If you've been wanting to color your hair in a rainbow or pastel hue for the longest time but you aren't ready to have vibrant-looking strands just yet, we have the perfect solution for you: Subtle dye jobs. These are hues that are low-key enough for strict offices because the full effect usually only comes out when the sunlight hits them. Interested? We round up seven of the cutest hair color ideas:
1. Chocolate Lilac
If you want to try dipping your toes in the purple hair color trend but you still want to keep it office-appropriate, chocolate lilac is your best bet. It's the perfect mix of violet and brown—it looks soft and subtle indoors, but you get the full effect when you're outside!
2. Deep Violet
For those who really want to keep it low-key, we recommend this deep violet shade. It's close enough to black that it won't look out of place indoors. Bonus: This color will make your hair look extra glossy!
3. Brunette Rose Gold
If your office is more lenient, you can try this brown hair color that's mixed with rose gold tones. It'll give your tresses some dimension without looking too flashy.
4. Cold Brew
This hue that resembles a cup of joe is proof that you can never go wrong with simple hair colors.
5. Blue and Black
Another subtle way you can add some pigment to your hair is by asking your colorist to apply a blue-black dye to it. It's one of the colors that's dark enough to blend in with your natural black tresses. Plus, it will give your strands some added shine, too!
6. Chocolate Milk
If you're not the type to go for loud hues but you still want to change up your hair somehow, we suggesting asking for this chocolate brown hue. It's a far cry from your black tresses while still looking appropriate for the workplace.
7. Peak-A-Boo Purple
Feeling a little brave? A hidden hue might work best for you. Ask your colorist to only paint the underside of your strands so the bright hues are completely concealed when your tresses aren't styled.
* This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.