How to Choose the Right Hair Color

I love it when a client brings in a picture (or several) to help guide me in the direction of the hairstyle that she is trying to achieve. Not everyone knows how best to describe the cut or color that they want, so this definitely helps me in the process. However, the color that looks great on Jennifer Lopez or Scarlet Johansson may not look right on your skin tone. Here are a few tips to picking out the right hair color that will flatter you.
The first step is to determine if you have a warm or cool skin undertone. You can find out by doing this little test: look at the veins in your wrist. If they look blue, you have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm (yellow undertones + blue veins = green appearance.) Still not sure? What metal looks best on you, silver or gold? If silver does, you are cool; if gold does, you are warm. Last try… when you’re in the sun, do you turn pink and burn or do you tan? If you burn quickly, you’re cool which means if you tan, you’re on the warmer side.
cool skin tone

Cool Skin Tone

Now that we have that settled, what does this mean for choosing a hair color? It’s pretty easy: those with a warm complexion should choose a hair color with warm tones and conversely, those with a cool complexion should choose cooler colors. Think about your natural hair color. Usually people with cool tones have eyes that are blue, gray, or green with hair that is blond, brown, or black hair (which can have blue, silver, violet and ash undertones). Warm toned people usually have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair (with gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones). If someone with a cool tone dies their hair in a warmer tone, it can make the skin look sickly and pale. If a warmer tone goes platinum blond, the skin will look more yellow. Either situation is not good.
warm skin tone
Warm Skin Tone
 One of the best ways to choose the right hair color for you is to find a celebrity that shares your skin coloring. If it looks good on them, it will probably look good on you. However, it’s also important to consider the maintenance factor. If you are dark chocolate brunette and you want that creamy caramel look, you’re going to need touch-ups every 4-6 weeks. You might want to consider using a blending technique like an ombre or balayage so your roots won’t be quite so obvious or maybe go a few shades lighter or darker to appear more natural (instead of going extreme). You may even want to add in extensions for a temporary change!
Finally, finding an experienced, professional stylist can help you to avoid making a big mistake if you decide to change your hair color. He or she can guide you through your color options and help you to decide on which color of the rainbow would look best on you. Our stylists at Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon are some of the best in the in the San Francisco Bay Area and would love to help you make this exciting decision.

About Janelle P.

I am proud to be one of the foremost hair loss specialists in the Bay Area with over thirty years experience in the field. At age 12 I began styling wigs for fashion and fun and assisted my mother after she established Wig Works in the early 1970’s. My passion for hair led me to Honolulu where I worked closely with legendary stylist Paul Mitchell. I had the honor to perform onstage platform hair styling with Mr. Mitchell, as well as legendaries Jean Braa, Zenon, and Alan Bush. I was also highly involved with the development and distribution of the Paul Mitchell line and later worked as a color representative for L’Oreal and stylist instructor for Matrix. I returned to the Bay Area and expanded Wig Works, with the establishment of Extensions for Hair. The revolutionary new hair extension method offered my clients with thin hair the opportunity to augment their style rather than relying on a wig or hair clip for length or fullness. These hair extensions are popular with women of all ages. Furthermore, I survived breast cancer twice and once lost all my hair from chemotherapy, so I have a unique perspective on special hair needs.
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