Hey babes! Welcome back to another blog post. This week is all about hair color. At Intentions Salon we pride ourselves on being color specialists. We dive deep into the law of color and chemistry by continuing our education and staying up to date with the latest trends. Color being our first love and extensions being our passion, the marriage of the two make for some incredible transformations.
As you should know by now, one of my loves is fashion. Fashion is all about the hues, fabrics, and, of course, fit. We want the color to suit us, the fabric to hold up well, and the fit to flatter our bodies. Your hair color works in the same way. It’s not one size fits all. You can have the most killer color, but unless it suits you, it won’t feel right. Hair color is much like fashion in the sense that not every color and trend works for every person. Choosing what works best for YOU over the latest trend is important because choosing your perfect color is vital to flatter your features:
First off, finding your complexion is so important. To help you figure out if you have a cool, warm, or neutral complexion starts by looking at your veins in natural light. If they appear blue-purple then you usually are cool toned, if they appear green-blue then you are usually considered neutral, and if they green- olive then you are considered warm toned.
Cool toned complexion have undertones like blue, pink, and red tones.
You have a “cool” undertone if:
• If the veins on your wrist are blue or purple
• If silver jewelry flatters your skin more than gold
• When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears blue-ish
Neutral toned complexion your skin is neither pink/red/blue nor yellow/gold/ peach, but somewhere in between.
You have a “neutral” undertone if:
• The veins on your wrist are blue-green
• Both gold and silver jewelry flatter your skin
• When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears greenish
Warm toned complexions will notice their skin has a yellow, gold, or peach tinge to it.
You have a “warm” undertone if:
• The veins on your wrist are slightly green or olive
• Gold jewelry flatters your skin more than silver
• When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears yellowish
Now that we have discovered the undertone of your skin we can start talking about what works best for YOU!
Neutral or cream-color skin tones:
• Dark eyes stick with medium brown colors or medium reds.
• Hazel, blue, or green eyes, shows that anything from a light brunette to a medium blonde would look great on you. And, if your natural hair color is light, go with an auburn or strawberry color.
Warm/ruddy skin tones:
• Dark brown, black, or hazel colored eyes then going with black, medium brown, or golden brown hair. A wine or auburn color would enhance your natural color.
• Hazel, blue, or green eyes and your natural hair color is light brown to medium blonde, add light or golden highlights or choose a medium brunette color on the warm side.
• If your eyes are blue or green and you have naturally blonde hair, stay with golden blondes and very light brunette shades. Vivid red tones and warm reds will work well for you also.
Cool skin tone:
• Cool blonde shades are great on porcelain-skinned gals with reddish undertones, since those icy hues tend to neutralize redness. If you have blue or gray eyes, cool, ashy blonde works well.
• Cool skin with blue undertones with hazel or brown eyes, go slightly warmer with your blonde by choosing gold, caramel, amber, honey, or butterscotch for your shade.
• Fair skin with cool undertones and blue or green eyes looks better with warm tones like strawberry blondes, copper, honey, and gold. Strawberry blondes are great on fair warm red to counteract cool tones in pale skin.
Olive skin tones.
• Brown eyes, you should opt for dark brown or brunette shades.
• Hazel, blue, or green, go with a light to medium brown. Try using a sandy brown to cover any gray.
• Blue or green eyes, chances are that you already have light hair naturally, and you can go light brunette or blonde.
Women of color:
• If your skin's undertone color is warm, select colors that are a shade darker than your skin with a warm tone, such as a bronze or caramel color. Do not go too light gold, as you may wind up with orange hair.
• If your skin's undertone is cool, stick with a light ash tone, burgundy or cool browns and avoid coppers, auburns, or any gold colors. Most women of color have brown eyes, but if your eyes are not brown, the guidelines above still apply.
Yellow tint or sallow skin tones:
• Dark or hazel eyes, you will look great with shades from black to medium brown. Auburn, wine, or aubergine also will accentuate your own natural coloring.
• Hazel, blue, or green eyes, light browns and medium blondes will look good. Keep the blondes on the ashy or sandy side and stay away from gold colors.
• Blue or green and your hair is naturally blonde, go with a neutral or sandy blonde or opt for light brunette without a lot of warmth. And if your hair is naturally on the red side, keep the red subdued and don't go too vibrant.
The wrong hair color can make you look tired, older, or even unhealthy, no girl wants that, and I don’t want that for you either! But the right cut and color can make you look younger and slimmer and can even appear to alter the shape of your face. Of course you want to avoid tones that match your skin tone as they will wash you out.
Hopefully this blog post has helped to shed some light on hair color and choosing what color matches YOU instead of what is just trending in the moment. If you are searching for peace of mind and sitting in a stylist’s chair that understands the the science behind beautiful hair color please contact us!
My sister and I would love to welcome you to the fam and empower you with confidence through the art of hair.
Peace & Love