20 Really Flattering Looks: Hair Color for Dark Skin

The latest hair color ideas for dark skin are anything but one-note.

Before anything else, we’d like to get one thing clear: At All Things Hair HQ, we’d never tell you to forego any hair color (or, for that matter, anything—full stop) solely on the basis of skin color. We admit however that there are certain shades that bring out the best in certain complexions, depending on your specific undertone. For darker skintones, these include intense, rich shades that either provide a gorgeous contrast against a deeper complexion or enhance the overall look with something that provides a lot of shine and dimension. Just as those with super pale complexions tend to look washed out with an unflattering shade of blonde, so it is with black and dark brown shades; the best hair color for dark skin has to match your undertones for a look that isn’t flat.

To better illustrate, we put together a shortlist of hair colors we think would look absolutely stunning on darker complexions for both warm and cool undertones. See which category you fall under and which shade you feel has your name written all over it for the coming season. Scroll on:

WARM

Warm undertones, regardless of how light or dark your complexion is, generally fare better with gold jewelry and earthier shades. This means bronze makeup is a natural fit, you tan more evenly and should be on the lookout for the golden caramels and honeys whenever you go for highlights.

1. Bleached Yellow Blonde

bleached yellow blonde hair color for dark skin
Keep it cropped for less damage.

An unapologetically yellow blonde brightens and flatters a warmer dark skin tone without washing it out.

2. Caramel Ombré

caramel ombre hair color for dark skin
A dark-to-light ombre is a popular (and lower-maintenance) color choice for darker hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Flattering, expensive-looking and super sexy, medium brown ombre hair for dark skin is also really easy to maintain.

3. Dip-Dyed

dip-dyed hair color for dark skin
Hair color for dark skin: A black root gives a confident contrast to sharply lighter ends.

Higher contrast than an ombré, a grown-out chestnut brown with lighter highlights is edgy yet sensual at the same time.

4. Golden Ash Blonde

golden ash blonde hair color for dark skin
Nail that video-vixen contrast with a shiny, impeccably lightened sheath of blonde hair.

Golden blonde is a popular choice for warm undertones due to its dimension and natural sheen.

5. Caramel Ombré, pt. 2

caramel ombre part 2 hair color for dark skin
Wear it out in your natural texture to hide any seams.

Wear your ombré tighter to the root and with an afro for an even more on-trend twist. Keep your color vibrant by switching to Shea Moisture Purple Rice Water Strength & Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner.

6. Caramel and Honey Highlights

caramel and honey highlights hair color for dark skin
This foil-highlighted look works best on relaxed or wavy hair.

Multi-dimensional warm brown highlights work seamlessly on a dark, nut-brown base.

7. Bright Honey

bright honey hair color for dark skin
No mistaking who the Queen Bee is!

There’s nothing sunnier and more cheerful than a full head of bright honey-yellow curls! Keep your colors hydrated and your color happy by regularly using Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Color Murumuru Butter & Rose 2-Minute Magic Masque.

8. Jet Black

jet black hair color for dark skin
A matte, inky black gains dimension with finely separated curls.

Traditionally used on cooler complexions, jet black actually works across the board and flatters even warm undertones.

9. Graphic Red + Black

graphic red black hair color for dark skin
Emphasize the unusual color with some striking accessories. Photo credit: Dvora

A synthetic red shade picks up but doesn’t wash out the natural warmth in your complexion.

10. Chestnut

chestnut hair color for dark skin
Who said a monotone brown should be boring? Photo credit: Dvora

A crisp, clean medium brown shade is a great canvass for fall’s darker palette.

NEUTRAL to COOL

Pinkish, purplish or bluish undertones characterize those under the neutral-to-cool family. You love the contrast of a bright white T-shirt, silver jewelry and pinkish makeup hues. As for hair color for dark skin under this family, choose shades tempered by some ashy tones and violet-reds.

11. Ash Blonde Highlights

ash blonde highlights hair color for dark skin
Light beige highlights are always a good choice.

Light beige-blonde highlights complement an ash brown base.

12. Bubblegum Blue + Pink

blue and pink hair color for dark skin
Cute and punky? Of course. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Want to experiment with color? Choose shades in the cooler spectrum, such as blues and cotton-candy pinks, and you’ll never go wrong.

13. Burgundy

burgundy hair color for dark skin
Mirror that edge with an equally cheeky hairstyle: the fauxhawk. Photo credit: Dvora

A subtle wash of burgundy gives a touch of sophisticated dimension to black hair.

14. Deep Burgundy

deep burgundy hair color for dark skin
A deep wine red shade is both lush and romantic. Photo courtesy of Alyssa François

Go for the full-on burgundy hue if you want a darker, more intense shot of violet-red on your mane.

15. Fuchsia

fuchsia hair color for dark skin
A bright, playful violet red looks at home in a clean-cropped afro. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Reddish violet hues are also a great alternative color on those with cool undertones, as they warm up your complexion without making you look too flushed.

16. Rooty Ash Blonde

rooty ash blonde hair color for dark skin
A bit of a smudge at the roots gives you some wiggle room between appointments.

A looser, smudgier ash blonde is a low-maintenance option for those who want to go lighter but also want to minimize the salon trips.

17. Rust

rust hair color for dark skin
Hair color for dark skin: A brownish red helps enliven a cool undertone.

Ruddish hair colors such as rust balance out the blue in cooler dark skin tones.

18. Soft Black

soft black hair color for dark skin
Not quite as harsh as jet black, soft black is also more forgiving on those without much yellow in their undertones. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

The most neutral shade of black we’ve seen so far, and it’s especially soft and flattering against peach- and pink-undertoned gals.

19. Ash Brown

ash brown sombre hair color for dark skin
Ask for a more subtle ombre, a.k.a. a sombré, with this shade. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Don’t let the glint fool you; this sandy/ashy brown plays off a neutral-brown skin complexion and gives it a healthier-looking glow.

20. Silvery White

silvery white hair color for dark skin
Hair color for dark skin: Play up that contrast by keeping your silver on point with a purple shampoo.

Whether natural or bottle-made, grays, whites and silvers look the most exceptional and seamless on those with cooler undertones.

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