Have you ever stared in the mirror trying to figure out if you are a summer, autumn, or winter? Or maybe you have taken one of the thousands of quizzes that determines the perfect hair color for you. There is nothing wrong with being curious about these supposed beauty guidelines and in some circumstances, they might actually be helpful. More often than not though they tend to be generalizations and don’t really provide much insight, plus who is to say that a “winter” can’t rock bright orange hair. Certainly not us.
Over at Rinse Salon we think that finding the hair color that makes you feel amazing should be the top priority always. There is something to be said about the color theory that goes behind selecting a hair color and today we are going to give you our expert insight into understanding skin undertones and what theoretically flatters them. The key is to take it as a point of reference and remember when it comes to self-expression, there are truly no rules.
Skin undertones are what matter
When talking about colors that compliment you it is less about the exact color of your skin and more about the undertones. So the question becomes, do you have cool, warm, or neutral undertones? Once you determine that then the formula becomes simple, you simply get a color that is opposite. So, if you have warm undertones you want a hair color with cool tones and if you have cool undertones you want a hair color with warm undertones. The great thing about this is that any color can be customized to be cool or warm. It is a matter of talking with your stylist and having them mix up the perfect color.
Okay, but how do I determine my skin undertone?
When determining skin undertone, the best indicator is to look at your veins on the inside of your wrist. If they appear blue or purple, you’re likely cool toned. If your veins are green, you most likely have a warm undertone. Since your face and arms change seasonally with the weather it is best to not come to a conclusion based on those areas. Cool-toned skin has pink and olive undertones, while warm-toned skin has yellow and gold and if you have a combo of any of the above, you’re probably neutral.
Best Hair Colors for Cool Skin Tones
If you ware feeling the call to go blonde, black, purple, or any other color you totally can! The key is to simply choose the warmer shades of any of these hair colors to contrast with your cool skin tone. Cool hair color may make you look washed out.
The best example of this is if you want to try black hair, go with a neutral or natural black, but not a blue or jet black. For blonde go for something with warmer tones like strawberry blonde or a honey blonde. Speak to your stylist to get some warm tones going in any color.
Best Hair Colors for Warm Skin Tones
If you are a warm skin tone you are going to have a ton of options in the cool color family. The trick is to look for cooler shades to avoid looking flushed or too warm, which normally happens when you pair warm skin tones with warmer shades. For example, if you are looking to go brunette, the cooler chocolate brown family of colors will work best. If you want to go blonde, go for an ashy blonde or a stark platinum.
Best Hair Colors for Neutral Skin Tones
Neutral skin tones have the best of both worlds, they can pull off both cool and warm looks effortlessly. So options for this skin tone and truly limitless.
Changing your hair color can be an exciting and empowering experience. There is nothing better than walking into the salon one version of yourself and coming out feeling like a new and improved person. Make an appointment with Rinse Salon today to work with the best colorists in San Diego and get the look you’ve always wanted!