20 hair colors that suit every complexion

Hair Colors

Are you wanting to switch up your hair and bring it to life? There are many ways to achieve this including numerous haircuts, different hairstyles, lengths, and looks. One way to really change your hairdo is by changing your hair color.

Why not switch up your style with a new color and see how it will turn heads.

Edge up your new hair color with a fiery red, or more of a copper tone red. Red hair will set a bold, bright, and hot trend, and seems to be trending in 2021. Red hair is entering the chat post lockdown, and is a dramatic change for the blondes and brunettes out there. This is a fresh tone to the market that is slowly working its way up the popularity scale.

If you already have light hair, then a platinum blonde style would transform your look. This preppy, platinum blonde color will give you a brightened complexion, and will look stunning when styled smooth. Platinum blonde may requires a fair bit of hair color lightening to finally achieve the look, so if you are not so daring to do it, or your hair is simply not up to it either, then try a wig in this color, see if you turn heads?

Simple, versatile, and traditional– our light brown hair color is one of our favorites. This cool tone hair color suits almost all skin tones, fair blue, green, or hazel eye colors, cool complexions and clothing. It is an easy color to accomplish with less damage to the hair. Light brown is an easily interchangeable color, and a safe change in color to bring that life back to your hair.

The next color has been trending for recent years, and is still very much in fashion. The Artic blonde color is a silver, pearl blonde look which provides a feel of edginess with the grey tone to it. Artic blonde is a muted pastel version of the blonde color that removes all gold form your hair and will suit people with fair, cool, and white complexions best of all.

Sticking with the colors of the rainbow, why not try a purple color to your hair. You can make this as subtle (like the image above) or as less subtle as you would like. As a brunette, you already may have a violet hue to your hair color so this color may not be so hard to achieve. Purple hair sounds extravagant, but can come out very classy.

Now if purple seems too daring for you, why not try purple highlights to start off with, and build it up if you are loving the color change.

If you have been finding some of our options a bit too bold, keep it safe and gorgeous with some blonde highlights. Whether you have blonde hair, brown hair, or even a different color, blonde highlights is always guaranteed to look great. Versatile, and easily achievable, this look will be sure to add a hint of illumination and texture to your hair.

Do you currently love the color of your hair and want something subtle, and brightening without a dramatic change? A blonde balayage could be the answer for you. This offers a brightening effect to your hair with a soft change. A blonde balayage works on all colors and textures of hair, and is extremely low maintenance. Another term for this can be known as the sunny balayage. Curl your balayaged hair for a seamless transition.

We know we have given you a lot of options, so why not opt for something in between. Not quite blonde, not quite red – strawberry blonde! This light auburn color will light up your complexion, and your life as well. Brighten up your hair with this youthful shade.

If you are wanting to try a hair color, something out of the ordinary, and quite daring and fun – why not try the rainbow trend. As life begins to return to normal, show off your true personality with different pastel shades of the rainbow, and feel bright in the process!

We understand that wanting a hair color change does not have to be drastic. Keep it safe with a chocolate tone. This brown shade will not only suit practically all skin tones and eye colours, but it is a warm colour that can be so versatile. This popular brown hair color choice is an easy color to obtain whether you wanted to DIY, or hit the salon.

End 2021 on a bright note with an auburn hair color look. This bright style is a fiery but warmer red which is an upcoming trend, and will make your complexion pop. The only downside of this hair color is that the intensity of the color will fade more quickly than others, but that should not stop you from giving it a go!

If we haven’t given you many convincing bright colours, what about a fun pink hair color. The versatility with pink hair is that it can be as bright and bold as you like, or as soft and subtle as you like, by using a pastel pink hair color. Whether you have blond hair or brown hair, this color can be easily tinted on your hair. Try a temporary dye too if you are wanting to experiment. This is a pretty, fun, and flirty color that is great for upcoming summer!

Why not try a jet black shade of hair. Black hair color will always bring out your eye colour, facial features, and draw focus to your complexion. It is extremely easy to be achieved, you could try a semi-permanent type that will wash away, will suit a wide range of skin tones – while giving a paler and purer effect for paler skin. It will also bring out richer tones in dark skin. This power black hair color will leave your hair looking shiny and healthy.

Sticking with the darker hair colours, a blue-black hair color is a unique color that would suit cooler complexion skin tones. If you want to aim for a black color, but not with the classic black, give this color a go. This bold blue-black hair color will give you a sense of power and control, and even add an air of mystery about you. The color may fade out after 12 to 16 washes, but while it lasts, rock the look. You will look as great as hell!

Another gorgeous and safe option, for darker hair tones, or warmer hair is a warm balayage look. Attempt an ombre effect using different shades of brown by slowly lightening up the ends. If you want to try something extremely different though, you could try a reverse ombre, where your lightest colour starts at the roots, and gets progressively darker by the ends. Dare to be different?

