There have been many theories relating hair color choices to eye color. I remember being taught that the yellow, orange or green flecks in brown eyes indicated that the hair would lighten with a more golden tone. Hairstylists may look at eyes as a way of choosing highlight colors to add to the hair. The idea of choosing a complimentary color to make the eyes stand out has been popular such as copper hair with blue eyes, red hair with green eyes, or blonde hair with brown eyes. None of these approaches can be applied in every case, but it’s important to note that eyes have been the focus of beauty enhancements for more than 5,000 years.
While researching why eyes are so attention grabbing I discovered an article written by Gillian Aeria from the University of Melborne, she states that “Humans are the only animals with obviously visible whites, with irises that are much more prominent and therefore readable.” Several studies have been done regarding human’s attraction to the white part of the eyes. People can quickly determine another’s emotional state and health. We use our eyes to signal others as to our thoughts or feelings. Eyes play a key role in nonverbal communication and building relationships.
Green eyes have a small amount of melanin in the stroma and most of the light is scattered back into the atmosphere. Blue eyes have a colorless stroma where the light enters the eyes and is scattered back. (Genetics of human iris colour and patterns Richard A. Sturm1 and Mats Larsson)
The fiber structure of the stroma scatters light in a similar way to what makes the sky appear blue. This phenomenon is called the Tyndall effect. In the sky, light scattering by particles in a very fine suspension reflect the shorter blue wavelengths, making the sky appear blue. So, the green eye color is the combination of the small amount of pigment and the Tyndall effect scattering out the blue light. Blue eye coloration is entirely reflected short blue wavelengths. Blue and Green eyes will change color depending on the amount and quality of the light in the room. (Paul Van Slembrouck -structural-eye-color-is-amazing)
With all the emotional, changeable characteristics of the eyes, it’s no wonder hairstylists include them in our conversations about beauty. The Jolie Color System uses “Eye Intensity” to relate to the third dimension of color characteristics. The three dimensions of color are Hue, Value and Saturation. The Hue relates to skin tone, the Value relates to the level of the hair at maturity, and the Saturation relates to eye intensity; the clarity, purity and brightness of the eye color.
Saturation is the characteristic of color that is sometimes challenging to understand. A color that is saturated is one that is the most clear, distinct, and intense version of itself. An example of a saturated pink color is “Day Glow” pink. It is a very strong, bright color. You may see another pink that is the same value but not at saturated. It will appear more natural or blended. The pink and blue on the left side of this illustration are saturated. The pink and blue on the right side are muted or blended.
To determine the intensity of the eye color, look carefully at the iris.
Eye intensity may change throughout a person’s lifetime. Someone with very intense eye coloration as a young person may find with maturity that the eyes become mixed or muted in intensity. Mixed or Muted eyes may darken and intensify with age. When this occurs, the intensity of colors chosen for both hair color and clothing need to be adjusted to maintain a harmonious composition.
Intense eyes can wear bold color placements, mixed eyes are best in visible dimension, and muted eyes are most flattered by subtle, natural looking dimension.