How to Choose the Perfect Hair Color
When it comes to changing up your style, changing up your hair can make a big difference. Sure, you may have the cut and style you want, but yet, something tells you it still looks kinda dull. So what do we often think about doing? Changing the color of your hair.
Whether you just want a mild change or a drastic one, choosing the perfect hair color can be a task in itself. If you were to walk into any beauty store or down the beauty aisle at Target, the choices can be daunting. Especially since newer colors just keep showing up.
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I get it. Trust me, I do. I happen to be a natural blonde so for the longest time that’s all I stuck with. And wouldn’t know, it is possible to choose the WRONG color of blonde (more on that in a minute). Later on in my life I went from blonde, to blue, to black, to red, back to blonde, to brown, to blonde, etc, etc I think you get the picture. I was experimenting at the time with hair color because I was younger and looking for fun.
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Now that I am older and have more of a responsibility to be more “professional”, I am sticking to my roots. Blonde that is. I am tired of having to color my hair every month or so just because my roots are showing. If my hair was SUPER blonde, my roots looked black. If my hair was any darker, like black, my roots would show up…GREY! What the heck?? I don’t have grey hair!! But that was the appearance. It took several months for me to finally get the right color that I want and now love.
If you are struggling to find the perfect hair color for yourself, keep reading!
First, and probably the most dreadful one, I let my hair grow out. Not ideal BUT I needed to see what my natural hair color looked like. This meant a few months of roots growing. Come to find out my hair is NOT grey but more like Taylor Swift’s hair color. Personally, I’m not a fan of it but then again, I also don’t know too many women out there who like their natural hair color.
Now that I know my natural hair color, it was time to research. And by research I mean finding out my skin tone and undertone. I am fairly light skinned but what about my undertone? Am I warm, cool, or neutral? Turns out, I thought I was cool tone but while getting a free makeover at Sephora, I was told I’m more neutral. This meant that my options are all over the place, I could go one way or the other, as long as I choose the correct color tone.
*Tip: To determine your skin tone, ask a professional, like at Sephora. If that is not possible, look at the veins on your wrist. If they appear more blue/purple you are cool tone. If they appear more green, you are warm tone. Cool tones will also have a pinkish/blue tint whereas warm tones have a yellowish-gold. Neutral tones are a mix of both.
When I say color tone, I mean that hair color also comes in a variety of cool and warm. Take blonde for example. You have cool blonde, golden blonde, warm blonde, the list goes on. As much as I love those golden blonde colors, I tend to avoid them. Why? Well even though I am more neutral tone, in some light, my skin appears very yellow/gold-ish. The result? My hair and skin will “match” and that is a look I don’t care for.
The next step I did was I went back to the old school rule, only coloring a shade or two lighter or darker than your natural hair color. Since I feel I have “grown out” of my coloring phase, I decided to actually follow this rule. The benefit to this? As my hair grows out and I am unable to color when I’m suppose to, it will look more “blended” in.
Through trial and error, I discovered that platinum blonde was too blonde and made me look washed out. Golden blonde always made me look “yellow”. As it turns out, ash blonde was the way to go for me. Ironic huh?
When I start looking for a color, I don’t look for a color I like first. Allow me to explain. I already have an ideal of which color I want based on my natural hair, skin tone and undertone. I am looking for an ash blonde. And that is where my search begins. I look for the blonde hair color that has term “ash” on it.
*If you are looking for a cool color, look first for the colors that say, “Cool Blonde”, or “Cool Black.” Same goes for warm color. The box will have “Warm Red” or “Warm Brown” on it.
Since I decided to go lighter blonde, I searched for shades that were two shades lighter than my natural hair color that stated “ash blonde” on it. This is where I then start picking a color I like. I like L’Oreal so usually that is where I start and usually go with.
My color of choice-
I go with the L’Oreal Excellence Creme 01 High-lift Extra Light Natural Ash Blonde. I find this color works best for my skin tone (light), doesn’t wash me out, and is close to my natural hair color (ash blonde). It’s also pretty affordable.