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Over recent years, we’ve seen quite a few hair color trends like succulent hair, geode hair, blood orange hair, and peach hair. Recently, another trend has started to gain popularity—and that would be purple hair. From lavender and lilac to indigo and plum, celebrities and everyday babes are saying goodbye to blonde hair and brunette hair in favor of taking the purple hair plunge. Like many unnatural hair colors, not every shade is created equally—rather, it’s all about customizing the colorful look to complement your skin tone and undertone. Below, we dive into how to determine your skin tone and undertone before sharing our favorite purple hair shades for each. Happy dyeing!
Your skin tone refers to the natural color of your complexion, and this can range from fair to deep. Here’s how to tell what your skin tone is:
You may have a fair skin tone if…you’ve been described as having porcelain skin a time or two in your life.
You may have a light skin tone if…you’re still pale—just not quite as much as your fair friends.
You may have a medium skin tone if...you’re caught in the middle! Your skin tone isn’t super-dark or super-light but somewhere in-between.
You may have a deep skin tone if…your complexion is dark.
Once you know your skin tone, you can more easily identify the right shade of purple hair for your strands.
If you have fair skin…try a pastel periwinkle shade. The pale hybrid of purple and blue mimics one of nature’s daintiest flowers for hair that looks feminine and fanciful.
If you have light skin…try lavender hair with exposed roots. Visible roots aren’t something to run away from anymore, especially when paired with a trendy double-tap worthy hair color. Take the look for a temporary spin with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Lavender.
If you have medium skin…try indigo. A cross between blue and purple isn’t reserved solely for fair skin tones, you can try the look, too—by amping the color up a few notches.
If you have deep skin…try a glossy eggplant color. Perfect for anyone who’s not ready to kiss their dark tresses goodbye, but sick of neutral blacks and brown—this deep hair color looks romantically royal.
Skin tone isn’t all you can take into consideration when choosing a hair color. You may want to look to your undertones for input, too. While your skin tone refers to your complexion and the shade of your skin, undertones are the colors that come through your skin and affect the overall hue. Here’s how to get an idea of which undertone you have:
You may have warm undertones if…the veins on the inside of your arm appear to be green.
You may have cool undertones if…the veins on the inside of your arm appear blue or purple.
You may have neutral undertones if…you can’t tell whether your veins lean more blue or green.
Now that you know your undertone, here are the purple hair hues you should consider:
If you have warm undertones…try a magenta mane. It’s undeniable, purple and pink go hand-in-hand, and this magenta shade proves it. Get the look with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Maroon.
If you have cool undertones…try whimsical orchid as your new color. The sister to lilac and lavender, orchid has slightly bluer undertones that flatter cool-toned skin.
If you have neutral undertones…try dusty mauve hair. The smoky pinkish purple can be pulled off by just about anyone, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s oh-so-trendy. Plus, you can obtain dusty mauve hair without a trip to see a professional. All you need is the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Dusty Mauve.
Looking to pair a purple ponytail with lavender lips or indigo eyeshadow? We already covered everything you need to know about purple makeup in our article, Purple Makeup Is In: Here’s How to Wear It.