Committing to a new hair color is a lot like choosing new outfits—while certain hues in our wardrobe work to bring out the best features in our skin tone and eye color, there are other not so flattering shades we tend to avoid. Luckily, before you commit to any hair color change, we (and your colorist) can help you determine which shade is best for your complexion.
If you’re searching for the best hair color for medium skin, we’ve gathered 16 of our top shades. Whether you’re looking to go blonde or try a fantasy shade, keep scrolling for everything you need to know.
What color is medium skin?
You have medium skin if you have a tan complexion with yellow, pink, or olive undertones.
What hair color is best for a medium skin tone?
Before you choose the best hair color for medium skin, you’ll first need to determine your undertones. If you have medium skin with olive undertones, warm-toned hues will work best for you. For those with cool undertones in their skin, opt for cool-toned shades.
Look at the inside of your wrist if you’re unsure what undertones you have. Blue or purple veins may indicate a cool undertone, while green veins mean you likely have a warm undertone. If your veins match the color of your skin or you can’t tell what color they are, you might have a neutral undertone.
What hair color is best for medium tan skin?
The Best Hair Color For Medium Skin To Try Now
Dark Brown With Blonde Highlights
After you highlight your hair, you’ll need to upgrade your hair care routine to a strengthening hair care system formulated to help mitigate the damaging effects of bleach. We recommend Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner. These formulas strengthen and repair damaged hair, helping to rebalance your strand's natural pH levels for healthier-looking, stronger hair.
A shade like caramel complements any skin tone, but we particularly love how it brings out the warmth in medium golden skin.
No matter what undertones you’re working with, this deep mocha brown hue is a great option. This chocolatey shade has slightly warm undertones but is still neutral enough to complement cooler complexions.
If a full head of blonde hair sounds overwhelming to you, consider bronde your ideal in-between shade. Pick up a color-toning shampoo like Redken Color Extend Brownlight Shampoo and Conditioner to neutralize brassy orange undertones in lightened brown hair.
Silver hair may seem best suited for pale skin, but we’re strong advocates for pairing it with medium complexions. This cool-toned hue complements medium skin tones with cool undertones. Use a shampoo and conditioner system like Redken Color Extend Graydient Shampoo and Conditioner to neutralize yellow undertones while strengthening and nourishing gray or silver hair.
If you like your hair color to look just as delectable as your dinner entree, you can’t go wrong with eggplant. This cool-toned, deep purple hue is a must-try if you have cool undertones in your skin.
Dark To Light Blonde Balayage
This dark to light blonde balayage keeps the strands around your face slightly deeper while letting you test the waters of a platinum shade.
We consider medium brown the most neutral of all hair colors—which makes it an ideal choice for all complexions. Use a shine-enhancing hair serum like Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Shine Oil to give your medium brown hue a smoother, shinier finish while protecting your strands from heat damage.
Your hair color doesn’t have to be bright and vibrant to make an impact. If moodier tones are more your vibe, ask your colorist for a smoky hair color.
Accentuate your skin tone and give your hair color a metallic touch with a bronze hair color. This brunette shade with notes of red, caramel, and gold can add instant warmth and dimension to your look.
Copper is one of our top picks for fair skin tones, but we enjoy it just as much for bringing out the warmth in medium skin. If you want a look that’s slightly bolder, pair your copper hue with a bright blonde money piece.
If you’re already looking ahead to the warmer months, opt for a neon shade like watermelon. Much like the summertime fruit, this hue is punchy and vibrant, which makes it perfect for medium tan skin. Be sure to pick up a shampoo and conditioner system formulated for high-maintenance hair colors like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner.
If you’re reminiscing about eight o’clock sunsets by the beach, use them as inspiration for your hair color. Sunset hair color is a vibrant mix of pink, orange, yellow, and purple shades that pair perfectly with medium skin.
For those looking to get out of their comfort zone, experiment with cool-toned fantasy shades like turquoise. While it may be an out of the box choice, it’s one that’s guaranteed to have heads turning.
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