Lighten Up Is your hair colour too dark for your skin tone? Bill Angst’s advice for Heather

The reader

Hair consultation Heather Is your hair colour too dark for your skin tone? Bill Angsts advice for Heather

Heather writes:

My hair is fine and prone to major frizziness. It’s mostly straight, but I’ve been told it has a “bend.” I’ve also been growing out my hair for about two years from a very short cut that I thought looked great, but just wasn’t me. I’ve struggled to figure out a shape that suits my features and proportions, as I’m a head above the crowd at six feet tall.

I’m not quite sure what my natural colour is (since I’ve been dyeing it for years); last winter I dyed it very dark in an attempt to match my roots, but now I think the colour is too harsh for me. Right after I got it done, the darkness was so shocking against my skin tone that I went back and got some highlights, which you can see in the picture.

Thank you SO much for giving this great advice! I have felt like I have had no direction with my hair since starting to grow it out, and this is an amazing offer.

The consultation

Bill Angst says:

Heather, I’m six-foot-six, so I really get the height thing.

This is how I see your colour:

Lily Aldridge hair colour Is your hair colour too dark for your skin tone? Bill Angsts advice for Heather

These caramel highlights will work with your dark hair. Placement is crucial in the front and crown; try to do peekaboo highlights from underneath. This way you will have less roots and a few more highlights at the ends for a subtle Ombré effect. It will be a great summer colour with your new cut.

So I hunted down this longer cut:

Kristen Bell Baby Mama premiere Is your hair colour too dark for your skin tone? Bill Angsts advice for Heather

What I am seeing here is that both the cheeks and the eyes are exposed. This soft, side-swept bang will open your eye up and frame it as well.

There is another layer below the eye that frames the cheek, only on one side of the head. The other side should remain longer, with the all the ends lightly layered. This will help promote the bend you have in your hair. The longer your hair gets, the more movement you should have naturally.

Now for your hair up… please note the part!

Cameron Diaz hair up Is your hair colour too dark for your skin tone? Bill Angsts advice for Heather

Also check out Michelle’s Big Tease story. This will help add texture and control for your new approach to your hair.

billyxoxo

Want your own hair consultation?

Send at least TWO well-lit, preferably hi-res photos of you (one close-up, one full-body) with a brief description of your hair texture, colour and main hair challenges to INFO (AT) BEAUTYEDITOR (DOT) CA with “Bill Angst Hair Consultation” in the subject line.

5 Comments

Heather
Friday, July 5/2013 at 12:30 pm

Thank you so much! This is such helpful advice. The haircut picture actually looks like my hair, just not a cut I’ve had. And I LOVE the colour!

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Bill Angst
Friday, July 5/2013 at 5:37 pm

My pleasure Heather…
A simple cut with a cool colour is what is in order for you. I am so happy you can see and understand what I am presenting. Best of luck achieving your beauty goals.
billyxoxo

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Georgette Alvarez
Monday, November 25/2013 at 12:26 pm

Hi! I am would like to know what color highlights look best in for my hair and skin tone, plus what is the best location to place them as I have very little hair. I am latin, however I have light skin tone and dark hair (alike Penelope Cruz skin tone). My hair is think and straight.

thanks for your advice

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Adriana
Monday, December 9/2013 at 12:33 am

I realy want some hightlights I have never done nothing to my hair n I always looked the same i wana keep my hair kinda long but a different style n color what would u say.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, December 9/2013 at 1:56 pm

Georgette and Adriana,
For Bill to give you advice he needs to see what you look like. Here’s how to sign up for a consultation:

Send at least TWO well-lit, preferably hi-res photos of you (one close-up, one full-body) with a brief description of your hair texture, colour and main hair challenges to INFO (AT) BEAUTYEDITOR (DOT) CA with “Bill Angst Hair Consultation” in the subject line.

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