Hair Color


Choosing the right hair color isn’t as easy as simply picking out a color you like. There are a lot of factors that you should consider before picking a color for your hair, like your skin tone, natural hair color, and eye color. The Official Guide to Finding the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone.

Experimenting with your hair color is one thing; finding the most suitable color for you is another subject entirely. As far as choosing the best hair color for you goes, skin tone plays a key role in determining what makes you look like the best version of yourself. Most people fall into either warm or cool tones, but with that said, sussing out the best hair color for your skin tone without a little bit of help isn’t exactly easy—so we asked the experts to help hunt down the best hair dye shade for anyone who’s wondered, Which hair color for my skin tone?

“One way to figure out your tone is, after washing your face to remove all impurities, to hold a yellow or red piece of paper, then a white, green, silver or blue piece of paper against your face, preferably in a well lit room with natural light,” says Miguel Angarita, senior colorist at mizu new york salon. If your skin looks more flattering with the yellow or red piece of paper beside it, then you’re likely in the warm family. If your skin looks best with the other shades, you’re likely more cool-toned.

In case you’re next big question is, “Um, what is my skin tone?” here are a few basic tips from stylists that will help you to zero in on your specific shade and decide how to apply that to the hair color of your dreams.

  • ·         Wash your face completely.

In order to accurately determine your skin’s undertones, you’ll need to completely remove all traces of makeup that may be changing its natural color.

  • ·         Choose a well-lit room.

Because your skin looks drastically different under different types of light (i.e., the awful experiences that we’ve all surely had in dressing room fluorescents), choose a room with a large window or other source of natural light before doing this test.

  • ·         Do a color test.

Hold a shirt in a bright shade of green or blue against your face, then take it down and hold up a different shirt in a shade of red or yellow. If your skin looks better against the blue shirt, you likely have cool-toned skin. If it looks better against the red shirt, you have warm-toned skin.

  • ·         Examine your veins.

If you’re still unsure about your skin tone, look at the veins in your wrist. People with cool skin tones have blue or purple veins, while people with warmer skin tones have greenish veins.

After you’ve figured it out for yourself, you can move on to the fun part —choosing a hair color.

Determining the Right Hair Color For You

Consider a shade of brown: Unlike red, blond, and black, there is a shade of brown to suit every skin type. Brown is great if you want a low-maintenance color. The upkeep for brown is minimal and the kits for brown hair color that can be bought over the counter are almost impossible to mess up. Brown is also great if your hair is damaged. Browns reflect well in light and minimizes breakages and tresses.

  • If you have light skin, opt for a medium brown or brown with red tones. Steer clear of dark browns unless you have naturally dark brown hair. Otherwise the color might cause you to look too pale.

  • If you have medium skin, opt for a medium brown, like a caramel or auburn. Steer clear of neutral shades and blondish shades.

  • If you have dark skin, opt for dark shades of brown like an espresso. Steer clear of shades that are more than two shades lighter than your natural color.

Consider a shade of red: Red is a versatile colour and there’s usually a shade to suit anyone. Keep in mind that certain shades of red will look better on you depending on your skin tone.

  • If you have light skin opt, for a lighter red like a strawberry blond or copper red. Steer clear of darker shades of red like burgundy because they may wash you out.

  • If you have medium skin, choose a medium shade like medium copper or auburn. Steer clear of purple hues like eggplant because they may make your skin look yellowish.

  • If you have dark skin, go for a medium auburn or chestnut brown. Steer clear of ultra-red hues because they may make your skin look greenish.

Consider a shade of blond. Maybe you want to lighten or brighten your blond hair or you are considering going blond for the first time. Blond hair is a great choice if you have a light or medium skin tone. Just keep in mind that if you are not a natural blond, maintaining your color will be expensive. You will need regular root touch-ups and toning products to make the color last longer without turning brassy.

  • If you have light skin, opt for a light or golden blond. Steer clear of shades that are white, ash, or reddish because they may wash you out.
  • If you have medium skin, opt for a medium toned blond like a golden or beige. Steer clear of ashy or orangey blonds though because they may wash you out.

  • If you have dark skin, opt for darker shades of blond like caramel. Or you can just add some highlights. Steer clear of blonds that are white, platinum, or orange because they can make your hair look fake.

Consider a shade of black. Black hair is dramatic and beautiful. Dark and medium skin tones work best with black, but if you have light skin there are some lighter shades that may work for you. Keep in mind that black is very difficult to remove, so be sure that you really want black hair before you commit.

  • If you have light skin, opt for a brownish shade of black or a dark brown. Steer clear of ultra-black shades because they can make you seem unnaturally pale and even make your skin look reddish.

  • If you have medium skin, opt for a dark brown or almost black. Steer clear of blacks that have red tones because it can make your skin appear yellowish.
  • If you have dark skin, opt for a dark, jet black. Steer clear of any blacks with blue tones because this can cause your skin to look greenish.

Keep your color type in mind as you consider shades. Brown, red, blond, and black come in a wide variety of shades, so you will need to pick one that suits you. Remember to choose a shade that complements your coloring type.

  • Choose a cool shade if your natural coloring is warm.

  • Choose a warm shade if your natural coloring is cool.


To find the right color for your hair, call Tammie for a consultation.


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