Hairstylist Jill Kirsh shows how the right color accents can make people with any hair color look good in basic black.
The color on the face--lips, cheeks, eyes--should coordinate with your hair.
For redheads, accessorize with warm, rusty, earth colors or bold greens, golds and blues. Cream and beige also work, but avoid using gray.
Uninterrupted black can age an ash blond. Try adding soft, pastel colors near the face with a sweater or necklace. Cool colors such as dusty pink and periwinkle blue work best. Some tones to avoid with silver-blond hair include camel, Kelly green, olive green, beige and earth tones.
Women aren't the only ones who should dilute black. Men with golden blond hair should try adding a warm camel shirt and coordinating tie with a black suit to liven up the look. Warm colors such as peach and coral work well, as do browns and brights. For a light-colored shirt, golden blondes look better in off-white than true white.
Deep brunettes can wear intense, vibrant colors with black, but they should avoid medium tones and dusty colors like gray and browns.