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How To Pick The Best Hair Color For Your Skin Tone

A change in hair can transform your look and style. But it can be overwhelming to choose between the color and highlights of your hair. One of the biggest factors that should go into deciding your hair color is how it will play off of your skin tone. You’ll first have to determine your skin tone, which will point you to the perfect hair color to compliment, and not clash with, your skin tone. 

What’s Your Skin’s Undertone?

To first understand how your skin tone and hair interact, you’ll need to understand the undertone of your skin. Undertone is the color under your skin’s surface that will impact your general hue, or color. And there are only three undertones: cool, warm, and neutral. 

  • Cool has hints of blue, pink, or red.
  • Warm has hints of gold, yellow, or peach.
  • Neutral is simply a mixture or neither of the two other undertone color shades. 

Determine Your Skin’s Undertone

Once you know the basic undertones, there are a few tricks to determining your skin’s undertone. 

The best way to determine your skin’s undertone is by looking at the colors of the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they have any color shades mentioned, it’s an indicator for your undertone. For example, if you see you blue or purple, you most likely have a cool undertone. 

Another trick to figuring out your undertone is using some gold and silver jewelry. Experts say to hold up a piece of gold on one side of your face and silver on the other, and whichever you think is more flattering to you will help indicate your undertone. Specifically, gold jewelry will look better on warm tones while silver looks better on cool tones. If you don’t see or feel anything significant, then that could indicate you have a neutral undertone. 

How Do Skin Tones Work with Your Hair Color?  

Make up, jewelry, and clothing will certainly play a role depending on your skin tone, but the crowning aspect to your style can be your hair color. You’ll want a hair color that will highlight your features, especially your skin tone. So, how does your hair color work depending on your skin’s undertone? 

The rule of thumb is choosing a hair color opposite your skin tone. You’ll want a warmer color if you have cool undertones, for instance. The ones with a neutral undertone are lucky, because everything will likely look great on them. 

  • Cool hair colors include ash or blue, violet, and green to produce a shade of blonde and mocha. These will “cool down” your complexion by diminishing the redness in a skin tone. 
  • Warm hair colors include gold or yellow, orange, and red to produce shades like brown and copper. Warm contrasts red and gold for a more radiant look, “warming up” your complexion. 

If you’re struggling to determine the right color for you, experts also recommend sizing up your skin tone and hair color with a celebrity. It will give you a better idea of what looks great (and  maybe what doesn’t). You’ll have an understanding of how to blend your hair color with your skin tone for a dashing look. 

Trust the Experts!

As you’ve probably felt, walking down the hair care aisle at the store can be overwhelming to see all of the different choices at your disposal. If you’re looking to color your hair by yourself, it’s always smart to get a second opinion on how it will look on you, especially depending on your skin tone. But, it can be even more helpful to get advice from the hair stylists experts. We’ll help you find the right shade that will compliment your features, giving you a vibrant, confident look. 

If you’re looking to revitalize your beauty with a new hair color, schedule an appointment today with the team at Hydrate Salon and Day Spa.

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Located in North Scottsdale, Hydrate Salon & Day Spa provides high-quality salon and skin services, including color, haircuts, highlights, extensions, waxing, facials, spray tanning, and nail care. 

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