Skin tone has everything to do with picking a hair color. Never let someone tell you that you can’t wear a color because of your skin tone. What the colorist should be saying is, “we can do a version of this so it makes you look your best.” Click the notes for tips for your skin tone. –– Kelly Rowe


While you may complain that you can’t tan or you look you ultra pale in pictures, you also have the most leeway with hair color. Yay! Your fair skin is like a white canvas for putting color on. When picking a warm shade make sure soft tones like copper and golden blonde are kept light. Using darker gold or darker coppers will appear muted and will not pop with your skin. Reds and a brunettes should be bold and dark, the warmth in these tones will take away from the harshness and will make the color pop against you face.


Sorry gals but unlike fair skinned girls you do not have the luxury of a wide variety of colors to choose from. All colors should be a “medium” level. No extra bright gold and no super dark brunette. The warmth carried in coppers, burnt reds, caramels, and gold will keep your skin radiant and glowing at mid level tones. Go too dark and the warmth will make you look sallow. Go too light and it will completely wash you out. Medium skin equals medium hair.


You are a lucky girl, you can wear the boldest colors and the subtle ones with ease. The trick is getting the level right. Keep the tone you pick rich by adding layers of highlights and lowlights. Your hair needs dimension in the tones to be able to pull off any shade. If the end result looks soft but dynamic you have gotten it perfect. An example would be Beyonce in the above brunette picture. To get this color have a base applied of a level 5 golden brown, add lowlights of mahogany, and highlights of caramel and a neutral brown.

By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.


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