If you've been looking for a way to shake things up and get a whole new look, one of the easiest ways to do that is by changing your hair color. Before you take the plunge, though, you'll want to be sure that you're choosing a color that will look as fabulous as you hope it will. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right shade for your new look.
Complement Your Skin Tone
Your hair color should go well with your skin tone, otherwise it will look unnatural. If your skin is naturally pale with pink undertones, that's a cool skin tone. If you have a cool skin tone, you may also have veins that seem blue through the skin. If you have a warm skin tone, on the other hand, your skin may have peach or gold tones. In that case, your veins may appear somewhat green under your skin.
Think About Your Clothes
In addition to considering your basic skin tone, you'll also want to think about how your wardrobe fits with your skin. Compare a few different clothing colors, including purples and blues as well as earth tones, reds and yellows. If your skin tone looks best with blues, purples and greens, that indicates that you need a cool tone for your hair color. If your skin looks best with reds, yellows and oranges, you'll want to choose a warm shade.
Choose Your Shade
If you've determined that you need a warm-toned color, consider something like golden blonde, red, or brown. If you need a cooler shade, opt for a light brown, platinum blonde or ash blonde shade instead.
While you're choosing your hair shade, you'll want to think about how drastic a change you want to make. Opt for a color that's only a few shades different from your natural color if you're looking for a subtle change. If you want something more significant, choose a shade that's quite a bit different. Just remember that more drastic color changes require more consistent maintenance, because your roots will be much more obvious with significant changes.
One of the best ways to ensure that you're happier with your new color is to work with a professional colorist who can not only narrow down the best color for your skin but can also help you with the progression of the changes if you're looking to make a more significant change in stages.