If you are looking for a quick way to completely change your look, why not try a new hair color? It’s the perfect way to break out of the mold and try out a new style when you are in a bit of a fashion rut. We often end up wearing the same outfits over and over and eventually, this can get very boring. When you aren’t excited about your style, it can have a big impact on your self esteem, so changing your hair color is a good way to reset your style and try something new.
However, you should think carefully before you start dyeing your hair because the choice of color is very important. Certain colors simply won’t work on you and there are a lot of factors to consider, like your skin tone, your current hair color, your hairstyle, and your fashion sense. If you want to change your hair color, here’s how to pick a shade that suits you.
Consider Your Skin Tone
Your skin tone is the first thing that you need to think about because you need a hair color that accents it well. If you choose the wrong hair color for your skin tone, it can leave you looking very washed out.
If you have a warm skin tone with pinky red or olive notes, you should look for a warm hair color. Any shades of brown will work well, and you can consider dark blondes, auburn and red as well. They will accent your warm skin tone well and look great, but if you have a cool skin tone, these colors will not work for you.
People that have pale or citrusy skin with more blue tones should always go for cooler hair color tones to match. The current gray hair color trend works perfectly for people with cool skin, for example. You could also consider silver or light blonde as well. If you have cool skin, you have more freedom to experiment with some of the more elaborate colors, like purples and blues. Just make sure that you don’t go for any dark, warm shades because they will make your skin appear very pale.
The density or thickness of your hair can affect the way that dye works, so it’s worth considering when you are choosing your color and brand. If you have thin hair, there are ways to make it appear fuller, including using hair dye, but you do need to be careful. Thin hair processes dye a lot faster than thick hair and it also has a much weaker structure, so you need to be careful about overprocessing. It’s best to look for lighter colors and try to avoid bleaching if possible because this can cause damage.
Thicker hair has a much stronger structure and is more resistant to dye. This means that darker shades are best and you may need to find dye with a stronger formula if you want a deep color throughout that will last a while.
Stick Close To Your Natural Color
Even though changing your hair color is a brilliant way to overhaul your look, you need to be careful about making drastic changes. Your natural hair color matches your complexion and if you completely change it, you can end up looking washed out. But even if you consider your skin tone, a drastic change may do damage to your hair if you’re not careful. For example, if you have dark brown hair, bleaching it and then coloring it purple might not be the best idea. You will need to use a lot of very strong dye and this can cause long term damage to the hair if you do it on a regular basis. Big changes like this often don’t come out as you expect them to either and the resulting color probably won’t look the same as the shade on the box. You can still change things up and get a new look, but the end result will be much better if you stick close to your natural hair color.
Make Big Changes Gradually
If you have your mind set on a drastic color change, it’s important that you do it gradually. It’s not a good idea to go from dark brown to blonde straight away. Instead, go for a lighter shade of brown the first time and then gradually make it lighter each time you color your hair. Eventually, when you reach a very light brown, then you can start thinking about going blonde.
Between each step, you should also pay close attention to your hair and use products to protect it and stop it from drying out. Hair dye can do a lot of damage to your hair so if you are coloring it on a regular basis, make sure that you take good care of it. Dip dyes and roots are another good way to gradually change your hair color and test out new shades without committing to a new color that you might not like. Once you make a big change, it will take a long while to get back to your original color, so make sure that you think it through carefully.
When you are deciding on a color, there is no reason why you can’t choose more than one. In fact, mixing and matching colors is a great way to get a unique style, even if you are only going a few shades lighter or darker than your current color. You could go for dark roots and lighter tips to create a great hombre effect. Highlights are another simple way to add layers and textures to your hair and experiment with different shades that you aren’t too sure about yet.
If you are going to blend colors, you may want to consider having your hair colored by a professional stylist. At-home kits are great these days and if you are going for a single color, you can probably do a good job on your own. However, if you want a more elaborate style that mixes colors, it’s best to have it done by a professional. They will also be able to give you good advice on which color is best for you.
Follow these simple tips and you will be able to choose the perfect new hair color and completely revitalize your style.
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