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The 20 Best Hair Colors For Dark Skin Tones In 2018

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With so many talented stylists in the world, it seems like a new color trends is on our Instagram feeds every day. From grey balayage to dusty rose hair, the variety of colors and possibilities are endless! Whatever you’re contemplating, we totally understand the anxiety that comes with picking a new color.

If you’re having difficulty choosing a hair color that will perfectly complement your melanin-rich skin, look no further. We gathered 20 different hair colors for dark skin that’ll get you out of your comfort zone and help spark your love of color. Keep on reading for inspiration.

Jet Black

The same way every girl needs a little black dress in her closet, every girl needs to try jet black hair. It’s a classic color that’s elegant, timeless, and universally flattering. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is; black hair is a staple.

Chili Chocolate Hair

If you haven’t tried chili chocolate, you’re in for a sweet surprise. Similar to the actual food, you wouldn’t expect chili chocolate hair to work but it does and it’s absolutely beautiful on dark skin tones. The brown color is a sweet and subtle base that perfectly complements the fiery hints of red. Get ready to be everyone’s hair inspiration.

Honey Blonde

If you’re obsessed with all things summer, then you need to try honey blonde hair. Not only does this color look especially gorgeous on darker skin tones, but the sun-kissed hair reminds us of long beach days in the sun with a good book and cold drink.



The same way the color burgundy finds the perfect sweet spot between the colors red and purple, burgundy hair color on dark skin tones does the same. While this shade is certainly a more subtle rendition of red, it doesn’t lack any of the fiery vibes we know and love about the shade. It’s a wonderful compromise that’s bound to make you feel fierce all the time.

Mocha Brown

When it comes to melanin, we say the more, the merrier! Choosing a mocha brown hair color similar to your skin tone creates a monochromatic effect that’s captivating.

Pumpkin Spice

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we highly recommend indulging in everything pumpkin while it lasts, including pumpkin spice hair color. The wonderful shade blends orange, copper, and hints of warm brown to create a beautiful color that favors dark skin tones.


We always advocate women with dark skin wearing bold colors like marigold. Your stylist will try to customize your marigold shade to complement your skin tone, which means it can often be more flattering than pastel or neon shades.

Red Wine

If you’re a wine enthusiast, red wine hair color should be your mane’s next venture. This deep hue offers all the benefits we know and love about a nice glass of merlot: It’s subtle, sweet, and makes us feel great! This vibrant red color will give you the confidence boost you’ve been looking for.

Light Auburn

Are you not feeling marigold or pumpkin spice hair? No worries. Light auburn hair is a more natural-looking take on color transformations. The light brown shade with notes of red enhances your skin complexion and is perfect for fall.

Crimson Red

Have you been itching to get in touch with your inner vixen? Ask your stylist for a crimson red shade this season. It’s bright, beautiful, and makes a powerful statement no matter where you are.


Lavender hair color is proof you don’t need great lengths or light skin to get the most out of a bright hue. Get out of your comfort zone and experiment with this sweet color. We promise the rewards will be bountiful.



If you haven’t heard of peacock hair, you’re welcome in advance. This popular fantasy trend seamlessly blends purple, blue, and green hues throughout your mane. We love this look especially on darker complexions because it acts as a beautiful canvas making the myriad of colors pop.


Bubble Gum Pink

Pink hair has been trending for quite some time now. However, a variation of the shade that doesn’t get enough TLC is bubblegum pink. It’s a vibrant, youthful hue that reminds us to have some fun and not to take life so seriously.

Muted Purple

Rumor has it blondes have more fun. However, muted purple will make you think otherwise. Because this color isn’t so bright, it passes as a unique shade of brown which is perfect for brunettes who want a color that is low-maintenance.


Are you indecisive when it comes to beauty, hair, and—let’s be honest—life? Don’t worry. We’re here to give you one less thing to worry about. If you can’t decide on your next color, do them all! You can do no wrong with this breathtaking combination of sunset colors. In order to get these bold colors, your stylist will need to use bleach. It’s important to note that bleach causes hair damage, however, your stylist will work with you to leave you with the healthiest-looking hair.

Midnight Blue

Gathering all dark skin beauties to get in touch with their inner queens and try this regal shade of blue. Midnight blue is royal blue’s sophisticated older sister. Almost passing as black, this hair color is a fit for all seasons and occasions.


If you ask us, bronde hair is the greatest pairing since the invention of the beloved brookie (brownie cookie). The combination of brown and blonde create a beautiful color that looks exquisite on dark tones. For those willing to undergo the maintenance that comes with bronde hair, you’ll be sure to glow from the inside out.


With so many different shades, and tints in the hair industry, even we forget how much of a statement a single hair color can be. Our inner diva says yes to red hair because it’s one of those dominant colors that can immediately captures everyone’s attention.


If you’re not afraid of a little color, getting bright yellow hair should be on your bucket list. If you want to take it up a notch, ask your stylist to do a yellow ombre with orange roots. It’s important to note that to get such a vivid color, your stylist will have to use bleach which does cause hair damage. However, your stylist will always leave you with the healthiest-looking hair.


Go outside of the box with copper hair. This unique shade of red that leans orange is definitely worth giving a shot. If you’re looking to keep low-maintenance, ask your stylist to keep the color predominantly on the ends of your hair so that you don’t have to worry about getting constant touch-ups.

If you’re interested in customized color recommendations for dark skin tones, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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