Choosing Hair Color for Dark Skin

CHOOSING HAIR COLOR FOR DARK SKIN

You literally want to see yourself in a whole different color. The problem is you do not want to become the next victim of the Hair Dye Urban Legend. You know the horror story that your Aunt, Sister, Cousin or Friend would warn you about when you consider dyeing those locks of yours –it makes you second guess your decision. Never fear, all you need is the right information to make it work one-time big-time. It’s never a risk if you know what you are doing. Here are some things to consider before you reinvent the color of your natural hair.

Hair Color for Dark Skin

Hair Color for Dark Skin

Determine Your Tones

To determine your proper hair dye, Warm and Cool Tone Classifications are used. Underneath them are subgroups Hair Undertones, Skin Tones and Eye Color. If you are a Warm Tone Woman in two to three out of three subgroups, then the hair dye best for you are auburn to coppery shades. If you are a Cool Tone Gal in two to three out of three subgroups, creamy blonde and ash brown would work best for you.

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Hair Undertones: go outside and check the strands of your hair. Better so, check your childhood pictures (I know you think you look dorky and unflattering but trust me, you look adorable with that bow). You’re a Warm Tone Girl if your strands are reddish or gold. You’re a Cool one if your hair is ashy (grayish) or beige.

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Skin Tone: get up close and personal with the veins on your wrists. If they look green, you’re under the Warm Tone Classification. If they’re purplish or blue, you’re in the Cool Tone.

Eye Color: look deep into your eyes (make sure not to gaze so intently with someone else inside the room, you both know you’re pretty already). Warm tones have hazel eyes or brown eyes with golden flecks. Cool tones have blue eyes or solid brown eyes.

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Now that we know if you’re under Warm tone or Cool tone, the next step is to find the color you have in mind that suits you. But it doesn’t stop there for that color that you have in mind has a variety of shades that you can choose from.

For dark skin tones, whether you’re a Warm Tone or a Cool tone, there are specific shades in Blonde, Brown, Black and Red that you can choose from that compliments and contrasts your dark skin.

So go ahead, let us help you get that hair color you have in your mind one-time, big time!

Tapered Tomboy by Sherri Shepherd

Tapered Tomboy - Red hair color on dark skin

Tapered Tomboy – Red hair color on dark skin

Tapered Tomboy - Red hair color on dark skin

Tapered Tomboy – Red hair color on dark skin

Tapered Tomboy – Red hair color on dark skin – Get it here!

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HOW TO STYLE:

Red hair highlights the red undertone of brown skin. Look lively in Auburn colors by its obvious contrast to your toasty skin tone.

This can be done easily by:

  • Blow dry hair to the side.
  • Give the finishing touch with a light spray or soft pomade.

FACE SHAPE:

This hairstyle would look great in all face shapes. Long oval shapes will wear this well the most. The full bangs of this hairstyle subtly give a fuller width on the face. Straight to wavy hair would carry this look with hair density between medium to thick.

HOW TO CARE:

  • Remember not to wash your hair for 48 hours after dyeing.
  • Make sure to flat iron your locks after dyeing to lock in the color inside the hair shafts.
  • Add some barely noticeable red highlights to this do for a more natural look.

Jozefina by Vivica Fox

Jozefina - Cinnamon hair color on dark skin

Jozefina – Cinnamon hair color on dark skin

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HOW TO STYLE:

Cinnamon hair color still has enough of red’s passion to turn heads at every direction. Darker and richer than most red colors, it has a blend of brown, red and a blush of burgundy that beautifully bounces off the light. This color looks best in winter clothes color palettes.

  • Use shampoo with moisturizer before conditioning your hair.
  • Apply your favourite curl crème, gel and hair oil.
  • Run a wide toothed comb to evenly distribute the products from roots to tips.
  • Blow dry with a diffuser until its half damp then let it dry naturally after.

FACE SHAPE:

This hairstyle works best to any face shape with medium to thick hair.

HOW TO CARE:

  • If you have medium to lighter skin tone, go for lighter shades of red.
  • Use hair oil during the day to retain the moisture in those curls and prevent frizzing.
  • Use shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for color-treated hair.

 

Polished Babe by Forever Young

Polished Babe - Red hair color with dark skin tones

Polished Babe – Red hair color with dark skin tones

Polished Babe – Red hair color with dark skin tones – Get it here!

HOW TO STYLE:

Pure red, surprisingly, beautifully contrasts with dark skin tones. You’d definitely attract attention when the sun’s the highest, giving you a special scarlet glow.

  • Dry air your locks or smoothed them out with a flat brush. Apply a modest amount of smoothing serum.
  • Take small sections and use your flat iron to smooth them out with reasonable heat.
  • Wax the ends to accentuate your bob or use a small amount of styling paste.

FACE SHAPE:

This hairstyle would frame oval, round, heart and diamond faces well.

