Fresh Season and Fresh Hair 

September feels like new year again.

Back to work has a different feel this year for many of us.

No matter what back to work or school looks like for you, there’s no better way to start fresh than with a hair colour refresh.  

The Tone Reviver is a quick in-salon service that you can pair with a scalp+hair treatment and a BlowDry to start the season off the feeling and look brand new in less than 2 hours.

Deciding between blonde, brown, or red is tough enough without considering the spectrum of tones within those hues. And then, you have to consider which of those shades works best for your complexion.

Your stylist understands the nuances of tone and can help you go from good hair to a fantastic total look that has you flaunting into the season. 

Knowing your natural skin tone when looking for inspiration to share with your stylist helps the 2 of you co-create your look.  That’s why we are sharing some tips on choosing a new tone.  

Most people fall into three categories: warm, cool, and neutral.

Cool-toned skin has blue or olive(greenish) undertones, and warm-toned skin is yellow and gold. If you’ve been told “every colour looks good on you,” you likely have a neutral skin tone.

When determining your skin tone, be sure to consider the depth of your skin tone. Is it fair, medium or deep? We recommend using a combination of all the methods, especially if your complexion is deep or very deep.  Here are some tips to help you.

Check your wrists:
Look at the underside of your wrists in bright light. Your veins are a great indicator of tone. If your veins are blue or purple, you’re likely cool-toned. If they are green, you are warm.
Look into your eyes:
Look at yourself in the eyes in a mirror. If you have a lot of gold specks in your eyes, your undertones are probably warm.  
Clear blue and green eye colours usually suggest a cool undertone.
Check your skin compared to something neutral:
With no makeup on, in a white t-shirt, look in the mirror in a well-lit room (natural light is even better). If your face looks yellowy, you are warm; if it’s pinkish, you have cool undertones.  
None of the above? Your skin undertone is probably neutral.
How you tan:
If your skin gets red after exposure to the sun and is prone to sunburns, you have a cool undertone. If you tan easily, your skin’s undertone is warm or neutral. 

When looking for celebrity colour inspiration, try to pick out people with similar skin and eye colouring to your own. It’ll give you a much better idea of how the hue will look on you.  Keep reading to learn more about which hair colours and skin tones work togehter.

Warm Skin Tones:  

Blond hair often looks best in soft, sun-kissed golds. Light brown hair in soft copper, amber, rust, and russet tones. Strawberry blondes are incredible on fair and neutral skin tones. Mixing cool and warm tones can create luminous rose gold. These hues can make deep skin look green, so choose a cooler, deeper auburn instead. For warm deep skin tones, it’s best to choose warm browns and caramels. 
If you are thinking Brunette, a cooler brown tone can look particularly striking on those with warm skin. It helps make yellow undertones look creamier. Deep mocha, espresso, caramel, golden brown, and butterscotch, ideally with multi-tone combinations, can have a luxurious look for those with deeper skin. For more drama - true black, blue-black or liquorice.

Cool Skin Tones:  

It may sound counterintuitive, but reds are a flattering option for those with ruddy undertones. Light, warm reds can balance cool tones in pale skin (think Emma Stone). For pale blonds, sand, and beige, champagne adds a hint of warmth to cool undertones. Those with warm, peachy complexions will also see their skin pop with cooler, auburn reds, dark chocolate, chestnut, dark auburn and mochas. Going all the way to black can be harsh for those with cool fair or olive complexions.

Neutral Skin Tones: 
This skin tone can rock every colour. Ashy, icy, silver blonds are most flattering on Neutral complexions.

Sometimes, it’s not about natural or flattering.

Sometimes we are looking for a statement!  If these are the September vibes you are feeling – do it. Break all the “rules” and have a good time! And if you are willing to put in a little extra time and effort with your makeup, you unlock even more options.

For rainbow-coloured locks, the only absolute rule is to let your imagination run wild. Darker skin tends to look washed out if paired with paler shades, while saturated hues enhance deeper skin tones. With tan skin, you can go for more vibrant jewel tones like ruby, fuchsia, magenta, etc. Blue hair looks particularly flattering on those with golden complexions.

And finally, since you are putting all this effort into creating your look for the season, you’ll want to know how to take care of it. It starts with taking care of your scalp.  Using the proper hair care that includes nutrition for the hair fibre, antioxidants for the colourants, and shine agents to show off is an essential part of the investment. Some of our favourites are L’Oreal Professional Vitamino, Kerastase Chroma Absolut, Davines Minu and the complete range of Pureology

Using these guidelines, the options are limitless. You and your stylist can play by changing the placement and depth of tones from season to season.

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