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How to Match Hair Extensions with Your Hair Color

How to Match Hair Extensions with Your Hair Color

  • Toni Carter

Choosing the perfect hair extension color is critical! If your hair extensions match your hair perfectly then people won’t be able to detect that you’re wearing them. 

So, how can you match hair extension with your hair color? A good rule of thumb is to look at your hair in natural light and try to match it to the shade from the middle to the ends. The color closer to the roots tends to be a different shade, but the goal is to have the extensions blend with the lower part of your hair.

If you intend on dying the hair extensions, just remember dyeing hair extensions darker is easy and safe. Bleaching hair extensions to get them to a lighter shade is possible but might deteriorate the quality of the hair, if not done professionally.  For bright colors, or pastels, choose She’s Happy Hair 613 Blonde – our lightest color that is easiest to dye.  Another great use for hair extensions is to create highlights or an ombré effect.

It’s also important to choose the right hair color for your skin tone. Have you ever experiment with a color that didn’t quite suite you? Just like choosing the right clothing colors, your hair color can drastically affect your look, making your skin tone look alive and vibrant or flat and dull.

Determine Your Skin Tone

The first step is figuring out your skin tone. This guide provides several options to help you find your most flattering hue.

Now that you're well-versed on skin coloring, it's time we school you on different hair colors.

Cool Black

Cool black hair colors like espresso, licorice, blue-black or true black will look great on those with warm undertones. If you're fair or olive skinned, the contrast will take your yellowish undertones and give you an almost porcelain-doll look to your skin. If you have deep skin, you can wear cool black shades regardless of your undertone.

Warm Black

If you crave warm black shades like dark mocha, cocoa, or brown-black, then make sure you have cool undertones to your fair or medium skin. If you have deep skin, then you can also use a mocha or cocoa shade to warm things up, no matter what undertone you have.

Cool Brown

Cool brown shades like chestnut, mocha, dark chocolate, and dark auburn go great with those who have skin with warm undertones. From fair to deep skin, if you've got yellow undertones, consider using a cool brown hair color to brighten up your complexion.

Warm Browns

Pick a warm brown shade like golden brown, honey, amber, mahogany, or cinnamon if you have medium skin with warm undertones. When Emilia Clarke isn't wearing her platinum wig as the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones, her favorite hair color is warm brown.

Ash Blonde

Ash blonde, including shades like platinum, ice, silver, and champagne, look great on those who have cool skin with reddish undertones. The slightly blue cast in these blonde shades will counteract ruddiness in the skin. Celebrities who have rocked ash blonde correctly with their skin tone include Gwen Stefani and Taylor Swift. If you decide to go with one of these shades, make sure you use a purple shampoo and conditioner to keep the color from yellowing.

Warm Blonde

If you have fair, cool skin with blue undertones, go slightly warmer with your blonde by choosing gold, caramel, amber, honey, or butterscotch for your shade. A honey or caramel blonde is also a good choice for those with olive skin and neutral undertones or deep skin, as going too light or ashy with your blonde can wash out your face. If you have very warm undertones, you want to avoid warm blonde, as too much yellow can make you look sallow. Use toner frequently to avoid your color going brassy.

Cool Red

Cool reds including auburn, burgundy, and true red will look great on those with fair cool skin with reddish undertones. The bluish red cast of your hair will make your skin pop instead of looking flushed or ruddy. If you have deep skin, opt for a cool auburn over warm red, because warmer red tones will make your skin look greenish or sickly.

Warm Red

If you have neutral skin undertones or bluish undertones in fair skin, then warm red is for you. Pick your favorite from strawberry blonde, amber, copper, or rust shades. Make sure to get shampoo for color-treated hair and avoid washing frequently to keep your color strong as long as possible between touch-ups.

Nontraditional Colors

Do you want to go crazy with your next hair color? While the sky is pretty much the limit and any color of the rainbow can look great if done correctly, there are a few pointers you should keep in mind. Warmer colors like pinks, oranges, and yellows will look best with cool-toned skin. Cool colors like blue and purple will be particularly flattering if you have warm yellow undertones in your skin. If you have deep skin, opt for darker, more saturated colors over pastels. And above all, remember that nontraditional colors will fade quickly because of the lifting process used before color is applied. Make sure you use specialized products to extend the life of your crazy shade.

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