hair color ideas 26 Hair Colors That Are Ultra-Flattering On Tan Skin

Whether you love blonde hair or you want to be a brunette, there’s a hair color for everyone.

April 13, 2022
Best Hair Color For Tan Skin

If you have a gorgeous tan skin tone, it’s only right that you flaunt it. Beyond wearing the most flattering makeup for tan skin, you’ll want to find a hair color that complements your complexion. And when it comes to updating your beauty look with one of the best hair colors for tan skin, you certainly don’t have a shortage of options. Allow us to share 26 of our favorite hair color ideas for tan skin so you can make your pick and know you’ll look absolutely fabulous.


The Best Brown Hair Colors for Tan Skin

Transforming into a brown-haired baddie is easily doable. Tan skin typically has warm undertones, which, as you may have guessed, play well with warm shades. So, choose your favorite brown hair color option from our list below.


1. Golden Brown

Want to add a touch of gold to your strands? Allow us to point you in the direction of a golden brown hue. Perfect for those who are already starting with a brown base, this radiant hair color features a gorgeous honey undertone for the perfect sun-kissed look.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Golden Brown


2. Light Golden Brown

For those who love lighter strands, light golden brown hair is your mane match. This pretty option highlights your features while simultaneously adding warmth to your complexion.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Lightest Golden Brown


3. Chestnut Brown

If you’re game for a rich brunette hair color, look no further than chestnut brown strands. This shade works wonders to add dimension and warmth to your mane, perfectly complementing your tanned skin.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Chestnut Brown


4. Mahogany Brown Hair

In case you haven’t heard, reddish-brown hair is still on-trend. If you’re interested in giving a trendy brunette shade a try, consider coloring your strands with a mahogany brown hair dye. Perfectly blending notes of red and brown together, you could say this color offers the best of both worlds.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Dark Mahogany Brown


5. Bronzed Brown

If you want to add some pizzazz to your strands, allow us to guide you toward bronzed brown hair. Adding a metallic touch to your brown mane, this brunette shade is the perfect balance of timeless and trendsetting. What’s not to love?

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Bronzed Brown


6. Brown to Blonde Ombré

Two shades are better than one — that’s how the saying goes, right? Brown to blonde ombré hair features a seamless transition from brown to blonde for a look that easily makes a stylish statement. Not to mention, the darker roots make it super low-maintenance. That’s what we call smart hair coloring.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria Hyper Platinum Advanced Lightening System Bleach


The Best Red Hair Colors for Tan Skin

Dare to go bold? It doesn’t get much bolder than a red hair color. Keep reading for the best red hair colors to complement your tan skin tone.


7. Auburn

Fancy an eye-catching mane? Auburn hair won’t disappoint. Featuring a gorgeous blend of blonde, brunette, and red shades, this color takes warmth to the next level.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rich Auburn True Red


8. Fire Engine Red

If you want to fully embrace a red hair color, we recommend doing so with a bright, fiery hue. Whether you opt for a full color job or highlights, you can expect this shade to do all the talking. You can even join the #redhairdontcare squad with a temporary hair dye.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Red


9. Golden Copper

If you’re looking to steer away from a traditional red, it’s time to get familiar with golden copper hair. This seriously stylish color mixes red and blonde for a hue that will look beautiful against your tan skin. Adding dimension, warmth, and shimmer to your tresses — it truly doesn’t get any better than this.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Copper


10. Cranberry Red

If fiery red is a bit too daring for your tastes, consider taking things down a notch with a cranberry red mane. Slightly deeper in tone, this rich red color will still make a statement without steering too far outside of your comfort zone.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Reds-Deep Auburn/Red Velvet


11. Scarlet

If you’re considering turning to the dark side, scarlet hair is the perfect shade of red for you. This bright red hair color features notes of purple throughout, making for a mane that commands attention.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Reds-Medium Auburn/Cherry Crush


12. Raspberry

For a red that’ll turn heads, try raspberry hair color on for size. A blend of red, purple, and pink tones, it’ll perfectly complement your warm skin. Talk about deliciously sweet strands.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Fuschia


The Best Blonde Hair Colors for Tan Skin

Blonde hair and tan skin is a combination that’s almost always a winner, but the key is to find the right shade to complement your complexion and undertones. Allow us to show you the way with these recommendations.


