May 8, 2020
Springtime has us cleaning out our closets, storing our winter clothes and rediscovering our favorite blouses and dresses. As your wardrobe changes, so should your hair. Give your hair the revival it craves and say hello to color!
Not sure what hair color would be most flattering on you? The first thing to do is figure out your skin tone. The best advice would be to think of your favorite blouse or shirt, the one that you feel best in, the one that everyone compliments you on. What color is that shirt? If it’s yellow, orange or peach, you likely have a warm skin tone. If it’s blue, green or purple, you likely have a cool skin tone. If you look equally amazing in both, your skin tone is neutral.
Always wear black? Try this. Compare a piece of gold & silver jewelry against your skin.
- If the silver jewelry flatters your skin best, you have a cool skin tone.
- If the gold jewelry flatters your skin best, you have a warm skin tone.
- If your skin is flattered by both, then you have a neutral skin tone.
Another fun way to try on new colors, no commitment required, can be done via virtual try on. You play around with colors similar to what you currently have or as wild as your imagination can take you. Head over to the homepage at colorandco.com to give it a spin.
Understanding what shades and tones will compliment your skin tone is paramount when choosing a new hair color. Whether you want to be blonde, brunette or red it all comes down to suitability.
If you have skin with pinkish, olive or blueish undertones you are cool.
For blondes, hair color shades with ash tones like platinum, mushroom or pearl work best for you. For Brunettes, think dark chocolate, espresso and cool beige to create a striking compliment. Always wanted to try red? Those with cool skin tones should opt for shades like Merlot, burgundy or subtle shades of mocha.
If you have skin with yellowish or reddish undertones, you are warm.
Blondes should go for shades reflecting warm tones of peach or strawberry, or buttery gold. Brunettes should gravitate toward shades like caramel, butterscotch, or clove. Redheads will get a big pop from spicy shades like paprika, auburn, or intense copper.
Neutral skin tones can pull off both warm and cool shades, but there are still shades that are spot on for this skin tone. Your eyes can tell you if you lean towards warm or cool. For example, if your eyes have flecks of gold or copper, try a warm shade; if your eyes have flecks of gray or are surrounded by a dark ring, go for cool.
Blondes with neutral skin tones can take advantage of shades like mocha, rose gold and wheat. Brunettes will look stunning in a beige ‘bronde’, chestnut or mahogany. Redheads can run the spectrum from auburn or strawberry blonde to Cabernet.
While skin tone is a key factor to achieving the best hair color for you, it’s not the only one. It’s also important to consider the depth of the color you are choosing whether it be light, medium or dark. The trick is combining the two to create the right compliment between your skin and hair color for a striking result.
For example, if you have a beige complexion and want a beige hair color (like J. Lo), you should make sure that the depth of the color is at least 2 shades darker or lighter than your skin. Consider a ‘less is more’ approach (like Gabrielle) when highlighting to create dimension and interest in your hair. If the tone of your highlights don’t compliment your skin tone, place them away from your face for the most flattering results.
For Rainbow, or Unicorn hair the same rules apply for cool and warm complexions. Cool complexions (like Katy) should stick with cool tones like blue, violet or green. Warm complexions (like Kesha) fare best with coral, yellow and soft pink. Think the shade you want won’t fit your skin tone? Remember, it’s all about placement. Always make sure to place the shades that compliment your skin tone against the skin.
In some cases you can use an ammonia free gloss over your current shade to enhance vibrancy without sacrificing depth and complexity. Be sure to speak with one of our expert colorists to ensure your goals are achievable with a one-step demi color process. In the meantime, prepare your hair now for additional lightening in the coming months. Use products with repairing and strengthening benefits before styling, and after styling moisturize the lengths of your hair with a nourishing leave-in oil treatment.
Personal preferences in hair color has become the norm, but with the wide number of available shades and ever growing mix of cultures, knowing what works best for your skin tone and complexion will always assure you have the perfect personalized shade.