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Whether you're looking to go blonde or try something a bit darker, these are the 37 best hair colors for pale skin tones.

Calling All Fair-Skinned Beauties! These Are the 37 Best Hair Colors for Pale Skin

Whether you're looking to go blonde or try something a bit darker, these are the 37 best hair colors for pale skin tones.

From every foundation looking just a little too dark to slathering on SPF 50 every time you step into the sun, having fair skin can sometimes be a struggle. However, finding the doesn’t have to be complicated. The good news is that there are a ton of hair colors for pale skin that will complement your porcelain complexion.

We’re breaking down how to identify the best hue for your skin tone and 37 of the best hair colors for pale skin that you can try now. Whether you’re looking to go , brunette, or into , keep scrolling for everything you need to know.

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What is a fair skin tone?

Fair skin is the lightest range of complexions ranging from porcelain to light. Those with fair or pale complexions can have either warm or cool undertones.

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What color hair looks best on pale skin?

Finding the best hair color for pale skin all depends on identifying your undertones. If your skin has cool undertones, you’ll want to stick with , brown, and fantasy hues. If your complexion is on the warmer side, deeper shades such as , , and will go perfectly with your skin.

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Does pale skin look better with dark or light hair?

Wondering what a good hair color for pale skin? You’ll need to figure out your specific undertones. You can opt for shades on both sides of the spectrum as long as they’re flattering and don’t wash you out. If you need help determining what hair colors for pale skin are best for you, we always suggest consulting a professional colorist for guidance.

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What colors wash out pale skin?

If you have pale skin, going too light or too dark with your color can make your skin appear washed out. Be sure to chat with your colorist about the best options for you.

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Should I dye my hair black if I have pale skin?

is a statement-making color that stands out even more as a contrast against pale skin. In some cases, however, a shade as dark as black can make your complexion appear washed out. Instead, try a rich dark brown shade with tons of dimension. Break up the darkness with brunette highlights, a cooler, face-framing money piece, or a lighter color block accent.

What is the best hair color for pale skin?

Before you head to the salon, keep scrolling to see 37 of our favorite hair colors for pale skin.

The Best Blonde Hair Colors for Pale Skin

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Honey Blonde

If you have a pale complexion with warm undertones, you’re going to want a blonde shade that pairs best with the warmth in your skin. We recommend trying a honey blonde hair color to give your skin tone that instant sunkissed glow.

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Golden Blonde

Here’s another solid contender for those with warm undertones: . To live out your gilded hair dreams, ask your colorist about Redken Bonder Inside Golden Level 10s.

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Platinum Blonde

and cool-toned fair skin are a match made in heaven. The icy blonde hue perfectly complements your porcelain complexion—particularly if you have blue or green eyes.

If you go platinum, invest in a quality anti-brass like the Kérastase to keep it bright.

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White Blonde

Searching for a shade even lighter (and icier) than platinum? Opt for , the lightest shade on the blonde hair color chart.

Since your colorist will need to use bleach to achieve this level of blonde, you’ll want to pick up hair products to help minimize the look and feel of damaged hair. We recommend

Redken . Part of the , this highly reparative rinse-off formula works within your hair to strengthen bonds weakened by stressors like hair lightening and more.

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Stuck somewhere between staying loyal to your brunette roots and wanting to go blonde? is always a good idea. If you’re to achieve bronde hair, you might deal with a bit of brassiness. We recommend adding a blue shampoo and conditioner system like Matrix and to help prevent and neutralize brass on highlighted brown hair.

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Mushroom Blonde

If you’re looking to go lighter but keep your ash hair color, why not give a shot? This multi-dimensional, cool-toned blonde can be worn lighter or darker, making it customizable to fit any shade of pale skin.

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Champagne Blonde

Where mushroom blonde is a moodier take on blonde, is the life of the party. When done right, the multidimensional, creamy blonde shines like a freshly opened bottle of bubbly—not to mention it works for just about any skin tone.

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Cream Blonde

If you’re looking for a blonde hue that’s not too warm and not too ashy, falls perfectly in between. Whether working with cool or warm undertones, this buttery hue can be customized to complement your pale complexion.

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Strawberry Blonde

is the perfect balance if you’re torn between staying blonde or going red. Though strawberry blonde hair is unique, the hue is neutral enough to flatter just about any skin tone.

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Blonde Hair with Lowlights

If you feel your blonde is a bit too light for your skin tone, ask your colorist to tone it down with . This technique adds instant depth and dimension to your hue.

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Copper with Blonde Highlights

Add a pop of blonde highlights throughout your red copper base to warm up your hue. If you have green eyes, the copper shade will also help accentuate them.

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Dirty Blonde

Dirty blonde is another way to tread the line between blonde and brunette, one that’s low-maintenance and stunning on all pale skin tones.

The Best Brunette Hair Colors for Pale Skin

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Mushroom Brown

This ashy brunette shade that incorporates notes of light gray and deep brown is the trend that started a wave of mushroom-inspired hues. Whether your skin has cool, warm, or neutral undertones, is sure to look stunning against your fair skin.

