Hot & Unique Hair Color Ideas

So far we’ve offered up a few different articles about hair including an article about hot summer hairstyles, hot short hairstyles and choosing the best hair color for blue eyes, but this article is going to be a bit different than those ones. We’re still going to be offering up pictures and tips but instead of focusing on long hair, short hair, the season or your eye color, we’re just going to focus on hair color ideas. We still want you to find the best color for you, so let’s start with a few quick tips on finding the hair color ideas that are right for you.

Small selection of possible hair colors. (source:

Pay Attention to Skin Tone

Choosing the right hair color isn’t just about choosing a color that appeals to you or that works with your eyes. Skin tone is extremely important in determining what color is right for you. There are two different skin tones – warm and cool. Women with warm skin often tan easily, have brown or dark eyes and have skin that has peach or golden undertones. Women with cool skin often burn before they tan, have blue or green eyes and have skin that has pink undertones. If you’re not sure what skin tone you have based on those descriptions, look at your wrists. If the veins in your wrist appear to be more green than blue, you have warm skin. If the veins in your wrist look blue, you have cool skin.

The best hair colors for cool skin include ashy browns or blonds, colors with blue undertones or mahogany or burgundy toned reds. You’re going to want to stick with cooler tones for your hair color as anything too warm can clash with your skin in a very unflattering way. This means golden or honey colors are more or less off limits. You can pull off red but again, stick with mahogany or burgundy tones.

The best hair colors for warm skin are rich browns, reds or any colors that have golden in the name. Unlike those with cool skin, you’re going to want to avoid cool color shades like ashy browns and blonds or brassy blonds or reds. Cool colors on your warm skin will make your skin look dull and lifeless. A nice warm base color with golden highlights would be a great option for you and would look great with your warm skin.

Thinking about going blond? Check out this article to find out whether or not blond is the right option for you!

A stylist working at her chair. (source:

Ask for Advice!

This is a big one – and I mean a big one. If you’re considering a drastic change, there is no better way to figure out if you’re on the right track than to ask your stylist or a colorist. Stylists and colorists are pros. They’ll be able to look at your skin tone and help you pinpoint the perfect color for you. They’ll also be able to do the color for you to help you avoid any DIY dye disasters. If you’d rather wait to pay for a salon visit until you have a better idea of what you want, check out this great tool from Daily Makeover. This lets you take a photo of yourself and try out different celebrity hairstyles and different colors. Try to get a picture of yourself in natural light that isn’t too dark or too bright. You really want to get a picture that captures your every day look. The great thing about this tool is that it not only lets you check out different hairstyles and colors but it also lets you play around with makeup options too. If you want to try on more than ten different looks you’ll have to sign up for an account on the site. Not a big deal at all. I’m a member and couldn’t recommend this site more highly.

The Hottest Hair Color Ideas for 2012

Okay, we’ve gone over finding the right color and maybe you have something in mind. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest hair color ideas for 2012. Maybe one of these looks will be exactly what you’re looking for and will take you in a whole new direction!


Subtle Highlights: Highlights are a great way to add texture and depth to your hair but sometimes less really is more. Subtle highlights like the ones Kourtney Kardashian has in the photo above can add drama and flair to your hair without being too obvious. The look still appears very natural but is far more exciting than just flat color. If you choose the right base color and the right highlights this can be a tremendous look for nearly anyone.


Ombre Color: This look, characterized by a darker color on top and a lighter color on the bottom, is definitely gaining in popularity with stars like Rachel Bilson rocking it on a regular basis. I love this idea because, when done properly, it looks natural but still unique and exciting. The greatest thing about this look is that you can do it in the comfort of your own home (learn how to do ombre hair here). In the photo above, you can see Rachel has really pulled the look off perfectly with the hair on top just slightly darker than the hair at the ends creating a noticeable but still subtle look.


Wild Two Tone Color: This look takes ombre color to the next level. Instead of going for the more subtle ombre look, Lauren Conrad has gone with a much bolder look in the photo above choosing her more natural blond color on top and dip dying her tips bright pink. This look can also work with a bright blue color on the ends and on just about any base color. You could also reverse it by going with dark brown or black on top and light blond on the ends. This is really just a look you can play around with and have fun with. I’m a big fan. It’s fun, flirty and youthful – perfect for summer!


Faded Tips: First, I absolutely adore Jaime King! How beautiful is she? Second, this is a hair color idea I can really get behind. It’s fresh and unique, taking some of the more popular hair color ideas like the ombre and the wild two tone color and giving it a fresh spin. In the photo above, Jaime has dyed her blond tips with a faded blue shade. You can pull this look off with darker hair but it really does work best for blonds. To really nail this look though, you’re probably going to have to go to a stylist so you can be sure it’s done right.


Darker Roots Fading into Pastel: As you may be able to tell, I wasn’t exactly sure what to call this look but I loved it too much not to let a little something like a title prevent me from including it in this article. Katy Perry always does such interesting things with her hair and this look is a great example of that. Her darker pink roots that fade to a lovely pastel pink looks youthful and fun but sophisticated and classy. This is another look you’ll have to go to the salon for but it’s worth it. It’s probably not something you’d want to stick with all summer long simply because of the maintenance it would require but it would be a fun look for a special event.


Pretty Pastels: While I love Katy’s darker at the roots look, there is definitely something to be said for all over pastel color like the lovely pale lavender Kelly Osbourne is rocking in the photo above. The great thing about pastels is that you can really choose a pastel color for any skin tone and rock the look. Some ladies will need to go with something slightly darker to compliment their skin tone but they should still be able to find a pastel color that works for them.


Bold Chunks of Color: While dying your hair a bright over all color is definitely an option (see above), chunks of color can be another fantastic option. In the photo above, Avril Lavigne has played up her trademark straight blond locks with a few chunks of bright bold colors. This is another look anyone can pull off but it’s also a look you should ask your stylist for help with unless you’re sure you can do it on your own.


A Complete Change: So you’ve always been a brunette and you want to change your style completely without cutting your hair. Try life as a blond for a while. Blond doesn’t work for you? Try out red. Try blue. Try pink. Try … whatever color your heart desires. Again, it’s important to consult with a stylist before you make a drastic change in case the color you have your heart set on just won’t work for you. Your stylist might be able to suggest something else that will give you the look you’re going for without turning out a complete mess. You’re also going to want to make sure your hair is healthy enough to withstand any major treatments involved in getting the color you want.

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