13. Strawberry Blonde

When you can’t decide between blonde hair and red hair, strawberry blonde makes the choice super easy. A true hair color staple, this dimensional shade lets you bridge the gap between light and dark shades while calling attention to your gorgeous tan skin tone.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Reddish Blonde


14. Cinnamon Blonde

Add a touch of spice to your blonde mane by trying a cinnamon blonde hair color. This gorgeous hair trend blends copper, blonde, and auburn shades for a color that emulates the spice it’s named after perfectly.


Editor’s tip: Since this hair color involves multiple shades, it’s best to turn to the pros for a seamlessly blended color.

 

15. Honey Blonde

Like we’ve mentioned, tan skin tones look beautiful with warm hair colors, which is why honey blonde is the next hair hue on our list. This color will leave your complexion looking luminous — and may just make you pass for a natural blonde if you’re not.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Blonde

 

16. Dirty Bronde

A variation on the dirty blonde hair color trend, dirty bronde hair leans more on the brunette side but features both blonde and brown hues blended throughout your mane. It’s the perfect option for those who want to test the waters when it comes to a lighter mane. 

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Dark Blonde

 

17. Amber Blonde

If you love the idea of copper tones added to blonde hair, amber blonde hair is well worth a try. Picture a blonde base with rich reddish tones mixed throughout, and you’ll see what we mean. The result? A trendy, playful look. 


Editor’s tip:  Head to your colorist for a customized look that suits your undertones.


18. Medium Golden Blonde

Think a golden hue is just what you need? Well, you’ve struck gold, because medium golden blonde hair is next on our list. This sunny hair color looks radiant against tan skin, adding a beautiful glow to your complexion.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Golden Blonde


19. Cherry Blonde

Fancy yourself to be a risk-taker? Then let us put cherry blonde hair on your radar. Featuring a mix of auburn, blonde, and copper shades, this warm hair color perfectly suits tan skin tones. Head to your salon for a custom hue made just for you.

 

20. Rose Blonde Hair

Speaking of sparkly hues, it may be worth exploring the wonders of rose blonde hair. One of the hottest hair colors right now, rose blonde complements tan skin with its shimmery metallic finish and natural blonde base.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Smokey Pink


The Best Black Hair Colors for Tan Skin

Consider coloring your mane with a black hue when you want a classic hair color that’ll always be in style. Here are a few sultry black hair color options to try.


21. Soft Black

A soft black hair dye is anything but too harsh against your skin tone. This soft shade won’t create an unflattering contrast against your tanned complexion. Rather, it’ll make for the perfect amount of contrast for an overall gorgeous look.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Soft Black

 

22. Brown-Black

Another black hair color that will liven up your tan skin is brown-black hair. As you can probably guess, this hair color falls right between black and brown for a black hair color that’s perfectly understated.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Cool Darkest Brown


The Best Bold Hair Colors for Tan Skin 

Once you’re ready to take your hair color to another level try out one of our favorite bold hair colors below to liven up your ‘do.


23. Rose Gold

As we mentioned before, metallic shades pair beautifully with tan skin and rose gold hair is no exception. This jewelry-toned hue combines shimmery gold and warm rose for the ultimate cool-girl aesthetic.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rose Gold


24. Amethyst

Amethyst hair is the perfect way to go outside of the box — no pun intended. Adding a burst of sparkling violet color to your strands, this hair color will give your tan skin the extra oomph you’re looking for. Not to mention, you’ll also be able to give the holographic hair trend a try.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Cool Amethyst


25. Turquoise

Another hair color that makes tan skin look its very best is turquoise hair. This multidimensional shade is not for the faint-hearted, but if you’re down for a unique hair color, it’s certainly worth trying.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Turquoise


26. Purple

If you’re interested in making a change to your locks and aren’t afraid of playing with color, purple hair is just the shade for doing so. This rich hue is the perfect way to have fun with your mane while still flattering your warm-toned complexion.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Purple


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Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn