How To Choose The Perfect Hair Color
When it comes to hair color, everyone has an opinion. With so many shades and tones of blonde, brown, black, red, and more to choose from at the salon or drugstore, how can you be sure you’re making the right choice? We’ve created a handy guide with some tips for choosing your perfect shade.
The first thing you should do is find out what’s in season. For example; if winter is coming up soon then dark colors like deep browns may not be as popular for that time of year. You also want to think about your skin tone – cool-toned blondes look great on people with pale skin but warm-toned blondes will look better on those who have darker complexions. To see which colors work best for you, check out our hair color chart.
When it comes to your haircut, there are lots of options but the most popular style is long layered cuts. You can create different looks and styles with the right cut so make sure that you’re choosing one that suits you. Also, keep in mind that longer cuts may require more time and effort when it comes to styling. However, if you have curly hair then the shorter hairstyles might not be right for you as they might leave your curls looking wild and unruly.
After deciding on your style, ask yourself one last question – am I happy with my hair? If you are just keeping your hair the same color because you don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a new salon, then maybe it’s time for a change. And if you constantly dread getting your hair cut or colored, it might be worth taking some time to find out why. Hair color and haircuts are not just about style; they can also make us feel like ourselves again after a major life change or as a boost of confidence. If you’re ready to go red, then find your perfect shade with the help of our hair color charts. And if you like what you see, be sure to stop by your local H&M store for expert advice and services.
Hair color is one of the most important elements in creating a perfect look. Although it’s not always possible to have your hair colored professionally, there are times when you need to do it yourself. So how can you choose the right shade of hair color? What should you bear in mind?
What colors work with your skin tone and hair type?
As a general rule, choosing the right color for you is all about making sure it works well with your skin. If you have fair skin, lighter colors will probably look better on you than darker ones. They could even be too bold or overpowering if you’re very pale. Alternatively, if you have dark skin, the darker colors might be a better bet for your complexion.
What hair color do you want?
This is an important question to ask yourself before you buy any dye. If you’re not sure what color would look best on your hair – maybe because it’s difficult to decide between many colors, or you don’t know what they all look like – then maybe it’s a good idea to try them out at the hairdressers first. That way, you’ll get to see how they make your hair look and also be able to ask the professionals for advice about which is best.
How much effort are you willing to put into making it look good?
If you want a really high-quality result then you might need to put in a bit of effort. First, make sure your hair is at its best by using plenty of hair products that help to condition it and keep it healthy. Then don’t rush the coloring process – do it slowly and carefully. Also, use a hair color that’ll last so you don’t have to do it all again in a few weeks.
How long will you keep your hair color?
Another way to decide which shade of hair color is best for you is to consider how long it’ll take you to get bored with it. If the novelty wears off quickly then maybe there’s no point in spending a lot of money on the highest quality dyes, as you’ll have to change your hair color within a few weeks anyway.
What if there’s no time to get it done professionally?
If you’re running short on time and can’t get an appointment at the hairdressers for another week or so, then there are a couple of things you can do before your appointment to make sure you get the right shade.
First, if you’re unsure of what’s best for your hair then find a picture of someone whose hair color is similar to yours and print it out. Then take this with you when you next go to the hairdressers, so you can give it to the experts and ask what color you should choose. You could also try using a hair dye kit – they’re quite easy to use as you simply have to apply various solutions in order on the sections of your hair, then wait for each one to process before applying the next. This takes some time but there’s no cutting or spraying involved, which can be tricky if you’re not sure what to do.
How can you avoid choosing an inappropriate hair color?
Choose the right kind of dye for your hair and use a good quality brand that doesn’t damage it. Plus, look after your hair with regular deep conditioning treatments. You could even try putting some olive oil into your conditioner.
Use a semi-permanent dye if you only want to change your hair color slightly. This is ideal for adding dimension and depth, rather than giving it a completely new look. When choosing a semi-permanent dye, pick one with the same level of lift as the permanent dye you’re going to use after.
Once you’ve chosen your hair color, don’t wash your hair for at least 24 hours afterward to allow the dye to set.
Choose a neutral shampoo and conditioner that won’t react with the dye. You could also try using a color-preserving shampoo or a clarifying shampoo too, as they’ll help stop any residue from building up in your hair.
If you have any silver or gray hairs, try using a shampoo designed specifically for those, as it’ll be less likely to discolor them.
Some people swear by after-dye treatments to keep their color radiant and bright – others say they don’t make much of a difference. Use one only if you feel it’ll really help your hair and if you’re happy to pay for it.
How long will the results last?
The exact time it takes to fade depends on the quality of dye used, whether you washed your hair every day after dying it and how well you looked after your hair in general. But don’t worry, even if some color does start to show through, it won’t always be obvious.
How long your hair color lasts also depends on the natural color you’re trying to achieve. For example, if you want blonde highlights then it’ll take longer than if you want dark brown ones.
How much is too much?
If you dye your hair from a lighter color to a darker one then it might not look very good because you’re basically going against nature. For example, if you naturally have dark hair and dye it blonde or light brown, some of the blonde/brown will go yellowy, which can make your whole head look mousy.
If you’re planning to go from a lighter color to a darker one, then try using a semi-permanent dye first to give your hair some dimension and depth.