For those who love to dye their hair, choosing the right color is one way to enhance your complexion. When your hair and skin work in tandem, you’ll really enjoy your new look!

Choosing the right hair color can highlight and accentuate different colors on your skin. That’s because skin and hair have some things in common. Both get their color from melanin. Your natural hair color is generated from the pigment cells that make melanin in your hair follicles. Your skin receives its natural pigment from specialized skin cells. If your hair and skin are light, these cells are making less melanin than people with darker hair and skin. We can’t mess with melanin levels because it depends on our genes. You can blame or congratulate your parents for your melanin levels. That said, everyone produces more melanin when out in the sun. Melanin acts as a skin protectant against UV rays, but not enough to remove sunscreen when going outside.

Another thing hair and skin have in common is skin pigmentation. Determining your skin tone is the first step to choosing the right hair color to compliment your skin tone. Beauty experts suggest many ways to determine if your skin tone is cool (blue, pink, purple) or warm (red, orange, yellow). If you spot a combination of warm and cool tones, it is considered a neutral color.

    • Look at the color of the veins in your wrist. If the veins are green, your skin is probably warm. If the veins are blue or purple, your skin is probably cool skin.
    • If you have hazel, brown, or amber eyes, your skin tone tends to be warmer. If your eyes are blue, green, or gray, chances are your skin tone is cool.
    • Does gold or silver jewelry suit you best? Hold a piece close to your face. Does silver make your skin look pale? Does yellow highlight red? If gold looks better, you probably have a warm skin tone. If silver looks better, it means cool skin tone.
    • Does your skin burn in the sun? Look for tones of blue, pink, and purple on your skin. If you’re dark-skinned, you probably have warm skin tones like reds, oranges, and yellows.
    • When in natural light, use a mirror to examine the skin under your eyes. If the color is blue or purple, you may be a cold person. If it’s yellow or green, your skin tone is probably warm.

When you have determined your skin color will change to hair color. Don’t try to match your hair color with your skin tone. This makes your features disappear. You want to highlight your primary skin tone and add contrast.

If you have dark skin, choosing a hair color with a red tone like strawberry blonde will bring out a natural blush to your skin.

If your skin is dark with warm undertones, try dyeing your hair in a cool tone for added contrast.

For light skin with cool undertones, choose warm or golden tones to accentuate your skin tone.

Olive skin is accentuated by warm hair color that reduces the green, cool tint of the skin.

A hair color survey that makes people look younger has shown a warm honey blonde. Such colors make the skin appear darker, a contrast that occurs naturally as we age. Hair turns lighter as we age because it loses melatonin.

Hair dye comes with some caveats. While at the salon, talk to your stylist about what to expect, what’s best for your hair and skin type, and the ingredients in the dye. When buying packaged hair dyes whether permanent, semi-permanent, or permanent, read the ingredients label. Look for moisturizing oils and botanical extracts. Avoid products that contain para-phenylenediamine, (PPD) that can cause skin reactions, ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, phthalates, SLS, and titanium dioxide. There are some good all-natural hair color products available, including those by Madison Reed, a company that will match you via text message. Onc NaturalColors has a permanent hair dye that contains certified organic ingredients.

Just like with your hair, your skin care routine will benefit from products made with all natural and organic ingredients. It’s a great way to keep your look fresh every day.

Choose a hair color that suits your skin tone and natural skin care products that help you look beautiful from the inside out.

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