Did you know????
- Hair comes in a million varieties of textures, and colours and no two heads of hair are alike!!!
- Red Hair is heavier than black hair as the colour is concentrated in the cortex.
There is so much to know about our hair, and yet we know so little.
I think all of us have a bit of a love-hate relationship with our hair, right?
If you are tired of carrying the same look for a long time, let me tell you “Change is the only constant!”. Experimenting is what, that can lead you to the best results!
Here’s a little guide which will take you on a quick tour around hair colour ideas for Indian Skin tone, to escort all the confused ladies from blah hair to amazing hair!
First thing first, separate the facts from the fiction when it comes to hair colouring. For Indian skin tone choosing the right colour from the hair colour chart might be an uphill task, so let’s get to the basics straight.
How to find out your Skin’s undertone
Your skin tone, called the undertone of skin is different from your complexion, which is the shade of your skin (light, medium, dark). Your undertone will remain the same irrespective of how much sun you get, or how pale you become during winters and tan in summers. There are three different undertones- cool, warm and neutral.
Steps to determine your undertone of skin:
1. Wash your Face and wait for 15 mins
Your skin must be clean and free of makeup, lotion or toner, it needs to rest for 15 minutes before proceeding further.
2. Find a natural source of light
Different lightbulbs have a different effect on the skin, they may give a yellow or green cast, and interfere with the appearance of skin tone. Try sitting next to a window or any outside sitting area to avoid misjudging of your skin tone.
3. Observe the colour of your veins on the inside of your wrist
This is a quick way to check your undertone if your veins are visible. Hold up your arm in natural light and determine your predominant colour.
- If you can’t tell whether they are blue or green, you may have a neutral tone. Usually, people with olive complexion have this kind of undertone.
- If your veins appear green, you might have a warm skin tone.
- If your veins seem blue or purple, you are likely to have a cool skin tone.
4. Confirm how your skin reacts to the sun
Do you tan easily? Do you burn or get freckles? The amount of melanin content in your skin determines how it responds to sun exposure and helps you identify your skin tone.
- If you tan easily and seldom burn, you have excess melanin, and you presumably have a warm or neutral undertone.
- If your skin burns and doesn’t tan much, you have minimal melanin content and hence a cooler undertone.
5. Hold a piece of white paper closer to your face
Looking in the mirror, try to see how your skin appears in contrast to the white paper.
- If your skin appears yellow or sallow beside the white paper, you mostly have a warm skin tone.
- If your skin seems pink, rosy or bluish-red, you are likely to have a cool skin tone.
- If your skin looks to be grey, your skin probably has an olive complexion with a neutral tone.
- If you are unable to make out whether the cast is yellow, rosy or olive, then you probably have a neutral tone.
6. Take gold and silver foil or jewellery to find out skin tone
Hold a gold foil sheet in front of your face so that it reflects light to your skin. Note whether it makes your face look grey and washed out or enhances your complexion. Repeat the same with silver foil.
- If you don’t have foils, try laying gold and silver jewellery on your wrist and notice which one is more flattering.
- If gold looks best, then you have a warm skin tone.
- If the reflection from the silver foil makes your skin glow, you have a cool skin tone.
- If you don’t notice a difference in both, you probably have a neutral skin tone.
Define your Hair Color Goal
Ask yourself, why do you want to colour your hair and how would you want to go about it. Contemplating on hair colour ideas for Indian skin tone is an endless task with the all-embracing colour charts and also crucial point is that it has to compliment the skin tone and not go against it.
It may be either one of the following reasons:
- Do you want a Lighter Shade? : Since most Indians have hair within the standard black to the brown range, going a shade light is all the option we got.
- Care to try a darker shade? : In case you want to recolour your hair if it has been coloured a light shade.
- You might want to Enhance your Natural Hair: Your Natural Hair colour too needs an occasional boost to combat dullness. Going two shades lighter or very soft highlights are some fresh ways to enhance your natural hair colour.
- Covering your Grey Hair, maybe? : Grey hair can be completely covered with a permanent hair dye, or it can be stained with temporary colour, making them look like highlights against darker hair.
- Experimenting with some cool Highlight Hair Colours: Hair highlights for black hair adds depth and dimension to flat hair. Highlights hair colour styles vary from dark red and blue streaks to a natural balayage of caramel golden highlights, honey blonde lowlights, and golden baby-lights.
Find Hair Colour Ideas that suit your Goal And Your Skin Undertone
Who doesn’t love makeovers? Unfortunately for us, Indian women with our signature dark hair, going a shade light is the only option we got.
