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What Is the Tone of My Hair and How to Find Out

Everyone is always talking and asking about the tone of hair. 

It’s very important to get a clear grasp of the tone of your hair. It will help you decide what products to use daily on your hair, to when and if you need a toner.

How to Determine the Tone of Your Hair:

In terms of hair and skin tone, there are warm and cool tones. The way to determine if your hair is warm or cool is by your skin tone and eye color. A good place to start is to think about the colors you wear and are most drawn to — the colors that make everyone shower you with compliments when you wear them. Chances are that those colors are in the same family as your tone. Setting the tone to be in sync with your coloring, whether warm or cool, is paramount to the composition of your look.

When looking at your hair, it can be easy and hard to determine your tone and be able to translate that to your colorist. Of course, the optimum hair color for you, whether your hair is natural or regularly colored, is always the goal of a hairdresser and client. 

The tone of hair can change depending on the lighting. When you look at your hair in the natural sunlight versus the lighting in your bathroom, it can drastically change the look of the tone of your hair. The best way to determine the exact tone of your hair is to hold it up to the sunlight. If you can't hold your hair up to the sunlight or you have short hair, take a selfie with the sun behind you. 

Most hair has warm undertones naturally due to the melanin in the hair. Your hair will also naturally lighten from daily life causing the melanin to become bright and brassy. Whether you’re a rich dark brown, or an icy white platinum, the melanin is strong and wants to play mind tricks with the way you perceive the tone of your hair.

Warm Tone

Warm coloring looks best in warm tones, which are based in the golden copper color family. Warm coloring includes many skin tone and eye color combinations, including golden brown hair with fair skin and hazel eyes, golden blonde hair with fair, peachy skin and blue eyes; and golden olive skin with black hair and brown eyes. Redheads generally fall into this category. Skin will have a yellow undertone.

Do you look better in peach than pink? Do you look better in gold jewelry than silver jewelry? Then you are probably warm. Some words that will help you determine if a shade of hair color is warm and will work with your coloring are golden, bronze, and copper. Warm tones in hair color will add warmth to your hair color, which is often seen as red or gold. 

Warm tone hair
Warm tone hair 1
Warm tone hair 2
Warm tone hair 3

Cool Tone

Cool coloring looks best in cool tones, which are based in the violet/blue color family. Cool coloring includes many skin tone and eye color combinations, such as dark hair with fair skin and blue eyes, blonde hair with fair, rosy skin and blue eyes; and very dark to black skin with black hair and deep brown eyes. Skin will have a pink undertone. 

Do you look better in camel than navy? Do you look better in gold jewelry than silver jewelry? Then you are most likely a cool tone.

Cool tone hair
Cool tone hair 2
Cool tone hair 1
Cool tone hair 3

Corrective Color Basic Tip

Remember kids, getting brassy hair to not be brassy is super hard and takes regular toners and patience. Especially when dealing with corrective color. I tell my clients that it is about a 6 month process to completely get rid of a brassy tone in the hair from a previous color, but it all depends on the health of the hair when corrective color is started.

Always consult with your colorist about everything. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about everything from using bond builders such as Olaplex, to what shampoo is best for you hair.

 Brassy porous hair before

Brassy porous hair before

 Much cooler after just one toning with Olaplex

Much cooler after just one toning with Olaplex

Tips for Keeping Your Hair the Desired Tone

It’s easy to keep control of the tone that you want once you and your colorist decide what your ultimate tone should be. 

Proper hair care at home is key to maintaining the tone of your hair.

You can use color shampoo and conditioner even if you don’t get your hair regularly colored to keep the tone of your hair in check! 

 Pravana The Perfect Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

Pravana The Perfect Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

 Pravana The Perfect Brunette Shampoo, also available in conditioner 

Pravana The Perfect Brunette Shampoo, also available in conditioner 

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