Guest Post: Selecting the Right Hair Colour for your skin tone


Hi All,

Recently I have been very tempted to experiment with colour. I have always though a light brown or red would suit me and I really fancy a change. Whenever I have has extensions in the past I have just gone for the colour closest to my natural colour which is 1B off Black. Well the colour most prominent at the top of my head, the hair that gets hidden by the extensions tend to be a dark red or grey in some part ( always been like this, go figure).

The last time I dyed my hair I was 18 and I dyed it blue, several months later it all fell out. I know I really mistreated my hair over the years, but I have really been thinking about getting a good dye and going bold!

If in doubt ask an expert, The Colour Experts at the Phillip James Salon (in the US) have put it down on paper and given us a run down hair colour and skin tones

Over to the experts:

Tips For Selecting the Right Hair Colour for Your Skin Tone 
Choosing the right hair colour for your skin tone can be difficult because you want to choose a shade that complements your skin and does not wash it out. The good news is that there is the perfect colour you and you just have to find it. There are some general rules that will help you pick the perfect colour for you.

Red Hair

Red hair is fiery and full of passion. However, it is not for everyone, though, most people can make it work. There are many different tones of red and your skin tone dictates which will look stunning on you. If your skin tone is light then you want to go with a lighter red. A strawberry blonde or a red that is bright and coppery can look really good. On the other hand, burgundy and wine-colored reds can be too dark and wash you out.

If you have a medium skin tone, then a medium auburn or a medium coppery blonde can work very well. To prevent your skin from looking yellow, avoid dark eggplant hues.

If you have a darker skin tone you can get away with chestnut brown and medium auburn. You want to be careful with super red hues because this can make your skin appear green.

Black Hair

This is a colour that is difficult for some skin tones. 
Black is seductive and intriguing, but not everyone can get away with it. If you have a light skin tone then the jet black tones will not be a good idea because it will completely wash you out. Do not fear though because you can still go dark. Aim for a neutral dark tone that is close to the dark brown end of black. This will allow you to have dark hair without it causing you to look as white as a ghost.

If you have a medium skin tone you want an almost black, but still brown shade. If you go for a black that has a reddish hue to it then this can make your skin look yellow.

Dark skin tones can get away with bold browns are jet black tones. You want to be careful with black tones that have a bluish hue though because this can make your skin look a little green.

Brown Hair

Brown hair is sophisticated and sexy. The nice thing about brown is that regardless of your skin tone you can find a brown color that works perfectly for you. If you have light skin, you do not want to go more than two or three shades darker than your natural hair color. This generally leads to you choosing a medium brown color.

If your skin tone is medium, then you can go with a darker or a lighter brown and still look great. Just be sure not to go too dark or too light because these could backfire on you.

Dark skin tones always look great with brown hair. You can pull off those dark, deep colors of brown. You have to be careful with light browns because these can create a contrast with your skin tone that is not very appealing.

Blonde Hair

Rumor has it that blondes have more fun, but we know that they definitely tend to have bright and vibrant personalities. Now, blonde is not going to work for everyone so be very careful when considering blonde locks. If you have a light skin tone then a light blonde or a strawberry blonds will almost always look really great on you. You want to avoid ash, white and really red blondes.

If your skin tone is medium, then you should aim for a beige-blonde or a golden blonde. You can usually pull off a lighter blonde too. To avoid looking washed out, forget about the orange or ashy-based blonde colours.

If you have dark skin you can still do blonde but be sure to go for a dark blonde. A good rule of thumb is to look at your natural hair colour and stick within two to three shades of it. If you have a brown colour and want some blonde, consider some golden or caramel highlights to get the best of both worlds. You definitely want to forget about platinum, white or orange-based blondes. 

These tips brought to you from the beauty experts at Philip James Salon.

Hope this is useful to someone, I am thinking blonde may not be such a bad idea! In the winter we tend to go for drab colours so I'm thinking of livening it up a bit this winter.
What dyes do you use?

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50 Shades of Jamaican Black Castor Oil: What Colour Is It?

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Here are some pictures of three of the brands of Jamaican Black Castor Oil currently on the market in the UK: Sunny Isle, Tropic Isle and Fountain. The colour of authentic 100% Jamaican Black Castor Oil can be described as golden brown to dark brown.

This first picture is of the Fountain Jamaican Oils Collection. The colour can be Pimento Oil can be seen to be olive/brown colour and the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food could be described as golden brown.

