Changing Colour: Finding the Right Hair Colour for You

Posted on Jan 16 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark

For some, hair colouring can be a little stressful. What if it won’t suit?

Whether a slight or a complete change there are ways to determine what colours will (or won’t) suit you. So, for your next dye appointment, whether at home or in salon, we share some tips to finding a colour you’ll like and that’ll suit you.

Before looking to colour, first get to know yourself a little better. When it comes to finding the right hair colour, you need to first consider your skin tone.

Skin Tone and Undertones

The colour of your veins and the tone of your skin plays a big part in what colour will suit you. Armed with this knowledge you’ll have a greater understanding of the shades of colour that’ll compliment you.


To find your undertones, turn your wrist over, flex your hand back and look at your veins in the light.

Blue/purple veins: are regarded as cool undertone

Green veins: are regarded as a warm undertone

Combination of the two: you’re fortunate! As you’ve got a mix of warm and cool undertones, you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to hair shades and tones.

As for skin tone:

If you burn rather than tan, your natural colour is likely to be red, blonde, possibly light brown, you’re likely to have a fair skin tone. This skin tone often goes hand in hand with a cool undertone.

If you tan easily, your skin tone has a golden hue to it and your natural hair colour is usually dark; you’re regarded as a warm/olive tone and you may find you have a combination of warmer and cooler undertones.

If you have dark skin and naturally dark hair, you’re likely to see greener veins and therefore have a warmer undertone.

So now you know what your skin tone is, you can determine which shades of hair colour will suit you, giving you more confidence to pick a colour to suit you.

When it comes to finding the right hair tone to compliment your skin tone, Clairol recommend opting for a hair tone that is complimentary to your skin/under tone. In other words, if you have cool undertones, opt for cool shades. If you have warmer undertones go for warmer shades.


To give you an idea, when you’re perusing colours, bear these tones in mind:

Warm Tones:  When searching for your new hair colour, look for colours that are “bronze”, “golden”, and “copper”.

Cool Tones:  When searching for your new hair colour, look for colours that are “ash”, “platinum” and “champagne”

Eye Colour

The hair experts at Superdrug have weighed in with eye colour being a determinant as to what hair colour would suit you.

As a rough and quick guide, you can use your eye colour as a determinant for what may suit you.

If you have brown or hazel eyes, they say that darker hair colours will look more natural on you. Whereas if you have blue eyes, lighter hair will be complimentary. As for green eyes, combined with red hair, the look is very striking, but brunette is also a safe option if you’re not ready to take the plunge.

Arming yourself with the eye colour and skin tone knowledge, you’re sure to find choosing your next hair colour a little easier.

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