Change Your Tone

hair color, red hair, balayage, long hair

Change Your Tone and Change Your Look

When was the last time someone suggested you “change your tone”? Only in your local hair salon can this phrase bring about feelings of newness and transformation. Yes, choosing a drop dead gorgeous hair color is one thing, but choosing the best tone can be difficult. While hair color is measured in levels ranging from 1 darkest black to 10 lightest blonde, tone refers to how warm or cool the hair appears. By changing the tone, and not the actual color level, you make hair appear a few shades lighter or darker. Warm tones are lighter and appear red, copper or gold and cooler tones appear blue, green and violet.

There are four main hair colors: blonde, brunette, black and red and the tone of these colors can be changed to create a stylistic unique look. Your skin tone and eye color are important features that will help determine the ideal tone for your hair. Here are some modish tones in each hair color that will leave you thinking is it time to change your tone.

For blondes who want a change there are plenty of options. To warm up your blonde strands consider adding some golden, beige or caramel tones. If your complexion is warm these options will  make your appearance glow. To cool down your look, for a softer more subtle appearance, opt for pearl blonde or icy blond.

Brunettes have as many options as blondes when it comes to changing their tone. When brunettes match that perfect hair tone with skin tone the results can be stunning. Caramel, auburn and reddish browns look flattering on warmer complexions. While rich mahogany and burgundy are fashion forward looks that appear striking on cooler skin tones

Black hair doesn’t have to be drab and will appear quite alluring with the proper cool and warm tones. Warm black shades ranging from espresso to ash to blue/black  fare well if your complexion is warm/olive. Cooler tones like black matte and neutral black hues have a dramatic effect on pale/cooler skin tones.

Naturally red hair looks stunning regardless of one’s skin tone. But if this is you and you want to “test your tone” here are a few fun suggestions. If your skin tone is warm, spicing up your look with some medium copper or golden copper tones will definitely have a head turning affect. To cool down your appearance go with deeper reds or dark cherry color for an alternative effect.

For your finished look to appear natural and balanced your hair tone and skin tone must be in complete harmony. For a quick self-assessment, visualize your current look a few shades lighter or darker. Of course for a more complete recommendation on which tone is best for you always consult with your local salon professional. So next time you hear the words “change your tone” perhaps you’ll get excited about a beautiful new look coming your way.

Jyl Craven
About the author

My love and passion for the hair industry started when I was very young. I have always felt very fortunate in knowing that being a hair designer/educator was my future. I constantly strive to better educate myself and my design team. Making others look and feel their best is what I strive to achieve. My specialty is hair color, but I love cutting as well. To be the best artist you can, I feel you must be well rounded in all of your skills. That is why I also train other salons across the country in all of L ´Oréal Professionnel color and cutting techniques. I have been privileged to work with the most talented artists in the industry. Thank you for visiting our site and I hope to see you in our salon.