Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Lighter Skin Tone

Q: What type of hair colours would make my skin look brighter/lighter? And because I want to get rid of my black hair, is there a possibility that I could dye my hair in (dark) brown and some highlights that would make my skin look brighter/lighter?
A: Based on what you’ve described before, I would think that you could reasonably enjoy a nice change of pace by lightening your natural hair colour one or two levels and using a rich chocolate brown as a base colour with caramel coloured highlights. While I can’t say that this will make your skin tone look brighter, it shouldn’t make it appear any darker and will brighten/lighten your overall appearance. Plus, the rich, warm colours should bring out the glow of your skin.
hair color swatches

As an alternative to traditional highlights, you might try “panel colours” where you have a few “panels” of hair below the upper layers that are highlighted as desired and allowed to “peek” through the upper layers as the hair moves. This usually works best on longer blunt and long-layered looks, but it is a very up-to-date technique and works for many hair types.
Another thing you could try (if you wanted) would be a “sheen” colour. Basically, a dark berry or red tone that is applied to black hair to create a glow or shimmer of colour when light strikes the hair. The colour is only really apparent in the tone of the light reflected off the hair. I’ve seen dark purple, garnet red, burgundy, and indigo blue to name a few options, and the warmer hair colours are great for those who have olive (golden) complexions.
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