21 Flattering Dark Hair Colors to Try Right Now

Dark hair colors

Dark hair colors don’t mean just going for darker shades and this season beckons for deep tones and rich shading. Simply look at your existing shade and go a level or two darker. Remember, going darker doesn’t mean you need to color your hair black to enjoy the benefits of a new hue.

Darker hair is seductive and charming. So, before you go on and make a big change, look at your natural tones and complexion. Start with a subtle change by enhancing your existing undertones to take it to the next level. With all these choice selections, your hair will be merry and bright all season! Adding lowlights, dramatic color blocking or deepening your base are all effective ways of enhancing your current look.

Look at these amazing dark hair color ideas and stand out in the crowd!

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Matte Black

Matte Black
Instagram @adrileeartistry

Embrace your natural black tresses to boost your beauty and glam. Choose this matte black tone to pair with your long mermaid hair. When styling, use a wand to form effortless waves on your thick mane.

Dark Mocha Brown

Effortlessly Sassy hairstyle
Instagram @maloryohaira

Q&A with style creator, Malory Mendonsa
Hairdresser/Educator @ Studio One Salon in Kennewick, WA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This darker hue is not for the faint of heart as it sits above the shoulders, but it is definitely an effortlessly sassy style. The rich chocolate also gives this haircut a sophisticated edge.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

This guest has tons of heavy, oil-prone hair, so before styling, we use Bumble and bumble All-Style blow dry. When applied right on the roots, it can repel oil for longer and extend the life of your blow dry. We curled away from the face with a 1 1/4-inch curling iron and broke it up by finishing with Bumble and bumble Dryspun!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

A shorter length bob is perfect for anyone wanting easy wash and go hair while still having the option of styling. This warm chocolate brown is a great option for lighter skin tones wanting to take a trip to the darker side!

Dark Chocolate

Modern Classic Dark Chocolate hairstyle
Instagram @hairbybentley

Q&A with style creator, Bentley Scarbro
Professional Stylist @ Salon Elite in Teays Valley, WV


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as modern and classic. Dark chocolate hair is always in style, no matter what the season.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to someone thinking about dark hair shade is that it is definitely still an investment, just like going blonde. I recommend using a color-protecting shampoo and products that don’t contain anything that will strip the hair, such as sulfates and alcohol). Keep the hair conditioned because dark hair always looks best shiny and silky!

I think brunettes have just as much fun as blondes. Going to the dark side is definitely something everyone should give a try!

Naturally Dark Balayage

Natural Dark Hair
Instagram @_beautynative

Q&A with style creator, Selina McManus
Hairstylist @ Native Studio Salon in Fremont, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a custom ash brown balayage. My client is very low maintenance and wanted something to give her beautiful natural dark color a little bit of pop. The cut is long soft layers, with a bit of framing and a fringe. I love enhancing natural color, and a balayage is perfect for anyone looking for a low maintenance look. The color really stands out with the style and cut, and I love it!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great look for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to be in the salon. Most first time coloring clients are worried about the upkeep, and this would be a great way to introduce color. Brunettes don’t need to be flat or boring, as a great cut and a few dimensional pieces go a long way.

Dark with Purple Tones

Soft and classic dark hair color
Instagram @theolivebranchsalon

Nothing goes well in this soft and classic dark color than a long hair styled with soft waves, too! There’s something about this look that gives an elegant edge, matching your style and flair. Despite it being low maintenance, make it a habit to apply a hair mask once a week. It keeps the tresses moisturized and to look healthy.

Dark Golden Brown

Dark Golden Brown
Instagram @sadieface

Q&A with style creator, Sadie Curtin
Extension Expert & Creative Color Specialist @ The Livingroom Salon in Costa Mesa, CA


How would you describe this look?

This dark golden brown hair is a warmer take on a classic brunette. It offers the benefits of a lighter softer version without being too light. Chocolate and golden undertones are very present and give the reflective quality everyone is looking for this year. The dimension in this photo comes from golden balayage that is balanced throughout the hair and also accented by a wonderful long layered cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A warmer brunette look is perfect for almost everyone. It’s ideal for anyone battling aging. The reflective qualities this color has allows for the light to bounce more off the skin and help hide fine lines. A good rule of thumb when considering hair color – gold reflects and ash absorbs! Dark browns don’t have to be boring.

