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By : Rolando Robinson   
The Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

Experimenting with cool hair colors is par for the course, whether you’re tired of your God-given mousy brown color or you’ve always felt like more of a redhead than a blonde. Finding your ideal hair shade, like cinnamon or ash, may require a fair amount of experimentation—but you can spare yourself at least some of the trial and error by consulting a hair color chart.

To help you find the best hair color for you (aside from the one you were born with), we’ve rounded up hair colors in every shade, including which skin tones or eye colors they work best for. Below, your complete guide to hair color—now go track down your best look.

Look for specific colours. "Cool-toned skin has pink and olive undertones, while warm-toned skin has yellow and gold," says Rachel Bodt, senior colourist at Cutler Salon. Got a combo of any of the above? You're probably neutral.

 

Light Ash Blonde
The palest of blondes has hints of ash, or a whitish tint with pale green and blue undertones, and suits ladies with pale skin tones particularly well. If you’ve got rosy undertones to your skin, an ashy tone will be even better, as the green and blue undertones will neutralize the rosiness. To keep light ash blonde hair from yellowing, use a purple shampoo and conditioner.


Light Ash Blonde
The palest of blondes has hints of ash, or a whitish tint with pale green and blue undertones, and suits ladies with pale skin tones particularly well. If you’ve got rosy undertones to your skin, an ashy tone will be even better, as the green and blue undertones will neutralize the rosiness. To keep light ash blonde hair from yellowing, use a purple shampoo and conditioner.


Light Golden Blonde
Golden blonde, or the closest to yellow-blonde as you can get, is ideal for light, warm skin tones and light eyes. Be sure to tone your hair regularly, as yellowish shades can very quickly turn brassy.


Medium Champagne
Skin with pink or rosy undertones works well with the beige tones of medium champagne hair. The green and blue tints in the champagne color will counteract the pink undertones of the skin.


Butterscotch
A light brown with blonde dimensions, butterscotch hair color works for medium, warm skin tones.

Cool Brown
This medium brown hair color with cool undertones is great for girls with cool skin tones. Makes sense, right?


Light Golden Brown
An easy way to warm up brown hair for summer, light golden brown hair looks wonderful on warmer skin tones—or when you’re just a bit sunkissed.


Chocolate Brown
A rich, true brown hair tone, chocolate brown works for medium and olive skin tones, as well as for those with hazel or brown eyes.


Dark Golden Brown
Deeper skin tones or olive skin tones do well with a dark golden brown, which has subtle hints of a warm honey-gold in the brown color range.


Medium Ash Brown
Ideal for cool, medium skin tones with pink undertones, medium ash brown has the tints of green and blue underneath that come with ash.


Espresso
A rich espresso brown color is gorgeous for medium and darker skin tones and darker eye colors. If you’re fair-skinned, however, espresso may look a bit unnatural on you.


Jet Black
Jet black hair is one of the most striking colors, and it typically works best on darker skin tones—unless, of course, you’re going for a real statement. In that case, lighter skin tones can make jet black work, too. Steer clear of black hair color with blue undertones, though, as it can make you look sickly, especially if you have blue undertones in your face.


Reddish Blonde
Commonly referred to as strawberry blonde, this color works for warm skin tones and lighter eye colors.

Light Auburn
Light auburn is the closest color to naturally red hair, and it works best on super fair skin tones with light eye colors. If you’re dyeing your hair this color, be sure to keep your eyebrows in mind, too.

 

Medium Auburn
A great color for light to medium skin tones, medium auburn hair is a gorgeous rich hue. As with the light auburn color, mind your eyebrows when you’re dyeing your hair medium auburn—a lighter copper eyebrow typically works best.


Reddish Cinnamon
Reddish cinnamon hair works beautifully on cool skin tones. Be extra careful with this one, though, because it can fade quickly. Be sure to use shampoo specifically

 

 

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