Are you a spring, summer, fall or wintery type? The answer does not just depend on you ethnicity or your complexion. Knowing your color type is definitely useful. After all, nobody wants to look washed out, pale or older because of an awkward choice of hair color. The following color type descriptions help you discover the colors and hues, which not only enhance your hair style but also your face.
Colors for the Spring Type
Complexion: The skin is light and clear and has a golden yellow or peach tone. Many spring types blush easily, and they tend to have freckles.
Eye Color: The eyes are light-colored from light blue to green. Quite often, golden spots enliven the iris.
Hair Color: The hair is usually blonde. However, some spring types may be dark-haired or have red hair.
Hair Colors for the Spring Type: Nature puts a golden sheen into the hair of spring types. You should therefore avoid ashen tones and choose warm colors instead. Ideal options are golden blonde, flaxen, honey blonde, golden brown, copper, warm light reddish tones like golden red or strawberry blonde. Warm light to medium brown tones also work well. Make sure that the hair color is not too dark. The dramatic look only suits cool skin types.
Colors for the Summer Type
Complexion: The summer type has a tender rosy skin with a bluish to violet hue (undertone).
Eye Color: The eyes are blue, bluish green, gray-blue or green. Some summer types also have brown eyes with glints of blue, gray or green.
Hair Color: The natural hair color of summer types is blonde or brunette. The ashen base color can sometimes look a little dull.
Hair Colors for the Summer Type: Silvery or platinum blonde streaks add dazzling highlights to hair, which needs a little more radiance. One or two shades darker streaks also create a livelier picture.
In case you decide to tint or color your hair, ash blonde, ash brown or platinum blonde are your colors. Red hair color for summer types should have a bluish hue like Bordeaux or mauve. You should avoid red hair color with a mahogany, copper or golden blonde tinge because these colors would add years to your face.
Colors for the Autumn Type
Complexion: The skin color may be quite light even though it appeals with a deep bronze tone. In any case, the skin has a yellowish golden hue. Autumn skin frequently shows some freckles. This skin type is not so common even though it is seen in people of African, Asian or Southern European descent.
Eye Color: The eye color shines in all shades of green, blue and turquois. On rare occasion you also see light blue eyes.
Hair Color: The hair may be dark brown with reddish hues or red in shades from copper to mahogany.
Hair Colors for the Autumn Type: Accentuate your hair color with warm red and copper tones. All warm brown tones like golden brown, coppery gold or chestnut are also flattering. If you really want to color you hair blonde you should reach for golden blonde shades. Ash blonde colors do not suit the autumn-type skin. A clever alternative are golden blonde or coppery red streaks. Blonde streaks are however not very popular because they look artificial.
Colors for the Winter Type
Complexion: The skin may be very light. Sometimes, you may notice the faint greenish hues of blood vessels. In any case, winter skin shows cool bluish undertones. Word-wide, winter-type skin is particularly common. Many people of African, Asian and Southern European descent are part of this group.
Eye Color: The dark brown, gray, ice-blue or intensely green eye color clearly contrasts with the white of the eyes.
Hair Color: The natural hair color is black to bluish black or dark to medium brown.
Hair Colors for the Winter Type: The rich tones of winter-type hair naturally radiate warmth. Therefore, it rarely needs anything but the occasional conditioning rinse for more luster. However, if you want to emphasise your natural hair color you could enhance it by giving it a bluish-black gloss. Aubergine and mahogany hair color accentuates dark hair. Color treatments in your own natural hair color highlight the natural beauty of your hair and add more shine.
Lightening winter-type hair often leads to awkward reddish tones, which do not suit your type. Do not consider streaks either because they also tend to look reddish after lightening and make you look older. If you still want to color your hair you should use ash tones. Avoid yellowish golden shades of hair color because they detract from the radiance of your skin.
You best determine your skin type after pulling your hair back and draping a white towel around neck and shoulders. Now look in the mirror: If your skin appears yellowish you have a warm complexion. Cool complexions appear slightly bluish.