Time For a Hair Change

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If you’ve been changing your hair color as often as the seasons change, you know it can be totally overwhelming to make a choice from all the colors offered in the market. Should you choose to have a darker or lighter shade? Or should you retain your natural shade and highlight it with another shade? Will you look as gorgeous as the supermodel in the magazine if you pick the same color as hers for your hair? Whatever hairstyle you prefer, you want a hair color that will be flattering to your overall look. How do you choose a hair color that will complement your skin complexion?

Your skin tone has been handed down to you from many generations in your family. There are natural factors in your genes that determine the color of your eyes, hair, and skin. The amount and type of melanin that gives color to your skin dictates what shade of hair color will work best for you. Knowing your particular skin tone will help you in selecting the perfect hair color for you. Choosing a hair color can be very tricky. If you pick the wrong color for your hair, you will look ashen and washed out. However, picking the right color can give life and healthy glow to your hair, making every other woman green with envy.

How to Determine Your Skin Tone

  • For you to find your skin tone, you must first determine what type of undertone your skin has. This will help you know whether your skin tone is cool or warm.
  • Do your veins look blue or green under natural light? A cool skin tone (pink or blue undertone) will appear blue, while veins of a warm skin tone (yellow undertones) will have a green or turquoise color.
  • Which makes you look better: Gold or silver? You have a warm skin tone if your answer is gold. If you answered silver, your skin tone is cool.
  • Does black or brown compliment you? Black looks better on a cool skin tone, while brown suits a warm skin tone.

Know Your Skin’s Complexion


Cool Skin:
The two categories are:

Light Cools : People with light cools possess rosy-pink, pearly or pinkish-beige skin. They have eyes that are grayish-blue, light blue or bluish-green colors. The recommended hair colors for this skin type must be lighter, such as platinum blond, white blond and light brown.

Medium to Deep Colors : These are skin colors that are light to dark olive or dark brown in shade. The eyes are brown, deep blue, bluish-green or deep green. The best hair colors for this skin type are black or deep coffee brown, as well as burgundy, mahogany or any red-based hair coloring.

Warm Skin: There are likewise two categories

Light Warm :  The skin is ivory white and the eyes are yellow-brown or green-hazel. The hair color must not be too dark, so light ash brown or golden blond are the best choices. Highlights can be in beige blond or even golden-copper red.

Medium to Deep Warms : The skin has yellow undertones and the complexion is golden brown or reddish. Deep rich colors of dark golden brown, chocolate and espresso are great complements for this type of skin complexion.

 

Suit Yourself 

 

Porcelain White Skin Complexion: If you have a pale complexion, create contrast by choosing a natural-looking, red color for your mane. Maybe Julianne Moore can convince you – the actress looks stunning with her straight red locks. Warm copper, cinnamon browns and strawberry blond hair also do wonders in adding color to pale skin tones. Avoid black or very dark hair colors if you are extremely pale; otherwise you’ll end up looking paler and older than you really are.

Sun-Kissed Skin Complexion: Your love for the sun allows you to wear any hair color, from dark brown to reddish. Choosing dark hair can merit you a second look because it’s the best compliment for sun-baked skin. Avoid getting light-bleached hair. With a tan, you’ll easily look like a fake blond.

Natural Tan Skin Complexion:  Most people endowed with a natural tan are born with black hair. What you can do to add a little flair to such great hair is to lighten the color to a warm brown shade, and add streaks of honey-colored highlights. If you have a lighter skin color, you can be funky by adding purple, blue or red to your dark hair. The shades will be more obvious once light shines on the hair.

Reddish Skin Complexion: You can counteract the redness of your skin by opting for light-brown hair colors with honey-colored highlights. Avoid hair colors that are too bright and overly bleached.

 

Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • Choose a hair color that is two shades lighter or darker than the color you’re currently using to achieve a flawless finish. Never go three shades or more lighter or darker. Don’t try to lighten already dyed dark hair with lighter hair dyes. You’ll need to bleach the hair first, and this isn’t recommended for beginners.
  • The best time to apply color is before washing the hair. The natural oils will serve to protect the hair from harmful ingredients contained in the product.
  • Keep in mind that hair color can darken or hide gray hairs only for a certain amount of time. The hair’s natural color will eventually appear as new strands grow.
  • If you have neutral skin tone, you can wear hair colors recommended for any type of skin complexion.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment in your desire to find the right hair color that best suits your skin tone. Hair color products are not as harsh as in the past.
  • Don’t fix a color mistake by using another box of different hair color. Wash the hair two to three consecutive times with clarifying shampoo. If the mistake is too big to handle, see a hair expert.
  • It is definitely important to first determine your skin tone and complexion before you can choose the right hair color to flatter your looks. Once you are able to find the perfect hair color that matches your skin tone, you’ll be amazed at the great difference it makes in brightening your features and giving you a stunning appearance you’ve always wanted for yourself.

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