How do I know what hair color is right for me? I don’t want to be washed out.
Choosing a hair color can be difficult because there’s a lot of things to consider! Hair is the frame for your face, so the right cut and color can make a world of difference. It’s common for our guests to go lighter for the Spring/Summer and darker for the Fall/Winter, but many people keep the same color year round, so how do you decide what to do?
Here are five main points to consider:
What color clothing/jewelry do you normally wear?
If you wear more beige than white or other warmer colors, a hair color with warm tones would be more fitting, and likewise with cool colors. A good way to tell what to choose if your wardrobe varies is your choice in jewelry. For example, gold would be warm and silver would be cool!
What is your skin tone/eye color?
Skin tone can vary through the season, but people are generally either warmer or cooler toned. If you’re tanner/warmer in the summer, drop the icey blonde and go for something like a golden blonde that will fit your current look. Your choice in jewelry comes into play here too. Does gold or silver look best on you? If you have a neutral skin tone or can’t figure out what looks best, consider the color of your eyes to help decide what hair color would make them pop. What colors for makeup do you lean towards?
What’s your ideal level of maintenance for your hair?
Certain hair colors require higher maintenance. If you’re thinking about going red or doing a fantasy color, you’ll need to commit to regular retouches and color shampoo to keep it looking vibrant and fresh. If you want a more low maintenance look, consider a color that stays away from your root or something close to your natural hair. Going blonde can be hard on your hair, especially if it’s already dark. If your hair is already damaged from going lighter or heat tools, it can take a lot of nurturing to bring it to a healthy enough condition to lighten or continue to lighten. Consider whether or not you’re willing to go invest the right amount of time and money to keep your hair’s integrity before deciding to go lighter.
What is your occupation?
Some jobs do not allow fantasy hair color and require you to maintain a subtle or professional look. If you have a crazy schedule that’s hard to work with, try to stray from a color that needs to be refreshed very regularly. What impression do you want to make at work?
What is your haircut/style like?
Often times hair color can be tailored to your cut, but your length is still a factor in helping you choose the color! If you have a high maintenance cut, you’re use to regular haircut appointments so a high maintenance color wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. If you have an edgy cut, try a fun or crazy color to complete the look! Your layers can change the way a color looks too. If you have varying lengths, dimension can really show through and balayage or highlights will have a greater effect. Balayage and highlights is also ideal with hair that is styled, so if you’re a person who hates having to style their hair, you might not want a drastic ombre!
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