Beautiful hair

Without having a hairdresser to hand, it can be hard to know what colour will suit your skin tone when you’re about to experiment with an at-home hair colour. Here are our tips to help you decide what shade Is best for you…

Consider your eye colour

Take a good, close look at the colour of your eyes when choosing your new hair dye. Using similar tones to those in your eyes means you’ll end up with a more natural-looking, blended colour.

Darker brunette shades will suit those with dark eyes – hazel, brown or green – while lighter eyes – blue or grey – will be better matched with dyes that have cooler, blonde, golden or ashy tones.

If you want brunette hair

Brunette is the most versatile hair shade: it’s the colour that requires the least maintenance, and there’s a shade that will suit most skin colours. If your hair is damaged, brunette is a good choice as it doesn’t contain bleach, minimising the damage. Brunette also reflects well in the light, so hair will look shiny and healthy.

beautiful young woman holding her healthy and shiny hair, studio white

CONSIDER THE COLOUR OF YOUR COMPLEXION:

Light skin:

Don’t choose a shade that’s too dark because it could make you look pale. Opt for a shade with red tones.

Olive/neutral skin:

Go for medium brown shades, such as dyes with caramel tones, which will complement your skin colour. Avoid anything that’s too light.

Dark skin:

You’ll be able to get away with the darkest shades of brunette, but steer clear of anything more than two shades lighter than your natural hair colour.

If you want blonde hair

Blonde hair is great for the summer, and if you’re naturally blonde, dying it is a good way to enhance the colour. However, if your hair is naturally dark, be warned that blonde hair is very high maintenance. You’ll need regular root touch-ups and toning products to prevent your hair colour turning brassy. The bleach in blonde colours also tends to cause the most damage to hair and will also dry out your hair – so follow any at-home dye with an intensive treatment.

Blonde hair

CONSIDER THE COLOUR OF YOUR COMPLEXION:

Light skin:

Light skin colours should steer clear of shades that are too blonde, like white or ash blonde, because they may wash you out. Instead, choose a dye that has golden hues to complement your skin tone.

Olive/neutral skin:

Those with olive, neutral-toned skin should also avoid shades that are too white or ashy because they could wash out your complexion.

Dark skin:

Darker caramel blonde shades work best on darker complexions. You can go slightly lighter, too, but avoid anything that’s too bright – white or platinum shades – because they can make your hair look very artificial.

If you want red hair

It may sound surprising, but red hair is versatile and will suit virtually any skin tone. Note that you will need to tailor the shade to your complexion, though.

A gorgeous young redhead standing outside smiling at the camera

CONSIDER THE COLOUR OF YOUR COMPLEXION:

Light skin:

Choose a lighter red – for instance, a strawberry blonde or a blonde with copper tones. Those with light skin should avoid dark, burgundy shades of red as they may make you look too pale.

Olive/neutral skin:

Choose a medium-toned shade, like auburn. Avoid deep purple tones, as they can make your skin look yellow.

Dark skin:

Opt for dark red – something with brunette tones. Anything that’s too bright could make your skin look as if it has a green tinge.

If you want black hair

Black hair is beautiful and always looks glossy, but it’s important to remember that black hair dye is extremely difficult to lighten – and you may have to wait to let it grow out.

Beautiful brunette woman with long black straight hair posing at studio

Light skin:

Those with light complexions will look unnaturally pale with black hair. Instead, dye your hair dark brown for a similar effect.

Olive/neutral skin:

Again, a really dark brunette would be a good alternative to using pure black hair dye if your skin is neutral or olive. If you’re determined to try black dye, avoid anything with a red tone as this can bring out the yellow in your skin.

Dark skin:

Those with dark skin should opt for pure, jet-black hair dye. That way you will avoid using anything with a slightly blue tone, which can make your skin appear green.