HOW TO CARE:

  • For fine hair, make sure your flat iron does not exceed 250 degrees. You can go a little farther with thick, coarse hair but don’t exceed 375 degrees.
  • Dyed hair tends to get dry, not only should you use moisture rich conditioner, you should also use a moisturizers.
  • Wash dyed hair with the coldest water you can stand. As long as your hair is dyed, it’s dry from all the chemicals. To decrease the potential damage, it’s better to wash with cold water that hot water.
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Goddess Waves by Sherri Shephered 

Blonde Hair Color for Dark Skin

Blonde Hair Color for Dark Skin

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HOW TO STYLE:

Blondes too, surprisingly go well with dark skin tones due to the beautiful eye-grabbing contrast. This is especially true to light brown to medium skin tones. Go for dark blonde colors such as champagne, strawberry and cobbler blondes. Avoid bleached and platinum dye colors for it will make dark skin tones look pale just a little bit off normal.

  • After washing, apply texturizing lotion on damp hair.
  • Comb through with a round brush to distribute evenly and blow dry hair.
    • Using a medium barrel curling iron, hold it in a vertical fashion to create soft loose waves. For a natural curl effect, vary the size of hair section and curl direction.
    • Use hairspray to hold style in shape.

 

FACE SHAPE:

If you have a round, heart or oval face, this style will work for you especially if you have fine to medium hair.

HOW TO CARE:

  • Choose a large-sized waving iron to create fuller and deeper waves.
  • Use a weightless hairspray product to avoid long hair pulling out the waves by its own weight.
  • Don’t forget to protect your hair from the elements. Dyed hair is dry hair and exposing it to radiation and wind increase the damage it takes.

Casual Curl by Sherri Shepherd

Casual Curl - Brown with Blonde Highlights on dark skin

Casual Curl – Brown with Blonde Highlights on dark skin

Casual Curl - Brown with Blonde Highlights on dark skin

Casual Curl – Brown with Blonde Highlights on dark skin

Casual Curl – Brown with Blonde Highlights on dark skin  – Get it here!

HOW TO STYLE:

In choosing brown as your new hair color, it is important to use varying shades of brown, possibly with added blond highlights to avoid looking “mousy”.

  • Use thermal protection on your locks.
  • Separate a large section of hair from ear level and below. Tie the rest of hair up into a bun to get it out of the way.
  • Using a medium-sized iron, clamp hair sections and curl hair away from the face.
  • Spray it with hairspray to hold the curls.
  • Drop the top section and repeat the process.
  • Hold it again with hairspray to hold.

FACE SHAPE:

This hairstyle is best in framing Oval, Heart, Diamond, Round, Oblong.

HOW TO CARE:

  • Make it a habit to hydrate your curly locks using a shine spray, serum or shine spritz.
  • If you are planning to redye, do it every month or so to allow it to recover from the chemicals.
  • Don’t forget to have a trim every once in awhile. Hair ends dries fasted and causes split ends especially dyed ones that gets dehydrated from the chemicals.
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Goddess Wave by Sherri Shepherd

Goddess Wave - Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Goddess Wave – Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Goddess Wave - Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Goddess Wave – Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Goddess Wave – Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone – Get it here!

HOW TO STYLE:

For cool complexions, ask for heavy highlights –meaning extremely light brown highlights to add the “Oomph” to the natural color of your hair. For warm tone women, honey highlights would do.

  • On dry hair, spray with light hold hairspray.
  • Parting your hair to the side, brush hair smoothly. Using a large barrel of iron, curl large strands measuring 2-inches in width. The direction must be away from the face. Continue process to the rest of your hair.
  • Spray hair with medium hold hairspray to keep hairstyle in shape.

FACE SHAPE:

Fortunately, this style works with any face shape with hair density ranging from medium to thick.

HOW TO CARE:

  • Try using weightless conditioner to make the curls last longer before styling your hair.
  • You should not only focus on hydrating your hair on the outside with products, you should also hydrate yourself from the inside. This means drinking water and getting water from juicy fruits and vegetables.
  • Always let dyed hair air dry if possible. The heat from flat irons and blow dryers can make hair porous from lack of moisture.

 

Rummer by Viviva

Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Highlights with Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

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HOW TO STYLE:

If you are a warm tone woman, the hair colour is especially for you.

  • Blow dry and use a round brush to shape the ends und and toward your face.
  • Follow through with a flat iron to smooth and define the ends even more after hair is completely dry.

FACE SHAPE:

This hairstyle will flatter round and square faces by giving fullness in narrow features and adding the illusion of length.

HOW TO CARE:

  • When ironing, run small sections of your hair slowly and smoothly to avoid repetitive applications of heat that would destroy the moisture content of hair. (I know you’re in a hurry, but have a little patience and a bit of your hair intact.)
  • To prevent overcoloring during touch-ups, make sure you only color the parts of the hair that has grown out.
  • You don’t need to dye your eyebrows too, the tiny detail of contrast is acceptable.

Javant by Vivica Fox

Javant -  Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Javant – Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Javant -  Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

Javant – Hair Color for Dark Skin tone

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HOW TO CARE:

  • Leave hair shiny, in place and with moisture protection with hair wax.
  • Always remember to start off with healthy hair before dyeing your whole head.
  • You can use a glaze product to add more shine in your hair. But it won’t add in color. It will only prolong the color in your hair.
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