Readers Question: How do I get gorgeous hair color? I am so tired of my hair looking dull. Joan
Answer to Readers Question: There are a few golden rules to follow to attain that gorgeous hair color we all desire.
- If you have yellow or olive skin tones you would look better with deep golden or dark-amber hues- honey or caramel Those with fair or rosy complexions look best in cooler shades like sandy blonde or express brown. If you are somewhere in between, stick with neutral wheat or chocolate tones.
- It is impossible to verbalize extract shades of color so when you go to a salon bring in shots of models with great hair color or photos of your favorite stars or photos of you a a child with natural strawberry highlights. But make sure that the person in the photo has a similar skin tone and hair texture.
- If you are doing your own hair coloring, eliminate the guesswork by testing a few strands before committing your whole head. Cut about 10 strands of your hair from the nape of your neck paint on the color and rinse it off after the time stated on the box. If you like what you see, you will have no worries and you need to go for it with confidence.
- When choosing an at-home-hair-coloring kit, check the swatches shown on the side of the box to make sure you are choosing a hue within two shades of your natural color. If you deviate too far from you god-given shade the results may be brassy ends, an ashy cast or even worse a greenish tint. You can easily go darker or lighter next time but fixing color when you have gone too far is a very damaging and expensive process.
- Highlights should mimic what the sun does naturally, not bleach every third strand. Ask your colorist at the salon to limit them to the top of your head weaving in the boldest pieces around your face.
- If you are 100% silver, then a permanent-dye formula is the only way to get full-coverage. If you hair is only 35% gray or less, opt for a simi-permanent shade, which can create a highlighted look that’s gentler on hair.
- When using permanent dye at home, target only your natural hair color that is visible. The tips of your strands are more porous than your roots, so they soak up color quickly, and as a result, they tend to turn too dark and flat when they are dyed.