Are you wondering “can I pull off blonde hair?”
Going blonde or changing shades is a bold move so before jumping for the dye and bleach, you should carefully consider the different tones of blonde to find one that compliments your complexion. Luckily, you can use your skin undertone like a cheat sheet to know how certain hair colors will look on you before making the transition.
Find out your skin undertone to learn which blonde tones suit you well, or how you can completely change your look by using a shade with a contrasting undertone.
What is an undertone?
Your skin undertone refers to any underlying color beneath the surface of your skin that affects your overall hue. This isn’t to be confused with your skin tone, which refers to the surface skin color. While skin tone can change over time due to a variety of factors, your skin undertone remains constant.
Everyone falls under one of three undertones: cool, warm, or neutral and many makeup companies will note that their products are for a particular undertone. Skin with hints of blue or pink is often associated with a cool undertone, while a warm undertone refers to skin with a golden or peachy glow. If neither of these matches you, then you may have a neutral undertone.
What undertone am I?
Determining your skin undertone is easy. In fact, here are two quick tests you can do to get a sense for your skin undertone and which colors suit you best:
Test #1: Vein Color
Looking at your veins in natural light is the easiest way to determine your skin undertone. Veins with a blue or purple hue indicate you likely have a cool undertone, while greenish veins mean you probably have a warm undertone. If your veins are in between these colors, then you may have a neutral undertone.
Test #2: Silver or Gold
Have you noticed you have a preference for either silver or gold jewelry? Silver often looks better against cool undertones, while gold favors warm undertones. Neutral undertones get the best of both worlds and can pull off gold and silver equally well.
Why you should consider skin undertone when choosing a hair color
Knowing your skin undertone can help you determine which hair colors compliment your skin tone without needing to go through the entire dyeing process. This is especially important for people considering going blonde, as the bleaching process can cause damage to your hair if done too frequently while trying to pick your perfect color. (Pro tip: If you have blonde or other color-treated hair, make sure to use a hydrating oil such as our vanishing Ghost Oil — which restores moisture and adds shine to your luscious locks.)
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While different tones of blonde will cater to certain undertones, you can also use a shade that contrasts with your undertone to revamp your look by warming up or cooling down your complexion.
Essentially, people with a cool undertone can add color and warmth to their skin tone by going for a warm hair color such as golden blonde or strawberry blonde. On the other hand, people with a warm undertone can use a cool hair color such as platinum or ash blonde to balance out warm tones. Do this in conjunction with a new hairstyle to really change-up your look!
Blonde hair colors for cool undertones
If you have a cool undertone and are looking for a hair color that will naturally suit you, the following are all solid choices:
- Ash blonde
- Sandy blonde
- Platinum blonde
- Beige blonde
These shades are likely to suit you well and prevent any brassy color issues. However, you can also go for a warm hair color such as peachy or golden blonde to add brightness and complement your face.
Blonde hair colors for warm undertones
If you have a warm undertone and want a hair color to match, consider the following options:
- Golden blonde
- Peachy blonde
- Strawberry blonde
- Butterscotch blonde
- Honey blonde
These blonde hair colors feature red, orange, and golden undertones so they’ll flatter those with warm undertones. You could also opt for a cool hair color such as ash blonde or platinum to reduce some of the redness that naturally radiates from your warm skin tone.
Hair colors for neutral undertones
Neutral undertones are often known as the people that can pull anything off, as all hair colors will likely suit them. In fact, you can even blend multiple shades together through highlights or balayage to create a completely unique shade. The key is to use a cooler base that’s a few shades lighter than your natural hair color.
A purple mask is best for blondes, but if you decide to blend a different shade — make sure to use a Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner to help restore moisture and repair hair. Follow up with our Leave-In-Mist to protect your hair and to add shine to your strands.
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Don’t forget about blonde hair care
Once you’ve decided on your best shade of blonde, make sure you know how to care for it. Bleaching or dyeing hair can lead to dryness that makes your locks more susceptible to damage from external factors if not properly hydrated.
Check out our guide on brassy hair to learn tips for preventing color mishaps during the dyeing process along with additional advice on maintaining your beautiful blonde color in the following weeks.
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