Our natural hair color is genetically determined. Someone is lucky, and he considers his natural shade to be the best, while someone is constantly experimenting to find the color of his dreams. Let's find out what the natural color depends on and what to do if it still doesn't suit you

What determines the natural hair color?

  • Hair color is determined by the ratio of eumelanin and pheomelanin pigments. Their combinations can produce a variety of natural shades, from ash blonde to rich dark tones.

  • Eumelanin is responsible for black-brown shades, and pheomelanin is responsible for yellow-red.

Interestingly, these pigments are distributed unevenly, so the hair color can be uneven, with lighter and darker strands.

What is your natural hair color?

There are a lot of shades in the natural palette. They can differ by only half a tone or a tone. Consider what the main natural hair colors are, and, since it is better to see once than to read descriptions, we will illustrate the names with photo examples. It was not so easy to find hair that was not touched by complex coloring. Therefore, when we talk about natural color, we, of course, do not mean clarified ends or individual strands, but the bulk of the hair.

Natural Blonde

Natural blonde is characterized by the absence of the dark pigment eumelanin and a small amount of pheomelanin.

This is a very blonde hair that can be either warm golden tones or cool ashy.

It is the blond that many girls choose for coloring - indeed, the beauty of blond hair is recognized all over the world.

Dark Blonde

Dark blond hair color is the result of equally low content of dark and light pigments.

Shades of blonde can also vary from light to dark, from cold to warm.

The blond gamma is considered to be transitional from the blond palette to the brown-haired spectrum.


Brown hair and brunettes represent dark shades of natural hair color.

A large amount of dark pigment is typical for brunettes. The combination of pheomelanin and eumelanin, where the latter predominates, is characteristic of chestnut hair color.

Natural redhead

This captivating shade is the rarest in the natural palette. Such a charming unusual color is obtained due to the high content of red-yellow pigment.

Natural red color can be very light, close to blond or fair-haired, or, conversely, rich and dark.


When discussing natural shades, gray hair cannot be ignored. As the years go by, less and less melanin is produced and the hair turns grayish white.

The period of appearance of gray hair is determined by genes: for some, gray hair is a sign of a respectable age, and for someone, gray strands appear already in youth.

For many women, the appearance of gray hair is an occasion to change the image and try on new shades of hair.

How to choose the right hair dye for a natural shade?

Natural shades of hair will always be in demand in coloring. In order for the result of the procedure to please you, the paint must be selected with skill.

If you want drastic changes, it's better to trust professionals. In particular, the transformation from a burning brunette to a platinum blonde should take place in several stages: bleaching, dyeing in the desired shade and providing competent hair care.

To change the original color by several tones, you can safely resort to home coloring. When choosing paint, follow simple rules:
  • carefully study the comparison tables on the paint packages to understand how this shade will fall on the original hair color;

  • use the convenient service of online trying on shades - so you will immediately see if this color suits you;

  • To add shine to your hair and revive your natural color, use special tinting dyes.

For those who cannot decide on a palette, we recommend starting from the rules for selecting shades in accordance with your color type. Don't know what color type you are? Take our test.

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What kind of skin do you have?

  • Warm tone, closer to peach
  • Cool tone, slight contrast between skin and hair color
  • Warm tone with golden undertones, slight contrast between skin and hair color
  • Cold, "porcelain" tone, great contrast between skin and hair color
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What color is your hair?

  • Lighter, closer to golden hue
  • Light blonde to chestnut, cool undertones with ashy undertones
  • Brown to black. Golden or red undertone
  • Dark chestnut to black with ashy undertones
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What eyes do you have?

  • Blue, green, light brown
  • Blue, gray-blue, gray-brown
  • Hazel, dark brown, olive or warm green
  • Medium brown to black, blue-grey, cool green

natural color: home coloring

We invite you to read our instructions for dyeing hair in natural shades. As usual, do not forget to test for allergies 48 hours before coloring. How to do this is described in the instructions for the paint.

  1. Prepare everything you need: paint and mixing container, special brush, comb, gloves, cape or towel to protect clothes.

  2. Comb your hair and divide it into several parts, secure the strands on your head with clips.

  3. Alternately apply the dye to the strands, distributing it in the direction from the roots to the tips.

  4. For a more even distribution of the coloring composition, go through the hair with your fingers in massaging movements.

  5. Hold the composition on the hair for the time specified in the instructions.

  6. Rinse hair with lukewarm water, then use after-color conditioner.

In order to try on natural shades, it is not necessary to do full coloring. Getting natural light highlights on your hair is easy with highlights.

The results of dyeing using the balayage and shatush techniques also look organic, emphasizing the beauty of the natural shades of the hair.

Review of natural colors

Our selection of natural hair colors will help you make your choice.

Blonde hair

Long-lasting natural shades of blonde can be found in the L'Oréal Paris Excellence series of colors. Paint No. 9.1 "Very Light Blonde Ash" is suitable for those who dream of a natural and soft blonde.

For the effect of a cold glow on curls, choose L'Oréal Paris Préférence No. 9.12 "Siberia" .

Red hair

The fiery hair color that many girls dream about can be achieved using colors from the Garnier Color Naturals color palette. Pay attention to shade No. 7.40 Captivating Copper.

Dark hair

Do you like expressive chestnut color? Then your choice is paint in shade No. 3.23 "Dark Chocolate" from Garnier Color Naturals. She will successfully transform her hair and give it a beautiful shine.

Paint No. 1.0 "Precious Agate" was created for those who want to become a fatal brunette.

Stylist Tips

Which natural hair dyes are best for covering gray hair?

" You need permanent dyes. These are mostly paints with ammonia, but there are also ammonia-free paints that can cover gray hair, for example, Garnier Olia, ”recommends Garnier coloring expert Evgeny Sedoy.

How to add shine and shine to your natural hair color?

To maintain a natural shade, you can use transparent hair dyes (home lamination products) or periodically carry out a tinting procedure. And of course, add shampoos, balms and oils to your routine care especially for radiance and shine of hair.

Is it possible to dye your hair in natural shades without harm?

The negative impact of paint on hair does not depend on the naturalness or extremeness of the shade. Harm can be minimized if several conditions are met:

  • before any dyeing, it is necessary to prepare the hair - to provide them with sufficient moisture and nutrition for a long time;

  • if you need to change the shade by just two or three tones, use ammonia-free paints;

  • prolong the intervals between coloring procedures with special care that prevents color from washing out.

Can I return my natural hair color after dyeing at home?



How to care for dyed hair?

The most important task of caring for hair dyed in natural colors (and any other) is to maintain the saturation and brightness of the color. This is within the power of funds from the Botanicals line “Geranium. Radiance Elixir by L'Oréal Paris. Regular use of shampoo, balm and mask from this series provides the hair with the necessary moisture and restores its he althy look.

Garnier Fructis Transfiguration Elixir Oil nourishes and adds shine to hair. It can be used before shampooing or applied to damp hair after a shower.

Garnier Botanic Therapy Cream-Oil restores and strengthens curls after coloring. The oil can also be used as a heat protectant before hot styling.