Imagine this: you’ve found your dream hair color, you color-match it with your hair stylist and get going, only to find out that it looks terrible with your skin tone or hair texture. Unfortunately, we’ve all been there. Finding the perfect hair color takes quite a bit of trial and error that can be a costly problem to work through. Fortunately, there are a few ways to find the perfect shade and color for your unique skin tones and hair texture, it just takes a bit of research to get there. Below we’ve highlighted some simple ways to find the perfect hair color and shade that will highlight your best features, not drown them out.
Most people think that it’s pretty easy to define what your skin tone is just by looking at it, but in order to correctly identify the exact hair color that will fit you best you’ll need to take a deeper look. Take some time to figure out what colors look best next to your skin. Deeper skin tones will pop with bright, rich colors such as purple or a deep red. They’ll also look great next to both silver and gold, while cooler or lighter skin tones will only look good with one or the other.
The warmth of your skin tone is usually defined by four different types: deep, warm and cool. To figure out your skins undertones look at your eyes and consider which colors of clothing and makeup look best on you. Those with blue, almost black, gray or greenish blue eyes are known to have a cooler complexion. Meanwhile, those with warm eye colors such as warm brown, auburn, hazel or green have a warmer complexion.
Cooler tones look best with cooler shades of hair color, while warm tones look best with the opposite. Think about it this way, your skin tone needs to be brought out by your hair color, so pick a color tone that will complement the undertones of your complexion. This applies for all color shades from blonde to black, so talk with your colorist about which tones would look best on your skin.
Once you’ve determine whether your skin leans on the warmer or cooler end, you’ll be able to determine your skin’s shade to finalize the perfect hair color choice. Skin shade can be described in a variety of colors from deep dark to porcelain. In the same way that you want to pick a hair color that will match your skin tone, you’ll want to pick one that matches its shade.
Darker shades generally look the best with darker, deeper colors, but any color can look good with any skin shade if chosen correctly. Those with paler skin will find that lighter hair color often looks the best, and a good rule of thumb to remember is that the lighter your skin is, the lighter you can go. Those with dark, deep skin tones will want to choose a hair color that is both warm and dark. Deep browns or even blacks work best for these types of complexions. Meanwhile, very fair, cool skin looks best with ashy shades of blonde or light brown, while those with warmer undertones and pale skin will find that lighter reds and strawberry blondes will work to bring out a glowing complexion.