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home>>beauty & fashion>>hair care>>hair color>>Choosing the Right Hair Color

Choosing the Right Hair Color

by: Corinne Waldon

If you have always thought about coloring your hair but were worried about choosing the right color, there is no need to wait any longer. By understanding a bit about your hair type, as well as what you wish to have your hair look like after coloring, you can comfortably make a decision on the right color for you. Prior to going into the salon, take a little time and consider the following points to help you get just the look you want.

If the change you want includes coloring all your hair, do you want to have one color or do you wish to have many colors or tones in your hair? A straight, one color process is often called monochromatic color, whereas a variety or multicolor treatment includes the addition of highlights, lowlights or both.

Highlights are used to enhance and brighten the base color, and are usually applied more heavily along the top of the head and around the face for a brightening effect. Lowlights are darker in color or tone than the base color, and give the hair depth and the appearance of fullness when applied to the underlying layers of hair. With a multi tonal or color style there is a natural look to the color, and the awful root growth problem of many single hair colors is minimized.

While there is always the option to go completely wild and add blues, pinks or even purples to your hair, most people tend to stick with more traditional colors. Choosing a color that matches your skin tone and eye color can give your color a more natural appearance. Reds and coppers are always popular, but they are colors that fade and change quickly, so be prepared for frequent touch ups if you use these colors.

For dark skin tone the rich colored browns and reds with darker toned lowlights really draw attention to the skin. Golden skin looks best with dark reds and auburns, and should not be used with bright yellows, oranges or bright golds as the skin often looks sallow. Pink or very fair skin looks terrific with ashes, honeys and neutral colors. As you age, it is advisable to lighten your color slightly to help blend any naturally occurring gray hair into the color and avoid as many trips to the salon.

Color rinses and semi permanent hair colors are a terrific way to try a variety of colors that will not stay in your hair long. These are simple to use at home and involve an application of the color, a timed period to allow the product to work, and then a simple shampoo and conditioning. They are much easier to use than the old home hair coloring kits. These products give you the opportunity to see yourself in many different shades and colors and to choose the one that is the best for you.

Deciding to color your hair at home or go to a professional stylist is the only decision left. A professional stylist can help with suggestions, and can give you a new style to go along with your new color. If you choose to complete the hair color at home you then have the freedom to pick a time that works into your busy schedule. By making a hair color decision based on the look you wish to achieve, along with your skin tone and hair type you will be able to get just the look you wish. For people that are looking for a more professional look, a subtle color change may be just the thing. Those that enjoy a more unique and creative look may want to try a completely different color for a change.

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About The Author
Corinne Waldon enjoys writing about hair for Hair Cuts and Hairstyles where you can find resources for great hair cuts as well as information on products such as hair gel, shampoo and many more hair related products.
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