Finding the right hair color is sometimes challenging. There are so many color choices, and at least a few different options will look good with every skin tone. While it is important to decide on the base color, such as blond or red, once the base color is decided, the task of finding the right shade and type of color is the challenge. There are several blonds in varying shades and types, such as platinum, golden blond and ash blond, and there are several shades and types in every potential hair color available. Using a color chart makes choosing the best hair color easier and avoids the accidental green, copper, orange or other hair colors that result from the wrong hair color match.

Color Charts at the Salon

Ask the salon for a color chart before having them dye your hair. Look at the available swaths of color.

Look at the veins in your arm to determine your skin tone. If your veins are a green color, your skin tone is warm. If your veins are a blue color, your skin tone is cool. Look for hair colors that match your skin tone. People with cool skin tones should avoid reds or copper colors, while people with warm skin tones should avoid platinum blonds or blue toned colors.

Have the salon stylist dye your hair in the appropriate color.

Color Chart Use at Home

Look at the dye company’s website. While the box might have a basic chart showing two or three potential outcomes based on original colors, it is limited in information. The company website will have more information and better color charts.

Look at the information about the tone of the colors. The tone in the charts online should say “cool” “warm” or “neutral.” Cool means it is ideal for cool skin tones, warm means it is ideal for warm skin tones and neutral means it is a good choice for either skin tone.

Match the colors in the color chart to your original hair color and determine what the end results are based on your original hair color. Pick the color that is ideal and that will come out in the preferred color. Keep in mind that some colors will require hair bleaching before the results are the same as the color chart.


  • In the salon, the chart is easy to use and the stylist mixes and applies the dye. The chart uses swaths of hair to show the end result for a variety of original colors. The salon stylist is responsible for getting the color right and bleaching the hair beforehand so the color takes.