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Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Hair Colours for a Light, Warm Skin Tone

Stay away from blue-reds.
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Q: Hi Bill, I am struggling to find a hair colour that I like, and that makes me look as good as possible. 

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In the past, I have tried a dark auburn colour, which didn't seem to suit me.

Alysha isn't sure what hair colour suits her complexion.

I have also had a lighter strawberry blonde.

Alysha's hair texture is thick and coarse.

My hair is thick and coarse, very easy to straighten, and is healthy. I am despeerate, please help! — Alysha

A: Alysha, thank you for submitting your photos. 

Your second photo is the colour that I chose for you. In your other photo, your hair has blue-red tones that fight with your skin tone.

Amy Adams at the 2011 premiere of 'The Muppets.'

Here is a darker option:

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.

And here is a lighter colour with warm ash and gold tones.

Scarlett Johansson's warm blonde hair.

Please take your time lightening and do as many steps as need be to get all the dark tones to a lighter shade.

Scarlett Johansson at Comic-Con 2013.

Your question is about colour, but I took the liberty of giving you some style advice as well. You have such beautiful strong features and gorgeous hair. With your side part, you have an awful lot of hair on the one side of your head. I would balance it out by parting a messy centre or off-centre part to redistribute the weight. 

Scarlett Johansson at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.

I would also use a moisturizing finishing product on dry hair, to keep your ends soft and to help separate them.

By freshening up your layers, you can keep your current length and add a "wow" factor to your luscious locks.

Sienna Miller on '106 & Park' in 2009.