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10 Stunning Hair Colors for Darker Skin Tones

The bolder, the better.

Keke Palmer with plum hair and Gabrielle Union wavy hair

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If you've been rocking the same hair color for a while now or if you're a hair dye virgin, it's time to take some risks. If you ask us, hair changes are just as important as life changes, and it might be time for you to flaunt a color you never thought you could. It's easy to play it safe, but now is the time to experiment with daring hair colors that look stunning on dark skin tones. Just take Nicole Richie's advice—embrace your hair evolution. Instead of ogling over the latest celebrity hair transformation, let their bold hues jump-start your next visit to the colorist.

Here are some of the best hair colors that look especially good on brown-skinned beauties.

Keke Palmer with plum pixie and plum lips
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Keke Palmer looked like a literal goddess with this lilac-glazed buzz cut. The monochrome lipstick moment also sent us into a lavender dream state where nothing could ever go wrong. Here's hard proof that purple looks good on an array of skin tones.

Ciara with blonde hair
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Ciara seriously can do no wrong in the hair category—she's been wowing us with her stunning looks since her debut. This was a toss-up, but, blonde CiCi might just be our fave. The way these golden highlights (plus her face-framing layers) pop against her skin is everything. 

Jourdan Dunn with curly purple hair at Coachella
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Jourdan Dunn won Coachella when she showed up in this cool-girl violet 'do. We're in love with the gradient purple hue, which looks like a softer silver in some areas and a deep lilac in others. 

Justine Skye with long, sleek, purple hair
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As gorgeously proven, purple is the IT-girl shade for deep skin tones. Justine Skye, aka The Purple Unicorn, loves this hair color so much that it's become a part of her brand. This deep plum looks so elegant worn in this sleek, lustrous style. 

Kelis with gray hair and red lips
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Kelis has effortlessly donned a rainbow of hair colors, so this was a tough decision. Something about this dusky gray shade just looks incomparably chic. Her close-cut waves added so much definition to this hair color.

Teyana Taylor auburn blunt bob
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How could we forget the moment Teyana Taylor revealed her auburn blunt bob. This copper tone looks subtle, yet sultry. With a hair color this cool, simple is best. Try Taylor's route and rock a classic center part with a sharp cut.

Gabrielle Union long, wavy hair with copper highlights
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Brown-skinned beauties—like the inimitable Gabrielle Union—look amazing in chocolate highlights. A subtle hint of color elevates your overall hairstyle and looks incredible in photos. Honey brown and copper highlights also look incredible on deep skin tones. 

Iman long, sleek champagne-blonde hair
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Iman is the epitome of 'goals'. This light-catching champagne-blonde hair looks absolutely radiant on her.

SZA fiery red hair
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Only an unapologetic soul, like SZA, could wear a carefree hairstyle as perfectly as this. This fiery shade speaks for itself and looks quite perfect paired with her textured curls.

Kelly Rowland ombré hair
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This is one of the fiercest takes on ombré, so we had to pull this photo of Kelly Rowland out of the archives. Gradient hues look gorgeous on dark skin tones, and Rowland nailed this honey-dipped hair.

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