When choosing between hair colors for olive skin, most experts recommend that the hair not be changed beyond a few shades from its natural color for the best look. Olive-skinned people generally have darker rather than lighter hair, so staying with dark shades usually provides the most natural appearance. Warmer colors may also blend with warm olive skin tones better than cooler colors, so deep red, gold and brown should probably be used instead of cooler medium brown or light blonde shades.
When choosing dark hair colors, it is important not to go too dark. Jet black, for instance, is considered a cooler tone than extremely dark brown. It lacks the warmth and rich depth of color that tends to work best with olive skin tones. Even a deep chocolate color that is close to black but not solid black will offer more warmth and probably blend better with olive skin colors.
Though darker colors are recommended, those who want to wear lighter shades should probably still choose warmer over cooler tones. A light honey shade may complement olive skin tones far more than a cooler platinum or sandy color, for instance. Any shades of red should typically be deeper and closer to rust or orange than cooler burgundy shades. It can also help to consider eye color. People with darker eyes may wish to gravitate toward darker colors, and those with lighter eyes may be able to look natural with slightly lighter hair.
There are so many different shades in each general color that care should be taken to find the right one for olive skin. Olive skin colors vary, so appropriate hair colors will as well. Skin with brown or yellow undertones is considered warm, while skin with pink or bluish undertones is considered cool. Most people with olive skin will have warm skin with yellow and gold undertones. The more of these undertones someone's skin has, the warmer their hair color should probably be to keep them looking balanced.
Hair colors for olive skin — or any skin tone — should look as natural as possible while avoiding the look of one solid color through the hair. Most of the best hair colors look wonderful together and work well as highlights. A darker base color with highlights in bronze, deep red or gold can give a natural look that complements the skin.