How to Choose the Right Hair Color
Changing your hair color can be the easiest and most dramatic way to transform your look. But with so many options out there, it can be an overwhelming decision. There are different factors such as skin tone and eye color that can help you make the best color decisions to complement your natural features and bring out the best look in you.
Hair color is based on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being the darkest and 10 being the lightest.
First lets talk about skin tone and how it can determine the best hair color for you.
One way to determine skin tone is by observing the veins at your wrist. If you can see your veins and they are blue you undertone is cool. If they are green then your undertone is warm. If your veins are somewhere in between, your undertone is neutral. If you cannot see your veins, try holding a piece of white paper to your face. If your skin looks yellow or golden in contrast to the white paper then you have a warm skin color. If it looks pinkish you have a cool tone. You can do a similar test using silver and gold foil. When you hold up the different sheets of foil take note of the effect of the reflection on the look of your skin. The right foil will result in your skin looking healthy and glowing. On the other hand, the wrong foil will make you look sickly and gray. If the silver foil is right for you, your tone is cool. If gold suits you better than you have a warm skin tone.
Here are some guidelines for choosing hair color based on skin tone:
Extremely Pale and Pale Skin: Avoid black or dark hair colors because it can make you look washed out. (This could be the look you are after).
This is an example of pale skin with a complementary hair color.
This is an example of how black hair can wash out pale skin.
Neutral: Neutral skin is very versatile in terms of hair color. If your natural hair color is on the dark side, you will tend to pull warm colors, which means golds, reds, and coppers. If your natural color is lighter, you tend to pull cooler tones. This includes ash, pale yellow, and violets.
This is an example of neutral skin with a cool hair tone.
This is an example of neutral skin with a warm hair color.
This is an example of neutral skin and a mix of both cool and warm hair tones.
Pink: Golden blonde and shades of warm red can accentuate the pink in your skin. Instead choose ash tones that will neutralize your coloring.
This is an example of pink skin tone being complemented by a cool hair tone.
Olive: Darker hair colors suit olive skin
These two pictures show examples of dark hair colors on olive skin tone.
Dark: Dark skins tones are flattered by bright, eye-catching colors. Softer shades can make dark skin tones appear washed-out.
This is an example of a mixture of bright, eye-catching hair color with a dark skin tone.
These two pictures show the comparison between a warm hair color ( above) that complements her skin tone and a softer shade (below) that washes her out.
Eye Color is another indicator for choosing the best hair color.
Brown, Green, or Hazel Eyes: Warm tones including gold, red, and auburn complement people with these particular eye colors and their yellow base.
An example of Hazel eyes with warm hair tones
Blue or Grey Eyes: These eye colors have a blue base and therefore cooler-toned colors like ash and light gold work best.
This is an example of blue eyes being complemented by cool tones.
Other factors that can assist in the color choosing process are the color clothes that flatter you the most as well as the jewelry you wear.
If you look best wearing red, purple, periwinkle, charcoal gray, or teal clothing then neutral tones such as beige blonde, sandy blonde, chocolate brown, and mahogany will suit you best.
If you look best in red, golden yellow, orange, rust, or olive green clothes than auburn, then warm hair tones like golden blonde, strawberry blonde, and golden brown will look best on you.
If you look best in royal blue, black, pine green, bluish red, and fuchsia than cool hair tones such as platinum, ash blonde, burgundy, ash brown, and jet black will show best on you.
If you look best in silver jewelry than you have cool skin and if you look best in gold jewelry than you have warm skin.
There are many different ways to determine the best hair color for you. If you have any questions or would like to come into Casa di Menotti for a free consultation, we would be more than happy to point you in the right direction! We use BES products here at the Casa, which will give your new hair color a healthy shine.