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 short list 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 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.

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

1. Bleached Yellow Blonde

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

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

2. Caramel Ombré

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

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

3. Dip-Dyed

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

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

4. Golden Ash Blonde

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

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

5. Caramel Ombré, pt. 2

Wear your ombré tighter to the root and with an afro for an even more on-trend twist.

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

6. Caramel and Honey Highlights

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

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

7. Bright Honey

There’s nothing sunnier and more cheerful than a full head of bright honey-yellow curls!

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

8. Jet Black

Traditionally used on cooler complexions, jet black actually works across the board and flatters even warm undertones. Ed’s tip: Use a gel serum, like Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Gel Serum, for definition, separation and shine.

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

9. Graphic Red + Black

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

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

10. Chestnut

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


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.

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

11. Ash Blonde Highlights

Light beige-blonde highlights complement an ash brown base.

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

12. Bubblegum Blue + Pink

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

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

13. Burgundy

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

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

14. Deep Burgundy

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

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

15. Fuchsia

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.

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

16. Rooty Ash Blonde

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.

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

17. Rust

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

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

18. Soft Black

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

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

19. Ash Brown

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.

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.

20. Silvery White

Whether natural or bottle-made, grays, whites and silvers look the most exceptional and seamless on those with cooler undertones. Don’t forget to use a purple shampoo, like Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo, to keep that ashy tone from washing out.