These are 2019's Best Hair Colours for You, Based on Trends in Korea

2019’s best hair colours based on trends in South Korea

2019’s best hair colours based on trends in South Korea

Brief summary of article:

  • Go with peachy orange (living coral), as that is the colour of 2019.

  • Korea's been switching to natural looks lately, so embrace browns and black with Korean trendy perms for a princess look.

  • Amongst the hipster scenes, blonde and red are great for olive skin tones. Lavender grey only if you think you can handle it.

  • Different types of hair styling (Korean perms, half-updo) can make your hair colour look new.

Want to know why? Keep reading to find out.

From your sunkissed browns to lavenders, there are plenty of beautiful hair colour ideas floating in Pinterest with a complete step by step how-to DIY hair dye guides (box dye or salon transformations).

Yet, how do we know if these hair colours will look good on us? Trends aren't an one size fits all after all, so the living coral hair colour may not be suitable for different skin tones, even more so for skin undertones and gender.

What better way to find out about hair trends than looking at South Korea's rising and celebrity influencers?

Range of skin tones, from pale - fair, tan - olive, light brown - black brown.

Range of skin tones, from pale - fair, tan - olive, light brown - black brown.

Read on to know how to get a trendy hair colour that flatters your skintone and undertones

1. Living Coral

yoou.ch, Korean beauty social media influencer peachy orange hair colour

yoou.ch, Korean beauty social media influencer peachy orange hair colour

INSTA | yoou.ch

When it comes to hair trends, it's impossible to forget about the Pantone colour of the year - Living Coral. You can expect all things fashion related, such as cosmetics and clothing to be focused on this warm peachy colour.

Yuqi, member of (G) iDLE, rising South Korea rookie girl group

Yuqi, member of (G) iDLE, rising South Korea rookie girl group

Source | Yuqi, (G)I-DLE

We think that this works on all skin tones well and it's a colour that works with other hairstyles, such as a wavy Korean perm. For fair skin tones, the translucent nature this colour has, whereas darker skin tones will enjoy the pop of colour this hair brings, without washing them out.

 

Jung Chae Yeon, member of DIA and I.O.I

Jung Chae Yeon, member of DIA and I.O.I

INSTA | Jung Chae Yeon, DIA & I.O.I

If you have very warm undertones, we recommend pairing it with a universally complimentary colour, such as brown, to make it more interesting.

2. Blonde

naneunminji, Korean social media fashion and lifestyle influencer with blonde curly hair

naneunminji, Korean social media fashion and lifestyle influencer with blonde curly hair

INSTA | naneunminji

It's no coincidence that more people are going blonde these days, as it's such as stark contrast between natural Asian hair, which is typically of dark brown to black colour. It gives you a youthful appearance, like a cute pixie from a fairy tale.

Arin, from OMG Oh my Girl Kpop idol girl group member with peachy blonde hair

Arin, from OMG Oh my Girl Kpop idol girl group member with peachy blonde hair

 INSTA | Arin, Oh My Girl

If you want a mature yet sassy look, try out this orange blonde by Arin, for her group's latest comeback, 'Bungee'. Features loose waves with an orange bleached blonde, it's surely going to be a hit for summer!

Sunmi, established K-pop female solo artist with pale bleached hair

Sunmi, established K-pop female solo artist with pale bleached hair

INSTA | Sunmi

For a bold, yet wearable look for working adults, you can try out the platinum blonde hair that Sunmi is sporting here. With this look, you can look both mature and fashionable.

We do advise that you do any kind of bleaching at a salon hair, as trained professionals can help you determine if your hair's healthy enough to withstand the bleach. Treatment is also a must after any chemical processes, such as hair colouring, bleaching or perming.

u_321sv_ on instagram with a modern and trendy Korean fashionista look

u_321sv_ on instagram with a modern and trendy Korean fashionista look

INSTA | u_321sv_

Blonde is the new black, even when your roots start to grow out. Colouring your hair is not only damaging, but it can also be a lot of work. From going to the salon to regular hair treatments, why not give your hair a break? Try putting on a hat on bad hair days or when your roots are showing.

barbie_rachel_q.p, wearing a white bucket hat with faded coral hair

barbie_rachel_q.p, wearing a white bucket hat with faded coral hair

INSTA | barbie_rachel_q.p

One of the reasons why the coral, peachy look is so versatile is because it still looks amazing while it's fading. Rachel Kim, a freelancer model at MLB crew, looks chic here with a faded pink and coral look. Who said beauty had to be expensive?

If you want a new hair makeover without the damage, you can still get a glamorous look that will turn heads with these ideas.

