Hair & hairstyles

Which hair color suits dark skin types? Here are 21 of the best ideas!

It’s no secret that you should consider your skin tone and eye color to find the best hair color for your type. As with makeup, certain shades will flatter your complexion better than others. If you are looking for the best hair colors for dark skin types, you are in luck! Below we introduce you to 21 stunning hair colors for black women and other people of color with dark skin.

Dark skin and blonde hair? Here are the best shades of blonde for dark skin types

black woman with chin-length blonde hair - different variants of the bob hairstyle

Blonde hair doesn’t suit dark skin types? But on the contrary. You just need to find the right shade of blonde that will best show off your dark skin. Here are the best ideas for you.


Cream-blonde goes wonderfully with dark skin types

If you love the idea of ​​a contrasting blonde mane, cream blonde is the hair color for you! This shade of blonde looks like platinum blonde, but with a warm, yellow undertone that is reminiscent of the cream you pour into your coffee.

blonde hair color for dark skin

black woman with shaved blonde hair

Creamy blonde hair and dark eyes and skin

Creamy blonde hair and dark skin

Creamy blonde natural curls and dark skin

black woman with curly blond hair

White blonde hair and buzz cut for dark ones

White blonde / silver blonde

white blonde hair for dark skin types

If you have a dark skin tone with a cool undertone, a silver-blonde hair color is the best choice. This cool blonde shade is one of the hottest hair colors in 2021 and gives your blonde hair a magical, silver shine. The contrast to the skin color is strong, but very attractive.

black woman with white short hair

silver blonde hair and dark skin

dark skin and silver blonde hair

White-blonde hair and dark skin

black woman with short blonde hair

black woman with short white blonde hair

Honey blonde / dark golden blonde

Dark blonde hair and dark skin

As for the classic blonde tones, honey blonde is hands down one of the best hair colors for dark skin types. This golden blonde shade will add warmth to your complexion and looks wonderful as a balayage. If you want a hair color that creates less contrast with your dark complexion, you can also go for a dark golden blonde.

golden blonde highlights flatter dark skin types

light brown balayage for dark skin

Honey blonde hair color to dark skin

black woman with green eyes and honey blonde hair

Honey blonde hair and dark skin

black woman with blonde hair and short hairstyle

The best brown hair colors for dark skin types

Black woman with chocolate hair color and shag hairstyle with bangs

If you just want to lighten your dark hair a little bit then the following shades of brown can inspire you.


Espresso brown hair for dark skin types

When it comes to brown hair colors for dark skin types, espresso is one of the first options that might come to mind. This deep, dark, cool-toned shade of brown is very flattering for dark skin tones.

 Cinnamon brown / caramel

dark skin and shoulder length light brown hair

Imagine the delicious spice and you already know what cinnamon brown hair color looks like. It’s a medium brown shade with a subtle red tint that goes beautifully on women with warm, dark skin tones.

Cinnamon highlights on dark, curly hair

If you don’t want to have your hair colored completely, you can only opt for cinnamon brown highlights. In this article, you can find out which highlight colors go well with black hair.

Cinnamon caramel hair color for dark skin

Cinnamon caramel hair color for dark skin types

Caramel hair color perfect for dark skin types

Caramel highlights on dark afro hair

Caramel highlights on curly dark skin

Caramel highlights look wonderful on dark hair with curls

 Chocolate brown

Cinnamon hair color for dark skin

Chocolate brown is another gorgeous hair color for women with dark skin. The shade will perfectly resemble your favorite candy with notes of milk and dark chocolate.

Chocolate hair color for dark skin

Chocolate brown highlights on black hair

Chocolate brown highlights with black natural curls

Chocolate brown highlights and afro hair


Chestnut brown hair with a red tinge perfect for dark skin

The next suggestion on our list of the best hair colors for dark skin types is maroon. It’s a rich brown with a touch of red that will perfectly accentuate the warmth of your dark complexion. You can find out how the stars wear this beautiful reddish brown in this article.

Auburn hair color and long curly hair

The best red hair colors for dark skin types

Cherry red hair color goes wonderfully with dark skin types

And which red is best for dark skin types? From bright to muted reds, there is a wide variety of red hair colors that can flatter your dark complexion.