This not quite Balayage two toned hair color is a great look. Do you have two colors that you love but are unsure which one to use? Why not try them both! Opt for the darker color at the top of your head and work your way down to another color. Anything two toned gives amazing dimensions to your hair, and you can make this as subtle or bold as you would like!

We spoke about the Artic blonde and Platinum blonde colors earlier. A silver hair color is one step up from the Artic blonde, hair color scale. This has been a big trend in the past few years with many celebrities faring this style. This is an exceptionally good choice if you are wanting to conceal some of your grey hairs, without the upkeep of constant root touch ups. Trendy and convenient – what more do you want in a hair color!

One thing that will never go out of fashion or trend, are pretty colors, and this includes hair colors. This sweet, warm, bronzed, rose gold hair color look is perfect for summer and will have you looking like a summer goddess. This season, have a makeover that will keep your hair looking glossy and juicy for the beach!

An all time favourite that never has and will never go out of style is caramel highlights. This hair color trend suits any hair colour whether you have black hair, brown hair, or blonde hair. The look suits almost everyone, and helps warm your hair up, while giving it some life. Easy to maintain as well, as when it starts growing out, it can be considered a balayage look. If we haven’t convinced you with any of our other colors this article, we would hope that this one does!

If you have decided that coloring your hair entirely is not for you, try a adding some character with a one toned streak in your hair. A one tone streak or slice will change your hair color, without a complete makeover. Try any color you like (it is very unlikely that you can go wrong with it), and see how it wares in your hair. If you love it, who know, the next step could be to extend it to the entirety of your hair!

Color truly is the spice of life:

As you see, changing your hair color can transform you, make you feel energised, refreshed, and just amazing.

I hope to have given you some choices and ideas that will get you into the salon chair.

FAQs

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Natural human hair colour is melanin, a pigment that the human body produces that makes up a person’s complexion. Everybody has a variation of pigment colors, and it’s these combinations that make up the hair, skin, and eye colors differently for every single person.

Hair color is also an important element in every hair style, and so if a hairstyle is the frame around a person’s face, hair color is the type of frame, the material, texture and color that compliments the picture (a person’ face, eyes, complexion).

Hair color thus further individualizes each person, haircut, style, and look.

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Artificial hair color can be described as anything foreign that is used, applied, processed on the hair that will either, stain it (Henna), cover the outside (Temporary Color), chemically alter it internally (using chemical reactions between molecules, pigments, ammonia and peroxide, knows as permanent Hair Color).

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Bleached hair or as it’s better known, lightened hair can be achieved using natural bleaching agents such as vinegar, lemon juice, and even UV light that will lighten pigments inside the hair shaft.

Using Bleach and peroxide to lighten hair is okay when done by a professional, this is where the bleach oxidizes the melanin pigment making it colorless. It’s always the larger darker melanin molecules that oxidise first (dark browns, reds, orange, and finally yellow) and is why untoned bleached hair will always look golden yellow in color.

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Yes, well almost anybody.

Chemical lightening has improved dramatically in the past 10 years, meaning that people that start off with natural dark hair colours, and where the hair is in good enough condition have a very high chance of their hair colorists turning them into blondes.

Now if your hair is in bad condition, is color processed already, you may not be able to go blonde. You should check with a professional hair colorist first.

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Light hair can suit anybody, even people with darker, olive skin complexions so long as it’s the correct tone of blonde.

Just as people’s complexions are warm and cool, blonde hair colors need to stay on the same side of the spectrum or the same tone to suit them.

For example, a person with a fair, cool complexion should stay away from warm tones like golden blondes, copper tones, and instead have artic blondes, beiges, and ash blondes.

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Balayage is a highlighting technique that does not use foils, instead this is where a colorist will hand paint color or bleach directly onto your hair, creating a more natural and blended effect.

Painting hair color directly onto usually dry hair, allows the colorist to add splashes of colour just as an artist would on canvass, seeing where the hair falls naturally, this way being sure to add hair color where it’s needed to compliment a person’s features, or a specific haircut.

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Ombre hair color technique is where the hair is blended from one color hue to another, usually where the hair will start darker at the roots and then gradually get lighter right to the very ends.

The definition for Ombre is the French word for “color that is shaded or graduated in tone.

One advantage to Ombre hair color is that if your roots are dark, you will not see a regrowth, or need to commit to regular roots touch ups as the Ombre effect already appears as a grown-out hair color.

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Millions of dollars have been spent in research and development and then advertising alone between all the competing hair color companies, and naturally they will tell you that their hair color is superior to their competitors.

Some will claim their dye has low ammonia, is organic, safe, will cause less damage to your hair and so on.

