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How to Choose a Hair Color for Your Skin Undertone Using Color Analysis

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 9/03/2016 Carol Brailey
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Have you ever walked into a hair salon with a picture of a celebrity or flipped through a hair color swatch book and chose a color you wanted your stylist to match?
The problem with the above scenarios is that there is a major step missing and that step is analyzing which hair colors give off your best.
Some of the benefits of wearing a hair color that gives off your best include:

  • A slimmer and more refined facial shape and jawline.
  • A more vibrant and healthy glow.
  • Harmony and balance between skin and hair coloring.
  • A more youthful appearance.
  • Vibrant and sparkling eye color.
  • Professional appearance.
  • Lines, texture and any skin imperfections on the face are diminished.

The first step to determine your best hair color(s) is to find out what your skin undertone is. If you don't know whether you have a cool or warm skin undertone, this blog may help you -- What's Your Skin Undertone? Not Knowing May Be Making You Look Washed Out.

The second step is to analyze what value and intensity of colors work best with you. Color value is about light or dark or level of color and intensity is about soft or bright. The best way to find out what value and intensity of colors work for you is by having a color analysis done or by visiting an experienced hair colorist. However, if you are interested in discovering what value and intensities work for you on your own, in the video above I offer some color analysis steps you can do before heading out to the hair salon.
I hope this blog post inspires you to wear your authenticity!
Carol Brailey is an Image Consultant, Color Analysis Professional and Hair Colorist based in Toronto, Canada. More of her blogs can be found at and Carol is a member of the Studio Fontana team located in the Fashion District of downtown Toronto.
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