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Trying to find the right hair color can be at times, a challenge. It’s not really a simple process, and even if you pick a particular color, there’s no saying that it will go well with your skin tone. Moreover, if you don’t select the right color, then your hair might look too fake and may not have the desired effect. In the worst case scenario, your hair might look tired and unhealthy.

But, if you apply the perfect hair color for your skin, then it will complement your looks and skin tone greatly. Not only that, it will make your facial features most striking and prominent; you might even look a few years younger!

One of the great rules for selecting a hair color is that you should stay within your shade range. If you go too high up or too low or anywhere which is far outside of your range, then your hair might end up looking dull and damaged and fake. This is because your skin and your natural hair colors have the same underlying pigment in them.

On this page you’ll find a few tips for finding the suitable hair color for you, taking into account a few things like color theory and science.

Hair-color-ideas-2012-for-women-720x542Pigmentation of your hair color

When you’re trying to apply the most natural looking color, first of all think about the color your hair turns into, when you’re under the sun on the warmest days of the year. Those are the tones that come naturally to you, and you should try to stick to them when you’ll dye your hair.

Colors range from 0 to 10 in their variety, with 0 being the darkest, and 10 being the lightest. Color pigments like eumelanin (black-brown) and pheomelanin (red-brown) are present in each of the levels which determine the shade of the hair. Dark toned hair (levels 1-4) contains many red pigments, while blond hair contains many golden pigments.

If your hair shade is in between like 5-6, you’re more likely to have more orange pigments.

When you’ll change your hair color, the natural or underlying pigments will become revealed; so it’s best to select a hair color that matches your pigmentation.


Complementing your skin tone

Your skin tone also contains the same pigments as your hair. If you have brown or black hair since birth, you’ll probably have warm, earthy undertones in your skin like brown, gold, orange, or warm-red. Those who have warm undertones will look better with warm colors like golden blonde, honey brown, or red. You can also opt for warm highlights in your hair.


However, if you have lighter colored hair since birth, you’re more likely to have cooler undertones such as blue, pink, green, or blue-based red. If you have cooler undertones, then naturally you’ll look better with cooler colors like auburn brown or black.


If you’re unsure of whether you are a warm-toned or a cool-toned person, then maybe you can try and see the vein of your arm under natural light to check if it appears blue or green. If it is blue, you have cool-toned skin. If it is green, that means you have a warm-tone. It’s best to consult a professional hair stylist or a makeup artist before coloring.

Check out the eyes!

Your eyes also reveal what type of colors will suit you the most. If you happen to have eyes with colors such as green, turquoise, golden brown, hazel, or gold and brown flecks, then you’ll look good with warm-toned colors.


If you have eyes which are: dark-blue, black-brown, gray-blue, or blue flecks then opt for cooler tones for your hair- you’ll look better in them.

Pigmentation changes with age

It’s wiser always going for coloring that stays “within two levels of lightness or darkness” according to your current natural pigmented hair colors. Your pigmentation changes with your age. Although it is better to use softer colors as you age, extremes like platinum-blonde or jet-black colors tend to enhance the wrinkles and other imperfections in your skin.

Your skin-tone also changes with age, and often, just before the hair turns gray it becomes darker as the body prepares itself to loose pigments.

It’s always better to check your current skin pigments and hair color pigments before taking any decision so that mistakes are avoided.

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However, if you’re up for something bold and stylish, without caring about looking natural, then you should definitely go for extreme color changes, even outside your correct tones! This is mostly done when you’re a teenager and enjoy sporting vibrant colors. But be careful that you don’t damage your hair too much.

So go ahead and have fun with your hair!

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