Having the same hair color for years can become boring and drab. Although it is comforting knowing that a color works for you, there comes a point where you’re ready to take a leap of hair dye faith and try something new. Unfortunately, not everybody can be a blonde just as not everybody can rock the jet-black hair. The right hair color should complement your skin tone, personality, and natural color.
Choosing Hair Color Based on Skin Tone
Determining your skin tone helps you find the best make up, jewellery, outfit colors, and especially great hair colors. Warm skin tones have golden and apricot undertones and their hair is generally has tones of yellow, orange, gold, and red. Cool skin tones have pink or rosy undertones and their hair is often ashy or has a hint of blue-violet or silver in their hair color. If you were born as a brunette or with black hair then you probably have warm skin tones, but if you were born with that baby blonde hair then your skin tones are probably cool.
A great way to determine if you have cool or warm tones is the vein test. In natural sunlight take a look at your veins located at the inner wrist. If your veins are blue then you can determine you have cool undertones, if they are green then you had warmer undertones.
If you warm-toned skin then you will look better with a warmer hair color such as a golden brown, golden red and honey blonde. Conversely, if you have cool-toned skin then you should opt for cool colors like ash-blond, black, or a medium auburn brown.
Choosing Hair Color on Hair Pigmentation
A good way to understand your pigments is to know the color scale and shades. The color scale runs 1-10, from jet-black to platinum blondes. Dark hair (1-4) contains red pigments, and blonde hair (7-10) contains golden pigments. Hair colors that are in the middle (5-6) have golden, orange, red, yellow or a combination of these pigments.
You don’t want to choose a hair color that will require countless trips to the salon for touch ups. When you dye your hair, it lifts the primary color out of your hair and reveals the underlying pigments, or highlights. Therefore, if you are striving to have a natural look that will be long lasting, you should choose colors that fall in a range of your natural color and compliments your underlying highlights. Think about what color the sun turns your hair every summer and try to find a color that is closest to those summer tones.
Choosing Hair Color Based on Age
It’s almost important to consider age when you’re choosing a hair color. When you’re younger you can be more daring and go for bold colors like the platinum blonde, jet black, or deep red. Unfortunately, as women age the dramatic colors tend to emphasize the physical changes that come with aging. Softer colors look better on women as they age and women should try to stick within 1-3 shades of their natural hair color. Also, as hair begins growing gray, skin pigmentation also becomes lighter and should therefore consider hair colors that are 1-2 shades lighter than your natural color.
Finding the right hair color can be challenging but it is also exciting. A fresh hair color can you give you brand new and improved look. Unfortunately, the wrong hair color can wash you out rather than light up your face. You’re not going to find your perfect hair color in the latest trends or on the hottest celebrities. The right hair color is based on your skin tone and natural hair color pigmentation.