How to Choose the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

The key to sporting a new hair color is choosing one that complements your skin tone. Use this guide as a resource to helping you choose your new look!


Undertones, as the name suggests, are the colors underneath the skins surface.

Most people fall into three categories: warm, cool, or neutral.

If you’re not sure what your skin tone is, here are a few simple ways to find out:

  • How do you react to the sun? If you burn easily in the sun, then usually you will have a cool undertone. If you tan easily in the sun, usually you will have warm undertones.
  • You can also look at your wrist, if your veins look greenish then you have warm undertones if they are more blue or purplish, you have cool undertones. If they seem to be colorless or match your skin, you have a neutral undertone.
  • Gold or silver? Does gold jewelry look better on you? Then you most likely have warm undertones. If you prefer silver against your skin, then you most likely have cool tones. If you can wear both, you might have a neutral undertone.

Skin Tones

Now that you have a better understanding of your undertone, here are some colors that work with certain skin tones:

Honey, toffee, and carmel tones work well with darker skin tones.

The lighter and cooler the skin tone the lighter, blonder or more platinum you can go.

If your tone is more medium, then you want to go lighter or darker than your skin tone so you don’t end up looking monochromatic.

It’s also recommended you look at images of people with your skin tone and hair type to get an idea what color will suite you.

Different Seasons

If you live in a place with different seasons, the seasons can play a big part in what hair color will suit your skin tone. This is a result of what light does to the hair and skin.

If you live someplace like Ohio, where there are four seasons, you will want to change your hair color to suit each season. You can do this by going warmer in the winter and lighter in the summer.

If you live somewhere with a warmer climate like Florida or California, you can continuously be blonde and lighter and it will suit your skin tone.


Make sure to use products that are for color treated hair, to help lengthen the life of your color. No matter what happens, it’s natural for hair color to fade. It’s part of the natural oxidation process.

Regular color appointments help keep this from happening. If you only get your color done a few times a year, you should consider a Gloss Treatment in between your full color service. This will help things to stay looking fresh and bright.

Contact A Premiere Hair Color Salon for Help

Lovisa Salon in Cincinnati, Ohio provides luxury hair coloring services. Our stylists perform hair coloring services for all type of skin tones and we’d be happy to assist you in determining the best color for your hair! Contact Us today to schedule your appointment and consultation.

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Bianca Vayna

Bianca is the owner of Lovisa Salon - a luxury hair salon in Hyde Park Cincinnati. She worked at premiere salons throughout Beverly Hills for over 20 years and L’Oréal as an Education Development Trainer prior to opening Lovisa Salon.

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