Education, Wellness / Self-Care

Know your Skin’s undertone before Dying your Hair

Nail down the perfect color in a few minutes.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jan 14, 2022

With a new season comes a new chance to experiment with your hair. The old adage of new season, new do really holds true in the winter months, where chilly temperatures make it difficult to express yourself under 15 layers of clothing.


And although dying your hair at home or in a salon can be enjoyable, there are a few things to know before you embark on this colorful journey. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research to make it as seamless of a journey and process as possible.


First of all, you should know exactly what type of color you are going for. In order to do that, you must know what color or shade of color is complimentary to your skin tone—which means that knowing your skin’s undertone is paramount.


What is skin undertone?

It really is the key to a flattering and suitable look. For the inundated, your skin’s undertone is composed of the natural colors underneath the surface of your skin. In fact, it’s the number one reason that some shades of red or black look good on some, but wash others out.


Typically, your skin’s undertone will belong to one of three categories: cool, neutral, and warm.


For cool undertones, you experience blues, greens and violets. For warm tones, your skin appears orange, red, golden, or yellow. As for neutral undertones, it’s usually a mix of warm and cool tones, AKA, the ideal for any hair color you choose, as it will be flattering with all.


How do I figure out my skin’s undertone?

Fortunately, there are a few ways to discover your skin’s undertone. And rest assured, they are all very straightforward.


Firstly, observe the color of your veins. Look at your wrist in bright, indirect light. If you see blue and purple, you are cool toned. If you’d see blue and green, you’re neutral, and if you see olive and green, you’re warm.


If you have a hard time figuring out what color you see, you are most likely experiencing neutral undertones. The color might not be super obvious, but you will see small tints of red, orange, yellow, or blue.


The second option is through a fabric test. Simply examine your complexion next to a stark white or jet black fabric. Stand in front of a mirror and hold the fabric up behind you and check the side of your face. Do you see red hues? Green? Pink? Or golden next to the fabric? If you see none, your natural color might be neutral, and works well with all hair colors.


So what color can I wear?

Ok, so in addition to undertones, you should think about the features when choosing a new hair color. Sometimes you might want to accentuate your natural pigments. Other times you might want to contrast them.


As a pro tip: the fairer you are, the lighter a shade you should go with. When you nail down a color for your undertone, you’ve only fought half the battle.


Next, it’s time to pick out the dye. Read this first before you pick up a box of dye. And learn how to take care of your hair post-dye.