If you’re the type of lady who wants to rock pastel or neon highlights in your hair, you’re probably not too concerned with convention.
That’s cool, more power to you. According to colorist Nelson Bray of Indigo Bliss Hairapy, however, you should narrow your wild color palette with a quick assessment of what nature has already given to you. “When it comes to neon and pastel hair, anything goes,” Bray explains. “But sometimes one color looks better than others on certain skin tones, or to bring out eye color.”
So before you scope out your next color, find out which tones Bray suggests for your skin and eyes. He says that natural hair color doesn’t matter so much, as long as you find a vibrant hue that jives well with your skin tone.
Pale sisters, beware. You can go seriously wrong if you pick the wrong shade, since pale skin is the least forgiving of neon missteps. “Pale skin does not always look good with neons,” Bray says. If you go neon, he says that pink is your best bet.
Even better? Chill out your hue with pastel colors rather than neons. “Pastel blue is gorgeous with pale skin and blue eyes for a striking Frozen look, and shades like pastel gray can even look flattering on pale skin.”
Whatever you do, don’t add olive to olive. “Neon greens and yellows give an odd tone to olive skin,” Bray says. Your gorgeous skin will look much better with a neon pink, orange or blue instead, since they contrast nicely with your naturally earthy aura.
Even if pastels are more your speed, Bray still suggests you keep things in contrast. “Olive skin looks gorgeous with a pastel coral color,” he says.
Lucky you! Neon and pastel shades are your perfect companion, since Bray says you can’t go wrong no matter the color you choose. Can’t pick? “Neon orange is dynamic against darker skin tones,” he says. “And even though dark skin tones look divine in almost every color, I suggest pastel purples for a look that’s to die for.”
Deep and dark neon dyes can bring out the luster of your brown eyes. Think gem tones. Bray says that brown eyes look incredible with deep Kelly green or purple highlights, like emerald or amethyst.
Your green eyes are quite adept at adapting. As long as the neon you choose melds with your skin tone, you can count on your green eyes to look great with any color of neon. “Green eyes also look lovely with pastel pink,” Bray says.
According to Bray, icy blue eyes look best with a contrasting or eye-catching color. Help them pop with a neon orange highlight, or complement them with a pastel blue.
Still feeling overwhelmed? If you’re a vibrant-hue virgin, Bray suggests you start with pastel pink. “I love pastel pink on every skin tone,” he says. “It’s the most flattering shade. Like a pink light in a room, it warms the skin.”