In a perfect world, every time you thought about having a new hair colour, you’d schedule an appointment with your salon’s colourist to talk it through with them and let them colour your hair professionally. However, in reality, that’s not always possible. Whether it’s because you’re looking to save some money or you simply don’t have the time, picking your own colour and doing it yourself is the easiest and simplest option.
However, when you see the hundreds of different colours that are available, it is difficult to know just what is the right colour for your skin tone. Getting the right colour can be the difference between good hair and great hair, so we’ve come up with some tips for your below to make sure you get the right colour for your skin tone.
Ensure your face is clean
It’s essential that you are able to determine your skin’s undertones accurately. That means you need to ensure that your skin is completely clean, free from all traces of dirt and makeup. These can subtly change your skin’s colour so get rid of them completely.
Choose a room that is well-lit
As well as ensuring your skin is completely clean and free from makeup and grime, it’s essential that you assess your skin under the best lighting conditions possible. Ideally, that’s in a room with lots of natural light
Colour test your skin
All you need for this is some shirts or other pieces of clothing that are bright green or blue or bright red or yellow. Then, hold the bright green/blue shirt up against your skin, followed by the bright red/yellow shirt.
- If your skin looks better against the bright green/blue shirt, you’re likely to have cool toned skin.
- If your skin looks better against the bright red/yellow shirt, you’re likely to have warm toned skin.
What are your veins like?
Finally, if you’re still unsure whether you have a cool skin tone or a warm skin tone, then take a look at the vein in your wrist. Generally, people who have warmer skin tones have greenish veins whereas those with cooler skin tones generally have blue or purple veins.
For warm skin tones
If you have determined that you have a warm skin tone, then you need to look at cooler colours to complement it. Quite often, the titles of the hair colours themselves with have names like ‘cool’ in the title which is always a clue. Pale blonde shades always look good, as do more platinum shades. If you want something really daring and cutting edge, go with a stylish silvery-blonde colour. If you prefer a darker hair colour, then go for brunette or red colours in a cooler shade. For dark skin with warm undertones, you need to ensure that whichever cool colour you pick it’s a hair colour that is either lighter or darker than your skin.
For cool skin tones
For cool skin tones, you need to look at all the warm and rich colours that are available. These are often titled with words such as ‘chocolate’, or ‘honey’. Whether you have a cool skin tone that is very pale or very dark, you really cannot go wrong with a fabulously warm colour.
Some great advice for the daunting task of choosing a hair colour, thanks! Another idea could be to try a temporary colour before you go permanent – trail run your colour. What do you think?