Darker hair color, whether its black, brown or red, can be sexy, fun and dramatic. However not everybody looks good with dark hair (even the beautiful Cameron Diaz struggled to pull off this look).
There are a number of factors to consider before you decide to go dark and as usual, HairColorCode is here to be your guide.
Why dye your hair darker?
If you are looking for a low-maintenance hair color then a dark shade is perfect as the regrowth is usually less obvious than when you go for a shade that is lighter than your natural hair. Not only that, dark hair can hide hair breakages and flaws because it is better at reflecting light, so your hair will look more silky and soft.
Another benefit is that the coloring process is less damaging when you go for a darker shade. This is because dark hair color products generally involve no bleaching.
If you are concerned with the health of your hair, a semi-permanent, dark shade is ideal because it is friendly to the scalp and less harmful to the hair.
A word of caution before joining the dark side…
For all the benefits, there are some disadvantages to darker locks. For one, the color fades easily, so unless you do the coloring yourself you can expect to visit the salon on a regular basis and that can work out costly.
Also, choosing the best dark hue to complement your complexion is not easy. You might end up rather ghostly-looking if you decide to color your hair jet black when your complexion is fair to light.
Finding the shade of dark hair for you
Gorgeous deep brown, soft, dark mahogany, or burgundy red—which dark hair color will suit you best?
The fact is everyone can go dark, it’s just a matter of figuring out which shade will work for you. Here are some tips to help you along the way:
- To make sure that dark hair can work with your complexion, read our guide to matching hair color with skin tone.
- If your confident you can pull it off, read our guide to hair color shades to make sure you select the right level and tone
- Now you know what shade you are looking for, pick out the perfect product from our hair color charts
The best dark hair color products and brands
Once you have made the decision to go dark, there are great home color options available from all the major brands – check out our hair color charts for brunette and black shades in the most widely available ranges.
We would also recommend selecting a shampoo and conditioner that are specifically formulated for dark hair, again you can pick these up at your local drugstore or online at websites such as lookfantastic.com. Remember no matter how dark the shade, it will still be either warm or cool in tone and you should look for a shampoo product that compliments or evens out the tone you have selected.
Another useful tip – if you are a fan of dry shampoo it’s well worth selecting a range which has been specially designed for dark hair to avoid any white powder residue.
Going dark is certainly a great way to change your image. Dark hair can add drama and glamour to your look providing you choose the right shade for your complexion. Whoever said that blondes have more fun has never experienced the dark-haired side of life!