Dark Ash Hue

A dark ash hair color
Instagram @haircreators

Get your hair on fleek with this chestnut medium brown base blended with medium ashy blonde! It’s sexy and offers an unparalleled dimension to your long wavy locks.

Deep Dark Brown

Deep Chocolate Brown hairstyle
Instagram @sofiarootshairdevotion

Q&A with style creator, Sofia Davila
Level 1 Stylist @ Roots Hair Devotion in Brick Township, NJ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a look I would describe as a deep chocolate brown. My favorite thing about this medium brown shade is the shine and sophistication this look gives off.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

To create this dark brown hair tone, I recommend a conditioning color to add shine and keep the hair as healthy as possible. I used Redken’s Shades EQ Cream line which is formulated with pomegranate oil, rice protein, and a conditioning polymer.

Color-safe shampoo, conditioner and styling products are a must to maintain this hue. I highly recommend sulfate-free products such as Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics line.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Dark hair dyes reflect beautifully on someone with an olive/tan skin tone. Redken’s Shades EQ Cream is a no-lift, no-ammonia hair color, so it is ideal for someone who does not require gray coverage but wants to add depth and shine to their hair.

Shade of Black Ink

Blank ink shade hair color
Instagram @38731u

Look how flattering this natural-looking mane! The color, which is as dark as a shade of black ink, is very versatile for any age, style, or hair type. Got such beautiful long hair with a natural wavy texture? Feel free to add bangs to upgrade your look without compromising your hair length.

Dark Chestnut Brown

Dark deep brown hair color
Instagram @yakimov.deniss

Dark colors make the best shiny hair ever! Notice how smooth this shade of deep brown on a mid-length chop. It works great on thick and straight tresses, creating a sleeker finish. When washing your locks, use a sulfate-free shampoo for a longer-lasting vibrant hue.

Dark Blue Black

Dark Steely Blue Black Hair
Instagram @jbootybb

Perfect for a gorgeous lady who likes something glam and bold! Not too bright, not too shady—this dark steely blue black hair offers a fine, lustrous look. Gloss your short wavy bob with this shade, and it’ll be your best accessory every day.

Inky Black Shade

Dark & Rich Textured Bob hairstyle
Instagram @taylermadehair

Q&A with style creator, Tayler Woodward
Redken Certified Haircolorist & Balayage Artist @ Tayler Made Hair in Lindale, TX


How would you describe this look?

This look is a shoulder-length, straight across (non-angled) textured bob. My favorite thing about this look is its versatility because it can be worn many different ways.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When a client is considering doing a similar look to this or going shorter to a shoulder-length cut, my advice is always to ask them where they are in their life at that time. I follow up that question with telling them that a shoulder-length bob does require more frequent appointments back to the salon to maintain the shape of this look so that it does not go into the “in between” or “awkward” stage.

The best face shapes for a one-length (minimal layered) cut would be oval, heart, or diamond face shapes. Products to consider using are texture sprays like Redken Wind Blown 05.

To get the textured look, it’s important to use a 1-inch curling iron, alternating the direction of the waves/curls, and to not let the iron set too long. This gives the more lived-in and disheveled look.

The color is Redken Color Gels 3n. Her natural color is level 6/7 neutral/warm brown. She likes to keep it very cool, dark, and rich. She has naturally very thick hair, so there was thinning involved in the cut as well on top of the actual cut and shaping. She has a hidden undercut underneath as well. The cut is still long enough to put in a small ponytail.

Dark Purple

Dark Purple hair color
Instagram @melissamhair

Q&A with style creator, Melissa Marshall
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Gerber Salon in Keyport, NJ


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a fun, soft textured lob. The cut gives movement to the hair and the color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My favorite thing about the look is her color because it’s fun and edgy but not too bright. It is great for someone looking to play with fashion shades but isn’t ready to commit to something bolder. I like to refer to fashion colors as weekend colors because of how fast they lose their vibrancy, so I don’t recommend these colors for low maintenance clients.

