When it comes to hair, understanding the difference between cool and warm undertones, and what works best for your complexion is key. If you’ve ever experienced a colour job that either washed you out or appeared to add redness to your complexion, it was probably the result of not working with your undertones.
The good news is figuring out whether you have warm or cool undertones is simple; if you have a warmer skin tone, stick with warmer hair colours. Similarly, if you have a cool skin tone, stick with cool colours. Knowing how undertones work will ensure you select a hair colour that’s most complimentary.
How to determine your skin’s undertones
Warm toned skin tends to have a yellow or golden hue. If your eyes are brown, dark brown, amber, or hazel and the veins on the inside of your wrist have a greenish tint, you have a warm skin tone. Gold jewellery will be most flattering.
On the other hand, people with a cool skin tone will have a pinkish hue. If you have blue, grey, or green eyes and the veins on the inside of your wrist have a blueish tint, you have a cool skin tone. Silver jewellery looks best on people with a cool skin tone.
If you think you are somewhere in between, you likely have a neutral undertone which means you have a wider array of shades to choose from.
When researching colours, play the name game. Cool hair colours will usually include words or names like ash, platinum, or champagne whereas warm colours have names such as golden, bronze, or copper. As their names suggest, warm colours (golden blonde, copper brown) add colour and warmth to the skin, whereas cool colours (platinum blonde, ash brown) can have a calming, cooling effect.