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The Best Hair Colors for Olive Skin

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Get some ideas for hair colors to pair with an olive complexion, and view celebrity photos.

Get some ideas for hair colors to pair with an olive complexion, and view celebrity photos.

If you have olive skin and are in the mood to dye your hair, this article will help you determine the best hair shades for you. Celebrities like Alyssa Milano, Eva Mendes, and Ariana Grande all have olive complexions and wear beautiful hair colors. Kim Kardashian's color and look are also often imitated by women who seek to have a touch of her style

Olive-skinned women often go dark, but you can also go lighter if you are careful and choose the right shade. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Mahogany or Plum
  • Golden, Sandy Blonde
  • Dark Brown
  • Brown With Blonde Highlights
  • Black

Mahogany or Plum

Ariana Grande (above) rocks mahogany hair. Mahogany or plum is one of the most fun hair colors you can wear as an olive-skinned woman.

These colors are deep and edgy, while still being colors that can be worn in everyday settings at work and school. If you long for a sense of adventure with your looks yet your lifestyle doesn't allow you to make drastic changes, try a mahogany or plum shade and watch heads turn.

With an Olive Complexion

These hair colors blend with your olive complexion because they complement the very subtle green hues in your skin. Because these colors have tones in them that might highlight any off-color in your skin, like blemishes, it is advisable to take another step to ensure your skin is healthy and bright.

Mahogany and plum are perhaps the only red shades you can wear. However, they are the most adventurous of all red hair colors!

Suggested Dyes

  • If you would like to try mahogany out, try L'Oreal Preference 5MM Medium Mahogany Brown.
  • If you would like to try a more purplish red color (for cool skin tones), try out L'Oreal Feria Color 3D P48.

Golden, Sandy Blonde

A touch of sand and a touch of gold come together in perfect tendrils to create the radiant skin glow of the actresses and models in the photos above.

Alyssa Milano with a dark brown hair color.

Alyssa Milano with a dark brown hair color.

Dark Brown

Alyssa Milano (above) wears her hair dark brown. Chances are that your hair might be naturally dark brown as well.

With an Olive Complexion

There is a reason so many women with naturally dark brown hair and olive-complected skin keep their hair dark: It's perfect for their skin tone. Dark brown hair allows your skin's olive beauty to show through without the need for a lot of makeup.

Suggested Dyes

If you would like to try dark brown hair dye, try Revlon Colorsilk 33 Dark Soft Brown.

If you have gray or white hairs in your mane, coloring your hair is always better than plucking the strays.

Brown With Blonde Highlights

Surprise everyone and infuse your dark brown hair with blonde highlights. You no longer have to take an expensive trip to the salon to go blonde. Highlighting your hair requires less maintenance than an all-over dye job. Take this into consideration when looking to change your hair color.

Suggested Dyes

You can use the time-tested and positively reviewed Revlon Frost & Glow Honey Highlighting Kit for Medium to Dark Brown Hair.

To play it safe, try coloring a lock of your hair to see how you like the results before applying it all over your head.

Kim Kardashian with wavy black hair and side bangs.

Kim Kardashian with wavy black hair and side bangs.

Black

TV star Kim Kardashian (above) has naturally shiny black hair. Although Kim has tried dark blonde hair, the black color has always looked best on her.

With an Olive Complexion

Black hair looks great on women with olive complexions, and sometimes those with dark brown hair like to go the extra step and dye their hair black, as black hair adds drama and depth to your look.

Suggested Dyes

If you would like to try black hair dye, Clairol Nice 'N Easy 123, Natural Soft Black is a good choice.

To prevent your hair from drying out from coloring it on a regular basis, simply stick to coloring your roots only. If your ends are still black from your last application, there is no need to re-apply the dye in those areas. You will prevent extra damage this way.

Repairing Color-Treated Hair

The most frequent problem associated with dyeing hair is that it can damage and dry out your mane very easily. If you don't want to spend a lot of money at a salon to get repair treatments done, a good at-home method is highly recommended.

If you would like to make your hair frizz up less, your split ends lay flatter, and your hair feel less dry, then try Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Treatment Shampoo and Split End Binding Conditioner.

I dye my hair and also use a flat iron, which adds up to a lot of abuse, so I personally use these products to restore my hair to a lustrous texture and reverse the damage of chemicals and heat. It took me many years to find this shampoo and conditioner, and I never would want to be without them again!

Black to Mahogany

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Life and Luxury

Comments

Nora411 from Chicago, IL on October 16, 2012:

Thanks !

Life and Luxury (author) from South Beach, FL on October 16, 2012:

Sounds beautiful, Nora. Have fun with it.

Nora411 from Chicago, IL on October 16, 2012:

Haha I am still debating!! I dyed it from a box a while ago and messed it up, so I was thinking to just go back to a chestnut brown, but I kind of want to add a random caramel or auburn highlight just to my bang. So, it's up in the air until I actually sit in the stylist chair... haha we shall see!

Life and Luxury (author) from South Beach, FL on October 16, 2012:

Oh lovely. What color?

Nora411 from Chicago, IL on October 16, 2012:

Great article I plan to get my hair dyed tomorrow so this was helpful :)