Choosing the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
As fall approaches, many women are interested in transforming their look and adopting a modern, seasonally appropriate beauty regimen. A new season is the perfect opportunity to test the waters, deviate from your natural comfort zone, and try something unpredictable and festive. Whether your idea of a new fall look includes a fresh skincare routine, crafty makeup design, a daring wardrobe, or a new haircut and style, switching up your look is a fun way to embrace the fall months.
Here at Kenneth's Hair Salons & Day Spas in Central Ohio, we specialize in helping clients create stunning new looks. Our professional hairstylists stay up with the latest trends and techniques and are ready to help you design a new do that's right for you.
Experimenting with Hair Color
One of the most popular ways to alter your appearance for fall is to opt for a new hair coloring scheme. Autumn is the perfect time to make this change, but many women don't know where to begin when it comes to scrutinizing hair colors and selecting the appropriate hue. While there are many factors that contribute to the right color combo, your skin's natural tone is a great starting point. Failure to analyze this critical facet of your overall look could end in disaster, so make sure you consult with a professional hairstylist who can advise you on this important point before you make your final color selection.
Determine Your Skin Tone
Everyone has a different complexion, but skin tone plays a huge role in selecting the appropriate hair coloring for your new fall hairstyle. Most women never give this concept much thought, but nearly everyone falls into one of two categories when it comes to skin tone: cool tones or warm tones.
Women who have cooler skin tones are generally fair with skin that doesn't tan easily. Their complexion may have pink undertones, and they generally have jewel-toned eye colors (think blue, green, and jet black). For women that fall on the spectrum of “cool” when it comes to skin tone, selecting more dramatic professional hair coloring options creates a stunning effect. Hair colors like platinum blonde, jet black, and dark violet or red may seem too risky at first, but you'll be surprised to find that these selections create a contrast that rocks your new look.
On the flip side, women with warmer skin tones tend to have olive, red, and orange undertones in their complexions. While their skin may still qualify as fair, a darker base complexion is most common. A natural blush is also a signature feature of this skin type. Ladies with warmer skin tones have a natural hair color that falls on the warmer side of the color wheel, including dark browns and auburn tints. For those with naturally warmer skin tones, color schemes like rich browns, caramels, or mahoganies are a good choice. They might also want to throw in some flecks of gold to shake it up a bit. It'll look marvelous!
Hair Color Techniques that Offer the Best of Both Worlds
Sometimes it can be difficult to settle on one hue. With so many beautiful options on the market, some women prefer to mix and match a little bit. Many hair salons are well-versed in blending multiple colors into a natural, yet noticeable new look that's appropriate for your skin tone. Balayage and ombre are two of the most popular hair coloring techniques, and they can both be tailored to either warm or cool skin tones.
In both techniques, professional hair coloring gurus gradually transition the hair color from top to bottom, creating the look of natural highlights. The ombre palette includes the application of a darker shade at the roots with gradual transitioning to a lighter shade in the middle and on the ends of the hair. Balayage is very similar, but this technique involves more of a sweeping motion and creates less contrast than the ombre technique. With balayage, your hairstylist will generally return to the darker color at the tips, creating a more natural look.
Regardless of which technique you choose, you'll end up with a look that perfectly fits your personality and skin tone. To ensure maximum “wow,” talk with your hair coloring professional ahead of time about what you're trying to achieve and how your natural hair color and complexion come into play. You want to highlight your innate beauty, not cover it up. Most hairstylists are happy to work within your comfort zone while still providing a fresh take on your current haircut and style.
Autumn Hues are Trending
The summer months can do a lot of damage to your hair color. Whether you sport luscious blonde locks or dusty brown tones, the months of sunshine, heat, and humidity can create a faded, unkempt look. That's why opting for a new fall hair color is the best way to push the “reset” button.
That said, when you're considering your fall hair coloring plan, you'll want to fight the impulse to return to your summer look. Fall is a time for moodier undertones and lowlights that exemplify the coziness of the season. Hints of caramel and auburn are a great way to set the stage and can easily transition into winter. Most hair salons are familiar with how to keep with the tones of the season while matching hair color to your own skin tone, so don't be afraid to have this conversation with your stylist.
No matter what hair color you choose, a fresh look can give you the confidence you need to tackle a new season. Take your natural skin coloring into account when making your color choice. You'll create a unique look that's dynamite. Our stylists at Kenneth's Hair Salons & Day Spas are fashion-forward and ready to bring your vision to life. Our salons cover Central Ohio: Arlington-Hilliard, Dublin, Grove City, Kingsdale, New Albany, Pickerington-Reynoldsburg, Polaris Parkway, Powell, Westerville, Worthington, and Columbus. Let us help you pick a new hair color that's right for your skin tone. We'll send you back out all smiles!