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Hair Color for Women

To do or dye? Coloring your hair can give you a radical makeover but at the same time, can also open the doors to regret so it’s natural to be skeptical, especially if you’re taking the plunge for the first time. Can’t decide between throwing in subtle hues of peachy pink or going full throttle with auburn? Before you find the perfect hue for yourself, start by understanding your skin tone. The color you choose for your hair can either take years off your face or do nothing at all for you. Basically, if you think that a purple mane would look just as great on you as it looked on the skinny model on that magazine cover, we hate to break it to you but that’s not how it works.

For the confused souls, let’s help you identify your skin tone first so you can identify the best hair colors for your tresses. Also, to avoid a bad hair color decision but let’s not say that out loud.

  1. Firstly find a naturally lit spot. Try the window, maybe. Checking your skin tone under lightbulbs or artificial light could give you an incorrect idea.
  2. Now check for the color of the visible veins on your hand.
    • If you’re veins appear green, you’re a part of the dusky skin tone fam.
    • If you’re veins appear purple or blue, you’re a part of the cooler skin tone fam.
    • If you’re veins appear both green and blue, you probably have a neutral skin tone.

Now that you’ve got the fundamentals right, let’s dive straight in and discover hair color ideas for you then?

Here’s a disclaimer though, you might just end up booking an appointment with your hair colorist right away.


Hair colors for Fair Skin tone

Best Hair Color for Women – Ash Brown

1. Ash Brown

Your naturally black tresses would pair well with diffused notes of silver and brown. Also known as mushroom brown, ash brown is a variant of brunette hair that is inclined towards the many shades of grey. Think of it as a love affair between the brown and silver highlights on the cool side of the spectrum. We feel inspired, already.

2. Auburn

How about tricking people into thinking you’re a natural redhead? After all, like they say, fake it till you make it. Try weaving in brown-based auburn if you’ve got fair skin with pink undertones. What good does that do? It won’t wash out your complexion by counteracting paleness or extreme redness.

Hair Color Ideas - Auburn
Hair Color for Fair Skin

3. Golden Ombre

Want to take a walk on the golden side without going all the way in? Golden ombre could be your answer. When you weave in sun kissed hues of butter, gold and honey they create magic for fairer complexions, while creating a dramatic transition from black to gold. This hair color trend is still going strong and, in fact, is officially the popular first color choice among Indian women. Need we say more?


Hair Colors for Wheatish Skin tone

1. Honey Blonde

If you want to ease into the blond universe but tactfully, you can test the waters with honey blonde. What’s that you ask? A mix of amber brown and golden yellow that gives you an instant sunbaked look. Bookmark this for a major hair upgrade that’s highly significant yet so subtle. Well, we think it resembles a cup of lightly brewed coffee. So if you go ahead with this one, you should know your decision already smells good.

Hair Color for Wheatish Skin
Hair Color for Women – Chocolate Brown

2. Chocolate Brown

A call to all the olive skinned beauties. Ever thought if your idea of an ideal dessert could also be your idea of an ideal hair color? Think chocolate. The chocolate brown is a deliciously trending take on brown. Velvety hues of chocolate brown can make your face look younger with its summery, glossy finish. Maybe your hair has a sweet tooth too, eh?

3. Burgundy Red

If you’re looking to take on the red-hair-don’t-care challenge but are far from ready to commit (happens to the best of us), try some wine. We mean try the universal favorite, wine-inspired color, straight from France. Burgundy red leans toward brown with overpowering hues of red and purple but still isn’t as in-your-face as the rest of red family. Safe and chic, right?

Best Hair Color for Women – Burgundy Red

Hair Colors for Dusky Skin tone

Hair Color Ideas – Chestnut Brown

1. Chestnut Brown

What happens when you unite the warmth or reds with the waves of browns? Chestnut brown strands will give your hair the #JustGotBackFromVacay look. Talk about vacation glow without having to book a plane ticket. This is an easy way to add warmth to your locks without getting too dramatic. Get that hair flippin’, girl.

2. Peachy Pink

Not for the faint-hearted, the peachy pink is a rather fashion-forward hair makeover. Think of it as a nostalgic reminder of all the pink-haired Barbie dolls that you adored when you were little. So, if a head full of head-turning pink locks has secretly been on your bucket list for a while now, here’s a cue to throw caution to the winds and go for it ‘cause #YOLO.

Hair Color for Dusky Skin
Hair Color for Women – Midnight Blue

3. Midnight Blue

Dusky skinned beauties, you don’t have to shy away from the blues any longer. For all you know, the sultry midnight blue could end up being your color mate for life. It scores for its subtlety with the ‘less is more’ look. Think darks hues of the night sky. Wait, that sounds so exotic, we are already sold.


1. What are the best suited hair colors for brown skin?

If you’re looking for hair colors for brown skin, take a pick from dark lilac blonde, silver blonde, champagne blonde, dark auburn, chestnut and red copper. These colors would look surreal against your complexion.

2. What are the best hair colors for Indian skin?

The best hair colors for Indian skin tone are shades of brown, red and burgundy. Although it’s been a crowd-puller for years, we’d recommend you avoid the golden hair shade if you have pale skin. An easy recipe for disaster, just saying.

3. What is the new hair color trend, twilighting all about?

Twilighting is a blend of balayage and baby-highlights to achieve a dimensional look. Think of it as brunette with warm undertones.

4. What are the most suitable hair colors for warm skin tone?

If you’ve got a warm skin tone, you need is a hair color that can give your skin a natural glow. Rich browns, reddish tones or ash tones are best suited hair colors for warm skin tone.

5. What are some hair color ideas to follow while choosing the best hair color?

While we understand the urge to blindly follow new hair color trends, you need to account for your unique features while choosing a hair shade that suits you. For example, not all hair colors for medium skin tone could go well even with the duskier skin tones. So here’s few pointers:

  • One or two shades lighter or darker
  • Select a color that is either one or two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color.

  • Agrees with your eyes
  • Yes, the color of your eyes can also help you decide the color of your hair. Go for shades closer to that of your eyes.

  • Warm goes with warm, Cool goes with cool
  • If you’ve got warm undertones you should ideally opt for warm colors. Similarly, go for cool colors if you’ve got cool undertones.

6. Is it fine to style colored hair with heat styling tools?

The last thing you would want to do is damage your colored hair (that’s been through a lot already) by subjecting them to heat styling tools. But like we always say, if you do give in to the temptation, be sure to use an effective heat protectant first.

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