The Best Way To Choose Your New Hair Color
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Feeling up for a bit of a change in your hair color but you can’t figure out how much to change?
Here are some things you should consider first before settling on a hair color.
It may be tempting to go out and color your hair after your favorite movie star, but it won’t always have a pretty result.
Skin tone is actually one of the biggest considerations when choosing a hair color.
For example, if you have a ruddy complexion, having a hair color in the same ruddy hue won’t be a good idea because it will bring out the red blotches on your face.
Certain hair colors can complement and highlight what’s best about your features.
Don’t know how to pair up hair colors with skin tone? Here’s how…
First, determine if your skin tone is warm or cool.
Cool tones: Cool tone complexion include pale skin, medium pale skin, pale skin with slight pinkish undertone, olive skin and dark brown skin,
Warm tones: Warm tone complexion include pale peach skin, pink undertones in skin, gold undertones in skin, yellow undertones in skin and skin with a warm rosy flush.
Check your arms. Are the veins blue or green?
If your veins are blue, you have a cool skin tone. If your veins are green, you have a warm skin tone.
Cooler complexions should be given hair colors that give more warmth. Go for ashy browns instead of red browns.
Extremely dark or light colors can also work for people with cool skin tones.
Brighter hair dyes can also work very well for cool complexions.
Olive-skinned people can look quite good in dark colors, deep reds and chocolate browns.
If you have a warm complexion, stay away from warm-toned hair colors. Avoid strawberry tones or golden hues.
If you get confused, just keep in mind that your skin complexion and your hair color should not match.
Find something that downplays your skin color or complements it.
Eye color is another great way to decide on hair color. You want your eyes to be highlighted and not downplayed by your hair color change.
People with warm colors and skin tone have these eye colors: Green, golden-brown and hazel.
People with cool colors such as brown, black or blue will place them in the cool colors.
Like with the skin tone, you can base your hair color by keeping away from the color of your eyes or the tone they belong in.
How to Experiment
Having a radical change in hair color may seem rebellious or cool, but it may end up in disaster.
Here are some ways you can experiment safely without having to wear a hat everyday afterward.
Hair Color Level. There are ten levels of hair color that range from black to platinum blond at each extreme.
The rule of thumb is to try a hair color only two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color. You can then progress by twos if you want to make it even further lighter or darker.
Go Darker. Start with a darker color first and progress to lighter colors. Darker colors are easier to live with, should they be disappointing.
Get a Haircut. Sometimes, a haircut is all you need to make that change. Get yourself professionally styled and you may realize you don’t need to get your hair colored at all.
Try Highlights or Lowlights. Highlights add texture and interesting depths in your coif. It can also make you see realistically how a color would suit you, in small doses.
Consult a Pro
If you’re still confused with all of this, simply narrow down your hair color options and consult with a professional hairstylist that understands the differences between hair color brands and what can work best for your skin tone.
Your hairstylist can give valuable input on what will suit you and what would not.