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How To Select The Right Hair Color For Your Skin Tone

by James Adcock

Determine Your Skin Tone

Before you choose your hair color, determine your skin tone. Some colors will complement all skin tones but you’ll look plain and the color wouldn’t make your best features shine. Here are some tips to help you determine your skin tone:


  • Look at the Color the Veins on Your Wrist – This is the best way to determine skin tone. If your veins appear blue/purple, you’re cool-toned. If they appear green, you’re warm-toned. In case you can’t decide whether they’re green or blue, you might have neutral-toned skin.
  • Skin Reaction – If you can’t determine your skin tone with the vein color, consider how your skin reacts to the sun. If you tan very easily but don’t burn when you’re exposed to the sun, you have a neutral/warm skin tone. If your skin burns easily and doesn’t tan at all, you have a cool skin tone. Some people have dark skin that doesn’t burn or tan so you might have to find a different method to determine your tone.
  • Against Paper – Place a clean white paper next to your face in good lighting to determine the skin tone. If your skin appears sallow or yellow against the paper, you have warm tone. If your skin looks pink or bluish-red, you have a cool skin tone. If your skin looks grey or olive, you have a neutral skin tone.

Colors that Flatter Different Skin Tones

Once you’ve determined which skin tone you have, you can choose the right hair color. A good rule of thumb to follow is to choose the same tone when you choose a color. For example, if you have a cool skin tone, choose hair color with cool undertones.

1. For Cool Skin Tones

As mentioned before, you need to stick to the cooler undertones in hair color if your skin is also cool.

  • If you want to go blonde, choose ashy, silvery, and platinum colors. They’ll warm your skin and flatter your complexion.
  • If you want to be a red head, choose colors with pink and purple undertones to it. Don’t choose warm, strawberry or orange-toned reds as they’ll wash you out.
  • If you want to be a brunette, choose cool brown tones that have a little bit of blue undertone to them.
  • If you want to color your hair black, make sure it’s jet, raven’s wing black with blue undertone to it. You need to be careful when you choose black because it can make you look sickly.

2. For Warm Skin Tones

Warm skin tones are just as tricky to match as cool skin tones. If you want something that looks flattering and natural, you should choose a color with the same undertone. Here are some tips that can help.

  • If you want to go blonde, choose warm, orange-toned blonde colors and stay away from ashy and brassy blonde tones. You need to choose a warm golden hue to best flatter your skin tone.
  • If you want to be a red head, avoid all blue-toned reds and choose rich cinnamon and copper-toned colors. You can choose a dark, cherry-cola red if you have a medium to dark skin color.
  • Browns, brunettes, and blacks are a natural fit for warmer skin tones so you can easily wear chocolate colors and warm blacks.

Neutral skin tones can take every color easily but it’s best to consult with a stylist before you make your decision.

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