The Best Hair Colors for Asians

Updated on July 19, 2019
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Asian woman with red hair in a maroon shade
Asian woman with red hair in a maroon shade

This article provides photos and discusses the best hair colors for Asians other than black hair. These colors includes red, and light, medium, and dark brown hair colors. As an East Asian, whether you are Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, or another ethnicity, you might have thought about coloring your hair a different shade from the black hair you were born with.

Even if you only try dyeing your hair once in your life, these suggestions will help make sure you are happy with the results! These colors will look great with flattering hairstyles.

If you have the freedom to choose a new shade, it can be a very liberating and beautifying experience. When I first dyed my hair, my Chinese family was not too happy, but it helped that some of my friends were taking this step too!

Note: While this article has pictures of Asian women, these hair colors of course apply to Asian men as well!


Maroon Asian Hair
Maroon Asian Hair | Source

Some Asian women have natural red highlights in their hair (often Korean). But if you'd like to try having shockingly beautiful cool maroon red hair like these models, try L'Oreal Preference Intense Dark Red. This color is designed for cool skin tones.

When you have maroon hair, a color that might highlight any off-color tones in your skin, like blemishes, you might want to add anotherstep to your beauty routine to help ensure a flawless look.

This color tells people you are your own woman and don't mind breaking with tradition. It's is also a safer color to go for if you are used to having dark hair and don't want to go too light. Many women with naturally dark hair dislike the idea of going radically lighter.


Auburn on Warm Asian Skin
Auburn on Warm Asian Skin

If you have a warm skin tone and you want red hair, you will want to go for a gorgeous auburn shade (instead of maroon).

Give PALTY Awapack Japanese hair dye a try. This Bubble Hair Color in Raspberry Jam will make your hair and skin glow with warmth. The formula also has several moisturizing ingredients, including fruit extract, seaweed extract, and honey extract that is gentle on the hair.

You can have red hair that works with your unique features and makes you stand out in a crowd. And if you are worried about going all the way, snip off some of the back length of your hair (behind your neck) to do a patch test.

If you like the way it looks, you can dye your whole head to this sexy color!

Light Brown Hair with Gold Tones

Light Brown Asian Hair with Gold Tones
Light Brown Asian Hair with Gold Tones | Source

What About Blonde?

Light brown hair is flattering on Asian women, especially if you have a hint of beige coloring in your skin. You will usually want to get the color professionally done in a salon so that it turns out correctly.

It is important that when you go from natural black hair to a lighter color that you also use a shampoo and conditioner that help preserve your color from fading and drying out.

If you have some time on your hands, you can cut off three swatches of your hair, purchase three different boxes of hair dye, and see if you like the results on any one of them. In the long run, this will save you a lot of money.


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Maggie Q. with light brown hair.
Maggie Q. with light brown hair.

Medium Brown Hair

The best hair colors for Asians.
The best hair colors for Asians.

If you aren't looking for a dramatic difference in the color of your hair, one of the best hair colors for Asians is medium brown. Since your eyes are likely already brown, this hair color will look close to natural on you -- just as brown hair looks natural on European women with brown eyes. In this sense it has less to do with ethnicity and more to do with color coordination of traits.

Fun Fact:

Asians with Natural Brown Hair

It is a myth that all East Asians and Southeast Asians have black hair.

It is not uncommon for pure East Asians and pure Southeast Asians to have naturally dark brown hair. Further, those who spend a lot of time walking or working outside can sometimes have their hair color bleached to dark brown by the sun.

Koreans, for example, commonly have naturally dark brown hair.

Dark Brown

The beautiful Satomi Ishihara with dark brown hair. The best hair colors for Asians.
The beautiful Satomi Ishihara with dark brown hair. The best hair colors for Asians.

Sun-in Spray on Asian Hair

Occasionally, Asians will naturally have dark brown hair. So if you just want a slight change, there is no color safer for you than dark brown.

It is extremely flattering on Asian skin because it gives your face a glowing warmth. You can color your hair dark brown at home without fear of damaging your hair or getting the color wrong.

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.

Questions & Answers

  • What hair color works best on mature Asian grey hair?

    A soft black color might be nice for Asian grey hair, or a rinse that adds some gray coverage but not all, so that it appears more natural.

  • What color is best for Asian hair that’s been dyed blonde?

    This would depend upon the hair color you are trying to achieve this time. You can use the same method to keep your hair blonde. But virtually any darker hair color will darken your hair from the blonde shade.

  • What color works best on dark dark brown hair?

    Caramel colored highlights can look great on dark hair. Highlights allow you to change your color up without having to maintain your roots as frequently as a full dye job.

  • What color is the best for morena?

    Dark brown would be a nice color, warm and rich.

  • Is purple a good color for Asian hair?

    Yes, purple can look good if you have a cool skin tone.

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