How to Choose the Right Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

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When it comes to coloring your hair, it’s important to consider the harmony between your hair color and your skin tone. Your skin tone will determine if a certain hair color is flattering or not. Your skin’s undertones will also dictate which makeup works best for you.

The right hair color should bring out and enhance your skin tone and facial features. It should brighten your skin and highlight your key features such as the eyes or cheekbones. There are three types of skin tone: warm, cool and neutral.

Warm skin tone has undertones of yellow, peach and gold. On the other hand, cool skin tone has the undertone of pink, red, or blue. Finally, neutral undertones are neither cool nor warm. The undertones are a mixture of cool and warm.

A quick way to check if you have cool or warm tone is to look at the veins on your wrist. If the veins are bluish or purplish then you are cool toned. If it appears greenish, you are warm toned. If you can’t tell whether it’s blue or green, then you could be neutral-toned.

Hair Color by Skin Tone

For Warm Skin Tones

For fair skin with light eyes and light coloring, you’ll look best in cool-toned hair colors like ashy blond, champagne blond or platinum blond. If you have medium-warm skin tone and brown eyes, black-brown, caramel or fawn-colored brunette is your most flattering hair color. Dark reds such as auburn and dark cool brunettes work well for women with medium warm skin tone. For deep skin tones, always go for hair color that is either lighter or darker than your skin.

For Cool Skin Tones

If you have cool skin tone, then you have to choose a color that’s the opposite of your undertone. That means going for warmer, richer hair color. Choosing a cool hair color will likely wash out your skin tone, making you look sickly.

If you want to go lighter, choose honey blond, butterscotch, strawberry blond. If you want to go deeper then we recommend blue or pink-based reds and rich chocolate browns. Avoid stark black unless this is your natural hair color. We recommend going for chocolate hues with prominent warmth to flatter your porcelain skin. If you have a medium-cool skin tone, go for orange red, golden blond and almond brown.

For Neutral Skin Tones

For naturally blond women with neutral skin tone, go for shades of blond that’s neither cool nor warm. If you want to go darker, choose a natural to cool light brown and try to avoid overly warm/cool browns.

Hair Coloring Tips

Talk to Your Hair Colorist

If you are unsure what hair color is suitable for your skin tone, we recommend talking to your hair colorist about it. Be precise at what specific result you want and be open to suggestions especially if you want to go for a flattering ashy tone. It requires a certain level of skills to pull off a flattering ash according to your skin tone.

Maintain Your Hair Color

Regular maintenance is a must especially if your current hair color is a complete departure from your natural hair color (going from dark brown to platinum blond). If you’ve gone several shades lighter, invest in a purple shampoo and hydrating conditioner. The purple shampoo will keep the silvery tones of blond hair color bright. A hydrating conditioner applied once a week should keep your tresses bouncy, shiny and full of life.


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