Switching up your hair colour can make a huge difference to your look – but whether this is an improvement is down to the colour you choose. This is the first stage of the process and should not be taken lightly; think less about the hair colour you like and more about which one will complement your skin tone and make your facial features pop. The right skin tone can make you look years younger – but the wrong one can have the opposite effect.
The biggest rule of thumb is that you should stay with hair that is within the shade range you already have – your skin and natural hair colour have the same underlying pigments, so changing the colour altogether can look too fake and might not have the desired effect.
Hair Colours for Cool Tones?
Firstly, Justmylook recommends determining whether you have a cool or warm skin tone – the two overarching categories.
Those that fall under the ‘cool’ category are also split into two further distinctions – those who have lighter skin with pink undertones and do not tan as easily – with typically black or darker hair. Think Angelina Jolie, Zooey Deschanel and Megan Fox. For this skin type, the most well-suited colours are dark tones with a blue or violet red base – although solid jet black and platinum blonde are also popular choices. Anything blonde or caramel does not complement this skin type.
The other cool skin type is generally those with fairer skin and a lighter natural hair colour (super-blonde or dirty blonde) as well as lightly coloured eyes – for example Taylor Swift or Cameron Diaz. For this hair type any colour with an overly orange base should be avoided, so instead opt for light, icy blonde, ashy blonde or platinum blonde.
Hair Colours for Warm Tones?
Hair colour for those with warm tones is split into autumnal and summer colours – the former including those with naturally dark brown, rich hair and the ability to tan easily, so think Eva Longoria or Jennifer Lopez. Those with this skin type typically have golden brown or hazel green eyes and can have pale skin, but with an olive base.
When choosing a colour, those with autumnal hair should focus on dyes with an orange base, such as rich auburns, copper or caramel tones or even golden blonde. Colours like platinum blonde and ash brown should be avoided.
The other warm tone is summer and consists of those with golden olive skin – bronzed with a very rich skin tone. These people can dye their hair any colour with a yellow or orange base including variations of blonde or lighter shades of brown such as caramel or toffee – however be sure to avoid ash brown, ash blonde or black!
No matter whether you have a skin tone that is warm or cool, some colours can begin to wash you out as you age – replace a light blonde with a darker shade to reduce the signs of wrinkles. The older you are the more suited you are to a softer look.
Aside from your complexion and eye colour, don’t forget to factor in your personal style – those that want to be noticed might go for something bolder whilst others may let their outfit do the talking and want their hair to blend in.
Now you know which colourant is right for you, take a look at the range we offer.