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What to Consider When Choosing a Hair Color

Do you want to change your hair color, but don’t know what hair color works best for you? That seems to be the case with a lot of the choices available nowadays.

There are a few things you need to know if you are changing your hair color for the first time.

Skin tone

Your next hair color should not wash you out, or clash with your skin tone. The first step is to determine your skin tone and see if your skin fair/light, medium, dark, or olive. This will help you determine options for your new hair color.

In addition, look at your undertones. There are three main ones: warm, cool, and neutral. Turn your wrist and check your veins to find out which one you are:

  • Green veins – warm undertone
  • Blue or purple – cool undertone
  • Can’t tell? You may have a neutral undertone

Eye color

Your hair color can help your eye color pop or it can take away from the beauty of your eyes. Depending on the shade, blue eyes favor cool colors, green eyes favor warmer shades, hazel eyes are accentuated by light browns and light reds and browns can go with warm or cool tones based on the warmth or coolness of your brown eyes.

Your wardrobe

Even though you can buy different clothes from ones you already have, your closet may have clothes in colors you wear more frequently than others. Consider the endless blonde hairs on your favorite black clothes after you lighten your hair.

Do you wear a lot of whites and creams? Going darker may mean you need to be careful what clothing you wear immediately after getting your hair colored or when you’re working out.

Maintenance

Having your stylist color your hair is just the first step. Color treated hair often requires different products in order to keep your color as fresh and vibrant as possible. Are you willing to touch up your roots and get regular trims? If you’ve gone dramatically lighter, your hair may be a bit more fragile after lightening. Can you commit to the hydrating your hair? Would you be willing to buy a special hair care product to maintain your hair color?

Think about your current lifestyle. Are there big events or work considerations for non-traditional colors? Will you be spending a lot of time in a pool? How about in the sun? These are things to consider before you color your hair.

Choose the Best Hair Color for You

Ultimately, you should choose a color or colors that suit your hair and your personal style. Your hair stylist is extensively trained in color and color techniques and can make recommendations based on what will work for you. Whether it’s just a few shades different than your current color or a rainbow or vibrant hues,