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Choosing the Right Hair Color for Warm Skin Tones

With the right hair color to complement your personal skin tone, it’s easy to look your best whether you’re wearing your hair down and styled or in a quick up-do on a busy day. We’re here to help you choose the right hair color for warm skin tones!

Choosing the Right Hair Color for Warm Skin Tones

Warm or Cool Skin Tone?

Typically, your skin has either a warm or cool tone. There are two easy tests to determine whether your skin tone is warm or cool.

Paper test:

To do this test you need a mirror plus five sheets of paper. Each sheet of paper should be a different color: white, yellow, red, blue and green. Remove any makeup from your face and make sure the room has a mirror plus strong, natural sunlight. First hold up the white sheet. How does your skin look against it? Then hold up the blue, and then the green and so on. If your skin looks best against the blue, green and white, you have a cool skin tone. If it looks amazing against the red and yellow, then your skin tone is warm.

Wrist test:

Again, you’ll need strong, natural sunlight for this test. Hold your wrist out and look at the veins that run along the underside. Do they appear more blue? If yes, then your skin tone is cool. Do they appear more green? If yes, your skin tone is warm.


Choosing the Right Hair Color for Warm Skin Tones

Hair Color for Warm Skin Tones

Blondes with warmer skin tones often look best with hair colors that are not blue-based, like a platinum. Look to rich colors like butterscotch, caramel or light golden blonde that will shimmer bright but never look brassy against your skin. For blonde with just a hint of red, try strawberry blonde to complement green and blue eyes and a fair but warm skin tone.

If you have a warm skin tone and are looking to go red, there are several stunning shades that will complement your coloring. From dark warm red-blonde to light red brown, these shades of red won’t make your complexion look ruddy, just healthy and glowing. Think reddish hues of copper or reddish-golden caramel for medium skin with warm tones.

Going brunette with a warm skin tone means choosing colors that have a bit more red than ash or blue-ish undertones. With fair to medium skin, try a mahogany shade of deep brown and with a darker, warm skin tone, think maple browns and a dark chocolate brown.


Choosing the Right Hair Color for Warm Skin Tones

Choosing a Cooler Hair Color with your Warm Skin Tone

Sometimes there’s a color that you just really want but it’s on the opposite spectrum of what typically works best for your skin tone. You can opt for a cooler hair shade even if you have a warm skin tone. The trick is to add a warmer color around your face. For example, if you’ve been dying to go platinum blonde but you have fair skin with warm tones you can add a few butterscotch lowlights around the face to keep the platinum from washing out your complexion.

Colorists typically recommend matching warm hair colors with warm skin tones. If you’re not sure what color will work best for you, contact one of our Ion color specialists.



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