The truth of the matter is that most hair dyes that you can purchase online or from a store, and that is manufactured by a big reputable brand, is safe and okay to use.

The risks however are that it depends what condition your hair is to begin with, and then what you are hoping to achieve by coloring your hair in the first place?

As a rule

  • Semi-permanent hair colour won’t damage your hair as there is no ammonia, peroxide, or oxidation of your hair pigment molecules. Note that this also means that you can’t lighten your hair.
  • Natural colours such as Henna, Coffee basically stain the hair and the color will wash away over time, however beware, these types of hair colors can cause problems with other color or hairdressing treatments.
  • Reputable permanent hair colour is fine if you are doing a root touch up, covering grey hair, sticking to hair colors that are close to your natural hair color.

My recommendation is to always seek any hair color advice from a professional hair colorist, particularly for anything where going lighter, or using permanent color is concerned.

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Blonde highlights in hair can be described as small slices, pieces, wefts of blonde hair that interweaves and creates a contrast with your other hair color that is normally darker or brighter.

There are many techniques used to create blonde highlights in hair and some of these include;

  • Foils, where hair is weaved using a tail comb, separated, color applied to the hair on foil, and then left to process without changing the hair colour outside of the wrapped foil.
  • Balayage, where hair color or bleach is painted directly to the hair using a tint brush, usually in slim vertical strips.
  • Streaks and frosting were all the rage 20 years ago, where a plastic or rubber cap is placed over your head, and then using a croquet hook, a small weft of hair is pulled through, and bleached lighter. Once the desired color is achieved, excess color is rinsed away, the cap removed, and the hair now has two colors.
  • Ombre, where bleach is applied in time intervals starting from the ends to the mid lengths.
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To get purple hair you need to start off with a light base color, if you are a natural blonde then lucky you, otherwise you will first need to bleach your hair as light as possible (for more vibrancy), and then you will need to add the purple hair color dye.

There are a few purple hair colors on the market, but most reputable ones will be very similar in results that will fade and wash away overtime.

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Red hair color is always fashionable year to year. What you will find however is that hair color companies through their marketing and advertising departments like to push red hair tones more in the fall as a seasonal thing.

Sometimes they will launch a collection of deep mahoganies, chestnuts, and other times they will go with warm reds.

The important thing here is that a red hair color is chosen that will suit your complexion.

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Platinum blonde hair color has been popular ever since Jean Harlow, one of Hollywood’s biggest move stars back in 1911 made it popular.

There have been periods in the last 110 years where trends saw the tone change slightly to

  • Artic blonde
  • Beige blonde
  • Honey blonde
  • Strawberry blonde
  • Ash blonde

However, Platinum blonde hair remained strong throughout these periods in time, and still today is as popular and as mesmerising as ever.

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Platinum blonde hair color is blonde, lightened hair that has had all warm, yellow tone pigments removed through hair coloring, bleaching, and toning.

The “term” platinum blonde was apparently invented by Howard Hughes in reference to Jean Harlow as a nickname.

There are two elements important to achieving a great platinum blonde hair color,

  1. The hair must be lightened to a level that oxidises (makes translucent) as much yellow pigment as possible.
  2. The hair then must be toned with a cool shade of color such as silver, ash, pearl, (blue pigments that counteract gold and look PLATINUM)
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There have been many famous platinum blonde females in the past 100 years that have had a variety of talents, contributed to society in many ways, but that all had one thing in common, that is how their platinum blonde hair colour made them stand out from the crowd. Some of these include

  • Jean Harlow
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Lana Turner
  • Mae West
  • Grace Kelly
  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Dolly Parton
  • Madonna
  • Debra Harry
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Lady Gagga
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Kim Kardashian (really bad platinum blonde)
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Balayage hair color is a technique that will work on anybody with any starting hair color, be it dark brown, red, or blonde hair.

Blonde Balayage is lighter blonde ends that gradually get darker right down to the roots, and so if you are starting off blonde, then you will need to make the ends even lighter and less gold (hair naturally goes gold when it lightens) for the ends to appear blonder.

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Strawberry blonde hair color is really blonde hair that has some red, a little blue, and not much gold tones through it.

It is extremely rare for people to have strawberry blonde hair naturally as most people have an abundance of gold pigments, and so their hair often appears more copper gold (some people call this strawberry blonde mistakenly).

Strawberry blonde hair color is applied either as a full color to light shade hair, or as a toner where adding a smidgen of blue, gives the red hues a cool appearance, just like strawberries.

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Brunette hair color is can be considered anything from darkest brown (almost black) through to deep dark and medium browns. Brunette hair color can be warm or cool in tone depending on a person’s natural pigmentation, or the hair dye used.

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