How to find the best hair colour for your skin tone
According to an expert
Thinking of changing your hair hue? Consider this advice from celebrity hairstylist Remington Schulz, writes Astrid Taemets
Deciding between blonde, brunette and red is tough enough without considering the spectrum of colours and tones that exist within those hues. But experimenting with hair colour is part of life, and unfortunately finding your ideal hair shade - whether it's cinnamon, cherry or light ash blonde - requires a fair amount of trial and error.
If you're looking for your next hair colour, or are just curious about whether the one you have now is the right hue for you, celebrity hairstylist, Remington Schulz has some tops and tricks you can learn from. Consider this your foolproof guide to discovering the best hair colour for your skin tone.
First things first: are you cool, neutral or warm skin toned?
When it comes to choosing your ultimate hue, it helps to know and understand the difference between cool and warm hair shades, what they look like and how they'll pair with your skin's colouring.
Your skin tone (AKA undertone), is different from your complexion, which is the shade of your skin (eg light, medium, dark). Most people's undertone falls into one of three categories: warm, cool and neutral. While cool toned skin has pink and blue undertones, warm toned skin has more yellow and green, and neutral toned skin is a balance of both (and is therefore the most versatile in terms of finding a hair colour to suit). There are some helpful tricks to find your skins undertone, including:
1. Holding a piece of paper to your face
If your skin appears yellow or sallow beside the paper, you have a warm skin tone and should therefore stick to warm hair colour shades. If it appears pink, rosy or blueish-red, then you have a cool skin tone and should work with cool hair hues. If your skin appears grey compared to the paper, you probably has an olive complexion with a neutral undertone, meaning you're one of the lucky few who can experiment with cool and warm tones.
2. Checking the veins on your wrist
Another way to find your skin tone is through the colour of your veins. Blueish veins are an indicator of cool-tone skin, while green veins are associated with warm skin tones.
3. Finding your celebrity match
When looking to the A-list for hair colour inspiration, look at celebs with similar skin and eye colouring to your own. This will give you a much better idea of how the hue will look on you - and makes for a great reference point for the colourist when you're sitting in the chair!
Click through the gallery above to find the perfect colour for your skin tone.
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