A switch in hair colour can change your whole look, but have you ever wondered which shades would suit you best? Rather than experimenting until you find one you like, there are some better ways to narrow down your options. One of these is by choosing a hair colour which will complement your skin tone and enhance your natural features. Here are a few expert tips to follow.
Tip 1: Identify Your Skin’s Undertone
The first step is to determine your skin’s undertone which usually falls into ‘warm’, ‘cool’ or somewhere in between. You can have the same skin tone as someone else but have a completely different undertone – as this is the colour underneath the surface. You may have fair skin but have a warm undertone, for example. For cool skin undertones, look for pinks, reds and blues, as well as blue veins in your wrists and jewel-toned eyes. Warmer undertones will have golden, peach and yellow hues, and your veins may be slightly more green in shade alongside darker eye colours. If you can see a combination of colours, you’re probably a neutral mix.
Tip 2: Find Flattering Hair Colours
Once you’ve worked out your skin’s undertone, narrowing down hair shades to suit you becomes much easier. For cool undertones, hair colours with a blue or purple base look great. This could be anything from darker browns and blacks to icy blondes. Avoid hair colours with caramel, honey, copper or golden bases. For warm skin undertones, yellow and orange based hues such as golden blondes, toffee and honey colours work great. For those with a more neutral undertone, ashy browns and blondes are really flattering. The general rule is to pick a colour which counteracts undertones you want to hide and picks up any shades you want to enhance.
Tip 3: Compare Pictures
You’ll find plenty of inspiration online. Locate images of people who have a similar skin undertone to you, including examples of a wide spectrum of hair colours so that you can see some of the above points in action. This will help make a decision based on looks you love rather than putting it all down to science. It’s important to feel good about yourself, so if you feel blonde hair isn’t right for you, find a darker shade with the right base colour.
Tip 4: Ask a Stylist
There’s a reason so many people choose to colour their hair in a professional salon rather than a DIY job. Stylists are trained in colour theory, so will understand more about the tones which look flattering against your complexion, as well as advising you about the process of creating that hair colour. Make sure you discuss this with them so that you can understand more about what will suit you best, as well as sharing the looks you’ve seen that have you wanting to take the plunge.