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Blonde Hair Colors for Cool Skin Tones

Hair colors for cool skin tones

Gorgeous blonde hair colors perfect for cool skin tones.

When your hair color meshes with your skin tone, you look and feel healthier, more natural and put-together. Get this delicate balance wrong however, and your hair color can look painfully off, and your skin can appear muddy, ruddy or washed out.  Knowing if your skin tone has warm or cool undertones, will help you in choosing the most flattering hair colors for you.  Not sure what your undertones are? Here is a quick and easy quiz that will help you determine your skin tone.

If  you’re blonde, (or you want to be) and your skin tone is cool, you have plenty of hues to choose from.  Colors are especially stunning when combined as dimensional color with multiple hues. Dimensional color involves weaving a mixture of complimentary colors into the hair to give it depth and a natural appearance. The colors that look best are those that compliment your skin tone.


Blonde hair color for cool skin tone

Light olive skin tone

For gorgeous hair color inspiration look to Carrie Underwood’s at the 2014 ACM Awards. This combination of cool blonde tones compliments her light olive skin tone.  The dark natural blonde base with wheat blonde highlights adds depth and dimension and looks natural and stunning.  Going too light on olive skin tone can make skin look yellow.  Avoid golden or caramel colors in favor of cool blonde tones like honey, taupe or cool ash browns.



Blonde hair color with cool skin tone

Medium olive skin tone

Shakira, like many Latino’s and Asian’s, have true olive skin tone.  Her skin tone is part of her classic Latin American attractiveness. She has gone through some hair color phases that were not as complimentary as this tawny honey blonde with ashy undertones. Warm golden blonde shades look unnatural with olive skin and have a yellowing effect on the complexion. Instead, choose platinum-ash highlights and avoid the temptation of getting all-over light . . . It won’t do your skin any favors!



Hair colors for cool skin tones

Fair skin tone

If you are fair-skinned like Gwen Stefani, with blue (cool) undertones, you are the envy of all.  You can go as light as you dare with your hair color. The general rule is; the lighter the skin, the lighter the hair.  Platinum blondes are all the rage now and can be worn as a solid monochromatic color, or interspersed with creamy blonde balayaged pieces. If you’re skin is fair and you want to wear the lightest blonde shades, you run the risk of looking too pale or washed out.  Makeup that defines your eyes, eyebrows and mouth will help solve the problem.  If you love the platinum look but you’re not a natural blonde, talk with your stylist about the maintenance; it could be a problem.


Hair colors for cool skin tones

Light skin tone

If you’re not ready to take your hair to platinum blonde, there are plenty of shades of hair colors that work for cool skin tones with names like; honey blonde, champagne, cool ash blonde, dark cool blonde, medium ash blonde, light ash brown, sandalwood, bamboo and more.  Cate Blanchett is wearing a strawberry-blonde which adds some richness to her overall cool tones.


Hair colors for cool skin tones

Dark cool skin tone

Dark-skinned divas can totally rock a blonde style, (if you don’t mind the maintenance) as Rihanna knows. The same color rules apply; keep away from warm, honey or caramel tones if your skin tone is cool, in favor of ashy colors. Check Mary J. Blige for some inspiration on going blonde when you have dark skin with cool undertones.

There are a variety of blonde hair colors that work well with cool skin tones, but instead of relying on a name ( different in most brands) a color chart is a good tool to use. If you still aren’t sure what to choose, go to the mall and try on some hairpieces. Bring along a trusted friend who will give you good objective advice. Or, consult with a hairstylist or two, till you feel confident about which color suits you best.

For more ideas see our Pinterest Hair Colors for Cool Tones Board.


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Blonde Hair Colors Too Light?

Blonde Hair to Brown

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Blonde hair colors are an art to get right!

Are your blonde hair colors too light for your skin-tone? A good indication that your blonde hair colors are too light for your skin tone is when you hear the question more than once, “Are you feeling OK?” Your skin tone will look more sallow and dull than usual with a sort of ‘washed out look.“Blonde Hair Colors
and Skin Tone”

Blonde hair colors can be a trademark like Christina Saralequi, dubbed the Spanish Oprah, but it can become too light for many women in winter months when skin tones have lost their summer glow. Gradually in summer, blonde hair lightens simply from any outdoor activities. Add to that hair salon high lighting to enhance your tan and by fall your blonde hair colors are much lighter than normal. Your blonde hair colors now may easily be too light to wear into the winter months as your skin tone also lightens. That’s the reason you see celebrities going into darker hair colors for the winter months; their hairdressers know the added depth of color will bring out the best in their lighter skin tones.

I found this question from Esther to be timely. A few of you may be experiencing a similar problem even if you’re not 64!

Esther asks:

I am a young 64 year and have been told by many people that I look about 45. My face is not wrinkled. I am Latina and my natural hair color was dark brown with a little bit of red high lights. Now I am gray and went blonde when my hairdresser said I could. My skin is medium to light and I tan easily. I think my skin tone is warm though sometimes I see pink in my skin. I think my blonde hair color is too light. I’m now a level nine with high lights. I have dark eyes and eyebrows. What kind of hair color should I have? I have really enjoyed being a blonde.


What hair color is right for my skin tone?

I’m assuming since you have enjoyed your blonde hair colors that they have worked well for you and complimented your skin tone, until it became too light. Most Latino’s have cool complexions and sounds like you do also. Your medium to light skin tones with faint pink undertones or with golden undertones fall into the cool range. Your deep brown or black/brown eyes and dark eyebrows are also in the cool range. Your natural hair color, dark brown with red high lights, is considered in the warm range.

I imagine you’ve noticed your skin-tone change over the years. Most of us will notice our skin tone changes, losing a little color as we age. Add to that the lack of sun the winter months bring and your blonde hair colors may easily become too light for your skin-tone.

It may be good to add some depth and warmth to your blonde hair color. You don’t need to leave the blonde hair colors behind but adding some depth to it may be a good balance with your dark eyes and brows. You should leave this to a good hair colorist; I wouldn’t suggest trying it yourself . . . there are too many way’s it could go wrong.

When blonde hair colors are too light, it needs to be ‘filled’ before adding another color to get it to the desired shade. The lightened hair has a lack of pigment and the ‘filling’ puts the right amount of pigment back into the hair in order for it to become the desired shade. That probably sounds like gobbally-gook and that is why you should leave it to a professional who can get it right! It’s worth it!

Your hair colorist might decide it would work well to just put a toner over your color to slightly darken your blonde hair color. This would be an easy fix that may be all you need for now.

Don’t miss our complete guide to hair coloring for more in-depth information.



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