3. Brown

Park Sora, model for Stylenanda, Korean fashion brand based in South Korea, with brown straight hair

Park Sora, model for Stylenanda, Korean fashion brand based in South Korea, with brown straight hair

INSTA | sora_pppp

Who said brown is no longer a trendy colour? There are many shades of browns that can complement your skin undertone without being too 'in-your-face'. Brown is a colour that looks great with any hairstyle, whether it's natural or curly.

94_j.a, Korean beauty social media influencer with warm red brown hair

94_j.a, Korean beauty social media influencer with warm red brown hair

INSTA | 94_j.a

Do you have an olive undertone? Try warmer shades of brown to bring out the warmth in your skin, which gives you the sun-kissed and healthy look. Here's a summer-inspired look: loose curls with center parted bangs.

taeri_taeri, Korean social media influencer affiliated with Cily Cosmetics, a Korean beauty brand

taeri_taeri, Korean social media influencer affiliated with Cily Cosmetics, a Korean beauty brand

INSTA | taeri__taeri

Cool undertone? No worries, we got you covered! Get a brown with khaki undertones, which will help to even out any sallowness without washing you out. Taeri also pairs this look with a headband to match with her black sleeveless crop top.

i.am.zoo, Korean beauty social media influencer posing for ably_official in a trendy cafe

i.am.zoo, Korean beauty social media influencer posing for ably_official in a trendy cafe

INSTA | i.am.zoo

Don't want to deal with all the troublesome hair maintenance, such as root touch-ups? Or maybe you're in the midst of growing out your hair. This look with copper brown ombre will help your hair stand out in a subtle way without the extra effort, such a life hack!

4. Black

o_yene, Korean beauty social media influencer with a loose, black Korean perm

o_yene, Korean beauty social media influencer with a loose, black Korean perm

INSTA | o_yene

After so many colours, sometimes, you just want to go back to natural. After the huge bleached hair trend in Seoul, many beauty influencers have started to adopt more natural looks, such as black and brown, to show off a demure and princessy vibe.

me._.r_you Korean social media influencer with a Korean Trendy Perm that features loose curls

me._.r_you Korean social media influencer with a Korean Trendy Perm that features loose curls

INSTA | me._.r_you

Isn't it so nice? If you've got a pale complexion, it makes you look almost snow-white and dreamy. Change up your look with a Korean trendy perm and you can look stylish effortlessly without fail.

 

so_tweety a Korean social media influencer with center parted bangs and a black dress

so_tweety a Korean social media influencer with center parted bangs and a black dress

INSTA | so_tweety

Of course, trendsetters must also be flexible. For Singapore's weather, you may find see-through bangs high maintenance, as bangs tend to stick to your forehead or clump together if you sweat. Switch to a center parted fringe to look classy and elegant in a monochromatic outfit.

ro.junghwa, a Korean social media influencer who models for fashion brand dayroze_offical, based in South Korea

ro.junghwa, a Korean social media influencer who models for fashion brand dayroze_offical, based in South Korea

INSTA | ro.junghwa

A half-updo look can also help keep things casual and cool, in a 'I was born like this' vibe. It helps you keep the heat off just in time for all the festivals and music concerts happening at this time in Singapore.

5. Red

Yeonjung, member of popular Kpop idol girl group WJSN and I.O.I

Yeonjung, member of popular Kpop idol girl group WJSN and I.O.I

INSTA | Yeonjung, member of WJSN, I.O.I

While living coral is the colour of 2019, red is still a stunning hair colour to have. High-energy and cheerful, you can make a great impression for special occasions such as reunions or university orientations. So tropical!

0ing_ddoing, Korean Youtuber and social media influencer in a red short bob

0ing_ddoing, Korean Youtuber and social media influencer in a red short bob

INSTA | 0ing_ddoing

For all of you with short bobs, we got your back! You can try out this pastel red look which looks spunky and casual. Red can sometimes look too much on golden skin tones, so making it pastel is a great way to accentuate your features instead of making your hair the focus.

Bonus round: Lavender Grey

barbie_rachel_q.p, instagram model with lavender grey silver hair

barbie_rachel_q.p, instagram model with lavender grey silver hair

INSTA | barbie_rachel_q.p

Ok, let's be honest. This isn't a good for everyone. But lavender grey has been getting really popular right after the rose gold trend ended, so we had to do a honourable mention of it.

This hair colour is seriously not for everyone (*warning, involves bleaching!*), but if you do get it, you'll really love it as it goes well with most Korean fashion.

In a nutshell

With 5 hair colour ideas for this year, you are ready to get your K-inspired colouring and highlight. While changing up your hair look is all fun and glam, we do recommend to consult a professional to access your hair condition as some of these looks require serious bleaching, which is a chemical process that damages your hair.

Hair that is already damaged by heat styling or perms may not be able to take the damage and can break off. Yikes! Trends are now, but health is permanent. 

We are so excited to see what you guys will choose in the end, so be sure to share with us here or on instagram with #dusolbeautysg!

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