It’s so hard to make decisions when your options are practically endless, as they are when it comes to hair color. Every year brings a new set of trends, and more often than not you’re still hung up on the past couple of years’ trends. It can be overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve put together this quick step-by-step guide of the steps you should take to decide on a hair color.
The first step is simple enough; just take a moment to think about it. Think about what hair color you’ve loved on others in the past, either on celebrities or people you know. Just really reflect on whose hair you’ve been most drawn to. Although there are a lot of steps to figuring out which color works best for you, it’s also important to take your personal desires into consideration.
Phone A Friend
Ask your friends, or even some professional hair stylists, what color they think would work best for you. After all, the people in our lives actually spend more time looking at us than we do! We are our own biggest critics, so it’s always best to get a second opinion — you might think you can — or can’t — pull off a certain look, but your friends will set you straight.
Are You Warm or Cool Toned?
A fun trick that professional hairstylists recommend is to use colored paper to figure out if you’re warm or cool toned. They suggest finding a piece of red or yellow paper, and then another piece of green or blue paper and holding both against your makeup-free face. It’s important to do this in a naturally lit room. Look into the mirror and you should notice that one paper is actually more flattering to your skin than the other. This step will help you to determine whether warm or cool toned shades will suit your skin best.
Eyes Are Windows
A lot of what we do when it comes to makeup or hair or even clothing works to complement our eye color. Hair color is a big factor that can really help to bring out your eyes and give them an extra pop. For example, cooler blue eyes can look beautiful with more silvery-toned hair colors. The eyes can be a really helpful indicator as to what hair color will look best on you.
Where Are You Starting?
You definitely need to take your current hair situation into consideration. It’s very important in terms of choosing the right color for you but also to avoid damaging your hair. There’s nothing harder than trying to go blonde when you’re naturally dark-haired. You’re faced with numerous steps to try to safely tone down your hair color, or you’ll be faced with insanely strong bleach that is going to seriously damage your hair, and can lead to hair loss.
Your hair color can also play a big role depending on the look you’re going for. If you want a more natural look and transition, then you’re going to want to choose a color that’s only a few shades lighter or darker than your natural hair.
A lot of people underestimate the upkeep and maintenance it takes when it comes to hair color. That is often why you find people regretting the decisions they’ve made when it comes to hair. To avoid that, you’re going to want to really consider how hard your choice is going to be to maintain. One of the hardest colors to maintain is reddish colors — they’re super easy to wash out and you need to constantly revive them and take very good care. Another difficulty comes with the recent trends of ombre or balayage, they can often get too brassy and so you need to constantly retouch them and use very specific hair care products.
While this is often a factor that isn’t given much thought, it is actually more important than you think. It’s important to consider the seasons because you’re not going to feel great about a super dark color with summer right around the corner.
The lighter colors are going to work best for the spring or summer whereas you might want to save darker tones for cooler months. This might seem silly but most people change their entire wardrobe and makeup routine seasonally, so you’re going to want your hair to complement that change.