How to choose a hair colour for your skin tone

How to choose a hair colour for your skin tone

Selecting a hair colour that will suit your appearance is a science and an art. At Radical Hair Design in Sydney, when you come in for your appointment we will be able to advise you on what colours would work best for you. With our wealth of experience with many different hair types, we will be able to provide solid recommendations for what will suit you. There is no substitute for expert advice, but you can do some homework to explore what might work.

There are a few golden rules which can help you narrow down which colours will look great on you. The most important factor is cool vs warm tones. There are three main skin tones: warm, cool, and neutral. There are a few tricks to determine which applies to you. Here is an easy one: if the veins in your wrist appear green-ish, you have warm toned skin; and if they are more purple or purple, you have cool-toned skin. There are many tutorial videos online to help you figure out your skin tone. If you cannot work out if you are warm or cool toned, you are likely neutral. In this case, count yourself lucky, as you can choose hair colours from any area of the palette.

Once you have determined your skin tone, it is simple to choose which hair colours will work best for you. Cool goes with cool, and warm goes with warm. If you are cool toned, ashy colours will suit you best; and if you are warm toned, auburn and chocolate shades are your go-to. Those with neutral toned skin are more versatile, with almost any hair colour being flattering. Knowing your skin tone is also beneficial in choosing what colours to dress in, and even what colour jewellery suits you best (gold looks best on warm toned skin, while silver is best for cool toned skin). Matching to your skin tone is always a more flattering effect.

Skin colour is less important than tone when determining what will suit you best, but it is still good to consider. Generally, lighter skin colours can tolerate lighter hair colours (and should avoid anything too dark at risk of looking washed out); and vice versa for darker skin colours. However, once you have identified your skin tone you may be surprised at the freedom that gives you in terms of being able to go lighter or darker. You may have thought your skin was too dark to suit blonde, but now that you know your skin tone it is simply a matter of choosing the right blonde for your complexion.

Another helpful hint is to identify a celebrity who has a similar complexion to you, and see what different hair colours have suited them best. As celebrities have the luxury of trying out many looks, and generally receive the advice of world leading stylists, you can use them as examples of what is possible for your hair.

When you are ready to take the plunge on your new hair colour, get in touch with us at Radical Hair Design in Sydney. You can make an appointment by calling us on (02) 9651 3200, or you can submit an appointment request through our website and we will soon confirm with you.

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