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Choosing the Best Hair Colors for Your Skin Tone,

The desire for finding the right hairstyle and hair color is intense in our culture. Women are becoming educated in determining their face shape and skin tone in order to come up with hairstyles and hair colors that are the most flattering and appropriate for themselves. I see them often in my online or face to face class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You.

“Hair Color Skin Tone”

This month, American Salon Magazine’s hair color specialist, Kim Vo, has an article for hair salon professionals on his tips for changing a clients hairstyle, without compromising her identity. (You know, that incongruent look that says “something just isn’t right here” on a woman with colored hair.) He shares the same three areas that I do in my classes; face shape, skin tones and lifestyle issues (he calls it age).

I find the most problematic of these three areas to determine is . . . skin tone. Even many hairdressers who do hair coloring services, have trouble with this one. The undertones of an individuals skin tone can be subtle and tricky to determine to even to a professional eye. Hair color specialist, Kim Vo’s description on how to figure what’s what in the realm of skin tones:

  • Rose (or Warm) skin tones ~~ She has light-toned skin with pink or porcelain undertones, sunburns easily and seldom tans.

    • Compatible hair colors ~~ ruby-reds, cocoa-bean browns and champagne-blondes.

  • Yellow (or Cool) skin tones ~~ Her skin tone is light to medium with yellow or beige undertones, and she usually burns before tanning.

    • Compatible hair colors ~~ Try light strawberry-blondes, caramel-browns or baby-blondes.

  • Olive (or Cool) skin tones ~~ She has medium-toned skin with a hint of green undertones, and she tans easily.

    • Compatible hair colors ~~ Her coloring comes to life with chestnut-browns, hints of red and red hues with cooler notes.

  • Brown (or Warm) skin tones ~~ She’s dark-skinned and sunburn isn’t an issue.

    • Compatible hair colors ~~ Her hair looks great in nearly any shade, but one of my favorites is toasted-pecan brown with hints of gold.

 

  





5 Comments »

  1. I’ve been thinking about changing my hair to a different color for quite some time now; I just don’t know what would look good on me. My skin tone is olive, so I am glad that you mentioned chestnut-browns would look good on me. I’ll have to speak with a colorist and see what they think. Thanks for the tip!

    Comment by Precious Leyva — June 5, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

  2. Actually Cool is blue veins / pink undertone and burns easily. Warm skin tones have green veins and have yellow undertones. Either can burn, its more about the undertone. Some people are also Neutral, which means that they have blue and green veins and have both undertones to their skin.

    Comment by Amanda — January 7, 2015 @ 11:24 pm

  3. Hi Irene,

    Skin tones can be tricky, but generally the color of your veins are the best way to identify them. People’s veins that appear to be blue have cool skin tones whereas those with green veins have warm toned skin. It sounds like you have a cool skin tone even though you have some red and pink undertones. This is great! You can wear many different hair colors. Check out the fantastic blog Hair Colors for Cool Skin Tones to find out which ones will be the most flattering on you!

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — May 24, 2013 @ 8:42 am

  4. I was under the impression that if u have blue veins, light skin and redish pink undertones u were a cool tone but the article seems to say it would mean u have a warm tone. Can someone clarify for me plz?

    Comment by irene — May 10, 2013 @ 10:27 am

  5. i have beige to pinkish color skin, what hair color do you think will look best on me?

    Comment by unklew2001 — March 23, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

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