Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Reddish Face and Hair Color

Q: My face is always reddish. What hair colors would make my skin look better or worse? What colors should I avoid?
A: First of all, I would avoid cool tones and those with green or drab base colors - the ash blondes and browns - the blue and green base colors would result in hair color that will only emphasize the redness of your skin.
Choose hair colors that have a golden (or yellow), neutral or even an orange base. Also, make sure to avoid colors that are very dark or very light. (As always, generally try to stay within 3 levels of your natural color.) If your natural color is a dark brown, you may see a lessening of the appearance of the redness by lightening the color a little with a neutral base color, but going to a color that is darker will almost certainly make the skin look redder by washing out the base tone and making the redness more prominent. Conversely, if you lighten your hair too much, you're going to emphasize the redness because it will be such a contrast to the lightness of the hair.
Obviously, you want to make sure that any color choice won't conflict with your hair's natural color. To do this, make sure to check for your hair's base color by stepping outside into natural sunlight and use a mirror to look at your hair in this light. The general tone of the glinting of the haircolor will give you the base color for your hair. This will generally be: golden or yellow, yellow-orange, orange, red, red-orange, blue, violet, blue-violet, red-violet, drab (green) or neutral (no discernable base color detected).
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