With so many hair colors out there, what’s one of the best one for you? Is it Jen Aniston’s highlights? Is it the attractive red Rene Russo wore within the Thomas Crown Affair? How about the shiny, nearly black shade of Courtney Cox’s long locks?
When deciding on the fitting hair color for yourself, there are numerous options to contemplate. As an expert stylist since (yikes!) 1984, I can assist, even without seeing your hair. While selecting the best color will be practically, emotionally, and financially based, it’s best to actually consider all of those when making the precise choice. Let’s get started!
Let me begin by saying that I am a current working stylist, behind the chair five days a week. Most of my clientele pay me to color their hair, while I have a few that color it themselves at home. I will address both of these options here, and make it easier to to ask the fitting inquiries to get to the best choice for you.
I believe it is best to have your hair colored by an expert. You are not surprised are you? This is why: I’ve seen many “home” hair colors go wrong, and that i assure you that it is more cost effective to have someone like me do it right the primary time. Corrective color may be very costly, not to mention the damage that may be done by having to color greater than once in a brief span of time. When you absolutely must color at home, I recommend using deposit-only color, (which contains no ammonia and would not lighten the hair), and choosing a color that’s not less than one shade lighter than you think you want the first time. Don’t trust the picture on the box! It isn’t what it appears more often than not. It’s much easier to darken the color if it is too light than the reverse.
Okay, so you have decided to have your stylist color your hair. If you’re switching from home hair color, remember that it might take a couple of salon visits to make the change-over. Depending on what you’ve been coloring with, your stylist may must make some adjustments to the color that will not be completely transformed on the primary visit. If they’re like me, they are going to protect the integrity of your hair even if it means multiple visit to perfect it.
Regardless of who can be doing the color, whether it’s your regular stylist or someone new, you need to be prepared to ask and answer some questions first. The primary question to ask is not what color, but how often? It will not make you happy to have a color that requires monthly salon visits for those who and/or your budget will allow a visit say, every eight weeks. That is four weeks of thinking why did I do that? There are color choices for every time frame, and going a bit longer between visits can change the equation from budget-busting to affordable similar to that. In case your hair is of course dark, platinum highlights aren’t the precise choice if you do not need to be in the salon a minimum of every four weeks. Maybe highlights in a softer caramel or beige color would work better for you. (Although if you’re fond of the newest “Ombre” highlighted look, grown out roots is likely to be just what you’ve got been dreaming of.) See? There’s a color for everybody!
If you wish to eliminate gray hair, there are various options, but again we must consider the time factor. How briskly does your hair grow? How much gray hair do you have got? If you’re just starting to gray, highlights will be the reply until your gray hair measures 50% or more of your hair volume. Up to 50% can usually be blended in with highlights in the right shade, depending on your natural color. If your hair is naturally dark, again, be careful with how light you make those highlights, as the regrowth of dark hair can be difficult to manage unless you do not mind more frequent visits to the salon. If highlighting is not the correct choice for you, and also you want to stay as natural looking as possible, your stylist can match a shade of your natural color and eliminate the gray that way. Custom colors may be added that may enhance the color too, so you possibly can have a bit of fun with it, along with covering the gray.
Another strategy to beat the gray and never break your budget is to alternate between highlights and root coloring every other visit. Here’s how it works: start with highlights, either partial or full, you and your stylist will decide which one is sensible for you. Hint: if your hair is shoulder length or above, a partial should be sufficient. Six to eight weeks later once you return to the salon, your stylist touches up the “roots” or regrowth of your hair with a color, which buffers the area from regrowth to highlights. Reason for this is twofold: a touchup is less expensive than a highlight, it takes less time. And over time, this looks more natural than either a highlight or color alone especially in case you are factoring in gray hair which can be so unruly! Solid color tames gray hair better since you are covering all of it, not just the sections that get colored with foils.
To illustrate highlights just aren’t right for you. They don’t seem to be for everyone. In the event you prefer a solid color, your stylist needs to be able to determine which shade will work best for you. Are you wanting as natural a look as possible, just getting rid of the gray? That’s a simple one. Your stylist can match your hair color as closely as possible, or add some other shades in for fun. Maybe a rich brown with a hint of red? A coppery blonde? The alternatives are endless. Just be careful in choosing a color that is just too far out of your natural range, in depth or lightness.
Skin tone certainly plays into hair color. Mother Nature rarely gets it wrong in what natural color she gives us, so I’d recommend not veering too far off from the natural tone. You probably have natural warm undertones, choose a color with at the least a bit of warmth to complement your natural coloring; the identical if you are ashier or cooler naturally. It does not imply you can’t have fun, and many it with hair color. So many possibilities exist, it is just up to you and your stylist to explore and find the one(s) which might be best for you!