Finding your perfect hair color

Yes, I am posting about hair color.  After all, I was a hairstylist before I turned baker, and fashion and beauty will always be near & dear to my heart!  With that being said, here is a fantastic "recipe" or some guidelines to follow when wanting to change your hair color & I have provided a great chart below to help with knowing your tones from black to dark brown to red to light blonde.  You always want to be specific with your hairstylist.

First off,  my biggest tip for all of you beauties its to make sure you choose a color that is going to enhance your complexion.   Now, this may mean going with a color slightly different from one that you truly desire. You might want to go that deep coffee brown but if it is going to wash you out, what's the point?  You don't want to go dark just to say you have dark hair, but look tired and washed out all the time.  The tone of your hair color can really alter your appearance for better or worse.  

When choosing a hair color, the trick is to complement your skin tone in order to minimize flaws and bring out the best in your complexion.   Picking the wrong shade can be a disaster for your overall appearance. It can make you look tired, sickly or unnaturally ruddy. On the other hand, when you  pick a color that does compliment your skin tone, you look absolutely radiant.  The first step is to determine if your skin tone is cool or warm. 

In general...

Cool: You will generally see a cool skin tone if your hair is naturally bluish-black, dark brown, medium ash or golden blonde.  You skin will be either Pale with pink or no undertones; Medium, holds pink, golden or no cheek color; Very Dark Brown (some Latinas or African Americans); or True Olive (Asian). A tip: "cool blues" do well with blue-red hair shades, such as burgundy, ruby, garnet, cherry or Bordeaux.

Warm: You will mostly likely have a warm skin tone if your natural hair color is red, reddish or golden brown, deep brown, strawberry blonde or natural golden blonde. Your skin will be Pale, with peach or gold undertones; Brown, with pink, butterscotch, copper, caramel or golden undertones (some Latinas or African Americans); or Freckled. "Warm yellows" do best with copper, cinnamon, ginger, russet and strawberry shades of red hair color..

Quick tip: Another way to figure out if you have a warm or a cool skin tone is to look at the veins in your arm. If they look blue, chances are you are a cool; if they have more of a greenish tint, you're probably a warm.

General tips for warm/yellow/golden skin tones
*Try deep, rich base colors like dark golden brown, chestnut, mahogany or auburn
*Highlight with red, cinnamon or copper


General tips for cool/blue-red skin tones
*Try intense shades of brown, red or blonde for a base color
*Highlight with wheat, honey, taupe or ash shades that contrast base

General tips for red, ruddy skin tones:
*Avoid bright red tones, and don't over-bleach
*Cool ruddiness with beige, honey brown, golden or light coffee color

One more little tip...when you look good, you feel good.  

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