1. Natural colour
All the shades of Brown and Burgandy, hair colour highlights of red fall under natural colours which are best suited for Indian skin tones. If you have dusk or olive complexion stay away from all gold hair shades and ash browns!
If you are planning for very red, you may turn up looking like a tomato! Definitely not a great look to carry! The best hair colour shades for dusky skin is the one that doesn’t work against the skin tone.
It’s the safest colour to play with. Again, go according to your skin tone.
- If you boast a warm skin tone, then opt for iced chocolate, dark brown, mushroom or light brown.
- If you have cool skin tone, then go by toffee, cinnamon, chestnut and caramel shades of brown.
A trendy colour that goes best with olive and yellow skin tone, best suited for dusky tones.
Red is all vexed; There are a lot of shades just in red! If you are fair go for lighter red or copper red. Girls with an Olive complexion must go for blue-based reds which are darker.
- Warm skin tone Reds: Deep Plum, Lavender, Mulberry, Dark Red.
- Cool skin tone Reds: Mulled Wine, Auburn, Mahogany, Red velvet.
Must say, Golden isn’t a natural hair colour for Indian skin, but people love it! A full head of blonde isn’t an attractive look, so never go full gold!! Gold is not all that flattering; In fact, it is also mostly bleached and very harmful for hair.
The best way to pull off golden is with some brown tones and usually in streaks or highlights
Pure black is a no-no, Black makes your features appear harder and more washed out. While you can try Blueberry, BlueBlack or Dark Brown shades.
Some Tips To Choose The Perfect Hair Colour From The Hair Colour Charts
When looking for the right hair colour, go for the shade which goes with your natural skin tone, unveils your best feature, and suits your personality.
Here are a few tips to help you choose as well:
1. Check the entire Hair colour range
Hair colour choices are not as simple as Black, Brown or Red. For example, within Brown, there is Golden brown, Golden honey brown, caramel brown, ash brown, chestnut brown, cinnamon brown, chocolate brown, reddish brown etc. Consult a professional hair stylist to understand the right shade for you.
2. Confirm your hair colour style
Your choice between global hair colouring or streaks, highlights or lowlights, ombre or balayage will help you finalise your hair colour of choice.
3. Confirm if you want to go with permanent or temporary hair colours
There are different varieties of hair colour treatments up for grabs in the market. Decide on whether you want to experiment with hair colour for a few weeks or want to cover your greys. Never forget to get touch-ups every month, for the roots to match the rest of your hair.
Some Tips to follow after hair colouring
Remember, you are spending a lot on your hair. So, if you fail to take enough care or anything goes wrong, you’ll end up embarrassing yourself! Hair spa treatments offer radiance to the hair and subsequent protection from sunlight. Your hair, you do agree, plays a significant role in enhancing the overall appearance
Before you get all excited to colour your hair red, pink, rainbow or blonde, there are a few things which you must be aware of.
1. The exact hair colour might be different
What you see may not necessarily be what you get. There is certainly risk involved with hair colour- A good precaution would be to bring the photo of the precise hair colour you desire.
2. Coloured hair calls for specific shampoos and conditioners:
Once you have got your hair coloured, you cannot go back to your regular shampoos and conditioners. For preserving hair colour, buy shampoo and conditioners which are prescribed for you. You might want to look out for tags like’ Shampoo for coloured hair’ or ‘colour vibrancy’ on the pack.
3. Use purple shampoo to eliminate Brassiness:
A purple or a toning shampoo will prevent your hair from getting over-toned. (Precaution: Purple Shampoos aren’t meant for daily use, once a week would be apt)
4. Your Hair colour can fade
You hair stylist may or may not warn you, but hair colour generally fades faster when exposed to the sun. It also fades way quicker than it is supposed to be when you don’t use a shampoo or a conditioner, which is specially designed for coloured hair.
5. Touch-ups are a must!
No matter how much you parent your hair, fading is inevitable. Retouching of your roots is required every six to eight weeks as your hair grows almost 1/2 an inch every month; this depends on the type of look you desire. If you want to stay away from frequent touch-ups, choose a hair colour in proximity to your natural hair colour.
6. Avoid pool water
Imagine your hair turning greenish in colour!! The copper present in water combines with chlorine to oxidise your hair. Chlorine damages your hair colour, to prevent this always wear a hair mask before a dip! Also, it is of sheer importance to wet your hair before applying the mask; this will help keep your hair protected and prevents any damage to the tresses by the harmful water.
We hope this quick guide gave you all the required insights to understand the best hair colour for Indian skin tone and helped you take an informed hair colour decision best suited for your skin tone!