On Trend: 6 Best Hair Colours For Different Asian Skin Tones In 2020

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Love the look of glossy, beautiful locks? Bid goodbye to washed out shades and say hello to some of the best hair colours for Asian skin tones for the year! Read on to find out how you can use your skin colour and undertones to decide the best shade for your next dye job. It’s time to give your tresses a fresh coat of colour for 2020! 

How to determine your skin’s undertones

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Trust us when we say we totally understand your struggle in determining your skin’s undertones. But we can’t emphasise enough how important it is to match your hair colour to your undertone. The right hair colour can bring out the radiance in your skin and make you look healthy and beautiful! 

  • Start by looking at your veins

One of the simplest ways to find out if you’re warm or cool-toned is by looking at the inside of your wrists. If your veins appear bluish-purple, you’re cool-toned. If they have a green hue, you’re undoubtedly warm-toned. 

  • Which is better, gold or silver?

It’s time to ransack your jewellery stash and pick out the accessories that look best on you. Are they mostly in silver? If so, you’re cool-toned. If you find that you look better dressed in gold, you’re likely to be warm-toned. 

  • Do you burn or tan?

Still unsure of your skin’s undertones? Fret not, simply observe your skin when you’re out in the sun. If you burn easily or your skin flushes after prolonged exposure to the sun, you’re cool-toned. If you get a tan without burning, you’re warm-toned!

Best hair colour for Asian skin tones in 2020

1. Strawberry teddy bear hair colour

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From bright red ruby tones to deep burgundy hair colour, red is a staple in almost every year’s hair trend. If you’re thinking of going red in 2020, we suggest going subtle with a sweet wash of Strawberry teddy bear hair colour! This shade is no stranger to fans of K-pop and Korean dramas as many Korean celebrities sport this soft mix of brown, pink and red. It’s one of the best hair colours for Asians with fair to medium skin, especially those with a cooler undertone. You’ll also find it easy to style outfits with this hair colour — it compliments white, black, pink, red, purple and even green clothing! Note that those with dark hair will require bleaching to achieve this romantic look. 

Feeling brave and would like to try achieving the Strawberry teddy bear hair colour yourself? You can do so by first dyeing your hair with the Liese Creamy Bubble Colour Hair Dye in Rose Tea Brown (available on Zoneflyer Store). Then, enhance the shade by dyeing your hair with Aprilskin Turn-Up Colour Cream in Pink Candy (available on aprilskin_official) to achieve your desired results! 

Suitable for skin colour: Fair to medium skin
Suitable for skin undertone: Cool-toned
Bleaching required: Yes

2. Honey brown hair colour

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If brownish-pink shades are not your cup of tea or you’re simply avoiding red dyes (it’s one of the toughest colours to remove from hair), try Honey brown hair colour instead! This beautiful shade is perfect for summer and requires no bleaching at all for most people.

Leaning more to the orange tones, Honey brown hair colour is one of the best hair colours for warm-toned Asian skin. It can make you appear more youthful and also helps brighten your complexion. Plus, the soft golden hue makes your tresses look oh-so-glossy! We think this is a work-appropriate hair colour too. However, if your company has a more conservative dress code, simply request your hairdresser to go one to two tones darker when dying your hair!

Did you know that even something as low maintenance as brown hair colour can fade into a brassy mess too? Keep your Honey brown hair colour in tip-top condition with the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Moisturising Shampoo (available on Kao Official Store). This shampoo not only protects and preserves your alluring brown hair colour, but it also helps to rehydrate chemically-treated hair to keep it healthy and luscious. 

Suitable for skin colour: All
Suitable for skin undertones: Warm-toned
Bleaching required: No

3. Smoky Milk Tea hair colour

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Diehard fans of milk tea rejoice! Now you can express your love for this creamy beverage through your hair colour! Yes, we are talking about the Milk tea hair colour which took \the fashion world by storm in 2019. But in 2020, this hair trend deviates from its classic yellowish hues and instead, combines with greyish ashy tones for a smoky effect. The result? A toned-down, mellow and sophisticated Smoky milk tea shade! This is one of the best hair colours for Asians with tan skin but will also flatter other skin colours.

