11 Flattering Blonde Hair Colors If Your Skin Is Cool-Toned
As much as we champion that every Southern woman can do whatever she so pleases (including dye her hair whichever shade of the rainbow), there’s no denying that certain things flatter more than others. We’re not saying that you should be limiting your options; we’re saying that there’s nothing wrong with maximizing your potential. Just like how some haircuts are more suited to your face shape, certain hair colors work well with your skin tone.
It's easy (in theory) to figure out whether you’re cool-toned or warm-toned. If the veins on your wrist look more greenish, you’re most likely warm-toned. If the veins look more true blue or purple, you’re most likely cool-toned. Here’s a doozy: Both fair, medium, and dark skin tones can have either cool or warm undertones, so it’s about more than just skin color. A cool skin tone will have blue, purple, or pinky undertones.
Generally, cool skin tones get along best with cool-toned hair colors. Going too warm—think caramel, gold, and copper—might not be your most flattering option. Again, this is not obligatory. Choose whatever color you want! But if you’re a cool-toned gal trying to go blonde, picking a cool-toned blonde hair color will complement your complexion like nobody’s business and look most natural. That's the goal, right? Platinum, pearl, and ash blonde…these are the flattering colors that await at the hair salon.
Here are the 11 most flattering blonde hair colors for cool skin tones.
And the award for most perfect blonde goes to...this creamy, dreamy shade by colorist Cherin Choi. For those with pinky undertones, a Scandinavian blonde is flattering and plays up your fair complexion in the prettiest way. Beware if your natural hair color is quite dark—touch-up appointments might constantly loom over your head! (Literally.)
Do we detect hints of brass? Not here, Heather! This wheat blonde feels slightly warmer than most cool blondes, which makes it more versatile for skin tones across the board.
This color is a classic for a reason: It's ultra-flattering. It works on almost all skin tones, warm or cool, depending on which shade of champagne you're asking for—but we're loving a cool champagne for those with blue or pink undertones. Ask your stylist for a gradual root smudge to keep it low-maintenance.
Because brunettes should get in on the fun, too. If you're looking to lighten up your locks, know that caramel or gold might not flatter a cool skin tone. The goal is to look natural, and a borderline-ashy dust blonde does just that. Ask for ash or neutral blonde balayage.
Platinum has been around forever, but it can be either cool or warm in tone. Pick a platinum with an icy edge (like this one by colorist Justin Anderson), and you'll be rocking a color that not many can pull off. Lucky you!
Think of this ash blonde as a more subtle version of ice blonde or silver blonde. It has a touch more pigment for those scared to dive into full-on icy hues. Hot Tip: It looks extra flattering on medium-to-dark cool skin tones.
Cool-toned gals can go beachy blonde, too. Keep the blend of balayage color in the range of cool and neutral blondes, and you're set with a sandy blonde color that will brighten up your complexion and get the compliments rolling in. This is another great option for brunettes looking to go lighter.
This might be the coolest color on the lineup, and we're not just talking about tone. We're calling on all of our adventurous belles to try out silvery gray-beige blonde. This shade also makes a case for finally trying out a shadow root, if only to make sure you're not heading to the salon for touch-ups every month.
You might think that all red hair colors are inherently warm in tone, but shades like light auburn and burgundy have cool undertones. If you're looking to join the redhead brigade, choose an auburn blonde that isn't too golden. We like to call it "muted auburn."
Talk about taking your skin tone literally...with a barely-there violet tint! Silver-violet blonde is just the thing to revamp your personal style for whichever season you please. Keep the ends lighter to brighten up the look.
If you're not ready to go full-on ash, baby beige makes the perfect compromise. It teeters the line between barely golden and champagne. For those with medium-to-dark cool skin tones, this color will pop.