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.
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.