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Adding dimension to Asian hair

Asian women seem to have it easy with their hair color – the contrast of jet black hair on light skin is stunning. However, if you’ve become bored with your midnight tresses, you might be looking for a change.

As gorgeous as Asian hair can be, its color tends to lack depth, because there is little (if any) color variation. That is why many women head to the salon for a lightening of tone, highlights or a totally drastic change. If you’re thinking about lightening your locks, there are some tips and tricks to take to the salon with you, whether you want a subtle glow or a total makeover.

Adding a little light

For the most part, there’s no going darker when it comes to Asian hair. If you just want to cover up some grays, you can usually use a box kit at home, but if you want an overall color change, you’re best off leaving it to the pros, since Asian hair tends to be thick and resists color.

Many Asian women opt for chocolate brown or copper colors when it they change their overall hair color. These hues add lots of dimension to the hair, and look good with Asian skin tones. Cooler tones like violet, white, platinum blonde and blue-tinged shades of black tend to clash with Asian complexions, so stick with warmer shades.

Bringing in new dimensions

Another way to bring dimension and depth to Asian hair is to get highlights. A regular old full or partial foil has the power to improve the depth and texture of Asian tresses, adding movement and the illusion of fullness. Look for shades like eggplant, mahogany or burgundy for a warm lift to your locks. Going too light can look chunky.

Another option to add dimension is layered color – that is, dyeing the underside a different color than the top layer. When your hair is down, it will give a shimmery effect with lots of depth.

Charged up for a change

If you’re really ready for a change, you CAN choose a color that may look less than natural. Certain shades of platinum blonde can look edgy on Asian skin tones, as can bold colors. If you are lightening your hair, make sure you go to a colorist who has plenty of experience with Asian hair, since it can be particularly tricky to bleach and get all the dark pigment out of it – leaving pigment in will create a brassy red or orange tinge to your color. Consider warmer tones when choosing this color.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing