There are few worse things than showing up to the salon armed with a screenshot of your dream hair color…only to find out that it doesn’t look half as good IRL. So we set out on a mission to find hair colors that work for everyone. These are the most universally flattering shades of all time (of all time!).
It’s subtle, but it makes a difference in more than the hair. Going from black to a rich, warm brunette gives skin an added glow.
“It’s the perfect color,” says celebrity hair colorist Rita Hazan. “It’s in the brown family but it’s not too dark nor too light.” As Goldilocks once said…it’s just right.
The best part of this hair color, according to Hazan? “It won’t turn brassy,” she says. It’s like our prayers to the hair gods have been answered.
“There are all types of golden tones,” says Rachel Bodt, colorist at Cutler Salon in NYC. “They’re especially flattering in the summer when we’re a little tanner, since they help pick up the gold in our skin.”
Gold isn’t one-size-fits-all. A golden beige, like Keke Palmer’s hair, flatters cooler skin tones, says Bodt. “Or you can have more of an amber gold, which is gorgeous on warmer skin tones.”
We were instantly on board with Lauren Conrad’s dark makeup look here, but we didn’t forget her hair. If you’re a natural blonde, “try an allover gloss or soft, warm pieces in your hair to create dimension,” advises Bodt.
Think of honey as the denim of hair colors: It goes with everything. “Since it’s not too warm and not too cool, it’s like a neutral,” explains Hazan.
There’s nothing you can’t do when it comes to honey hair color. “It can be a great base color or even highlight color on any skin tone,” says Hazan.
What sets honey apart from gold is its depth: It’s a little darker and has more richness to it.
We know: Beige hair sounds boring. It’s not. (Make like Bodt and call it “fawn-colored”.) “Most skin and hair colors tend to be on the cool side,” she says. “These beige tones don’t fight with them but instead flatter them.”
“Bone or wheat tones fall under the beige category,” says Bodt. If you have a darker skin, you can experiment on the deeper end of the spectrum. A good option: Peanut-butter tones similar to Jourdan Dunn’s.
One of our favorite things about beige hair: It actually looks better when the roots grow in.
Does your skin tone match your hair color?