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The best way to decide what color to dye your hair next should go beyond gazing at a picture of your favorite celebrity and copying their look. As much as you might love a trendy hair color that’s been making the rounds, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will flatter your skin tone. So, to help you determine which hair colors will complement your skin tone the most, we’re sharing exactly what you need to consider when picking out a new hue.
If you have lighter hair, you likely have cooler undertones, whereas darker hair is often accompanied by warmer undertones. It’s these undertones that determine which type of hair color range looks best on you. If you have a warm skin tone, you should look for warm hair colors, and if you have a cool skin tone, you should look for cool hair colors. How can you tell if you have warm or cool undertones, though? We have a quick tip! Simply flip your wrists. If your veins appear green, you have warm undertones; if they appear blue, you have cool ones.
When trying to find the best hair color for your skin tone, you’ll come across a wide range of blonde, brown, and red shades—seriously, you’ve got a lot to choose from! Depending on the specific color you choose, you may find that certain features pop out more or less or that your wardrobe pairs differently with your new ‘do. To find the best hair color to pair with your favorite colors, take color theory into consideration. Colors that are across from one another on the color wheel are most complementary to each other. This means that if you love to wear blue, a vibrant blonde can look beautifully on you if created with undertones that complement your skin tone.
Now that you have a better understanding of how your skin tone should play a role in choosing a hair color, it’s time to narrow down your options. Below, we share our favorite DIY colors for your newest ‘do.
If you have warm skin and want a blonde hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Light Reddish Blonde, L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Golden Blonde, or L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Rose Gold Blonde.
If you have warm skin and want a brown hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Light Reddish Brown, L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Hi-Lift Gold Brown, or L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Chestnut Brown.
If you have warm skin and want a red hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Reddish Brown, L’Oréal Paris Feria in Deep Copper, or L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Lightest Auburn.
If you have cool skin and want a blonde hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Extra Light Ash Blonde, L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Champagne Blonde, or L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Ash Blonde.
If you have cool skin and want a brown hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Cool Light Brown, L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Mocha Ash Brown, or L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Cool Darkest Brown.
If you have cool skin and want a red hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Deep Burgundy, L’Oréal Paris Féria in Auburn Brown, or L’Oréal Paris Féria in Intense Medium Auburn.
Whatever hair color you end up selecting for your new ‘do, just be sure to keep warm and cool tones in mind when making your decision. Once you’re done dyeing your hair, switch to a system of hair care products formulated for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask.
Taking you skin tone into consideration can make all the difference in the world when it comes to choosing a new hair color. If you want to find more specific color advice, check out our articles, The Best Blonde Hair Colors for Every Skin Tone, The Best Brown Hair Color for Your Skin Tone, and The Best Red Hair Color for Your Skin Tone.