: STYLEcenter : ed #2 : How to Choose Your Haircolor!

Thanks for tuning in to another : STYLEcenter : article. Today I’m going to be talking about how to pick your hair color.

Hair color is one of the most exciting and easy forms of self expression, but with all the choices out there it’s hard to decide what is a good fit for you.

There are a few things one should consider when choosing a hair color. Skin tone and eye color are two of the most important factors when choosing a flattering color. You can often look to nature to help you in your decision. For instance, if you were blonde as a child you will likely look good as a blonde adult. As to the shade of blonde, it takes a little more thought.

If you have fair skin with cool or pink undertones, and blue or green eyes, you’ll look great with blonde hair, but you should try to avoid shades with too much red. Blonde that is ash in tone, such as white blonde, platinum, taupe, wheat or light brown will be a very flattering choice.

If you have fair skin with yellow or red undertones, you should look to wear a hair color that is light and warm for the most flattering effect. This can include beige blonde, light golden blonde,
strawberry blonde, light auburn, light brown with golden or red highlights, or golden blonde with red highlights.

When going all-over blonde (instead of just highlighting) you should keep the color within two shades of your natural shade, unless you are going for more of a flashy or ostentatious look.

Brown hued locks can be flattering on many people and there’s a wide variety of tones you can find to suit you and your skin tone.

Shades such as medium or dark golden brown, honey brown, chestnut, copper or mahogany are a good choice with those having medium to deep warm skin tones. Your skin tone may be described as tawny, deep golden brown or coppery. And those with medium to deep cool skin tones, often described as light olive, dark olive, gray-brown, dark brown or ebony, will be flattered best by wearing shades such as plum, burgandy brown, dark brown, black. slate or any of these with plum or burgandy highlights.

People with fair skin and natural dark brown hair can go a little lighter to avoid looking harsh.

Warm browns, with gold or red undertones, are flattering for almost anyone, but should be a little more subtle as you get older.

How do you know whether to highlight or color all over (or both!) ?

When making this decision you can again look at nature. If you have a great base color but want to enhance it, then highlights are best for you. If you’re not overly excited by your natural shade then it’s a great idea to go all over color. You always have the option to do both as well. Lowlights might be another option for you. Lowlights can add depth and dimension while breaking up your natural hair color.

When highlighting, I prefer to use at least two shades to acheive the most natural look. However, when myself and the client decide that we’re going for more of an edgy look, a lot of my “rules” go out the window.

When it comes to maintenance, the closer you stay to your natural color, the less often you’ll have to sit in my chair.

Obviously, a lot of these things are going to be addressed in your consultation with your hairdresser prior to the service. A professional will be able to steer you in the right direction and help you make the best and most flattering choice.

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Keep it classy, Mojo.