Changing the colour of your hair these days can take just matter of an hour or two, so it’s no wonder that everyone is at it! If you’ve fancied a hair colour change for a while but didn’t know where to start, don’t worry – we’ve got you!
The first thing you need to know about switching up your hair colour is: it should compliment your complexion! Lost? No worries! Our handy guide is here to help you (and your hair) on your way!
Look Into Your Eyes
The eyes are the window to the soul – and your hair colour. Before we go any further, take a good look at your eyes. Got the colour? Good. Here’s what it means.
Brown/hazel/green: Darker hair colours will look the most natural on you. Deep brunettes are a sure-win, but you could take the plunge to black if you’re feeling brave.
Blue/grey: Lighter hair colours will compliment these lighter eye colours. Go for golden, ashy tones.
Green eyes: Green eyes look totally amazing with red hair. If you’re not feeling that bold, you can go for brunette tones.
Every girl wants to go blonde at least once, right? Apparently they have more fun, or something. If you’re a natural blonde – good news. Enhancing your hair colour is easy. However, if you have darker hair – be warned: it’s gonna be high maintenance. Going from dark brunette to blonde doesn’t happen overnight, people! Also, with a lot of bleach, your hair’s gonna require some serious TLC.
Fair skin: Ashy and white blondes will wash you out, so go for golden or honey tones. If your skin is super pale, it may be better to add blonde highlights before you commit to a full colour.
Medium skin: Honey shades look amazing on medium skin tones. You can go a couple of shades lighter or darker – but stick near golden honey tones.
Olive skin: Caramel blonde shades work the best on olive skin. A couple of shades lighter works too, but don’t get too excited or it will wash you out.
Dark skin: Butter blonde shades look amazing on darker skin tones. So do dark butterscotch shades. And caramel. A lot of Blonde shades work well on darker skin tones (if you haven’t guessed). Avoid going too light, though or you’ll get washed out.
Brunette is the person in the group project who does it all. Seriously. It’s not high maintenance, there’s a shade for almost everyone, and it involves no bleaching (hello healthier, less damaged hair). Result!
Fair skin: Avoid going for a shade that’s too dark in order to compliment your fair complexion. A shade with red tones will look amaze against paler skin.
Medium skin: Caramel and milk chocolate shades work well with medium skin. You can go darker of you wish, just be wary of going too light!
Olive skin: Rich chocolate and ash brown shades look amazing with olive skin. Try to avoid anything two shades lighter than your natural colour.
Dark skin: You can get away with just about any brunette shade. Rich, dark, brunettes are the classic choice for you. Avoid anything three shades lighter than your natural colour, though, and you’re good to experiment
Red Hair, Don’t Care
Are you sitting down? Good – we’ve got some news for you. Red hair is actually the most versatile. It suits pretty much everyone. All you need to do is tailor the shade to your skin tone. Then you’ll be the subject of serious hair envy.
Light skin: Avoid dark tones as they’ll leave you looking pale. Instead, opt for lighter shades such as strawberry blonde or a copper toned blond.
Medium skin: Bright shades are a great contrast to medium skin tones. Avoid purple undertones as they may make your skin look yellow.
Olive skin: Medium-toned reds are perfect for you. An auburn shade is perfect. Again, avoid purple undertones to avoid discolouring!
Dark skin: Dark reds with rich colour will totally compliment your skin. Avoid super bright colours – they might wash you out.
When done properly, black hair is the definition of glamour – just think of the gloss! Before you get busy with the dye, just remember: Black hair can be difficult to lighten – you’ll have to be patient when it comes to removal.
Light skin: Black hair can make those with light skin look unnaturally pale. For a similar but softer effect, try a dark brunette shade instead.
Medium skin: Again, a dark brunette might work better for you. If you’re determined to try black, avoid red undertones to avoid yellow-looking skin.
Olive skin: Black hair looks fab on those with olive skin. Switch it up with blue undertones if you’re feeling adventurous.
Dark skin: Jet-black hair looks incredible against dark skin tones. Avoid blue-undertones and you’re good to go.
About Emily Venables
Emily is a creative copywriter whose love for all things skincare means that after more than seven years in the beauty industry, she still loves putting pen to paper (digitally, obvs) every single day! Her fave Superdrug brand? Naturally Radiant or Vitamin C!