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The Best Winter Hair Hues for POC

As a gal of color, I’ve sometimes found it difficult to find just the right mane shade to compliment my skin tone. Certain lighter colors didn’t look quite right and going darker than my natural brown ended up being more work than I anticipated, so it’s safe to say it’s been a struggle. 

Adding seasonal trends to the mix usually amps up the inner conflict, but this winter, I’m turning it around. I’m drawing inspo from other stunning women of color who rock these trendy shades like it’s nobody’s business. Read on below to find the best winter hair colors for people of color (POC) this season.

Rich Chocolate Brown 

Chestnut brown is everywhere I go these days so I knew it just had to be included in this roundup. It’s a velvety, rich shade, that when done right, works flawlessly with darker skin. Add some poppin’ eyeshadow and you have yourself a look.

Caramel Ombré

A caramel-colored ombré looks absolutely fabulous on tan skin. Pro tip: it looks even better with textured hair. Darker roots beautifully cascade into Beyoncé blonde ringlets. If you choose to go this route for the season, you’ll look and feel like your favorite winter latte.

Icy Blonde

I can’t get enough of the contrast between gorgeous, chocolate-hued skin and sleek, icy blonde hair. Who would have thought the two would go together so perfectly!? The colder months are an excellent time to take a risk and step out of your comfort zone. If you’re worried about how it will look, don’t be. The below photo is evidence that you’ll 100% slay.

Classic Black

Black is a classic for a reason. It’s sleek, polished, and brightens the complexion of darker skin. It also looks good in any kind of light so you can’t go wrong there.

Brassy Copper

Brass and copper tones are bright, expressive, and look uh-mazing for tan skin tones. It’s exactly the hue you need to add a little heat in these colder temperatures. Whether you have curly, wavy, or straight locks, it looks dazzling on any hair type.


Auburn is by far the most brilliant shade of red for olive skin. It’s both electrifying and soft, simultaneously. I mean, we could all use a little extra cinnamony warmth this season, and what better way to do that than dying your strands?

All these tones should have you feeling the warmth, but if you need additional heat, THESE hair colors will get you there.

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