Mother Nature can be cruel sometimes. You’re born with hair, which is lovely, but hair that’s not always the most flattering colour for your skin tone.
Mother Nature can be cruel sometimes. You’re born with hair, which is lovely, but hair that’s not always the most flattering colour for your skin tone. Sure, there are the fair-skinned, auburn-maned beauties and olive-skinned, dark-locked lovelies of this world, but not everybody is so blessed.
So what do you do when your natural hair colour doesn’t suit you? Where do you go from there? No worries. It can seem daunting, but you can get the perfect hair colour for your skin type with our short scoop.
Hair Colours for Fair-Skinned Gals
Fair-skinned ladies may not be able to tan, but they can pull off the most hair colours! The fairer your skin, the lighter your tresses can go without making you look washed out. However, the tone of your skin dramatically impacts which shades flatter your look and which flatten it.
Skin with warm, peachy or golden undertones looks best in honey or strawberry blonde hair that plays up skin's natural glow. Fair skin with a cooler undertone does better in shades such as platinum or ivory. These neutral tones complement the delicate porcelain quality of the skin and help cancel out any redness.
If you’d like to go darker, the same rules apply. Warm complexions looks best framed by hair with red or yellow undertones. Cool skin tones go with ash hair colours that have more of a bluish or greenish base.
Hair Colours for Medium Skin Tones
Medium skin tones can pull off loads of multi-layered colours. A complexion that's neither very light nor very dark allows highlights and fun colour moments to really pop.
The best kind of pop, however, is relative to your natural skin tone. While a medium complexion can pull off just about anything, a few key notes will help you figure out the colour that's just right for you.
Unless you have a naturally golden glow, steer clear of shades that bring too much warmth to the skin. Warm complexions, go right ahead: a glossy caramel or shimmery copper highlight will look gorgeous with your skin.
Cool skin tones should keep hair much closer to a neutral shade. An ash tone makes the best match and helps to cancel out any odd bits of redness popping up in the skin.
Hair Colours That Complement Dark Complexions
A deep skin tone calls for contrast. To cancel out any olive tones, choose hair colour with a reddish base for balance. If your skin has more of a deep golden hue, you can do lovely dark browns with hints of gold to really warm up the face.
Truly deep complexions want to really push that contrast. If your hair is the same shade as your face, your features will run together, creating a lack of definition in your appearance. Dark, warm skin can rock a deep chestnut, amber, or auburn black, whereas cooler skin can go all the way to the blue tones of obsidian black.
Once you’ve got that hair colour looking good, make sure you’re using protective products such as those from Kérastase's Réflection Collection. Specially formulated shampoos, conditioners, treatments, and stylers keep your colour as radiant as you are.
So there you go! The perfect hair colour for you is now within reach. Best of luck with your new ‘do!