While ending up with the hue of your dreams is always the goal when you head to the salon, truth be told, choosing a new hair color is a lot like playing a game of chance. There’s no surefire way to guarantee that you’ll be obsessed with your new hue, but you still trust your stylist to create a hair color that perfectly matches your vision. While scrolling through social media searching for a new ‘do, you might have overlooked a crucial part of identifying what shade is right for you: your skin tone.
If you’re working with fair-as-can-be skin, don’t despair! The world of hair color for pale skin is vast, and if you need help deciding which one to try, we’re here to help. From ash blonde shades to dark brown hair and vibrant reds, here are the best hair colors for pale skin.
How do I choose the right hair color for my skin tone?
Finding the best hair color for your pale skin all depends on identifying your undertones. If your skin has cool undertones, you’ll want to stick with ashy blonde, brown, and fantasy hues. If your complexion is on the warmer side, deeper hues such as honey blonde, copper, and caramel will go perfectly with your skin. To find out more about our favorite hair colors for pale skin, keep scrolling for 20 of our favorites
The Best Blonde Hair Colors For Pale Skin
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 that will give your skin tone that instant sunkissed glow.
Platinum blonde and cool-toned fair skin is a match made in heaven. The icy blonde hue will perfectly complement your porcelain complexion—particularly if you have blue or green eyes.
If you decide to go platinum, be sure to invest in a quality anti-brass purple shampoo like the Kérastase Blond Absolu Bain Ultra-Violet Purple Shampoo. Since your colorist will need to use bleach to achieve platinum blonde, you’ll want to pick up a weekly hair treatment to minimize the look and feel of damaged hair. We recommend the Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaflash Intense Fortifying Treatment. It instantly restores, softens, and protects hair from breakage.
Where mushroom blonde is a moodier take on blonde, champagne 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.
If you’re stuck somewhere between sticking to your brunette roots and wanting to go blonde, bronde hair is always a good idea. If you’re lightening your natural brunette hue to achieve bronde hair, you might deal with a bit of brassiness. We recommend adding a blue shampoo and conditioner system like Redken Color Extend Brownlights Shampoo and Conditioner. This progressive toning system is ideal for preventing and neutralizing brass on both highlighted and natural brown hair.
If you’re looking to go lighter but keep your ash hair color, why not give mushroom blonde a shot? This multi-dimensional, cool-toned blonde can be worn lighter or darker, making it customizable to fit any shade of pale skin.
If you’re looking for a blonde hue that’s not too warm and not too ashy, cream blonde falls perfectly in between. Whether you’re working with cool or warm undertones, this buttery hue can be customized to complement your pale complexion.
Torn between keeping your blonde strands or going red? Strawberry blonde can give you a little taste of both! Though strawberry blonde hair is unique, the hue is neutral enough to flatter just about any skin tone.
The Best Brunette Hair Colors For Pale Skin
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, mushroom brown hair is sure to look stunning against your fair skin.
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 balayage technique. This will allow you to keep your dark brown hair color while notes of caramel frame your face, enhancing your skin tone.
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 chocolate brown. Ask your colorist to add hints of red, honey, or gold throughout your chocolate brown hue to complement your fair skin tone.
Thinking 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!
The Best Red Hair Colors For Pale Skin
For those with light brown hair, making a subtle transition to red hair is easy. Ask your colorist for light auburn hair, a shade that perfectly combines brunette and red for a fiery hue that works for all skin tones.
Looking to go a bit deeper with your auburn hair color? Show off your inner vixen and ask your colorist for a darker variation of this fiery shade.
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. Burgundy hair colors 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 Total Results Color Obsessed Shampoo and Conditioner. This system cleanses and conditions to protect against fading and extend your color vibrancy.
Ladies with pale skin and blue eyes, listen up: No color will flatter both your skin and your 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.
The Best Fantasy Hair Colors For Pale Skin
No fantasy hair color is more on-trend than gray. Not sure which shade of gray hair is right for pale skin? We vote charcoal! Since the dark gray shade is so cool-toned, it works particularly well if you have cool undertones in your skin.
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!
If we’re talking about pastel hues for cool-toned skin, pastel blue hair simply can’t be ignored. After all, the icy shade is on-trend and wearable for any time of the year!
If you have a pale complexion with warm undertones, it’s time to start thinking pink—and we mean really pink! If you’re committed to trying hot pink hair, we recommend the Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner system to maintain the vibrancy of fast-fading hair colors.
When combining pale skin with wild hair colors, the sky’s the limit. If you’re dreaming of the ultimate fantasy color combo, go bold with a rainbow hair creation.
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