Olive skin isn't hard to spot in a crowd - people who have this kind of skin tone fall in the sun-kissed category, that is, golden-hued bordering on tanned. Because this skin color doesn't fall on the dark or fair side, it is called 'olive' for its deep, toasty undertones.
Some fair-skinned ethnicities have light skin tones that can darken after being exposed to the sun, giving them a natural tan that tilts towards olive. They too can be classified as olive although not entirely, since their skin darkens briefly before eventually returning to its rightful tone.
Which Are the Best Hair Colors for Olive Skin?
When it comes to choosing the right hair color, skin tones play an important part in the matter. While some of you may want to experiment with wild colors, it would be inappropriate in certain situations.
You can't expect to walk into a corporate office with blazing-blue hair, or strut the corridors of a reputed school with candy-floss pink hair.
It will only land you under scrutiny for bending the rules. While it's fine to stand out in a crowd, you don't want such acts to portray you as unprofessional, uncaring, or indifferent. If you're in a hip environment where hair color is taken for granted, then by all means go ahead and choose an eccentric shade. But if you want people to take you seriously, then you need to go with a color that complements you in every way.
Images depicting different ethnicities with olive skin.
*Some of the hair samples may look similar to readers, but the shades have subtle differences that set them apart.
Dark Dirty Blond
Classic Dirty Blonde
Light Dirty Blond
Dark warm tones are always a welcomed sight, with a hint of a light color. Highlighted hair when done by a professional can lead to brilliant results. Mix two tones (from the above hair sample images), one dark and the other light, before blending it into a finish that will leave hair looking great. Going with a solitary color for overall coverage is also a great option, so don't pass up on this. From the many colors presented above, you'll notice that the shades are deep and rich, carrying a striking quality that works well for olive-skinned people.
Red & Violet
Blond & White
Colors that aren't natural-looking in appearance, tend to draw attention either in a good or bad way. While others may need to attune their eyesight to seeing you in an all-together different hair color, over time, it will actually pair up nicely with your features and sense of style. Other colors will only look chintzy after a while, giving you a worn out, clumsy facade. Don't let hair colors overwhelm your features or sense of style, because whether you acknowledge it or not, the way you carry yourself (in every aspect) is utterly crucial. If you don't follow a strict haircare regimen, dress well, or carry an air of self-assurance, your look will batter other people's perception of you.
Hair coloring has been experimented with for years now, with new techniques constantly being tried and tested. Olive-skinned people can sport any kind of hair color like anyone else, the key is deciding whether it is the right choice to go with, given the circumstances. Most importantly, ask yourself if you can carry it off day in and day out. It is wise to keep it classy, flawless, and gorgeous with hair colors that are best suited for you.