How to Choose New Hair Color

Deciding to color your hair can give you a boost of confidence and glamour no matter if you do it yourself, or get your hair colored by a salon stylist. And you can take bland, boring hair, and turn it into beautiful, shiny hair just by choosing the right hair color.

But while it seems easy enough to choose a new hair color, there are some things to take into consideration before starting.

After all, you don’t want to risk dying your hair and ending up with green, or streaky hair color!

The main thing to remember is that changing your hair color is based on the color your hair is naturally. Natural hair color is the reflection of light of the colored pigments in your hair shaft; so changing your hair color from one to another involves adding, or subtracting, colors to and from the hair shaft. With this being said, you probably have a good reason for wanting to go through this process to jazz up your hair style, and you may also have expectations in mind for the results.

But the results could very well end up being different than what you expected because the process involves more than blindly picking a color from the store. This being said, here are some other things you need to keep in mind before deciding on a new color. And if you have any more questions, visit a hair salon for extra advice.

Different Shades

Learn your Level

The levels (also known as shades) are made up of a variety of reflections off the pigments in your hair shafts. The 10 hair levels are listed below:
Different hair colors

  • Black
  • Very Dark Brown
  • Dark Brown
  • Brown
  • Medium Brown
  • Light Brown
  • Dark Blonde
  • Light Blonde
  • Very Light Blonde
  • Light Platinum Blonde

The levels go from dark to light, meaning black (number 1) reflects the least amount of light, and light platinum blonde (number10) reflects the most amount of light. When you know what your natural light level is, it’s best to stay within four shades of this color for the most natural look. You can determine if you are a cool or warm level by looking at your skin tone, eye color and natural hair color; this is all important for a more natural change. Here is what to look for when it comes to the cool or warm categories.

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Warm or Cool?

If your natural eye color is black-brown, dark brown, gray, dark blue or hazel, you will probably fall under the cool category; however, you should also check skin tone and natural hair color before deciding on anything.

To be in the cool category, your skin should be very dark brown, olive, medium, golden or pale. Plus your natural hair color should be blue-black, dark brown, brown, dirty blonde or platinum blonde.

If your natural eye color is golden brown, green or green-blue, you’re considered to be warm. In addition to this, your natural skin tone should be peachy, pale or freckled, with hair that is golden brown, red, strawberry blonde or golden blonde.

For those of you in the warm category, choose a new hair color that has a base of red, orange, yellow or gold; if you fall into the cool category, use a new color that has a base of blue, violet or neutral. If you’re still not sure what color to dye your hair, here are a few more suggestions based on your skin tone alone.

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