15 Trending Hair Colors for Black Women in 2021

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Are you currently on the hunt for the best hair color for your skin tone? Or are you just ready to take the plunge and try something new for a change? Whatever your reason for searching for the best hair color for Black women, we’re here to tell you it’s ok to shake things up.

Whichever color tickles your fancy, we urge you to try it. If you’re on the skeptical side of the fence, look for women with similar skin tones as yours, and with the hair color you want, to get an idea of how it may look on you. While experimenting with new hair color is fun and exciting, there’s nothing worse than ending up with a dye job you hate and having to book a really expensive hair appointment to color-correct it. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our top game-changing hair color ideas for Black women:

1. Red Hair

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A fiery red will always make a statement. Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

Looking for a color that pops? You can’t go wrong with red. Try out this color-block style, or take the plunge and go full-on. If you need help looking for the right shade of red for your skin tone, use this simple guide.

2. Light Brown Hair

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Who doesn’t love sun kissed hair? Photo credit: Nadeena Granville

Light brown hair is one of those timeless colors that can work for any skin tone. For a more natural look, opt for altering the color of your base. Try a warm brown hue like chocolate brown, with light brown ends.

3. Jewel Tones

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Jewel tones are bright but refined. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

If you want to experiment with a fun trend, opt for jewel-toned hues. The colors pop against any skin tone and are great when you’re in the mood for making a statement with your hair.

Also, don’t forget to supplement your shower routine with a color-safe wash and care system to prolong the vibrance of these shades.

We love SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Strength & Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner, as it helps infuse shine, moisture, and softness into hair, too.

4. Dip-Dyed Ends

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Add a new hue to the very ends of your hair.

Add a subtle change with a bit of color at the ends of your hair. This small detail can add dimension to your locks. The best part? When you’re tired of it, just chop the ends off.

5. Dark Brown Hair

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The perfect subtle hue for any skin tone. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re looking to make a subtle change to your hair, you can’t go wrong with a dark brown hue. We love how this color looks black in low light conditions but once the light hits you, you see how chocolatey it is!

Keep your natural strands moisturized and full of body by washing with Dove Amplified Textures Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo and Super Slip Detangling Conditioner.

6. Copper

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Lighten it up with a copper color. Photo credit: Jackson David

go for a copper color to brighten up your look. Warm tones are trending for 2021 and this shade of red is will definitely have heads turning. We love this unique shade and its ability to give your entire look an all around healthy glow.

7. Auburn Hair

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Accentuate your skin tone with an auburn hue. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

For many, auburn hair may be just a slight update. However, it can still make a difference to your overall look. If you’re going for auburn, be prepared to see how much your skin glows against the hair color!

Editor’s tip: Just in case you need more help in the shine department, worry not: a hair oil can totally help get you that gleam you need. We love the moisturizing properties in The Good Stuff Frizz Control Oil, especially when worked through the ends.

8. Colorful Box Braids

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Have fun with colorful box braids. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

This is a fun take on box braids and a great way to experiment with different hair colors without the commitment. Even just adding a pop of color on a few strands can dramatically change your look.

9. Jet Black

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Super rich black hue. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Some women love to have their hair jet black. You can totally do this at home with a semi-permanent hair dye or permanent box dye. this color is great for the ladies who don’t want to deal with bleach but still want to change up their color.

10. Blonde Hair

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Blonde hair creates a powerful look against dark skin tones. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you didn’t notice already, we are advocates of power hair. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold hair colors like blonde. Blonde hair against the skin tones of Black women exudes a strong and bold vibe.

11. Blonde Highlights

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Adding in blonde highlights will make your style pop.

Create even more warmth by adding blonde highlights to your hair. Highlights can become even more versatile on natural hair as doing a brushed-out style will create a completely new look as the blonde adds the perfect contrast to a darker root.

12. Red Wine Color

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A red wine hair color is super romantic and bold. Photo credit: Vladimir Yelizarov

We highly recommend a deep red color for those looking to harness all the sultry and romantic vibes. This shade is the pop of bold you didn’t know you needed, until now.

Make sure your wig is set and secure by using SheaMoisture Wig & Weave Tea Tree Oil & Borage Seed Oil Bonding Glue.

13. Two-Toned

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Choose a bold two-toned pairing to switch up your style. Photo credit: Nick Owuor

Take your color to the next level by trying out a two-tone look. These colors don’t have to be totally different, but if you really want it to pop then why not go for a combo like black and white?

14. Golden Blonde

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A golden-blonde color will add loads of warmth to your look. Photo credit: Nadeena Granville

Embrace the warmth of a golden blonde color. We love this shade for the summer as it adds so much warmth to your overall color–both hair and skin. This shade is perfect for anyone looking to take on a serious shade of blonde.

15. Silvery White

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A stark white looks amazing on deeper skin tones. Photo credit: Vladimir Yelizarov

Silver had its moment a couple of years ago, and it’s not hard to see why. Go for this throwback shade if you want something edgy yet wearable. It’s perfect if really want to make a statement.

There are so many amazing hair colors for Black women trending for 2021. The options can be overwhelming, but we know you’ll find something perfect!

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