Choose a color of hair is more complicated than it seems, especially since there are so many shades and variations available today. The good old days of "brunettes - blondes - redheads" are definitely over!
So, how do you find your way through the jungle of hair colors? And above all, how can you be sure not to make a mistake? A short guide to choosing the right hair color:
Cool or warm complexion? Determine your skin tone type
That's right, that's the first thing to consider! Depending on whether your skin color is in the cool or warm tones, this or that hair color will enhance your complexion or make you look terrible!
Yes, you may say, but how do you know? Don't worry, there are several ways to find out:
1. Examine your face in a well-lit room
In the light of day, look at yourself in a mirror and try to identify the dominant colors in your skin tone. Generally, cooler tones come out as pinks and olives, while warmer tones give off yellow and gold. Do you have a mixture of both? Lucky you! You have a mixed skin tone, which means you can pretty much afford anything.
2. Look each other in the eyes!
Beyond the color of these, it is important to spot any golden glitter, which indicates a warm complexion. Moreover, blue or green eyes generally correspond to cold complexions, while hazel eyes indicate warm complexions. Be careful though, there is nothing systematic about this!
3. Observe your veins
Look at them on the inside of your wrist: if they are bluish or purple, your skin tone is cool. If they are green, you have a warm complexion.
4. Take the T-shirt test
Take a blue T-shirt or garment and hold it against your face. Do the same with a red cloth. If the former seems to enhance your skin, you probably have a cool complexion. If the second one looks better, your skin tone is probably warm.
5. Classification by season
Another way to determine your skin tone, which is even more accurate, is to classify it by season:
- Warm autumn complexion Your skin is more or less dark, but more olive colored; your eyes are usually brown, hazel or green with gold glitter; you tan easily; your natural hair color is dark.
- Warm summer complexion Your skin is golden with olive tones; your eyes can be of any color; you tan very easily.
- Cold winter complexion Your skin is fair, with a pink tinge; your eyes are blue, green or brown, but not hazel; you tan with great difficulty; you were born with dark hair.
- Cold spring-like complexion Your skin is fair with pink and yellow tones; your eyes are also fair; you do not tan easily; you were born a blonde.
Choose your color
Now comes the fun part: finding out which of the countless shades of hair coloring will look best on your skin tone!
1. Basic rules
The first is simple: choose a warm color if you have a cool complexion, and vice versa. Next, here are a few tips to remember:
- Cool blondes neutralize facial redness
- Warm blondes are good for cool or olive skin tones
- Avoid reds with olive skin tones, but they are great for light and red skin tones
- Browns can be suitable for all skin tones, but choose warm shades on a cooler skin tone and vice versa
- if you have a cold complexion and choose black, choose one with warm highlights
2. Fall complexion
You can choose an auburn color, chocolateYou can also choose to go for caramel, copper or golden shades. On the other hand, absolutely avoid platinum blond and blue, green and purple highlights.
3. Summer complexion
Choose rich colors: champagne, honey, caramel... but also lighter shades. Ashy colors, black and blue or green streaks are to be banned.
4. Winter complexion
You can go for very strong colors: jet black, white or platinum blonde, red-purple (especially if you have green eyes). Don't go for golden blond, copper, caramel or honey tones.
5. Spring complexion
Ideally, opt for an icy, ash or platinum blonde, or an ash brown for example. On the other hand, stay away from orange and gold bases.
Determine the time and budget you want to spend on your coloring
We don't usually think about it, but these are the criteria to take into account to enjoy your new color for a long time! To put it simply, the further away you choose a shade from your natural color, the more often you will have to renew your coloring. In addition, colored hair requires the use of appropriate shampoos, as well as sometimes care and conditioners. Bleaches, in particular, are more likely to damage your horses and your scalp if you don't take care of them. Finally, you should know that a cheap hair color is often more harmful than a more expensive one. There are also natural or even organic products, but they generally need to be renewed more often because they do not contain ammonia.
In short, the range of hair colors currently available gives you the right to almost any fantasy. But be sure to pamper your scalp and hair, or risk ruining your beautiful, lovingly chosen color with brittle, split ends!