The importance of skin tone when it comes to hair color
photopixel/Shutterstock When it comes to hair color, skin tone is an important piece of the puzzle. After all, genetics predict both features naturally, so if you’re altering that hue, it’s maintaining that balance between shades will ensure a look that feels right. For this reason, colorists pay close attention to the skin undertones of their clients when customizing color formulas and application techniques. “It is important to know the basics of tone and color, and color theory in order to create a look with intention and deliver optimal hair color results,” says Christine Thompson, celebrity colorist and co-owner of Spoke & Weal in New York City. While there’s certainly no right or wrong, since every shade is unique, Thompson says the key to mastering the right hue is to opt for rich tones rather than cool. “These rich tones will look beautiful and natural on almost everyone.” To help make sure you choose just the right blonde for you from the hundreds out there, we asked top stylists to share the best shades for each skin tone. And when you do land on the right shade, you’ll want these tips to make your hair color last longer.
If you have fair skin
Richard Shotwell/REX/Shutterstock Is your skin light as porcelain? Deycke Heidorn says it’s perfect for a fairy tale light pastel blonde. “Going light blonde requires the highest level of hair bleaching,” she says. “This might sound unhealthy for your hair, but color companies have created amazing products to prevent the hair from breaking while bleaching it.” For clients with this color skin, Heidorn mixes Bond Builders (intensely nourishing ingredients) with the color products to protect your hair. And a must for upkeep is for her clients to use a solid purple shampoo on the reg once they leave the salon to keep the hair color from turning brassy. Here are other hair color mistakes you need to stop making.