To maintain dark colored hair, I recommend washing with products for color-treated hair such as Oribe Beautiful Color or R+Co Gemstone. Both are super gentle on the color and help preserve the vibrancy. Washing the hair less often and with cooler water will also help.

When styling the hair, I highly suggest heat protectant products and not to use hot tools over 325 degrees.

Dark Brunette Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Shelby White
Hairstylist @ SW Beauty LLC in Narragansett, RI


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as dark brunette balayage. I love the warm tones in it that balance out her dark base color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think about your starting level in regard to how dark your natural hair is. If you have a darker base, this is a great color to do for a low maintenance look. The warm tones work really well with medium to darker skin tones, as well as any skin color that doesn’t have a lot of pink or red. If you have red in your skin tone, this might make the skin look more red.

This is a wonderful look for a client that is more low maintenance because you are adding color without an every four to six-week commitment. All products used are by Redken.

Dark Ash on Wavy Hair

Dark Colors for Beachy Waves Hair
Instagram @ardie81

A dark hair color like this requires minimal upkeep, and that’s all women need! When you have such a black and lengthy mane, choose a hairstyle that gives extra movement. Get this voluminous look using a curling wand to match with this dark, rich color. Also, use a shine spray to achieve a more polished version of this dark color for beachy waves hair like yours.

Dark Jet Black

Dark Jet Black
Instagram @lorraine_da_silva816

Don’t let the phase of growing out a short haircut be so boring. Pair your dark jet black hair color with a neck-length angled bob cut. The result is sure to stun people, seeing how foxy and bold it appears. For an extra gloss, spritz a shine spray on your locks.

Mahogany Balayage on Dark Hair

Rich Mahogany on Dark Hair
Instagram @jessyjinstylist

This is the subtle brightness that your shoulder-grazing lob needs! This rich mahogany tone on the dark hair appears very natural and seductive. You can imagine how this shade suits most complexions, from fair to olive one. Opt for this rich mahogany tone if you want a trend that requires minimal care routine.

Dark Ash Black

Dark Ash Black Hair Color
Instagram @stylesbycoley

Q&A with style creator, Coley Nevalsky
Hairstylist @ Metamorphosis Hair Design in Sturbridge, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a dark ash black hair color. My favorite thing about this is how deep, rich and cool toned it came out, while still having that slight natural looking highlight to it!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used JOICO to achieve this color and I recommend using a sulfate-free, color care shampoo and conditioner to keep it looking nice and deep.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this darkened hair color for the low maintenance client with naturally darker hair. It is ideal for someone that pushes their appointments out closer to ten to 12 weeks rather than six to eight. I believe this would look great with any skin tone.

Dark French Roast

Dark French Roast hair color
Instagram @teased_byp

Your long hair will look stylish in this dark french roast color when paired with subtle layers. If needed, you can run a flat iron through your ends to avoid a lifeless result.

Dark Charcoal Tone

Dark Charcoal Tone
Instagram @tammy.ethan

Here’s a dark charcoal tone that can make your black hair come out more stunning. Its glossy finish works best on thick, fuller-looking locks. When styling, opt for volumized waves to give your long-length mane the soft movement it needs.

Espresso Hair Color

Espresso Hair Color
Instagram @emma.case.beauty

For someone who’s into something minimalist, this shade of dark hair can be your fave! This has a rich espresso brown hue that sheds a glow under the sunlight. Chop your hair where it sits on the shoulders to maintain its fullness. For your go-to look, style this dark brown hair with beach waves and an O-shaped barrette clip.

Dark Grey

Dark Grey hair color
Instagram @lashesbylyssa

Dark hair colors are a statement, too! Featuring a neutral dark grey shade that works on any chop, whether it’s short or a long layered one like this! This neutral toned black hue best suits a pale, porcelain complexion. Give it a touch of glam by styling the hair ends with curls and mist a medium-hold hairspray for a softer finish.



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