A Simple Guide to the Perfect Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

17 May

Finding the perfect hair color has always been a challenge for most people. There seems to be varying opinions on what looks good. Plus, hair trends always change every season. Although it can be fun to play around with the hair and change it ever so often, there are always those certain shades that match one’s skin tone perfectly.

It is not just about playing with trends. It is also about taking into consideration one’s hair color, eye color, and lifestyle. This ensures that your hair color complements your skin tone. Here are some ways in finding the best hair color that matches your skin.

Find your Skin Tone

Determining the skin tone can be difficult. Most people are categorized into deep, warm, and cool tones. People with deep skin tone, such as Kerry Washington, have veins with a purple tint. They also have dark brown eyes. Those with warm skin tones usually have hazel, green, or warm brown eyes. The veins have a green tint. For cool tones, their veins have a blue tint and their eyes can be blue, gray or deep brown like Cameron Diaz.

Image credits to beautydelamer.com

Image credits to beautydelamer.com

To find your skin tone, stand in natural light wearing neutral clothing and without makeup. Observe the natural hue of your skin. Does it have reddish, yellow, or greenish tones? Is it cool or more neutral?

  • Deep/Warm Skin Tone – For those with deeper skin color, dark auburn brown or deep brown can bring out the golden undertones in the skin. This hair color can be flattering for this skin tone.
  • Deep/Cool Tone – This deep skin tone can be orangey. Go for violet-based reds or coffee browns to prevent your skin from becoming too orange.
  • Medium/Warm Tone – If you want to go red, choose strawberry red. Warm blondes are perfect for those with warm skin tones. Avoid jet black hair and go for a brunette hair with brown highlights. This hair color can soften and brighten the face.
  • Medium/Cool Tone – This skin tone is versatile and can work with various hair colors. Don’t go for colors that are too red. Auburn can work perfectly for this skin tone. Walnut brown or sandy hair colors.
  • Fair/Cool Tone – For this skin tone, avoid golden shades. These colors can boost the redness in your skin which will make you look pink. Opt for richer shades with lowlights for depth in your hair. If you have a natural blonde hair, you can go platinum or ashy blonde to match your complexion. Cool bright reds also work perfectly for those with cool skin tones.
  • Fair/Warm Tone – This skin tone has a lot of yellow which can be washed out by an ashy hair. Go for richer browns or honey to enhance your skin’s glow.

Stay in your Natural Color Range

This is a good rule of thumb when changing up one’s hair color. Pay close attention to your skin tone and natural hair color range. This enhances your skin tone while brightening up your face. Doing so complements your complexion. This also makes your skin and hair look healthier.

Black Wedding Dresses – Giving Bridal Gowns A Different Twist

7 May

Let’s get this straight: there is no written rule that you can’t wear a black wedding dress for your big day. In fact, the white wedding dress is totally an unpopular choice until 1840, when Queen Victoria wore a white dress for her wedding to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg.

black wedding gown

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If you’re still in doubt of choosing black wedding dresses, don’t fret! This article is for modern brides to encourage them that black wedding dresses are as awesome as the now traditional white dresses.

Being a bold color that truly seeks anyone’s attention, black may seem to be an odd choice for a bridal gown. However, not everyone knows that black wedding dresses are a highly popular choice for contemporary brides.

Black wedding dresses make them classy and elegant, and also give an optical illusion of a slimmer frame. Also, if you’re one of the few ones who wanted to make a fashion-forward statement for your wedding, the color black is definitely a good choice.

Black Wedding Dress Trivia:

  • Remember we told you that the white dress back in old times isn’t a hot trend? In the ancient times, women can choose their choice of color for their bridal outfit, and black wedding dresses are particularly popular in Scandinavia. It only goes to say that black wedding dresses are as timeless as the iconic wedding dresses known in the history.
  • Also, in Spain, if a bride chose to wear a black dress for her wedding it signifies that she will remain faithful to her husband until she dies.
  • Black wedding dresses are a popular choice of some celebrity brides as well. Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker donned a black wedding gown when she married her husband Matthew Broderick in 1997, though she revealed few years later that she regretted doing so.
  • But if you’re looking for a popular celebrity who chose to wear black with no regrets, then do take a look at singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne. Her Monique Lhuillier gown is truly a standout when she married Chad Kroeger of Nickelback in 2013, as the black wedding dress truly defined her as a true-blue punk-princess, and her groom is fully supportive by wearing an all-black suit too!

    avril lavigne black wedding gown

    Photo credits to Mark Liddell for People Magazine

In the end, it’s your big day. You wear the gown, you decide the color!

Pastel or bold, which is which?

30 Apr

bold or pastel

Two of the recent trends in hair styling are pastel and bold hair colors. Gorgeous lilacs, reds, blues, and pinks are starting to emerge as more people are sporting these hair colors. It might be challenging to decide which color to go for. Pastel colors can be interesting and subtle. Bold hair colors, on the other hand, creates a statement.

So, which should you go for?

Pastel Colored Hair

pastel blue hair

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From bold hair, many people are also going lighter. Pastel colors such as lilacs and pinks are becoming more popular. Violet hair is becoming popular because it is the Pantone color of the year. It is easy to wear yet not as girly as pink.

To get an extreme color such as a pastel, you need to bleach your hair to prevent the colors from bleeding. Since pastel colors are lighter, the hair has to be really lightened to make the color stick. If you’re still unsure that you want to completely dye your hair, you can opt for a streak to not make it look too trendy.

Remember that pastel colors can be more fragile and more susceptible to fading. Opt for dry shampoo and avoid washing your hair daily to keep the hair color from fading. The roots have to be touched up every six weeks, as well. This hair color can last up to seven weeks depending on how much you care for it.

If you can spare the extra care and attention needed for pastel hair, then you can go for it. This hair will need frequent touch-ups as the lightness of the color means it will easily fade. These colors require much upkeep and may not work for busy people.

Bold Colored Hair

fiery orange hair

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More people are becoming more comfortable with bold hair. At first it started with bright reds and oranges. Now it has spread to various colors. Red is still one of the most preferred bold hair colors because it has a wide array of shades and tones.

Bold hair, when done well, can be tasteful. It can look good on anyone when done properly. To make the pop of color last, you need to bleach your hair first.

In choosing a bright color, it is more than just commitment. It requires maintenance to keep its vibrant tones. Bright colors fade really fast. Ensure that you are using shampoo and conditioner that keeps the shine of your hair without stripping the color. Avoid staying in the sun or dipping your hair in salt water and chlorine. These can easily fade your color so try to apply a leave-on conditioner before exposing your hair to the summer elements. You can also add color dye to your conditioner for upkeep.

Conditioning is the key to maintaining bold hair color. Yogurt masks are great for the hair. It helps preserve hair follicles and makes the hair healthier and shinier.

Bold colors tend to last longer than pastel shades. With bold hair color first, it gradually lightens and you can end up with a more pastel shade after a few weeks of washes. This can be a better alternative for those who want to create a statement but don’t have the time to care for pastel hair.