With all the advice blogs and expert interviews on coloring your hair, it may seem like a very daunting experience full of complicated things to understand and learn. Well, you need not worry very much because at the core of it all, coloring your hair is all about understanding basic color theory - what color complements your natural skin tone. Achieving the best look for you can be as simple as understanding your skin - and it’s going to be a fun, colorful ride from there!
Understanding Undertones: Warm, Cool, Neutral
For the uninitiated, a big misconception is to assume that SURFACE COLOR is automatically your skin tone - and sometimes this leads to not-so-ideal hair colors that do not complement your look. That’s why it’s very important to understand UNDERTONES.
While your surface color may change (you go tanning, avoid the sun, etc.), your skin undertones are the colors UNDER the surface of your skin that remain pretty much unchanged.
Also, you may have the same surface color as someone, but you have different undertones - and that can spell the difference between a fabulous color makeover or a disastrous one.
Undertones are generally classified as Warm, Cool, and Neutral. Warm undertones range from yellow to gold; Cool undertones show hints of blue, pink, or red; while Neutral undertones are ones that have a mix of both Warm & Cool or are the exact match of your surface color.
A quick tip from makeup experts is to look at the veins in the inner part of your arm: green veins = warm; bluish purple veins = cool. They also recommend the jewelry test: gold looks best on warm and silver on cool.
Picking Your Kolours
Now that we’ve given you a primer on understanding your skin color theory, it’s time to pick your Kolours! From jet black to honey amber, we got you! Kolours has a range of hues that can perfectly complement your skin.
If you have COOL undertones, pick the darker shades in our line as they help create a fierce, edgy, and mysterious look for you; WARM undertones look best with the lighter shades in our line and help you achieve a sultry, dewy, sun-kissed look. If you have NEUTRAL undertones, consider yourself lucky because you can get away with almost any hair color!
Of course, while you can DIY everything, you can always consult with a professional colorist to help determine your surface color and undertones and to help you pick the color that works best for you. Ask which Kolours you can play around with and get ready to whip out your DIY hair coloring kit!