Finding the right coloured hair extensions can be difficult if you’re not sure about which colours would complement your skin tone.
It may seem unimaginable, but every colour of hair can work with every colour of skin, as long as the tone of the extension hair colour complements the undertone of the skin colour.
The general view is that whatever the skin colour, everyone has either a warm or a cool skin tone and knowing what your skin tone is can also help with choosing your extension hair colour.
If your skin has yellow or golden undertones (gold jewellery suits your skin) and the veins on the inside of your arms look like they're tinged with green, then you have a warm skin tone.
If your skin has blue or pinkish undertones (silver jewellery suits your skin) and if the veins on the inside of your forearms look like they're tinged with blue, then you have a cool skin tone.
The best place to start is with the skin tone chart to the right from http://www.vapourbeauty.com (they do airbrush make-up) and then peruse the colour charts for ideas and inspiration as to your next choice of extension hair colour.
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Off black can be worn (it can make very pale skin appear paler).
Browns – warm coffee browns through to lighter café latte browns with multi-tonal qualities so the colour is not flat.
Blondes – golden blondes, honey blondes, warm sandy beach blonde, light blondes (not so light they make the skin seem washed out) – keep warmth in the blonde if you have cool undertones as this will add warmth to your skin tone.
Below is a breakdown of the colour shades for each main colour (black, brown, red, blonde and fancy) that complement light and cool skin tones as well as light and warm skin tones.
Neutral skin tones are the most versatile and wear any extension hair colour.
Chocolate browns, mahogany, fawn browns and rich coffee browns
Wine, mahogany, burgundy, auburns and plums.
Ash-blonde, mid-level blondes, sandy blondes, sun kissed blondes, platinum blonde
Warm pastels, orange based reds, silver with ash blonde tones.
Mahogany, chocolate, dark browns, chestnut browns and fawn browns.
Orange based reds, copper, rusty reds, striking reds, plums, auburns and burgundy.
Honey blondes, caramel blondes and strawberry blonde.
Lilac, pale blues, pastel colours.
Note About Darkest Extension Hair Colours:
The darkest colours can tend to make pale skin seem paler and wash out cool skin tones.
One way to work around would be to add subtle highlights (not streaks) or to choose the warmest shade of a dark colour like espresso or the crushed garnet in L'Oreal Feria's hair colour chart (last hair colour chart on the page).
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