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Myth's Big Fat Hair Color Swatch Chart by Mytherea Myth's Big Fat Hair Color Swatch Chart by Mytherea
This has been sitting on my hard drive for ages, half finished. ~BurnNotice asked me if I would ever do a hair tutorial, so I finished this old thing up for submission. Not quite a hair drawing tutorial, more like a hair color thing, but hey, close enough right?

Oh, and let's pretend the Salt and Pepper colors are black and grey, not brown and grey. Black didn't look right. Feel free to exchange the brown for any other color in the chart (although, with the lighter blonds, trade the grey for more of the white shades).
These colors are the basic ones. You can go darker, or lighter, or change shades entirely. In fact, I encourage you to. But sometimes, it's really nice to have a little cheat sheet for when you don't feel like having to think deeply about your color choices.
As ~JavaLeen mentioned in the comments, you can also use the Hue/Saturation tool (or whatever equivalent your program has) to adjust any of these colors to the exact shade you want. Just be sure to have your hair on a separate layer. ;)
Enjoy! :)

Oh, and by the way, I do happen to do art too, so why don't you give some of the stuff I spend a lot of my time, effort, and tears on some love, okay?
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VIclassic Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
Hey, I know it's been a while since you made this but I thought I'd create an Illustrator swatch from it for all the vector fans out there
It can be found here viclassic.deviantart.com/art/H…
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chaurice Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
omg thank u soooo much! all so beautiful *_*
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Shortstuff81000 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
This is really awesome! :D I downloaded them awhile ago to create some natural looking hair shaders for DAZ Studio. Shaders made using your palette are pretty much the only ones that turned out awesome. :D
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DarkRainfire Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist
Absolutely brilliant!
Thanks for making this man :) Great for references
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:iconmytherea:
Mytherea Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks and you're welcome! I'm glad you find it useful :)
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Ashlynneatscookies Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
And my search for simple hair color swatches has ended. Thank you so much. :heart:
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:iconmytherea:
Mytherea Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I hope it's useful. :)
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Ashlynneatscookies Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
:heart:
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edjellen Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What brush settings in Photoshop should I use to get the same soft hair effect? Please help. :D
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:iconmytherea:
Mytherea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For the flats, 100% opacity, 100% flow. For the painting/shading, a mix of 45% opacity and 45% flow and 60% opacity and 45% flow. The first is for shadow and highlight blocking, the second is for picking out detailed strands. 
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edjellen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! This is a great help.Here's a kiss for you, my love! 
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najacr Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this!Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Kawaii Eyes) [V6] 
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:iconmytherea:
Mytherea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! 
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PaygeBrooke Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
nice
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Mytherea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
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TifaxxLockhart Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is very useful! Thank you for sharing it Smile 1
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Mytherea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! You're welcome! :)
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TifaxxLockhart Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:
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AnnoyerOfDoitsu Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I've made a group dedicated to color palettes! Mind if I include yours?
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Mytherea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly, you can. Just send a request to incorporate it into your group and I'll okay it.
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AnnoyerOfDoitsu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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dragonx81 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is nice.
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Flightybird41 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! This helps a ton with character designing!
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Pariah8347 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
:worship: amg thank you so much! It especially helped with white hair because my white hair on an oc of mine didn't always look right. Thanks!
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pound3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
This is great! Thanks a lot! :D
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:iconmytherea:
Mytherea Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it! You're welcome! :)
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theanimegirlaka Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This came in alot of help. Thank you vary much.
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Pikachufan2882 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
This is SO helpful, thanks a lot! :iconworshipplz:
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Warioexpert Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lol you should have labeled the unnatural hair under Anime hair XD
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Arctic-Dream Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL at fire truck!
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Midnight4200 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
hah firetruck.
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jyonghyun Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Wow! Very helpful!
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Mytherea Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you found it so! :)
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MelanieGreen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is amazing!! thank you so much for this freaking awesome tutorial :D
just when I was in a hassle to color hair you came up with this fantastic tutorial :iconheeplz:

thank yoooouuuu!!! :iconmuahplz:
I will credit you when I upload my drawing.
can I link it to you??
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TheTragicNightmare Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to shove my coocoo in your cocoa puffs.....*^*
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Mytherea Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry...?
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Karmadactyl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
;w; i needed this for strawberry blond hair thank you ;w;
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Mytherea Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad I could help! :)
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ZoruaXcutie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Nevermind! :D
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ZoruaXcutie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
i was going to use this and give you credit, but i couldnt cope/paste it to my ms paint could you tell me gow to work this out?
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Mytherea Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not what I had in mind when I made this, but go ahead. Glad you figured it out though. Hope it turned out nicely. :)
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Xeno-BSS Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thnx 4 the reference!
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Mytherea Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic as a reference! I'm going to check out the rest of your gallery!
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:iconmytherea:
Mytherea Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank! I'm happy you think so! Thanks for taking a look at the rest of my art, too! :)
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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chaotically Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
this is a really helpful swatch chart; thank you for making it! c:
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:iconmytherea:
Mytherea Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks and you are very welcome! I'm glad you found it useful. :)
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CareerFromDistrict4 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Great reference for hair colors. Honestly, sometimes hair is the most annoying part of drawing.
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Mytherea Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Yep, picking hair colors takes me forever, and the strands are never thin enough. Hair is so frustrating at times.
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