Category Archives: Customized Color Analysis

The Gift of the Gab…and why Hair Color Matters

Since you last saw Elmo for his customized color analysis, his friends have been here to see me.  (I take it Elmo liked learning his best colors through his completely custom hand picked color analysis.)

You’ll note his friends and family have the same fur color but different nose color. You can pretend that fur = skin and nose = hair, ok?

Here is Elmo’s cousin, Elma, with her “Bag of Skittles” palette:

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This is his neighbor, Elme, and his “Golden Rainbow” palette:

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This is his online friend, Elmi,  with her “Tropical Holiday” palette:

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Finally, this is his Great Aunt Elmu , whose nose is badly dyed.  While she grows out the color this is her palette.   I call it  “Condiment City”:

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When she lets the gray grow in (or do Elms go glittery silver? – I should have asked), then we’ll modify her palette.

Want to see all the palettes together? 

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They all have the same color fur (and the same eye colors) yet their best colors vary.

More on hair dyeing soon….. People are a bit more complex than Elms. Not everything changes for people.

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I use at LEAST one strip of fabric swatches for a client’s hair. The variation in it is important.

How I do Color Analysis. Simplified.

When yesterday’s client turned up I was a little surprised.

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My client explained he had come because he’d decided he wanted to wear clothes. And he wanted to do it right:  he wanted to honor his natural coloring, and maximize his beauty even when hiding some of his body under clothes.  It all sounded perfectly reasonable to me.

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I explained how I do my analysis.  I start with finding what we call body colors.  In his case this means:

  • the color of his face and body fur – which match
  • the color of his nose –  which is different
  • the color of his eyes – both the pupil and the whites of the eyes as they’re so big, and, finally,
  • the inside of his mouth – as it’s always open.

That took us here:

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I selected:

  • the whitest of whites
  • a strip of bright reds that caught every nuance of his fur
  • blacks that ranged from nearly black to darkest black (mirroring the range from his pupils to his mouth); and
  • a strip of oranges that best reflected what I saw in (not literally) his nose.

Then, after his body colors were chosen I went through the rainbow, selecting other colors that harmonized with these.  His palette was quite simple.  Only 8 strips of color in all. (Truth be told I’ve never given anyone such a small palette, but then again, I’ve never had such a small, colorful, client.)  And here it is:

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This palette is called Toucan.

Stay tuned…Elmo’s wants to DYE HIS NOSE. (What? ?? Get over it! You dye your HAIR!)  You don’t want to miss that post and how it affects the colors in his palette, do you?  

Didn’t think so.  After all, color analysis isn’t just about FUR color.