Choosing The Right Hair Colour For Your Skin Tone

Have you ever walked into a hair salon and flicked through the pictures in the magazines, finally pointed to a picture and said “I want that colour!”?  I think most of us have been there. Wouldn’t it be so nice if everyone suited every hair colour?  Unfortunately it’s not so, and if you get it wrong the result can be a washed out, tired and older looking you. If you get it right however, your hair colour can not only help you to look younger, but it can also make your best facial features shine.

Firstly, hair colour can be plotted on a scale from one to ten, with one being black and ten being platinum blonde.  As a general rule, it is suggested that you don’t go more than two levels or shades above or below your natural hair colour.  If you do choose to step outside that range you could risk the colour looking fake and you’ll most likely have a hard time maintaining it because it is so different to your natural colour.

Also, before you decide on a colour you need to determine whether your skin tone is cool or warm:

  • Cool skin tones are normally accompanied by blue, grey or dark brown-black eyes, the veins in your wrist have a blue tint and your skin looks healthiest when you wear pure white
  • Warm skin tones are normally accompanied by green, hazel or warm brown eyes, the veins in your wrist have a greenish tint and your skin looks healthiest when you wear off-white or beige

So, with that in mind, here are some of the best colours for your skin tone and colour:

Dark skin

If you have a warm skin tone then consider colours such as mahogany, coffee or maple brown and if your skin tone is cool then colours such as espresso and black should work best for you.

Olive skin

If you have a warm skin tone then ebony brown, mocha and violet based hues will work best for you whilst those with a cool skin will suit chestnut, auburn and cinnamon.

Medium skin

If you have a warm skin tone colours such as copper or golden caramel will compliment your skin while people with cool skin tones should stick to colours such as ash, walnut and wheat blonde.

Fair skin

If you have a warm skin tone consider colours such as golden, honey and strawberry blonde.  If you have a cool skin tone then platinum and buttery shades will work best for you.

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