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Knowing Your Skin's Undertones Will Give You The Most Beautiful Hair Color Imaginable!

Make your facial features "pop"! In front of a mirror with good lighting, hold a piece of silver jewelry next to your face while your hair is covered with a white towel. Next, do the same with a piece of gold jewelry. Watch which tone of jewelry "accentuates" your face. Ask an impartial friend for help. 

Was the silver jewelry more complimentary to your skin? For most women silver jewelry actually is more complimentary. Known as a"cool"skin tone, your skin will look best in cool hair colors such as: ash tones, platinum, cool icy blondes. Golds, coppers and reds will absolutely make you a show stopper if you chose the gold  jewelry.

  
Like An Uninvited Guest, Undertones Quickly Overstay Their Visit

Undertones are an inescapable part of coloring hair. The beautiful cool ash hair color you were hoping to achieve can become an undesirable warm brassy hair color in a heartbeat. As you lighten your hair, undertones (aka underlying pigments) come forward. Look at the chart below. Undertones become relevant at the particular level that you've lightening your hair to. In other words, if you lighten your hair to a level 7  med brown, regardless of the level you are beginning at. orange will always come forward

  12      Very Lt Blonde   Pale Yellow  Platinum/ Icy/*Nordic Blonde  
  10      Lt Blonde    Yellow         Pearl      
   9       Med Blonde    Lt Gold        Champagne/         9
   8       Dk Blonde    Gold
   7     Med Brown Orange     **Smokey
   6       Dk Brown    Red Orange
   5      Very Dk Br.    Red                Intense Ash 
 3-4     Black Brown      Red 

   Hair always lightens to warm tones.

 Beautiful red, copper and golden hair color is created by taking advantage of warm undertones. These hair colors are fabulous on women with warm skin tones. Robyns' color adventure is a great example of that: Robyn has just landed a job at a very eclectic graphic design firm. She wants her hair to "shout" her creativity with a vibrant copper hair color. The copper she has chosen is actually only one shade lighter, but is a totally different color family. Keep reading to learn more about formulating hair color as you take advantage of your hairs' natural undertones.  


   

                          

(Level 6, dark brown)             (Level 7 medium copper

Robyns Hair Color Formula

Using L'oreal's LiquidCreme Preference hair color, mix together: 1 3/4 oz. 9.03 Light Golden Blonde (to sufficiently lighten her natural dark hair color while encouraging a golden tone) with 1/4 oz.7.43 Red Penny (to add depth and more red orange tones back to the formula) with 2 oz. 20 volume peroxide. 

The undertone of  level 7 is orange.  Orange therefore is the "tone" you will be working with. Because Robyn wants her hair to be bold copper, there is no need to neutralize that orange tone. (Orange =copper.) She may choose her copper hair color, and after a strand test, apply the hair color. 

   Warmth-Be Gone!

Warm tones easily become brassy tones. Therefore, when selecting your hair color, you must be mindful of the undertone associated with the level to which you are lightening your hair. Note the corrective hair color names on the chart above.These hair colors contain the correct neutralizing "base" to help alleviate undesirable tones in the final result.

   A new man has just come into Celia's life She wants to lighten up her hair for him. The thought of brassiness horrifies her though.Her skin tones are very cool and she knows cool hair color looks best on her. Keep reading to discover how she accomplishes this: 

                           

   (Level 5 Very Dark Brown)   (Level 6 1/2 Med Dark Brown)              

Mix 1 3/4 oz 8.1B Ash Blonde (to lighten Celia's hair) w/ a capful or less of 7.1B Medium Ash Brown (to add back a slight amount of depth) with 2 oz 20 volume peroxide. Red orange  undertones  will automatically come forth at a 6 1/2 level. The ash (a) and beige (b) in this formula will neutralize the undertones. Coloring techniques to help even more.

The formulas shown here are only examples. There simply is no substitute for a strand test. The return on the few extra minutes it takes to do a strand test is pricelessNeed More Help? : Mixing Your Hair Color, The Color Wheel, Brassiness.


          

Robyn, , has just landed a job at a very eclectic graphic design firm. She wants her hair to "shout" her creativity in a vibrant copper. The copper she has chosen is actually only one shade lighter, but the tone is of a totally different color family. Follow along to see how Robyn takes advantage of her natural orange undertone to achieve her beautiful copper hair color.

Robyn, , has just landed a job at a very eclectic graphic design firm. She wants her hair to "shout" her creativity in a vibrant copper. The copper she has chosen is actually only one shade lighter, but the tone is of a totally different color family. Follow along to see how Robyn takes advantage of her natural orange undertone to achieve her beautiful copper hair color.

Robyn, , has just landed a job at a very eclectic graphic design firm. She wants her hair to "shout" her creativity in a vibrant copper. The copper she has chosen is actually only one shade lighter, but the tone is of a totally different color family. Follow along to see how Robyn takes advantage of her natural orange undertone to achieve her beautiful copper hair color.


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