What hair color suits me? How do you know which colour suits you when you want to dye your hair? We help you find out if you need to choose a cool hair colour or a warm hair colour (your undertone) and why certain hair colours don’t suit you at all. And, of course: the very best hair colours that suit you!
So, you want to know which hair colour will suit you perfectly? Maybe you’ve already had a colour analysis done and you already know what undertone you have in your skin, or are you just curious? Do you often get to hear that you only look sick or just the opposite, that you shine?
Suppose you see a beautiful hair color on Pinterest or here on Glamourista, how do you know if it will suit you? To be honest, in our experience there aren’t that many hairdressers who look at your colours and check if your requested hair colour suits you. Luckily I myself have a hairdresser who does look at it, even if I come by with an example with a hair color that would not suit me at all. But especially with the larger chains of hairdressers it’s more often ‘bandwork’ and therefore they dye and cut what you ask for – which is not necessarily what suits you. Also read: which hairstyle fits my face?
The undertone of your skin is important
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Do I have a cool or a warm undertone in my skin? How do I find that undertone?
This is perhaps the most difficult question you can ask: what undertone does my skin have? Is it cool or warm? Or neutral? And how can I recognize that? It all sounds very easy in theory, but it certainly is not. At first I also found it very difficult to decide whether I had blue or green veins, to find my undertone.
First of all: before you start these tests, it is best to remove all your make-up if you still have it on.
Clean your skin thoroughly and don’t start this analysis until your skin has completely calmed down (aka: no more red from washing).
Attach your hair in a tail or at least make sure your hair is completely out of your face.
Tip 1. Green or blue veins? And your eyes?
First check whether you have green or blue veins. See, that’s where it went wrong with me. I looked and looked, and I thought I had “apple blue-green” veins. Or blue-green. All right, I didn’t make any progress with that (unless you’re colored neutral, but that’s rare). Until all of a sudden I got the raid to hold other green and blue stuff against my wrists, so I could better check what my colour was now. And guess what: it was blue.
Also, according to the New York colorist Rachel Bodt – who worked with Andreja Pejic, Marisa Tomei, Adesuwa Aighewi and Justine Marjan – you can check the spots in your eyes. Are those spots in your eyes more golden or hazelnut? Then you probably have a warm undertone. Do you have blue or grey spots in your eyes? Then you probably have a cool undertone. A combination of both? Then you probably have a neutral undertone.
Tip 2: Gold or silver?
There is another tip to find out what the undertone of your skin tone is: keep a large silver or gold piece of fabric (or item) close to your face. Do you suddenly notice that your skin looks much more even? Then you’ve got the right colour!
Tip 3: Take a sweater or shirt that looks great on you and compliments you on it.
Thanks to some of the garments you get compliments very often, out of the blue. That’s why it’s very important to take a quick look at the colour of that shirt, blouse or sweater. Does that sweater have a cool or warm color? Then you’ll know which colours suit you best.
Tip 4: Every colour has a warm and cool variant!
Another tip, and something I read too often on blogs and by editors who don’t really know what they’re writing about: every blue color would be a cool color and a yellow color is warm by default. No! Every color has different warm and cool variants, so be sure to pay attention to that.
Tip 5: Do this analysis in daylight
Really try to do this color analysis in a room with lots of daylight. By using different light, you can come to a false conclusion. Also lamps can give cool or warm light, and of course that will
You can wear any hair color, but look at the undertone!
Can anyone have a blonde, brown, black or red hair color? Yes! But you also have to look at the hair colour here: don’t combine a warm hair colour with a cool undertone in your skin, that will make you look sick. And hey, I also did it wrong for years until I learned how to do a color analysis
Blonde hair: warm and cool blonde tones:
How do you know if you have the wrong hair color?
– You look pale
– You’re often asked if you’re feeling okay
– You have to use a lot more makeup to look ‘healthy’.
– If you look in the mirror, something’s not right, but what?
So there are some signs on the wall that your whole colour palette is actually no longer correct. Personally I’m a fan of the theory: you’re in the best position with what Mother Nature has given you in terms of colors (that’s why I let my hair grow out so that there wasn’t a splash of hair dye in it anymore: how do I let my hair grow out).
Cool or warm hair colors?
Now that you know whether you have a cool or a warm undertone, it’s much easier to know which shades of hair colour will suit you best. One of the biggest mistakes made is often the combination of warm and cool. That’s why it always looks like there’s something wrong (you just don’t know what).
Cool hair colors
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platinum, beige blonde, and baby taupe blonde, sand blonde
Cool brown hair colors
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dark chocolate and espresso
Cool red hair colors
Christina Hendricks, Nicole Kidman
merlot, burgundy or subtle mocha tones
Cool black hair colors
Cool bright hair colors
The cool purple hair color of Kelly Osbourne
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Cool gray hair colors
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Cool white hair colors
cool-white hair colour
cool-white hair colour
Warm hair colors
Warm blonde hair colors
wheat blond, honey blond, gold blond
Warm brown hair colors
Think caramel, cinnamon, hazelnut…
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Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry
Warm red hair colors
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Warm black hair colors
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Warm bright hair colors
coral, rose gold, apricot and yellow
Warm gray hair colors
Warm white hair colors
Neutral hair colors
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In the end, all these so-called tips and rules are just to get you started. The best thing about hair color is that it is (fairly) temporary, and fairly easy to play around with until you’ve found your perfect color – regardless of your undertone.