Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Revlon Professional. Minor edits have been done by Tousled Online Magazine editors.
Every professional hairdresser has been asked this question at least once before: “Which hair color would look best on me?” The truth is that choosing the best hair color to complement one’s style and bring out their best features can be challenging. There’s so much to consider – personal preferences, age, skin tone, hair type, and more.
Below, Revlon Professional shares some helpful tips on how to choose the right hair color for yourself, so that you can consistently choose the most flattering colors and shades.
How To Identify Your Natural Hair Color
The first step in deciding which hair color will suit you best is identifying your natural hair color. Be sure to keep in mind that hair color can naturally change over time due to a number of factors. In general, all hair loses pigment with age, which contributes to the appearance of gray hair. Certain external factors, such as the weather, may also have an impact on hair color over time.
To help make this process easier, you can use the universal color chart to assist you in identifying your natural hair color. This chart features 10 different levels, with level 1 being the darkest (pure black) and level 10 being the lightest (light blond).
STEP 1: SEPARATE A SECTION OF HAIR
Take a section of hair from an area other than the forehead or the parting and separate it (if possible) from the rest of the hair.
STEP 2: USE YOUR COLOR CHART
Next, compare this section of hair with the color chart. Try to always check it against natural light whenever possible and be extra gentle if there is a lot of gray hair.
Once you have nailed down the natural hair color, you’re ready to move on to the next step: deciding which color and shade will work best!
What’s The Best Hair Color For Each Skin Tone?
When it comes down to it, your unique skin tone (and specifically undertone) is one of the key factors in selecting a color that makes you instantly glow when you leave the salon chair. With the advancement of hair dye products and techniques in today’s modern world, there’s really no reason why any skin tone can’t pull off any hair color you desire.
Most stylists will agree that the secret to choosing the perfect hair color is aligning it with the best option for the skin’s undertones (coolness or warmth). Keep reading to learn more about just why these undertones can make all the difference when recommending hair color options.
Skin with warm undertones generally pairs best with warmer-toned hair colors that help bring out that beautiful lit-from-within glow. Try buttery or gold beige tones to complement blondes, as well as golden copper hues and warm caramel or butterscotch shades for brunettes. For those seeking rainbow-inspired colors, try experimenting with rose gold, apricot, or coral shades.
Skin with cool undertones works best with ultra-flattering cool colors, such as a bold platinum blonde, beige blonde, cool red, dark chocolate, merlot, or baby taupe blonde. You can even try a bright shade of blue, purple, or green if you’re daring!
Skin with a neutral undertone has a great deal of flexibility when it comes to choosing the best color option. This means that you can experiment with just about any shade of blonde, brunette, or red, and pull it off effortlessly. Whether it’s a neutral brunette color or a vivid orchid pink, neutral-toned skin offers endless possibilities for creativity and self-expression.
What’s The Best Hair Color For Each Eye Color?
Yet another factor to consider when choosing the most flattering hair color is eye color. Similar to skin tone, it’s now possible to pair any hair color and eye color with the right toning products and modern coloring technology. However, there are definitely a few combinations that you might want to try to make your beautiful eyes pop! Read on to discover some of these perfect combinations:
BROWN OR HAZEL EYES
Brown and hazel-eyed beauties deserve a stunning color shade that allows their gorgeous eyes to take center stage. These two stunning neutral eye colors can be paired with a wide range of hair shades, such as a rich golden brown, ash blonde, mahogany, or chestnut.
There are so many ways to help highlight your beautiful blue-colored eyes, whether it’s by creating a stunning contrast with darker shades or adding some soft highlights to your client’s hair. One flattering and bold color option for those with blue eyes is a cool-toned platinum blonde. Additionally, this eye color also pairs well with a lightened ombré or balayage style that delivers a subtle, sun-kissed glow. Strawberry blonde, deep burgundy, and rich espresso shades are additional color options for blue-eyed clients that are sure to be a smash hit.
For those with captivating green eyes, the right hair color can make their look really shine. You can try shades from a chocolate brown to an auburn, rich butterscotch, or a truly eye-catching black color.
Have you decided on your next hair color yet? Revlon Professional has a variety of hair coloring products – from semi-permanent color products to permanent color products. Discover Revlon Professional’s hair color products here.If you’re still having doubts about which hair color to get, that’s totally fine! Don’t rush and take your time. While you’re at it, you can take a FREE consultation with HairMNL Experts to have them help you decide which hair color to get. Just send us a message!