The color: Black Velvet
Celebrity inspiration: Laura Prepon
Description: Laura's velvety black hair has hints of softness to it that make it feel one part goth, three parts beauty queen. The key when asking for this hue at your local salon, according to Miguel Angarita, senior colorist at Mizu New York Salon, is to make sure there are zero red tones in your hair and to opt for ashy undertones instead.
Who it works for: This color is universally striking and flattering. It works on fair complexions with pink undertones, dark complexions with olive undertones, and every coloring in between. To keep out red tones and emphasize the velvety-ness of this color, maintain your hair with something like Madison Reed's Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner ($34), an antibrass system made specifically for dark hair.