So, you landed on this article with the question, “Which color should I dye my hair?” Well, you’ve come to the right place!
Before going into the salon to color your hair, you will want to pick out a color. Finding the right color will be 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 to pick out a hair color you like and pick one out that suits you and all your traits.
Before we get into our list, I want to mention that while specific colors compliment you more than others, there is no right or wrong answer. There are always exceptions to the rules, and at the end of the day, go with a color that makes you happy!
Here is a quick table of hair color products if you’re possibly looking to dye your hair at home.
At-Home Hair Coloring Products
Radiant Hair Color Kit
|Celeb Luxury Viral Colorwash: Color Depositing Shampoo
Semi-Permanent Hair Color
|Unicorn Hair Semi-Permanent Hair Color Full Coverage
|dpHUEGloss+ Semi-permanent Hair Color and Deep Conditioner
To answer what color I should dye my hair, we have considered a couple of things. Skin tone and eye color are two significant points of interest when it comes to deciding.
Your skin tone will be the first thing you want to consider when picking out which color you should dye your hair.
People with super fair or porcelain skin can be deep brunettes, but they should stick to a brown brunette and stay away from a harsh black color. For fun colors, a pastel tone will be more flattering than a sharp, 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 consider 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. Of course, you will want to avoid red or warm shades for your hair color, but an excellent cooper will look nice.
For blonde shades, stick with a cool or icy tone that will compliment your skin tone well. But, of course, 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.
Please stay away from icy shades or platinum blonde, as well as anything with a blue undertone, or it will clash with your skin.
A 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! As a result, you look good in cool and warm colors, and you can’t pick a wrong tone.
Since all colors look good on you to pick a dynamite hair color, you will want to consider other things that we will go over below.
If you have a neutral undertone or are more interested in your eye color about your hair color, 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 pop with darker hair colors, but make sure you consider skin tone, 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 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
Below is an infographic that will give you some solutions to your question, “Which color should I dye my hair.”
To find your best hair color shade, you will want to consider 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, you will want to consider both.
Below is an infographic I have made to give you some ideas of which color you should dye your hair.
Those with super pale skin can look stunning with a super dark rich color, and those with dark skin can look striking with super-light or fashion colors!
Know Your Season
Knowing your skin colors and considering your eye color is what professionals refer to as your season, and knowing your season is essential for several reasons. First, people fall into seasons categorized as summer, winter, fall, and spring.
You will look healthier overall when you know your colors and match your hair, makeup, and outfits according to your season. For example, matching your hair color to your season will make your skin glow, pop the whites of your teeth and eyes, and make you look overall healthier.
Below is a more in-depth description of each season, and after a 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. Unfortunately, many of us use our season unknowingly when we go shopping and pick out clothes for ourselves. However, once you figure out your season, please take a look in your wardrobe, and I bet most 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 typically seek shade when outside for long periods.
Eyes: blue, green, hazel, and light brown with gold flecks
Hair color stays 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 the grey, super ashy blonde or browns, any shade 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 auburn, 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 quickly 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 muddy 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: 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 it 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 have a particular color you always wear, then go off that. For instance, if you consistently wear back and want your hair to pop out, don’t color your hair black or brown. Instead, choose a color that will pop out against your blacktop, like blonde or red.
If you always wear white tops or light colors, you might 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 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. Do “socially” acceptable colors like rose blonde, rose gold, copper and reds, dark plum, or a black blue if you want to go light.
Pick a pastel color off the bat if you are busy and don’t have time for upkeep. Rich, deep, musty, and any other color will 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 additional upkeep, but to a mom with two toddlers, I get you don’t always have a few extra minutes.
It is best not to wash your hair every day when you do fun fashion colors, or your color will fade fast! My absolute favorite products to keep my fashion colors from fading and make them stay bright for weeks are Viral Colorwash and Gemlites Colorwash. I have been every color under the sun, and these products deposit color while it cleans your hair which is a two-for-one helpful feature.
Which Color Should I Dye My Hair For Each Season?
Here are some more options based on the current seasons!
I hope these infographics give you a great idea of exactly which color you should dye your hair.
Before becoming a cosmetologist years ago, I always asked myself which color I should dye my hair.