How To Choose The Right Hair Color For Indian Skin Tones? June 20, 2017

Hair color is a great way to subtly and sometimes drastically change your entire appearance. The right hair color can make you look fab with very little effort. Choosing hair color for Indian skin tone can be more difficult than any other types. Women don’t realize that, what works on say Western hair, is not suitable for Indian skin tones. Common, how many times have you seen that very blonde aunty walking down the street and stared after her in horror. Another problem Indian women face is the inability to go crazy with hair color because of “what society thinks.”

Anyway here’s a little guide on the best hair color for Indian skin women, to give all those confused ladies with blah hair, a ticket to amazing hair! No matter what your skin tone! If you can get your skin tone right for your makeup, you can get it right for your hair too! Check out these hair color ideas for Indian women.

Choosing The Right Hair Color For Indian Skin Tone

First things first, you have to know your skin tone. Is it warm or cool? If you turn red and burn in the sun as opposed to tan, you’re probably a cool. If you tan, you’re a warm. Sometimes Indian skin tone likes to be a pain in the butt and you need a professional to decipher it. A hair dresser, a MAC makeup artist or even a BFF with a good eye for color can help!

1. Natural Color:

Hair Color For Indian Skin Tone Pinit

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When it comes to natural colors, browns, reds and burgundy is favored for Indians. The undertone of the skin is very important when you choose a color. If you’re very yellow, you don’t want an ashy brown or gold, you will look jaundiced. Same goes for beauties that tend to go very red, if you choose red hair, you may look like a tomato! Definitely not a good look! The best hair color shades for Indian skin is one that doesn’t work against their skin tone.

[ Read: Bridal Tips For Indian Skin Tones ]

2. Brown :

Brown is probably the safest color you can go for. Again, go according to your skin. If you’re cooler, go for colors like mahogany. For warm skin, go for ash brown.

3. Burgundy :

A very popular color that will look best on olive and yellow skin tones. It will suit darker girls.

4. Red :

Red is tricky, there are a lot of shades in just red! If you’re fair go for a lighter red or copper. Not orange! Olive girls will look best with blue based reds which are darker. If you have very red skin, try to stay away from red, it will be an overdose of ruddiness.

5. Golden :

I don’t think golden is a natural color on anyone with Indian skin but people do love it! So, I feel I should add a bit about it. A full head of blonde is not a winning look; it can make dusky women look very pale and sickly as well as olive ladies, even if they are fair. Cool skinned fair girls can pull it off, but it requires a lot and isn’t something that can be easily done at home! The best way to wear golden is with some brown tones and usually in streaks or highlights. Don’t go full gold. Not only is the gold “color” not flattering, it is also mostly bleach and very harmful for hair.

6. Black :

Pure black is a no-no. Black makes your features appear harder and more haggard. It will look like a wig. Go for a dark brown instead.

Low lights And Highlights For Black Hair Indian:

If you go for all over hair color, do consider highlights or low lights. Not more than one or two shades lighter/ darker than your color. They add realism and dimension to the hair. Our hair is actually made of many different pigments, if you hold up your natural hair against the sun; you’ll see what I mean. Hair color removes this “natural look” by adding one solid pigment. Adding highlights/ lowlights can add softness and dimension to your hair.

Unnatural colors:

Unnatural colors have not been embraced by Indians as such. Whenever my hair is blue or pink I get a lot of looks and comments too. People like to talk to me about my hair and even ask to touch it! So unless you like a lot of attention, don’t go unnatural! Thin streaks here and there may be your best bet. Purples, plums and fire engine reds are the some of good hair colors for Indian skin that you could try on.

[ Read: Beauty Tips For Dark Skin Tones ]

I hope this little guide helped you understand the best hair colors for Indian skin tone and made you take an informed hair color decision!

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  • vedasri

    Hi nisha..! My hair is darkish. its even close to black! But i want to try something different for a change. My hair is wavy and my complexion is like light tan. what hair color should looks good on my hair without drying out my hair and that goes with my skin?

  • Thanmayee

    Hi nisha! These tips are really awesome for finding right hair color. Now I know how to start off to shade my hair. I was really confused regarding selection of hair color. I could not really depend on a professional. But hair expert’s suggestions are equally important for selecting a suitable hair color. I noticed that sometimes we do not know what we actually need. So it is better to depend on an expert’s remedy for the problem. Skin tone and natural hair color are really key elements described in this article for selecting hair color.


    HI im indian and i have bleach white hair… i have a medium skin tone and my hair is still reasonably healthier than i expected… i get mostly positive responses with the weird grimace every now and then. i die my hair at home myself… i think if you have the right attitude and own the colour you choose you will be hundreds… if you dont trust me look how beautiful halle berry looked as storm in xmen ;)

  • Chandrika

    I would love to try highlights and low lights for a change. Thanks for sharing the right hair color tricks for Indian women as all the colors and tints don’t usually suit our complexion. Keep sharing more such interesting articles. Will definitely come to read more digs. Thanks for sharing such an amazing article :)

  • Hair crazy

    Hi! So I’m Indian and I have times when I think about semi-dying my hair a dark blue. Would it compliment me?

    • r

      I’ve been wondering the same thing for myself for the longest time .. Let me know if you ever got around to doing and how it looked !

  • risha

    good article … thanks for the help. that said, glad you got one picture of an indian woman, out of the 3…

  • Sinduja

    Great article! I’m indian too and I can really see it’s a struggle to choose which hair color is best. My natural hair color is black and I’ve tried to bleach it just a little. I was afraid my hair would be ruined if I would bleach it for real, so I tried just one lock and it seems to be just fine. I want to go for something like fire engine red.

    One tip; if you’re planning to dye your hair completely but you’re not sure, try to find a (cheap) wig in somehow the same color you wish to dye your hair. This way you can see for yourself if it will work out or not. :)

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Suman, henna is a natural hair colourant that is widely used and it covers the greys and not make them white. There are lot of hair color products available in the market such as Revlon, Garnier, L’oreal, Streax, Matrix etc to choose from. You can choose from any of these brands or more.. it is also advisable to meet a hair stylist who can guide you in choosing a color suitable to your skin.