Tone trou­ble

With so many tones and shades to choose from, how do you avoid go­ing too dark or too light with the colours? Thank­fully, there are a few guid­ing rules you can de­pend on.

Hair - - Must Know -


Your hair colour says a lot about who you are. This isn’t true just for the colours them­selves, but also for how light or dark you go with them. For ex­am­ple, sport­ing jet black hair will not only com­ple­ment warmer skin tones but also im­ply an edgy at­ti­tude. If jet black is too edgy for you, a lighter cool shade like espresso would per­haps be bet­ter suited to your per­son­al­ity.


Your skin tone should al­ways be the num­ber one fac­tor to take into con­sid­er­a­tion when choosing how light or dark your hair colour should be. Shades that work for warm-tone skins (yel­low or gold un­der­tones) won’t do jus­tice to those with cool-tone skin (pink or olive un­der­tones). The golden rule of thumb is to pick a hair colour tone that is the op­po­site of your skin tone. For ex­am­ple, a cool brown shade (go­ing dark) like mocha will do just fine to con­trast and high­light warm skin with yel­low un­der­tones. By con­trast, a warm brown (much lighter) like ma­hagony does won­ders for those with olive un­der­tones. If you have neu­tral skin, i.e. a mix of un­der­tones, chances are most shades of hair colours com­ple­ment your skin well. Re­mem­ber, when it comes to hair colours, warm im­plies lighter tones while cool im­plies darker shades.


A very com­mon mis­take peo­ple make is to not ac­count for their age when pick­ing colour shades. Age­ing causes many changes to your skin, and your hair colour should change ac­cord­ingly. It is not un­com­mon to find peo­ple opt­ing for in­creas­ngly darker shades as they get older— that is the re­verse of what you should be do­ing! The greater the con­trast be­tween your hair and skin tone, the more un­nat­u­ral it will ap­pear. As you age, your skin tone will shift to the cooler side of the spec­trum. Stick­ing to lighter tones of hair colours will do jus­tice to your over­all look.

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