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Hairstyles: Are Light Hair Colors Right for Dark Skin Tones?

Many ask the question, are light hair colors right for dark skin tones? There's really no good answer for that. If you're a trendsetter like Mary J. Blige, you might just want go with what you feel. If it feels crazy, chances are it probably looks crazy. If it feels good, then maybe you should.

Technically, the right hair color for you is the one that flatters your complexion the most. Your natural hair color, eye color and skin tone are also important deciding factors when it comes to choosing the right hair color. And, let's not forget personality and style!!

In the world of beauty, just like fashion, we have four seasons. Starting in the mid 1700's, German philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goeth was the first person to ever analyze colors and the connection between them. He created 4 different color pallets that he associated with 4 types of people and designated those types with the names of the 4 seasons. Below is the 4 season color chart that will help you determine what color is best for you.

Basic Guide To The Four Color Seasons:

Spring - pale eyes - usually blue, green or hazel, light to medium hair color, pale complexion - skin has warm ( golden or yellow ) undertones. Summer - pale eyes - blue or gray, light to medium hair color, pale complexion - skin has cool ( red or blue ) undertones. Autumn - pale or dark eyes - blue, green, light-dark brown, black, medium to dark hair color, medium - dark complexion -skin has warm ( golden or yellow ) undertones. Winter - pale or dark eyes - blue, gray, brown, black, medium to dark hair color, either very pale complexion or very dark -skin has cool ( red or blue ) undertones.
Spring Hair Color:

Honey Blonde, Golden Blonde, Ginger, Auburn, Light Brown.
Summer Hair Color:

Pale Ash Brown, Platinum Blonde, Ash Blonde, Light Blonde.
Autumn Hair Color:

Chestnut Brown, Chocolate Brown, Medium to Dark Brown, Black.
Winter Hair Color:

Ash Black Brown, Black, Silver/Gray

Choosing the right hair color for you, according to your color season.


People with a spring coloring can choose any of the warm, golden blonde shades, although redheads ( light ginger) should avoid all over blonde as it makes the complexion too pale - try golden blonde highlights instead. Redheads (auburn) can color their hair warm chocolate brown - stay away from blonde completely.

Light browns suit golden highlights.

Spring should avoid all ash/platinum or lightest blonde shades - too cold for your warm complexion. It's generally not a good idea to go too dark. Try to stay within a few shades of your natural hair color.


Summers should keep their natural blonde hair color as this is usually the hair color which suits them best!

Summers with light ash brown hair color can go for either light, ash or platinum blonde highlights.

Autumns look great with colors close to their natural hair color, such as medium brown and dark brown. Golden lowlights flatter those with Autumn coloring. Shades of copper work well. Red is another flattering color for this season.

Autumns should avoid any shade of blonde as the autumn skin tone is too dark for blonde hair and results in an unnatural look.

Winters suit ash black brown and black hair color - if you are winter, your natural hair color suits you the best. Jewel colored lowlights in blue or red look great in black hair - this looks fantastic in asian hair.

Winters should avoid all shades of blonde - even winters with a very pale complexion cannot get away with blonde hair - your hair color is naturally dark for a reason you know !

Winters should avoid warm/golden colors as their complexion is cool.


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