Nature is wise and perfect as it matches your natural hair color to your skin tone. However, over time, some people choose to transform their look and, not infrequently, change their hair color.

The right shade of hair enhances the beauty of a face, so understanding which skin tones match different hair colors is important for the appearance to be harmonic and beautiful.

Professionals who work with hair explain that there is a worldwide standardization of tones, reflections and nuances.

And that some factors should be considered when coloring the hair, among them: the natural color of the strands, if the hair already has some chemistry and the skin tone.

Therefore, it is important to understand the differences between shadow or depth and tone or reflection.

Shadow or Depth

Shades or depth describe how light and dark a hair is and are established by an international scale, numbered from darkest to lightest:

  • Bluish black;
  • Black;
  • Dark brown;
  • Medium brown;
  • Light brown;
  • Dark blond;
  • Medium blonde;
  • Light blonde;
  • Very light blonde;
  • Lightest blonde.

The Tone (reflection or nuance)

Tone is the reflection or nuance, it's the colors that appear when sunlight hits. The nuances or reflections are fundamental to create the different existing dye colors, from the most traditional colors to fantasy colors. From lightest to darkest, they are:
0. Natural;
1. Grayish;
2. Violet;
3. Golden;
4. Coppery;
5. Cashew;
6. Red;
7. Brown or chocolate.


The perfect color needs to brighten the face, highlight the eyes, and make you look stunning.

One must identify the skin tone and undertone to understand which colors make up the skin and whether it fits as cold, warm or neutral.

To find out what the undertone is, you need to look at the color of the veins, on the inside of the wrist. If it is greenish, it means that the undertone is warm, if the veins are bluish, the undertone is cold and if the veins are bluish-green in color or vice versa, the skin is neutral.

Cool skin tone goes well with cool colored hair and warm skin tone with warm colored hair. The skin tone must be in harmony with the hair color:

  • Cold skin combines with gray, woody and platinum colors;
    • Dark skin with blue or green undertones;
    • Light skin with pink or lilac undertones (this type of skin burns easily when exposed to the sun, turning red);
      • With blue eyes: platinum blonde, auburn, and red;
      • With green eyes: platinum blonde, dark red, dark brown and black.
  • Warm skin pops with copper, chocolate, reddish, mahogany, and gold tones;
    • Dark or light skin with yellowish, golden or orange tones (these are skins that tan easily with a yellowish/golden tone);
      • With blue eyes - honey blonde, golden blonde and medium brown;
      • With green eyes - hazel, honey blond, red, auburn, and auburn;
      • With brown eyes - brown, dark brown and red-brown.
  • Neutral skin can be white, brown or black (does not burn easily in the sun). It combines with cold and warm tones, thus, you have more freedom in choosing the color, because the skin favors the variety of choice;
    • White skin - looks good with almost any shade except very dark or very light like black or platinum blonde;
    • Pinkish white skin - the neutral shades or for the gray tone;
    • Black skin with a darker tone - tones between brown and chocolate look perfect;
    • Lighter black skin - hazelnut, chocolate or honey tones.

A professional who is aware of these contents is the right person to create the most incredible visuals, he will work on the shades and intersperse with the highlights and reflections. Combining skin tone with hair tone is a complex task, but when you master this art, you have the ability to build dazzling images.

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