by Sarra Khechremi, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 21st February, 2020
From blonde to purple to brunette. You're tired of trying almost all the hair color trends but still not quite happy with how it looks?
Before rushing into a bad decision, consider matching the hair color shades with your skin tone and complexion.
What works best for others may or may not work for you. Choosing the perfect hair color that matches your skin tone makes a big difference in how you look.
So, How do you choose the right hair color for your skin tone?
Choosing the right hair color that suits your complexion might be really tough. However, it is so WORTH IT! Because it can make you look healthier, younger and it can make the color of your eyes pop. Whereas the wrong hair color can make you look pale, older and sick.
No panic though! As soon as you figure out your skin tone you will be able to have the hair color that looks best on you makes you more attractive and live your ultimate hair goals.
Before considering going blonde, red or plum. It is vital to know your skin tone as well as your skin complexion.
You have probably heard of someone saying I have cool, warm or neutral skin tone and essentially taking this factor into consideration to find the right hair color, eyeshadow palette, and colors of their outfits.
Before we start the simple test to identify your skin tone, it's important to know that skin complexion is different from skin tone.
Skin complexion can be light, medium or dark. Whereas, skin tone (sometimes called undertone) can be cool, neutral or warm. Your skin complexion can change with tanning, for example, you become darker. But your skin tone will never change.
So, if your celeb hair color crush has dark skin complexion and you have dark skin complexion as well. This alone doesn't guarantee you to have the best hair color that will suit you. And that's because you might not have the exact same skin tone like her.
Here's a quick and easy test to determine your skin tone:
Find a sunny spot. You can either sit in front of a window where natural sunlight comes in or you can sit outside. The test doesn't work with artificial light because it may change the appearance of your natural skin tone. Take a peek at your veins on the inside of your wrist.
First, make sure that you have a clean face with no makeup. Put your hair into a ponytail so that it won't interfere with your perception. You need to have a mirror and a sunny spot.
Then you can hold up a white paper sheet up close to your face or wear a plain white T-shirt and look at the mirror. Compare the contrast. How does your skin look?
Another helpful thing to do is to consider the colors you look best in. Maybe the clothes that your friends compliment you on: "Oh Susan! You look really good in this yellow dress!"
We are all guilty of those days when we don't wear sunscreen or have enough protection from the sun. But put that aside. Now, think about how the summery sun rays affect your skin.
This is another good way to help you determine your undertone. Which metal compliments your skin tone? Your preference can tell you. Silver jewelry compliments cool skin tone really well. Gold jewelry looks more flattering on warm skin tones. If you look good in both, you may have a neutral skin tone.
Your eye color can be a simple way to determine your undertones. Honey brown eyes, that appear to have yellow or brown-red undertones, usually mean that you have a warm skin tone.
Ice blue eyes or pale brown usually means you have a cool undertone. However, note that this isn't always the case and it's best to combine it with at least one of the other helpful tests.
It's important to know that your skin complexion can be any color and still your skin tone can be either cool, warm or neutral.
Some people with darker skin can have a cool skin tone. And some people with white skin complexion can have warm undertones.
A few months ago, I dyed my hair platinum blonde. The color looked absolutely amazing on Jennifer Lawrence. It had that daring and elegant look to it that I was looking for.
After long steps and time spent in the salon, I looked in the mirror to check the final results... it was so overwhelmingly disappointing. I looked so washed out and tired. The color didn't flatter my complexion at all!
As someone with a pale skin complexion and warm skin tone, platinum blonde doesn't suit me. It goes best on the cool skin tone. But I learned my lesson, after all.
From now on, I will consider my skin tone before choosing the right color for my hair and I will take the seasons into account.
Seasonal color analysis is a tool which involves three things:
It's very helpful if you want to identify the colors that will look best on you. It can make your skin look glowy and radiant by balancing the colors of your hair, eyes, skin tone, outfits, and makeup together.
Seasonal color analysis sections color into two categories:
Identifying which category your hair, eyes, and skin results in four groups named after seasons.
So, you have identified your skin tone? Great! Now take a look at your hair and eye color. Are they naturally light or dark? Incorporate this into your undertone to find out which season you are.
Last but not least, our dear redheads out there are usually classed as either Spring or Autumn.
Identifying your season is an essential way to know what hair color will suit you and why things haven't been working in the past. This mini-guide includes unnatural colors as well.
Don't feel restricted to the traditional-ways. Unnatural hair colors can look amazing on you if you choose the right colors that suit your complexion.
As said earlier, warm skin tone can fall under the category of either spring or autumn.
So, if you are naturally born a Spring, the best hair color for your hair can be;
It's best to avoid any Golden or orange Based hair colors like;
If you are an Autumn, the colors to do are in the orange base chart and red base chart. These colors include;
Colors to Avoid are anything with a violet-blue or blue-green undertone;
If you have a cool skin tone, you can be either a Winter or a Summer. Do you have a harsh contrast between skin color and hair color? You are more likely to be a Winter.
The best hair colors to go for can be anything with a blue or violet undertone as opposed to the Autumn people. Hair colors with a blue or violet base are flattering on your skin tone, especially if you have blue eyes.
These colors are likely to bring out the healthy glow in your face.
For some people who fall into this category white, platinum blonde can do wonders to their overall look. These colors will make your eyes pop and give you that healthy glow we are all looking for.
On the other hand, the colors to avoid falls under the chart of red and yellow-orange bases like;
If you are a Summer, lighter colors usually work well. It's best if you try hair colors with a yellow or an orange base like;
However, it's best to avoid any ashy colors as they can make you look grey and dull. We don't want that! Green bases are not suitable for your skin tone.
If you want to try unnatural hair colors, avoid blue and green as they can make you look older. Black is not a good idea if you are a summer. To sum it up the colors to avoid are;
That people with a neutral skin tone are the luckiest. And that's because they can try whatever colors they want, dye their hair any colors they want, and it will still look good on them. I honestly don't believe this is true. Here's why?
Yes, you can have a neutral skin tone. But, there are still some hair colors that don't look flattering on your skin tone and complexion. It's important to know that the majority of people who have a natural skin tone, might lean more towards cool or warm undertones.
According to all the tests, I have neutral skin tone but platinum blonde hair doesn't enhance my skin tone. That's because my skin leans more towards the warm tones.
Skin tone tests alone might be a bit confusing, but if you combine them with the Seasonal color analysis you will be able to find your skin tone and the best hair color that will do wonders to your overall look.