Colour for your skin tone
Celebs know how to pick a hair colour that matches their complexions, and now you can, too.
Before we delve into hair colour, let’s first explain common skin undertones. There are three categories that most people fall into: warm, cool and neutral. Figuring out which you are can be overwhelming, but relax – we’ll help you:
Research all the shades that are available in the colour you want. Check to see if it will balance your skin tone.
MATCH YOURSELF WITH A CELEB
When drawing inspiration from your favourite celebrities, try to choose people with similar skin and eye colour to yours. It’ll give you a much better idea of how the hair colour will look on you in the end.
TRY WITH YOUR WRIST
Another way of trying a new hair colour is to match it to your wrist. Select the colour you want, then place it around your wrist. The results will be immediate – if your veins are blue or purple, you’re most likely cool-toned, and if they’re green, you’re warm.
DO THE WIG
The other option, which is the best, is to actually walk into a hair shop and try different coloured wigs in different shapes.
Yes! These ombré turquoise long braids are a perfect match for Amanda’s beautiful dark skin tone. If you’re dark and were in doubt about bright colours, this is it! Opt for ombré instead of a solid shade as they will wash out your face, which you don’t want.
K Naomi’s caramel skin tone looks radiant against her similar-coloured weave. Ask your hairstylist to experiment with highlights in order to get maximum reflection from the light.
The lighter your skin tone, the more choices you have with bright shades. Rorisang’s skin is a brilliant match for pink. When choosing fibre, don’t be too nervous about the contrast with your hair colour. The effect is part of the charm!
The classic pairing of pitch black against light skin tones is always a win as they’re complementary. Amanda looks amazing!
Nadia has nailed the cotton-candy pastel trend. Be sure to get a professional to dye your hair because achieving the perfect hue can be tricky.
Linda was inspired by Emilia Clarke in her role in Game of Thrones. At the salon, ask for platinum blonde. Make sure that your hair is deepconditioned pre and post bleaching, as well as properly moisturised to prevent excessive breakage.
LeAnne’s bold red is refreshing. This is a colour that works on all tones, but the intensity of the shade is key. Light red is great on light skin tones, while bright reds look awesome on darker complexions.