Cherry red

cherry red and black hair gorgeous for dark skin

Dyeing your hair bright red is a daring move, but these examples prove that cherry red is a great fit for women with dark skin! This color will simply make your complexion shine.

red highlights on dark frizzy hair

Wine red / burgundy red


Burgundy red is also a beautiful hair color for black women. The combination of red and purple tones creates a stunning, rich red hair color that will beautifully flatter your dark complexion.

dark red hair color for dark skin and brown eyes

black woman with dark red long hair

Burnt orange

Burnt orange hair color for dark skin

An untraditional shade that appears more and more in the world of beauty? Orange! More precisely, Burnt Orange. And as it turns out, orange hair is all over social media right now. Burnt Orange Hair is exactly what you imagine – a mane colored in a rusty, deep orange shade. But red, copper, terracotta and a traditional bright orange can also be worked into the hair.

Burnt orange hair color for dark skin types


Copper hair color for dark skin

While a traditional orange copper can look too harsh for your dark complexion, a red copper can look quite flattering. Just keep an eye out for a dark shade of orange with red and brown undertones.

Copper Afro hair for dark skin types

The best black hair colors for dark skin types

Are you sure you want to switch to the dark side? There is more than one option when it comes to choosing a black hair color that will flatter your dark skin!

Soft black

black curly hair and dark skin

If you want a natural shade of black, try Soft Black. This shade of black isn’t quite as saturated as other black hair colors, which makes it look more natural. It will add contrast even to your dark skin tone.

Black purple

Chin-length hair in purple and black for dark skin types

What do you get when black meets purple? A gorgeous, purple-black hair color, of course! With a hint of purple, she gives a black mane the perfect twist.

Eggplant hair color for dark skin types


Short hairstyle for afro hair in blue and purple

If you’re keen to get your hair dyed blue, there is no better option for dark skin tones than a rich navy shade. The dark color makes for the perfect twist on the blue hair trend.

black woman with blue hair and bob hairstyle

Black woman with long bob hairstyle and dark blue hair

Black and Teal / Teal

Black and teal gradient flatters dark skin types

It’s true: green and blue hair colors look stunning, especially on dark complexions. Try a teal hair color for a change. The beautiful mix of green and blue also has cool gray undertones.

Unusual yet attractive hair colors for dark skin types

steel gray hair to dark skin

Who says you just have to choose between the classic hair colors? If you’re into fun, trendy hair colors, consider one of the following options for dark skin types!

Gray hair and dark skin

gray hair and dark skin

When black women turn gray, the salt-and-pepper look looks really good on most of them. But hair colors such as silver and steel gray can also skillfully highlight your hair. A dark hairline would make sense, however, so that you don’t have to re-dye as often.

Salt and pepper look with dark skin

long gray hair with bangs and dark skin

Hair color eggplant / dark plum

Plum purple hair color and dark skin

There are few things sweeter than biting into a ripe, juicy plum – especially during the summer months. As if the taste wasn’t enough, this tasty fruit also has an appearance that is worth imitating – with a plum hair color, for example. The beautiful purple hue with a touch of red has become the source of inspiration for one of the top hair color trends and looks absolutely stunning on dark skin tones. You can find out more about purple hair in our article “Dyeing purple hair: These are the best shades of purple for your skin tone”.

Rose gold

Rosegold hair color for dark skin

Rose gold hair makes a real statement! If you have dark skin, go for a classic rose gold with lots of pink tones. While dark skin works with almost any shade of rose gold, this is a classic for good reason because the light color will make for a flirtatious and cool look.

black woman with rose gold hair

Black woman with long bob in rose gold

black woman with short afro hair in color coral

Pastel hair pink orange and dark skin

Rose brown

Rose brown with a metallic sheen perfect for dark skin

We’ll always be a fan of pink hair, although shades like pastel pink can look too harsh on dark skin types. Try a darker rose brown instead!

rose-brown hair with a dark approach to dark skin


Coral hair color with little bob hairstyle for dark skin types

Coral colored hair has been on trend for a while – and we still can’t get enough of it! We’ll wear this shade for years to come, and if you have a dark complexion, be sure to try it out too!

Coral hair color for dark skin types

Magenta / Fuchsia

Magenta fuchsia pink hair to dark skin

Last but not least is the fuchsia hair color. This purple hue has a touch of pink and is guaranteed to be a real eye-catcher.

Fuchsia and red hair to darker skin