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Caramel Brown

Ladies with pale skin: If there’s one rule to coloring your hair, it’s that going too deep with your hue will make your skin look washed out. If you have a naturally dark base, ask your colorist to paint caramel highlights throughout your mane using a . This will allow you to keep your dark brown hair color while notes of caramel frame your face, enhancing your skin tone.

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Chocolate Brown

It’s true that going too deep with your brunette hue can sometimes wash you out, but we can make an exception for a shade as dimensional and delectable as . Ask your colorist to add hints of red, honey, or gold throughout your chocolate brown hue to complement your fair skin tone.

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Milk Chocolate

If you think chocolate brown hair is a bit too dark for you, opt for a milk chocolate hair color for a lighter shade that’s just as sweet!

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Brown Hair with Face-Framing Blonde Highlights

Stay true to your dark roots while instantly brightening your face with . This on-trend placement is also low-maintenance, so you can go weeks without booking a touch-up.

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Golden Brown

Ask your colorist for golden brown hair color to enhance the warm undertones in your skin.

Mocha Brown

Mocha brown hair color is a harmonious mix of espresso and warm hazel tones that won’t look too jarring next to fairer skin. If you want to keep gray hair from standing out against this rich shade, ask your colorist about Redken in Shade 5NN Cafe Mocha. This liquid, permanent color offers up to 100 percent gray coverage and contains two percent apricot oil, so gray, wiry hairs also feel smooth and conditioned.

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Copper Brown

You really can have the best of both brunette and red worlds when you opt for copper brown. Your stylist can tailor this look depending on whether your undertones are cool or warm.

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Espresso Brown with Subtle Highlights

Want to go dark (but not too dark)? Subtle highlights break up the darkness of espresso hair so that the shade isn’t too harsh for your skin tone.

It’s an inconvenient truth that darker shades tend to showcase certain hair concerns, especially . If you’re battling flakes, consider adding an exfoliating scrub like Kérastase into your routine.

The Best Red Hair Colors for Pale Skin

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This spice-inspired shade is basically brunette with sprinkled notes of red throughout. No matter your skin’s undertone, is a great choice.

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Light Auburn

For those with light brown hair, making a subtle transition to red hair is easy. Ask your colorist for , a neutral yet fiery shade that works for every skin tone.

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Bright Auburn

Looking to go a bit deeper with your auburn hair color? Show off your inner vixen and ask your colorist for a more vivid variation of this fiery shade.

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If light auburn is just a bit too neutral for you, you might be looking to play on the deeper side of the red color spectrum. For a red hue that’s dark and bold, turn to burgundy. complement every shade of fair skin, so you really can’t go wrong!

Since red hair colors are notoriously difficult to maintain, you’ll need to make a few changes to your hair care routine. Step one: Switch out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system with a formula for color-treated strands like Matrix and . This system cleanses and conditions to protect against fading and extend your color vibrancy.

You can also cut back on wash days. Give your mane a refresh in-between shampoos with a dry shampoo. We love Pureology’s , which also adds texture and body to unwashed hair.

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Ladies with pale skin and blue eyes, listen up: No color will flatter your skin and eye color like copper. Since orange and blue are complementary colors on the color wheel, orange-toned hues and blue eyes are basically a match made in heaven.

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Candy Apple Red

If you thought bright red shades were too severe for pale skin, think again! This candy apple shade is proof that they pair gorgeously with fair complexions.

The Best Fantasy Hair Colors For Pale Skin

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Color Block

While a full head of black hair can look overwhelming on your skin tone, getting creative with your placement can make all the difference. Ask your colorist to paint blonde color block highlights onto a black base for an edgy and flattering look for your complexion.

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Red and Orange

A red and orange blend is a fiery, bold choice, but one with a serious payoff for pale skin. A balayage technique will help keep your color maintenance to a minimum.

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No fantasy hair color is more on-trend than gray. Not sure which shade of gray hair is right for pale skin? We vote for charcoal! Since the dark gray shade is so cool-toned, it works particularly well if your skin has cool undertones.

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Plum and Violet

The more colors, the better, especially when it comes to shades of purple! and violet are an eye-catching duo that works like magic together to elevate your look.

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Smoky Lilac

Smoky hair color has been one of the hottest trends we’ve seen over the past few years. Combined with a trending hair color like lilac, how could you go wrong? If you have pale skin with cool undertones, this one’s for you! Try the trend commitment-free with Biolage Professional’s .

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Pastel Blue

If we’re talking about pastel hues for cool-toned skin, pastel blue hair simply can’t be ignored.

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Ice Blue

Those who aren’t afraid to shy away from vivid colors will adore this deep, icy blue in place of pastel blue. Even though they’re nicknamed icy, rest assured these shades are on-trend and wearable any time of the year.

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Bubblegum Pink

Pale girls really can’t go wrong with pink hair, but the right shade for you depends on your undertones. is stunning on those with fair skin and cool undertones.

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Hot Pink

If you have a pale complexion with warm undertones, we recommend trying a bolder shade of pink. This is also a contender for the best hair color for pale skin and green eyes. If you’re committed to trying , we recommend the Matrix and system to maintain the vibrancy of fast-fading hair colors.

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When combining pale skin with wild hair colors, the sky’s the limit. If you dream of the ultimate fantasy color combo, go bold with a creation.

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