The 5 Best Korean Celebrity-Inspired Hair Shades That Color Us Happy
Need a beauty uplift? Show your true colors in these trending shades approved by the hottest celebrities of K-pop and K-drama stardom.
When bad hair days become bad hair weeks, you know it’s time for a change. What better way to add life to your hair than with a brand new hue for your ’do? We looked to the ’grams for an up-close and personal look at our favorite pop stars and K-drama celebs for their choice of preferred hair shades. (P.S. We’re booking our next hair appointment, pronto.)
Think sweet with pastel highlights
There’s nothing that we love more than an expertly done pastel highlight. It takes a certain amount of aplomb and a love for taking risks, but we think the result is totally worth it.
Stylenanda model Byun Jungha channeled her best baby face with pastel pink bangs, curled to perfection to frame her porcelain features.
Irene Kim is no stranger to pastel colors. The Korean model practically made the pastel-rainbow hair an instant trend, and we hope it’s a fad that’s here to stay.
Take highlights to the next level with face framing color, like singer Park Chae-young. Fitting for the current member of girl group BlackPink, the pink-gold shade is the perfect example of a daring yet subtle hue.
Everyone’s favorite: Copper penny
From copper penny to deep ginger, this auburn-hued shade is commonly spotted on both Korean celebrities and denizens alike — and it’s no wonder why. Perfect for pale to light medium complexions, copper is a popular choice for Koreans who boast porcelain or fair skin; the reddish overtones of copper shades complement the pink nuances of light skin tones.
If you’ve got a deeper olive complexion, don’t fret — you can still sport the copper look by opting for copper highlights on darker brunette shades, rather than going for an all-over auburn style. Here are a few of our favorite copper looks.
Areum Songee, former T-Ara girl group singer, complemented her golden-red copper hair with flushed cheeks and bright pink lips.
Stylenanda models Gong Soo Ah and Byun Jungha channel ultra-feminine vibes in this gorgeous strawberry copper shade. We’re dreaming of strawberry fields (forever) with this twinning hair color.
Lovingly referred to as the “queen of Korean pop,” singer and actress Boa sported an ombré of bright to dark copper hues contrasted with a bold orange-tinted lip.
Singer of boy band Infinite, Kim Myung Soo (or better known as L) brightened up his complexion with brownish copper highlights against dark brown hair.
Best known for her roles in the dramas My Girl and Hotel King, actress Lee Da-Hae went for a deep copper mane, pulled back in a casual low bun. Pro-tip: Make sure you match the shade of your eyebrows to your hair for a more cohesive look.
Touted as one of Korea’s most beautiful women, actress Park Shin-hye (Stairway to Heaven, The Heirs, Pinocchio) is radiant in a dark copper shade with reddish undertones, giving off sultry, sexy vibes. Verdict? We’re totally digging it.
Even actress Song Hye Kyo (Descendants of the Sun, Autumn in My Heart), whose usual hair color of choice is a natural dark brown, stepped outside the box with a brassy red-tinged dark copper.
Desaturate with silver and platinum tones
From ashy silver to bleached platinum, these depigmented shades are flattering on any skin tone and make a huge statement. Just be prepared to spend a lot of time at the salon to color your roots, and a gentle shampoo and hair masks for damaged ends are a must.
Turn heads like former rapper 2NE1 member CL in silky silver tresses — don’t forget to sport your best smoky eye for the ultimate “wow” factor.
Lead vocalist of CNBLUE, Jung Yong-hwa is also rocking the statement look. Tip: When the silver dye begins to wash out, give it a few weeks before your touch-up. That way you get two looks with one dye session as your tresses take on that underlying bleached, platinum blonde state.
Light it up with neon
Of course, a rundown on the best hair colors wouldn’t be complete without another ode to funky-haired model Irene Kim. The quirky TV personality may have rose to fame with her rainbow pastel hair, but she’s experimented with almost every color under the sun thanks to her best friend and hairstylist Sunwoo Kim (major bestie goals, anyone?).
If you’re ready to make drastic changes, opt for an Irene-approved neon shade reminiscent of bright pink-orange sunsets. Even SHINee member Kim Ki Bum caught the neon pink bug for this twinsie ’gram.
Best known as V from seven-member boy band BTS, Kim Tae-Hyung has no shame in flaunting a hot neon-pink cut, with matching lips to boot.
And finally, a color we can all do: Ash brown
Park So Ra, one of the gorgeous faces of Stylenanda, looks au naturel in this easy-to-achieve ashy brown hairstyle. It’s perfect for you naturalists who want just the slightest pick-me-up for your hair color. If you’ve got brassy, orange tresses, ask your stylist for cool and ashy tones — you’ll be surprised how a shift in tonality can make a world of a difference in your overall look.
Have you tried any of these hair shades? Do you want to and if so, which color? Let us know in the comments below!