’ll love this colour! Credit:

8. Mermaid blue hair

Go blue with a capital B by opting for this unique under-the-sea blue shade — loose waves are optional, but highly advised! Credit: @nyane

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9. Emerald green

From the classy emerald hair colour to the blunt cut bob hairstyle, this look is major #hairgoals and guaranteed to get you all the likes. We double tapped – will you? Credit: @temalangeni

close up shot of woman with chocolate brown hair, wearing white turtle neck and posing
Love chocolate? You’ll love this delicious shade! Credit:

10. Chocolate brown highlights

For a seriously sexy and sophisticated look, opt for a classic smoky dark brown hair colour with some chocolate highlights, just like this beauty. It’s sultry, shimmering and pairs perfectly with darker skin tones.    Credit: @taylormadeforu

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