From Rihanna to Naomi Campbell, we have all the hair colour for dark skin inspiration you will need

Never struggle to find your ideal hair colour for dark skin again!  

Just like finding something new for your wardrobe, there is a system of trial and error that occurs to find your ideal hairstyle. This is also true when choosing a hair colour for dark skin, as no one colour is fit for all complexions!

But to save you from having a hair fail this season, we’ve taken the guess work out of the equation to bring you our round up of the best hair colour ideas for dark skin, perfectly demonstrated by the A-list elite.

So sit back, relax, and let the likes of Beyonce and Joan Smalls school you in the art of selecting the right hue for you…

Hair colour for dark skin: The A-list loved looks

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Rihanna is the colour chameleon we all wish we were. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Light chocolate brown

Rihanna really has tried every hair colour imaginable and is a style icon the world over, making her a perfect role model when looking for a hair colour for dark skin.

From bold red hues to golden blondes, Riri’s tresses are always on point. But if we had to choose just one hue she rocks best, it would have to be this light chocolate brown shade that really complements her skin tone.

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Naomi Campbell knows what shades suit her. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock.


When looking for hair colour ideas for dark skin, you can always turn to the tried and tested ebony shade loved by everyone from Kerry Washington to supermodel Naomi Campbell, who loves to show off her hair hue with Rapunzel-length tresses.

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Editor’s tip: For Naomi’s sparkling, silky-smooth finish, try using the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil on wet or dry hair – you can thank us later.

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Zoe Saldana medium brown shade is natural looking. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Medium brown

The actress never strays far away from her trusted brown hair – and we can see why. This medium brown shade works really well against Zoe Saldana’s complexion and, when the light hits it just right, it radiates a warm auburn tone.

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Stand out with a platinum hue. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Platinum blonde

If you’re after a hair colour for dark skin that just so happens to be one of the biggest hair trends of 2018, look no further than Cardi B‘s platinum hue. And if you want to be really on trend, do like Kim KW and keep your roots dark for a grown-out finish!

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Ombres are not just for the runway. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Smokey chocolate ombre

If you didn’t already know, ombre hair for dark skin is one of the best ways to experiment with different hair hues.

Whether that be something vibrant or a more subtle tone, everyone from Chanel Iman to Joan Smalls has tried the style – and so should you!

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This golden brown hue suits Gina Torres skin tone. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Golden brown

Suits actress Gina Torres adds warmth to her skin tone with a golden brown hair colour, helping to give her complexion an enviable glow.

Gina isn’t the only celeb to love the hue, though, as Beyoncé and Rihanna have also trialled golden brown locks in the past, so you know it’s worth a whirl!

Editor’s tip: If your hair tends to frizz, we suggest adding the TONI&GUY Curl Lock Oil to your hair kit. Use through the lengths of your tresses when damp to help tame and smooth your tresses.

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Channel your inner Queen B with a golden blonde hue. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Golden blonde

I mean do we really have to explain how great this shade is on Beyoncé? No. Okay, let’s move on.

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Amandla Stenberg makes a strong case for grey hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Grey hair

If 2017/2018 had to be defined by one colour, it would be grey. While it may be suitable for all skin tones, grey hair really pops on those with dark skin, as Amandla Stenberg perfectly demonstrates for us.

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Jump on the purple trend like Justine. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Purple rain

Want something bolder? Then you can always count on the likes of Nicki Minaj or Justine Skye for inspiration.

What makes Justine’s look extra special, is that it just so happens to be the Pantone colour of the year for 2018, meaning we expect it to be popping up everywhere from our wardrobe to our hair. Get on it before everyone else!


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