Before going into the salon to color your hair, you are going to want to have a color picked out. Finding the right color is going to be much more important than picking one solely based on seeing it worn by someone else.
The right color can accentuate your facial features, and the wrong color can wash your facial features out.
Below we will go over the criteria you will want to keep in mind so you can pick out a hair color you like but also pick one out that suits you and all your traits.
Your skin tone will be the first thing you want to take into consideration when picking out hair color.
People with super fair or porcelain skin can be a deep brunette, but they should stick to a brown brunette and stay away from a harsh black color. For fun colors, a pastel tone is going to be more flattering than a harsh true tone.
People with deep skin might not want to pick a warm color tone and fun colors that look best will be true ones like red, blue or green.
Once you have picked out your skin tone you will want to take into consideration your skin undertone.
The best way to pick out your skin’s undertone is going to be to look at the veins on the underside of your arm.
Blue and or Purple veins = you have cool undertones.
If you can’t see your veins, then ask yourself if Silver jewelry looks best on you. If the answer is yes, then you have cool undertones.
You look astonishing in blues and greens. For your hair color, you will want to avoid red or warm shades, but a cool cooper will look nice.
For blonde shades stick with a cool or icy tone which will compliment you well with your skin tone. Cool tones mean you can have that shiny jet black color and brunettes also should be cool tones.
Green veins = you have warm undertones.
You look best in warm colors and gold jewelry looks best on you.
Warm, golden and rich deep colors will look most excellent on you.
Reds look best on you so stick with red, caramel, honey blonde, copper or strawberry blonde.
Stay away from icy shades or platinum blonde, as well as anything with a blue undertone or it will clash with your skin.
Mix of blue and green veins = neutral undertone
You look good in both silver, gold and rose gold jewelry.
Having neutral undertones gives you the ability to wear any color you want! You look good in both cool and warm colors and you can’t pick a bad tone.
Since all colors look good on you to pick a dynamite hair color you will want to take other things into consideration that we will go over below.
If you have a neutral undertone or you are more interested in your eye color in relation to your hair color then this section will be the most important to follow.
Light eyes can include blue, green, grey, amber and even light brown.
Light eyes look best with light or warm blondes, cool or light blue undertones and soft or clear violet hair color tones.
Light eyes can really pop with darker hair colors, but make sure you take skin tone into consideration or you can get washed out.
Dark eyes can include darker shades of brown but also green, and blue.
Dark eyes look best with clear or warm green undertones, soft and cool blues, and deep reds and browns.
Dark eyes can really pop with amber, brown, and warm blondes. To achieve more dimension match the base color with the brown of your eyes and choose highlights or babylights to create a dimensional look.
Eye Color + Skin Tone Consideration
To find your best hair color shade, you will want to take into consideration your eye and skin tone color.
You can choose to pay attention to one over the other, but if you came to this article to find your perfect hair color shade, well then, you are going to want to consider both.
Know Your Season
Knowing your skin colors and taking your eye color into consideration is what professionals refer to as your season, and knowing your season is important for a number of reasons. People fall into seasons categorized as summer, winter, fall, and spring.
When you know your colors and match your hair, makeup, and outfits according to your season it will make you look healthier overall. Matching your hair color to your season will make your skin glow, pop the whites of your teeth and eyes, as well as making you look overall healthier.
Below is a more in-depth description of each season and after a quick glance, you should be able to tell which one is yours!
Figuring out your season might be easier than figuring out your eye color and skin color combination. A ton of us use our season unknowingly when we go shopping and pick out clothes for ourselves. Once you figure out your season take a look in your wardrobe and I bet the majority of your clothing or jewelry matches your season.
Skin: porcelain light with a pink undertone and your skin type does not tan easily, in fact, you typically burn. There is a harsh contrast between eyes, hair, and face.
Eyes: blue, green, dark brown, blue
Hair color to stay away from: Golden tones, copper and honey blondes
Hair colors to do: anything with the word ash or cool, dark and deep tones, white or platinum blonde, grey, dark violet or red, jet black. Brown hair color should not have a red or warm tone to it.
Celebrity Twin: Courtney Cox, Megan Fox, Liv Tyler
Skin: light skin with a yellow and slight pink undertone. You can get a slight tan but have to typically seek shade when outside for long periods of time.
Eyes: blue, green, hazel and light brown with gold flecks
Hair color to stay away from: most warm colors like copper, orange, honey blonde, gold, strawberry blonde. Beigy blonds can look good when mixed with low lights.
Hair colors to do: A rooty or shadow base looks best on you. Violet, blue or green base. Icy, ashy or any cool colors loo good. Red is okay as long as there is a cool undertone.
Celebrity Twin: Taylor Swift, Camron Diez, Elizabeth Banks
Autumn or Fall
Skin: you have darker white skin, medium, olive, or a deep undertone that glows overall. You most likely tan easily.
Eyes: golden brown eyes, darker blue, green, hazel and brown
Hair color to stay away from: grey, super ashy blonde or browns, any color with a blue, green or violet undertone
Hair colors to do: orange or red tones look best on you, think golden or honey blonde, rich auburns, and reds, coppers, all shades of brown
Celebrity Twin: Jenifer Lopez, Jenifer Aniston, Mila Kunis
Skin: your skin will always appear to glow year-round with yellow, golden and warm sunshine hues throughout. You tan super easily and are the brownest friend in your group.
Eyes: you might have any eye color but there will most likely be specks of brown or gold in them You may even have a slight circle of brown by your pupil that fades to a blue.
Hair color to stay away from: ashy colors will make your skin look mucky and dull. Even if your eyes are blue it won’t be very complimentary to do ashy, green or cool shades of any kind. If you must keep the ash blonde for summertime.
Har colors to do: anything with a warm red, copper, yellow, beige or neutral base. Think caramel browns and blondes, coppers and reds, butter or honey, and bright platinum blonde.
Celebrity Twin: Beyonce, Shakira, Kate Hudson
If all of this went way over your head let me make is super simple for you.
If you have cool skin – stick with cool hair colors
If you have warm skin – stick with warm hair colors
Alternatively, if you don’t believe in the whole season thing and you have a particular color you always wear then go off of that. For instance, if you always wear back and want your hair to pop out then don’t color your hair black or brown. Instead, choose a color that will pop out against your blacktops like blonde or red.
If you always wear white tops or light colors then you might instead opt for black or brown so your hair stands out against your clothing.
When your hair matches your clothing it can be hard to stand out and it will make you blend into the crowd.
Picking Fashion Colors
Fashion colors should follow the same rules as “normal colors” but has a bit more flexibility.
You will want to take your work and lifestyle into consideration when picking a fashion color.
If you work in the corporate world you might not want to do bright pastel colors. Instead, opt for rich and deep colors. If you want to go light do “soically” acceptable colors like rose blonde, rose gold, copper and reds, dark plum, or a black blue.
If you are busy and don’t have a ton of time for upkeep pick a pastel color off the bat. Rich, deep, musty, and any other color is going to require some color maintenance shampoo and conditioner. Most of these require a few extra minutes in the shower which might not sound like a ton of extra upkeep but to a mom, with two toddlers I get you don’t always have a few extra minutes.
When you do fun fashion colors it is best to not wash your hair every day or your color will fade fast! My absolute favorite products to keep my fashion colors from fading and to actually make them stay bright for weeks is Viral Colorwash and Gemlites Colorwash. I have been every color under the sun and these products actually deposit color while it cleans your hair which is a two for one useful feature.