Along with the brown 100% pure and authentic Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Fountainʼs Jamaican Black Castor Oil Liquid Hair Food, contains Jojoba Oil and Peppermint.

The colour of this oil is golden/ dark brown and the addition of Jojoba Oil enhances its properties and does not hinder the benefits of this castor oil. Jojoba oil penetrates the hair shaft to loosen and dissolve sebum build up, creating a healthier scalp and peppermint enhances the castor oilʼs ability to stimulate circulation in the scalp. Even with these additions the product is mostly Jamaican Black Castor Oil and retains that distinct brown colour.The Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food is pictured here with the Fountain Pimento Oil which is on the left. This also contains Jamaican Black Castor Oil but is a on olive green/ brown colour. It is a combination of Pimento Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Lemongrass, Annato Seed, Peppermint and Nutmeg.

Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil is described as having a a rich golden brown colour. Tropic Isle lightly roast their castor beans. By doing this they say that the burnt residues do not become a part of the oil, and they do not over process the oil as together they make the oil thicker.

Here is seen next to Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil and they are both seen to be a light golden brown colour.

Tropic Isle JBCO with Fountain JBCO Hair Food

However Tropic Isle is seen to be a much lighter colour than the Sunny Isle regular Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

Tropic Isle JBCO with Sunny Isle JBCO

Here is an image of the Sunny Isle Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil which can be seen to have a much darker colour than the others.

Sunny Isle Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil

In order to make the Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Sunny Isle roast their castor beans for a longer period resulting in greater ash content which means that the oil is slightly darker. They claim this makes the oil more effective. Here is the Extra Dark Variety along side Jojoba Oil.

Here is an image showing the Regular Jamaican Black Castor Oil alongside the extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor oil. The Extra Dark is an even darker colour than the regular Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

Those of you that are familiar with the fragranced varieties of Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil can see from this picture that all three are the same colour.

This image shows the Roasemary and YlangYlang Jamaican Black Castor Oil alonside the Sunny Isle Jojoba Oil which is is bright yellow colour.

So just in case you couldn't keep up:

Sunny Isle Jojoba Oil - Bright yellow
Fountain Pimento Oil - Olive/Green
Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil - light to golden brown
Fountain Jamaican Black Castor Oil - golden brown (on the lighter end of the scale)
Sunny Isle Lite Jamaican Black Castor Oil - golden brown
Sunny Isle Regular Jamaican Black Castor Oil - darker golden brown
Sunny Isle Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil - darker golden brown
Sunny Isle Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil - dark brown

Not quite fifty shades but quite a few none the less and there are other brands on the market which will have a similar colour depending on how the beans are roasted and the oil is prepared. Batches can also vary in colour as it is a manual manufacturing process.

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Home Again Film Premiere: If you see one film this year...

...Make it this one!
Last week I got the chance to go to the premiere of Home Again. The star-studded cast of a Jamaican deportee drama (starring Paul Campbell and Tatyana Ali) was in London for a glamorous screening at the British Museum in London. Home Again was directed and produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Sudz Sutherland and screenwriter Janice Holness. 

The movie was made to inspire debate and I think it hit the nail on the head:

Marva, Dunston, and Everton grew up in Toronto, New York and London, respectively but are deported ‘home’ to Jamaica. Once in Kingston they discover every day is a fight for survival where family support, friendships, and shelter are elusive. They embark on a journey that pushes their endurance beyond measure and forces them to discover who they truly are. A searing, fast paced drama Home Again asks the question, “How would you survive?”. 

Never before has the story of deportees been told cinematically. This powerful, visually stunning political drama by award winning director Sudz Sutherland stars Tatyana Ali, Lyriq Bent, CCH Pounder, Stephan James and singer songwriter Fefe Dobson in her debut feature film role.

During the VIP champagne reception we were lucky enough to meet Lynford Christie and Jimmy Akinbola (Malik from Holby). Joliette was really made up after meeting Mr. Christie.

The movie made me both laugh and cry and the atmosphere in the theatre was palpable at times. There was just enough drama mixed in with comedy to keep everyone entertained. At points it was brutal showing a reality that is everyday life for some In Jamaica, the lady next to me kept jumping during the more sinister parts.

After the movie there was a question and answer section but I wasn't able to stay for all of it as we had a long way to go and the movie had started a bit later than we anticipated. All in all we had an amazing time and I would encourage you to go see this film and support it.
Home Again will be in UK cinemas November 15th 

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