The Best Hair Colors for Dark Skin Tones, According to Beyoncé's Stylist

Bold hair, don't care.

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If a hair change is on the horizon, convince yourself to try a new color while you're at it. You've been looking in the mirror at the same hair color for some time now, it's time to live a little. Just like a new cut will change your life, so will a fresh new color. Black women, this message is for you: there are no rules when it comes to hair color. Even Beyoncé's hairstylist, Kim Kimble, says so: "Women of color come in different shades and tones—there's really no set list of colors that will work across the board for all Black women," she confirms."My recommendation is to always consider your skin tone and undertone first to determine which shade will be the most flattering. I also like to use eyes as a reference when choosing color."

As you're mapping out your hair color mood board, allow these shades suggested by Kimble and celebrity hairstylist Nafisah Carter to serve as inspiration to send to your stylist. Along with the right products and a skilled stylist, you'll feel brand-new in no time. Also, as sad as it sounds, summer is ending and fall is approaching. Enter into the new season with a new shade. Hello new hair!

Maya Allen
Former Beauty Editor

Maya Allen is the former Digital Beauty Editor at where she covered makeup, skincare, haircare, wellness, you name it! She has a 15-step skincare routine, owns over 200 red lipsticks, and enjoys testing the latest and greatest in beauty. On most weekends, you can find her at her happy place, which is her makeup vanity. There, she’s usually blasting her speakers while singing along to lyrics at the top of her lungs, and making sure her highlighter is on point.