What is your natural hair color?

 Your natural hair color is an important factor in determining your season.

I emphasize “natural” because it doesn’t matter what color it is if it’s been artificially enhanced; coloring your hair doesn’t change your season, though it can definitely alter your perceived season to others. 

If you’ve been coloring your hair so long you can’t even remember what the natural hair color is, try to remember what the color was when you were around 6-13 years old and use that.

Typically speaking, although there are always exceptions, the hair colors below are USUALLY the following seasons:


If you have golden blonde hair like Kate Hudson, you could possibly be:

  • Light Spring
  • Light Summer
  • Warm Spring.
  • Sunlit Soft Spring or Sunlit Soft Autumn

If you have ash Blonde hair like a young Farrah Fawcett, you might be:

  • Light Summer
  • Cool Summer
  • Dusty Soft Summer 


If you have light brown hair like Kirsten Dunst that gets warm highlights when you're in the sun, you might be:

  • Light Summer
  • Light Spring
  • Sunlit or Dusty Soft Autumn

FYI: The 'warmed up' Summers like Sunlit and Toasted Soft Summers can have some warm highlights in them as well. There eyes are usually very 'summery' though (blue, blue-grey, for example). 

“Mousy” Brown hair with no natural highlights, like Calista Flockart's are often:

  • All of the Soft Summers
  • All of the Soft Autumns

FYI: Some Light seasons who had blonde hair as a youth who doesn't highlight it can turn a mousey color. But they may still be a Light Spring or Light Summer. 

Naturally black hair usually indicates:

  • All Winters, like Aishwarya Rai, above
  • Deep Autumn, especially for non-caucasian women
  • note: non-caucasian women who are neither Winter or Deep Autumn can still have black hair. It is the skin and eyes that are most important in identifying these individuals once their general undertone has been determined. 

Red Heads

Natural Redheads like Marcia Cross, are usually:

  • Warm Autumn
  • Warm Spring
  • Deep Autumn
  • Toasted Soft Autumn
  • Sunlit Soft Autumn
  • Sunlit Soft Spring

Hair color tip: 

It is always best to try to stay within your Seasonal palette recommendations for hair colors. Nothing looks more unnatural than a Cool Summer with naturally beautiful ash blonde hair who dyes it red. Or a Light Spring with naturally beautiful golden blonde hair who dyes it black.

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What does "Warm" hair actually look like?

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