Choosing the Right Hair Color

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated September 19, 2016)

In today's world, so many people get their hair colored, and some men and women have hair color that looks great, and well, some hair color doesn't look so great. If you want to color your hair, then you need to know which colors will look best on you. You need to keep a few principles in mind, and then you'll be able to have great hair that make people's heads turn—in a good way!

Some people get their hair colored and want it to look natural. They either want a different all-over color, or highlights that are woven in and look natural, or woven in low lights. If you want a natural look, then you need to go with a natural color and a natural weave (as opposed to big chunks of blond highlights—that doesn't look natural). And if you want to go for more crazy colors—colors that don't look natural—tread with caution. The tips outlined in this article will help you for whatever purpose you're coloring your hair, to look natural or apart from the crowd.

When you're choosing a new hair color, you need to take your natural complexion and skin tone into account. You know how you look better in some colors of clothes than in others? The same principle applies to your hair color. If you look good in warmer colors like reds and oranges, then you'll be able to pull off hair color in warm browns and blondes and maybe some reds. If you look best in popping extreme colors, then you'll probably be able to work the more extreme hair colors like jet black or platinum blonde. Your hair color should complement your skin tone and make your natural skin tone pop; you shouldn't end up looking washed out or dull.

If you have really pale skin, then perhaps a dark hair color won't look the greatest on you. But if you have a more olive complexion, then dark hair could really work for you. If you have a reddish complexion, steer clear of reds and strawberries for hair color. Blonds will look pretty, but not strawberry blondes.

Red is always a color that you should approach with caution. Most people can look good in some shade of red, but you need to make sure that you find that right shade, and usually do-it-yourself hair color doesn't go over well with red. If red is the way you want to go, then consult your hair stylist. This next tip goes for all hair color, but especially with red: you need to consider your natural base color (or colored base color, if you've already had an all-around color), because the color you choose from the box or tube won't necessarily look the same on your hair. Again, consult with your hair stylist.

The thing to remember with coloring your hair is that you have to consider your skin tone and your natural hair color. You can easily achieve incredible results with hair color, but you just need to do it the right way. Good luck!


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