As with all ashy shades, bleaching may be required to achieve the best result. If you’re bleaching your hair at home, give the Loreal Colorista Bleach Kit (available on thehairaffairssg) a go!

Suitable for skin colour: All
Suitable for skin undertones: Cool-toned
Bleaching required: Yes

4. Cosmic hair colour

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It’s hard to make a choice when it comes to dyeing your hair pink, purple or blue. But fret not, you can now enjoy the best of ALL worlds with cosmic hair colour! Take your hair into outer space with a blend of pinks, purples, blues and greens! For 2020, instead of dyeing your whole head a plethora of cosmic colours, we suggest keeping the palette to the lower half of your tresses. If you’re fair-skinned, go for dark brown shade for the top half of your length before introducing the colours at the ends. This can also be one of the best hair colours for Asians with tan skin, but we suggest bleaching the first half of your hair to achieve a skin-brightening effect! 

Do note that colours like purple, green and blue can be hard to maintain and may turn brassy without proper care. So make sure to wash your hair in cold water and use a colour conditioner such as the PHS Hairscience ADV Colour Care Conditioner (available on PHS Hairscience) to make your hair colour last longer!

Suitable for skin colour: All
Suitable for skin undertones: All
Bleaching required: Yes

5. Silver blonde hair colour

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Made popular by Chaelin (ex-member of Korean girl group, 2ne1), silver blonde hair is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re up for a dramatic hair transformation, this modern hair colour will be right up your alley. Its combination of blonde mixed with a metallic silver hue lends it a futuristic twist. If you start off with dark hair, be ready to go through several rounds of intense bleaching to recreate this look. We think this hair colour will work best for Asians with medium to tan skin but those with fair skin can still rock this shade by going for a brighter, more intense makeup look to avoid looking too pale. 

Similar to cosmic hair colour, you’ll need to shower your tresses some TLC after bleaching. Use the salon-trusted Miss Dear Salon Grade Colour Shampoo And Hair Mask (available on MOMO.SG) in Silvery Ash to enhance your hair colour. Don’t forget to nourish and strengthen your locks with the OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector (available on Love Whaley). 

Suitable for skin colour: Medium to tan skin
Suitable for skin undertones: All
Bleaching required: Yes

6. Mint hair colour

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BTS V is definitely one of the most iconic trendsetters of the decade, which is why it comes as no surprise to see his vibrant mint hair colour up on the list of best hair colours for Asians in 2020. You don’t have to be an ARMY to nail this look. As long as you have a show-stopping attitude and a fun personality, this loud and funky shade is perfect for you!

Needless to say, this refreshing hue can only be achieved after bleaching, but it’d be all worth it. We suggest starting with a more intense minty shade so that the colour can slowly fade after washes into a calm, pastel bluish-green hue. This is also one of the best hair colours for Asians of various skin tones but will work especially well on those with cool undertones. 

If you’re on a budget but would still like to give your hair a new wash of colour, you can DIY with the DIXMONDSG Mint Hair Dye (available on dixmondsg) and hair bleach. Make sure to leave a small gap from your scalp when dyeing your hair to avoid damaging your scalp and hair roots. 

Suitable for skin colour: All
Suitable for skin undertones: Cool-toned
Bleaching required: Yes 

Other fun ways to switch up your hair 

Now that you’re rocking one of the best hair colours for Asians in 2020, take it a step further by going for a perm! Perms are not only reserved for ladies —  men can achieve a voluminous hairstyle with Korean perm for men too! Otherwise, take inspiration from your favourite K-pop hairstyles and get the look you want at the best Korean hair salons in Singapore


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