In your quest to get the best advice on coloring your hair, you must have come across several basic tips related to hair coloring. Some such suggestions include evaluating your natural hair color, choosing a color that complements the color of your skin and eyes, and so on.
However, you must have realized by now that there are certain other valuable suggestions beyond these common tips that you ought to be aware of.
So, enhance the looks of your locks by following the valuable tips and tricks discussed below.
- What is your skin tone? Is it cool or warm? If you are having a tough time answering these questions, here’s some help. Cool skin tones are characterized by locks that are naturally dark brown, bluish-black, golden blonde, medium ash, or other similar shades in color.
In addition, the skin is usually pale with slight or no undertones at all. It can also be medium with pink or gold hues. At times, the cheek color is almost non existent.
Warm skin tone, on the other hand, is classified by red, deep brown, golden brown, golden blonde or strawberry blonde hair. Skin is mostly pale, with peach or gold undertones. It can also be brown with copper, butterscotch, pink or caramel undertones.
Freckles, too, are to be taken into consideration. Interestingly, it has been observed that individuals with bluish veins are more likely to have cool skin tone, whereas those who have somewhat greenish tint in vein color tend to have warm skin tone.
- Hair colors suitable for cool skin tone include burgundy, bordeaux, cherry, ruby or other variations in blue-red shades. It is suggested to avoid yellow and bronze colors on cool skin tone. You can try beige or light coffee colors in case of ruddy skin tone.
- Warm skin tone is better off with russet, cinnamon, chestnut, copper, or strawberry shades. The trick is to use deep, rich base colors like auburn or mahogany. Steer clear of white, blue, violet and brassy blond colors.
- When interested in natural look, go for a shade that is within two shades of the normal color of your beautiful tresses.
- Add gloss to your lustrous locks by getting gloss treatment done on your hair after coloring. It usually lasts for about 2-4 weeks.
- If you are bothered about risk of hair damage due to application of colors, opt for highlights. Make them more impressive by using a combination of two or more shades, especially around the face to brighten up your look.
- When using contrasts of highlights and lowlights, keep the season in mind. Consider this simple tip while getting your hair colored; select a bit darker colors for winters and lighter colors for summers.
- In case you are fond of organic colors, collect information on fruit and vegetable rinses. For example, blondes can use yellow blossomed herbs to add color to their hair. Application of chamomile tea infusions tends to lighten blonde hair.
- Another useful suggestion for taking care of your color-treated tresses is to deep condition your hair at least once in every two weeks.
- Tips for curly hair focus on diluting the color by adding distilled water in hair activator (reduce the quantity of activator by a quarter).
Here’s a video showing how to color your hair at home.
- While doing touch-ups to recolor the roots after a while, remember to wear a shower cap to avoid the color from dripping and hence, reaching the ends.
You can remove the cap during the last five minutes of the process if slight touch-up is required at the ends as well.
- Application of color shampoos can help retain the color for a little longer, thereby delaying the need for touch-ups.
- In case of frizzy hair, it is better to opt for darker colors as they tend to make your hair look smooth and healthy by covering the frizz.
- Catch up with the latest hair color trends to help you choose an appropriate color.
- When trying to mask your grays, consider getting a semi-permanent color rather than hair dye if your hair is less than 15% gray. When using dyes, use one part conditioner with three parts of dye to minimize hair damage.
Needless to add, use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated for color treated hair. Wear swimming caps while swimming.
Plus, perform a strand test on a small portion (preferably under layer) before going ahead with the procedure for your entire head. This is, perhaps, one of the most obvious yet least followed tips that is extremely useful when considering about coloring your hair.