Since the sun has come out for spring, it’s only right that you celebrate the season with a new look of your own. Choosing a hair color that resembles the orange, yellow (and sometimes red) light that the sun reflects is fitting for spring—but which color is right for you? Your hair color should flatter your skin tone and give you an overall brighter appearance. So whether you have chocolate skin, are more of a “mocha” girl, or have buttery beige skin, your spring hair color choice should bring even more attention to how beautiful your Black is.
Tips in Choosing Your Best Springtime Hair Color
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Blonde hair isn’t just for light-skinned women. In fact, if a light-skinned woman with cool undertones went blonde, she’d look washed out and pale. A blonde color looks radiant on medium and medium dark-skinned women with warm undertones. In general, it’s best to go with a lighter blonde to compliment lighter skin; a bright yellow shade of blonde on black skin is shocking and contrasting, but may not be flattering. If you’re thinking of going blonde for spring and have bronze skin that tans easily in the sun, take your hairstyle cues from celebs like Mary J. Blige. The golden, wheat-colored blonde she wears often works as a natural bronzer for her face and gives her a healthy glow. If you have darker brown skin, try blonde highlights a la Naomi Campbell.
Light Brown Hair
While light brown hair may not be as “exciting” as blonde, it can still look very complimentary against brown skin and is more ideal for the office (just in case you can’t get too experimental with your look due to professional standards). Light brown hair (think the color of honey or nutmeg) works well on light-skinned and medium light-skinned women with warm undertones, like Rihanna or Ciara. It gives the skin a natural glow and is subtle enough for a business meeting but bold enough for a date or night out with friends. Keeping your makeup natural when you wear light brown hair will make you look well put together without trying too hard and makes your hair the main feature of your look.
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Stars like Gabrielle Union and Nia Long are known for their fabulous hair—and they usually don’t add drastic color to it. Both of these women are brown-skinned; Gabrielle Union has cool undertones, while Nia Long boasts warm undertones. However, medium to dark brown hair looks great on them both, because they choose different variations of brown to work with. A slight lift in her natural brown color makes Nia Long’s face appear brighter, compliments the red and orange tones in her skin, and is a nice balance to her edgy haircut (take note of this, ladies: sometimes it’s best to pick one drastic hair move at a time). Gabrielle Union’s boasts highlights that are modest but noticeable and blend in well with her yellow and blue skin undertones. The color makes her eyes appear brighter as well.
If you’re going natural this spring and want to make your look more interesting, opt for a shade of red that will bring out the undertones in your skin nicely. Kelis does it well here, as the light burgundy shade she picked compliments her slightly cool tones (which is why blue eyeliner looks so fab on her). Faith Evans rocks a different shade of red. Since her undertones are warmer, she can opt for a bright auburn shade.