Hazel eyes are so unique. Some may have brown and gold flecks and others may have white, grey or blue flecks. Aestheticians refer to the former category as warm season and the latter as cool season. The most flattering shade of hair color depends on which season an individual's hazel eyes fall under. Use color in ways that make you look vibrant and alive.

Hazel Eyes in Warm Season

Those with hazel eyes in warm season look best in hair shades with reddish highlights and rich golden tones. Pale auburn, light golden brown and golden blond look beautiful with warm-season hazel eyes. Avoid stark shades like white, platinum or black, and bold, trendy colors like blues and violets.

Hair Color for Cool Season

Hazel eyes in cool season means the cheeks have no color or pink undertones. Choose soft and subdued shades like light ash brown, ash blond or platinum blond to harmonize with your light skin. If your skin has enough color, you could wear chestnut brown or black. Pale skin and cool-season hazel eyes look best with a delicate shade that has no sunny-looking highlights. Avoid gold, yellow, red or bronze tones, which make skin look sallow.

Experiment With Hair Color

Permanent hair color can lighten the hair to any shade of blond or light brown. If you have dark hair and want to go much lighter or want red or golden highlights, you need to bleach your hair. It's best to have this done by a professional. Always save the box if you color yourself—if a professional color correction is needed, the hairstylist must know what chemicals you used, or your hair could be damaged.

Semi-permanent color can only darken, not lighten, hair. It lasts for a few weeks, but you can remove most of it by extra shampooing if it's too dark.


If your hazel eyes and pale skin make you look washed out, ask a colorist to help you choose a hair color even if you do it yourself.

About the Author

Judi Light Hopson

Judi Light Hopson is a national columnist for McClatchy Newspapers. She is founder of Hopson Global Education and Training and co-author of the college textbook, Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress. She holds a degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University, and has been a professional writer for 25 years.