Episode 7: Harmony, Hair And Skin Tones

Photo by Natanni on Unsplash

In today’s show…

We discuss the following questions:

  1. What is harmony? How do you know when you’ve achieved it? (0.58 min.)
  2. Do you ever see people coloured out of harmony? (14.20 min.)? (including how non-harmony might appear (16.30 min.) , whether natural hair colour can clash with Season (21.00 min.),  and whether natural hair colour might be so different from the ‘average’ images for the Season that clothing colours require adjusting (22.31 min.))?
  3. Does colour analysis work for skin of any colour? (25.06 min.)

Duration total: 30.58 min.

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Show Notes:


Photo header by Natanni on Unsplash

The link for the musical score image (at Society6 for purchase), entitled The Sound of Silence:


The YouTube link for the cast of the Lion King singing in the open air in Paris:


The link (and trailer) for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s masterclass:


The Questions discussed in today’s show:

  1. What is harmony? How do you know when you’ve achieved it? (0.58 min.)
  2. Do you ever see people coloured out of harmony? (14.20 min.)
  3. Does colour analysis work for skin of any colour? (25.06 min.)

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The Season Cycle:

Season Circle c-w-n-min

Your Podcast Hosts:

Christine Scaman is located in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In addition to in-person Colour Analysis, Christine blogs about Colour and 12 Seasons. Christine is an instructor for the Colour Analyst training program.
Christine Scaman
Jorunn Hernes is located in Norway, where she offers in-person 12-Season Colour Analysis. Jorunn blogs in English and Norwegian about colour and style, with particular focus on minimalism and practicality.
Jorunn Hernes

3 thoughts on “Episode 7: Harmony, Hair And Skin Tones

  1. Deb Ross says:

    Thank you for this podcast on harmony. Very interesting. I had just listened to one by colour me beautiful on harmony with skin colour and hair color. I think the videos are called Wine about it Wednesday. They’re actually on YouTube. In this video they discussed the fact that your season changes with age. One of the speakers commented that she had previously been an autumn but now that she was 56 she was now a summer given her hair was gray and her skin tone faded. Any comments around this perspective?

    • Christine Scaman says:

      Hi, Deb. Thank you for this great true-to-life question.

      Two perspectives come to mind. The first is the big picture, meaning, do most people’s colouring change with time? I might say that this was the prevailing belief when I began 10 years ago, at least in the minds of clients I met, similar to the idea that warm Seasons don’t silver the hair in a flattering way. What was happening in front of my eyes as I saw more clients was the opposite. We don’t have records of folks analyzed over a 10 or 20 year span by the same analyst with the same drapes, but from eye colours and other colour tolerances, it looked to me as though they’d been this Season their whole life. As my experience grew and I saw the various ways in which persons of the same Season may appear, I didn’t even find the shifts in colouring were that big. We don’t have records of analyzed clients between 7 and 27 years of age either, so although they look different, we have no actual analysis proof that they are. To be a different Season means that an essential body pigment(s) must change in its chemical nature. Maybe true, but I remain open to the possibility that they stay the same and other things cause shifts in surface appearance to make us appear to have changed more than we really have.

      I say “the same analyst and drapes” because analysis systems differ. The same client can easily be identified as very different Seasons by analysts working in different colour systems, with their own analysis processes and criteria. This is not surprising, but understandably confusing for the consumer when the Seasons are given the same names and it’s hard to tell where the diffs begin and end. This erodes consumer confidence in what is actually the most appearance-improving tool in existence. What I’d like to work towards with our group is that analysts would place a client in the same Season.

      The second perspective I mentioned at the beginning is that of this individual client. The change in Season, how was it determined? Many people’s skin tone appears to fade but they actually analyze the same as before, or what I believe to be the same. They wear the palette differently in some cases, but not every person and certainly not every colour. Their appearance preferences change. Fashion changes over 20 years. Had I been in the room with this client, would I have concurred? Colour analysis eventually comes down to the one client in the chair right now. Generalizations may hinder this person’s progress towards finding and using their best colours more than they help.

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