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Picking a New Hair Color

Finding the right hair colour to match with the different features of your face can be difficult. I used to think it was as simple as picking out a colour that I liked. I quickly realized that the colours I was choosing were making my skin look washed out or making my eyes look dull. The right hair colour will make your skin glow and your eyes stand out. 

I hope these guidelines will help you pick out that perfect colour for you.

Your Natural Hair Color

When choosing a new hair colour it is important to think about your natural hair colour. The very best hair colour will only be a shade or two lighter or darker than your natural hair colour. This will make it easier to maintain and your roots less obvious.

You only want to colour your hair once every six weeks so it has time to recover from some of the damage done by colouring treating it. Your natural hair colour can also tell you about how difficult it will be to colour your hair.

  • Very dark can be difficult to lighten, but it is easy to put low lights or red tones in.
  • Red is difficult to lighten and sometimes may need to be colored twice so the red does not show through.
  • Medium-brown hair is usually easy to colour but sometimes red or orange tones can come out when bleaching.
  • Blonde hair is easy to lighten, but it can be easy to damage.
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  • Choosing a Color Based on Your Skin ToneFirst, you need to determine whether you have warm-toned skin, cool-toned skin, or a neutral skin tone. An easy way to tell is by looking at your veins. If the veins on your wrists are blue then you have cool-toned skin. If your veins look green then you have warm-toned skin. If you have both or somewhere in between, then you have neutral-toned skin. Listed below are the kinds of colours that suit each skin tone.Warm Skin TonesWhen choosing a hair colour for warm skin tones it is best to stick with warm colors
  • For fair skin, a warm golden blonde will look great.
  • For darker skin, a warm brown might be especially flattering.
    • For medium colours of skin, a shade of copper could bring out a lovely glowing complexion.
    • Warm shades of red could look good for either.
    • Avoid colours like ash and colours with blue or purple hues.
  • Cool Skin TonesWhen choosing a hair colour for cool skin tones it is best to stick with cool colors.
    • For fair skin colors, ash-blonde would look nice.
    • For darker skin colours like red with blue undertones or burgundy will look stunning.
    • For medium colours, you can go with either lighter or darker cool shades just stay close to your natural colour.
    • Avoid colours with orange, yellow or reddish undertones.

Neutral Skin Tones

You are lucky: you can go either way, with a warm golden colour or a deep burgundy.

  • The best way to choose the right colour for a neutral skin tone is by finding a colour that makes your eyes pop.
  • You have many colour choices—just remember to stay within a few shades of your natural colour.

Eye Color

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Eye colour is another great way to determine your perfect hair colour. The color that you choose should make your eyes pop and stand out.

Blue Eyes

  • Warm skin tone and blue eyes: The best hair colours will be golden browns, honey blondes, and chestnut browns.
  • Cool skin tone and blue eyes: Hair colours like platinum blonde auburn and burgundy really bring out the eyes.

Green Eyes

  • Warm skin tone and green eyes: Red always looks great with green eyes it really makes them stand out. For warm skin tones try colours like auburn or strawberry blonde. If you want something more brunette, then pick a brown color with red undertones. Black also looks fabulous.
  • Cool skin tone and green eyes: Red still looks great or try a copper colour. If you want to try a blonde shade platinum blonde or gold may look nice. Darker shades of brown and black look stunning with light green eyes.

Brown Eyes

  • Warm skin tone and brown eyes: Dark browns look wonderful with this combination of skin tone and eye colour. Deep-coloured reds are another good combo. Deep rich colours look the very best with brown eyes.
  • Cool skin tone and brown eyes: Dark browns look great with skin tone and eye colour. Lighter brown colours like honey or colours with hints of blonde undertones look spectacular.

Hazel Eyes

  • Warm skin tone and hazel eyes: This all depends on the colours you want to bring out in your eyes. To bring out golden colours try deep browns and maybe a colour like auburn. To bring out the green in your eyes go more for reds. When you have hazel eyes you have more room to play with color. Stick with warm colours and whatever colors bring out your favorite colour in your eyes.
  • Cool skin tone and hazel eyes: Blondes and light browns look great. You can play around more with colours when you have hazel eyes. Reds look really nice but try a more mellow shade; anything too vibrant could wash you out. Stick with colours for cool-toned skin and find what brings out your favorite colours in your eyes.

What Hair Colour Is Best for My Face Shape?

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Highlights in your hair can make a huge difference in your appearance. Highlights can add depth texture and a little flare. The best way to determine where to place your highlights is your face shape.

Square Faces

  • Place the highlights evenly throughout your hair.
  • Another good way to highlight a square face is to have bigger thicker streaks framing your face.

Round Faces

  • Low lights look great with this face shape.
  • Try putting low lights towards the top half of your hair.
  • If you choose to go with highlights, try just highlighting the ends or maybe only the lower half. This will elongate your face.

Long Faces

  • Lightening the very ends makes a long face look shorter and a lot less narrow.

Heart-Shaped Faces

This can be one of the trickiest.

  • You want to try to highlight near the chin area to keep the chin from appearing too narrow.
  • Low lights look great too, but stay away from the chin area when low lighting a heart-shaped face.

Reminder: Whenever getting highlights, remember to choose colors that go well with the rest of the all-over color. Stay a couple of shades lighter or darker than the base color, anything more might look less than flattering.





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