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Choosing a Hair Color:
First Hair Color Choices
The best method in choosing a hair color is first to choose the results you want from it. Depending on whether you are covering gray, highlighting a natural hair color, or using hair color to completely change your image, knowing what you want helps you to narrow down hair coloring choices.
Before you get down to choosing a hair color:
First decide on your commitment to hair coloring. Temporary hair colors wash out in a shampoo or two, semi permanent products typically last for a couple of months, while permanent dyes may either give you grow-out pains or necessitate frequent root touch ups.
Choosing a Compatible Hair Color:
After you’ve decided on results and made your commitment, it’s time to get out the color wheel. Beauty experts tell us that we’re either “cool” or “warm” depending on our skin tone, eye color, and natural hair color.
|Cool Category||Warm Category|
|Eyes||Dark Brown, Black-Brown, Gray Blue, Dark Blue, or Hazel with white gray or blue flecks||Golden brown, Green, Green-Blue, Turquoise, Hazel with gold or brown flecks|
|Hair||Blue black, Deep brown, Ash brown, Ash Blond, Platinum Blond||Deep brown with gold or red highlights, Red, Strawberry Blond, Gray-Yellow, Natural Golden Blond|
|Skin||Very dark brown, True olive, Medium pale, Medium with golden undertones, Pale, Bronze||Brown with pink or golden undertones, Peachy or with peachy undertones, Pale with gold undertones, Freckled, Ruddy|
Although this is good advice, if you’ve just finished a tanning session, if you have some complexion problems (Rosacea, liver spots, blemishes), or if your hair color is already not what nature intended (in other words previously tinted or more salt than pepper), it may be difficult to determine by examining your skin tone and hair color. Don’t despair! There is a shortcut!
Examine your wardrobe. Cool hues are green, blue, and violet. Warm hues are reds, oranges, and yellows. Chances are, your wardrobe is a mix with either cool or warm hues in the majority. Clothing colors that look good on you and make you feel comfortable probably indicate if you’re in the cool or warm category. For instance, if olive drab makes you fade into the woodwork, then cool tones like ash blonde (ash tones contain green) are probably not for you.
In addition, most commercial hair colors have aids on the box, yet if you have a hard time deciding which group is your group, you may want to seek the advice of a professional hair stylist.