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How To Find The Most Suitable Hair Color By Understanding The Hair Color Wheel

Last updated Oct.27,2022 share with

The theory of the hair color wheel can be easily understood based on the understanding of color knowledge that learned in elementary school art class, which will help you choose the best hair color for you. In this article, UNice will take you to know how to use the color wheel for hair, neutralize unwanted colors and find the color that makes you pleasing. Color your hair like a PRO!

1. The theory of the hair color wheel

Like the color basics you learned in elementary school art class, all colors are arranged in a color wheel, just like the rainbow is arranged in red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and purple. An ordered spectrum can accurately help us find colors that blend better together, which colors complement each other and which colors are suitable as base colors. Let's start with the three primary colors.

1.1 Traditional color wheel

●Primary colors: Red, yellow and blue are the three primary colors of color. They are the colors that exist in nature and cannot be created by man, but they can be combined to get new colors.

●Secondary colors: secondary colors are the colors obtained by combining them based on primary colors, red and yellow mixed to get orange, red and blue mixed to get purple, and blue and yellow mixed to get green. The color opposite of each color is the complementary color of that color, which affects the color of the hair. With that being said, you may be able to see why purple shampoo is so important and popular because purple shampoo cleanses your hair of yellow pigment. The yellow pigment in your hair will be neutralized by the purple shampoo, resulting in a light yellow color.

●Tertiary color: By combining secondary colors, tertiary colors are obtained. based on secondary colors, tertiary colors are darker or lighter colors, such as dark purple, dark yellow, lime green, etc. The combination of these three colors constitutes the traditional color wheel, created by Isaac Newton. It is designed to help us understand the different colors and how they work together

1.2 Hue

In the spectrum, we refer to colors that feel warm as warm colors and colors that feel cold as cool colors

●Warm colors: Warm colors are those colors that evoke a feeling of warmth, such as red and orange. Warm colors have orange, yellow, and red undertones.

●Cool color: cool colors are those that evoke a cool feeling, such as blue and green. Cool colors have green and purple undertones

1.3 Hair color level

Hair color level refers to the level of color that is dark or bright. There are ten levels from one to ten, with level 1 being black and level 10 being the lightest gold. From level 1 to level 10 the color becomes progressively lighter, from black to black-brown to dark brown, etc. The hair color level shows us the level of color and brightness in the hair color wheel.

1.4 Underlying pigment

The underlying pigment is the basic pigment present in our native hair, which is difficult to detect with the naked eye in everyday life but can be seen when you add some tones to these pigments. For example, if IDE's natural hair color is #6, which is an unobtrusive color, you may choose to raise the color a few shades to #8.

2. How to find the suitest hair color through the hair color wheel

2.1 Determining warm, cool, or neutral tones


Knowing your base color is crucial to finding the right and finishing base hair color for you. The wrong color range can accentuate skin imperfections, exacerbate redness, wash out your skin color, and generally look "off". Warm tones look better with warm blondes, rich reds, and golden browns. Cooler tones look best with cooler blondes, blue or chestnut reds, and ash browns. Neutral undertones look best in balanced shades, such as wheat or champagne blonde

2.2 Choose a pleasing color in the HAIR color wheel

The traditional color wheel we described above can help you pick the base color that best suits your skin, which means choosing warm or cool tones. Choosing a hair color that matches the warmth or coolness of your undertones will produce a more pleasing tone that will not clash with your skin tone. Once you have determined whether your base color is warm, cool, or neutral, you can easily pick colors from the correct side of the color wheel to find pleasing shades for you.

2.3 Bleach your hair

According to color wheel hair, if you want to achieve the best results with hair color, you need to bleach your hair. Make your hair a little lighter in color and then dye it the color of your choice. During the bleaching process, the bleach will strip away the natural undertones of your natural hair, which will make it more conducive for the dye to do its job.

2.4 Condition your hair with a hair color wheel chart

After coloring your hair the color of your choice, you may be left with a yellow, yellow-orange, orange, or even red-toned brassiness. Check the color wheel and tone your hair with the opposite of the unwanted color you see to cancel that color. Remember. Purple cancels out yellow, blue cancels out orange, and green cancels out red. Use a lighter toner color depending on how light or dark your new color is.

2.5 Color-care shampoos to maintain hair color

Use a color-care shampoo to ensure that the colorant can stay in your hair longer, keeping it on at least twice a week.

3. Conclusion

In this article, we figured out the composition of the hair color wheel and how to find the best hair color for you by combining warm and cold tones. I hope that really helps you before you decide to color your hair!

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