Want to change your hair color?
Of course you can! But it all depends on the result you want to achieve. If you choose a shade that flatters your complexion then you'll always get a more natural - and, dare I say, a better result!
If, of course, you want to create drama then the sky is your limit.
Just like the colors you wear, your hair is next to your face and some shades will flatter you and some can make you look quite sickly.
You can enhance your hair color or even go for a complete change very successfully if you follow a few guidelines.
I talk a lot about Warm and Cool undertones. Your hair is naturally in tune with your skin and, to look your best, keep to the same undertone i.e. Warm or Cool, for any hair colorant otherwise your complexion can be 'thrown' off balance.
But INTENSITY is also important.
Dark hair and eyebrows against fair skin is what gives clarity and contrast to Katy Perry's beautiful coloring.
With blonde hair the contrast and the clarity is lost. It is difficult to lighten dark hair to this degree so the color is difficult to control.
Keep dark hair dark and enjoy the drama of different tones. Choose burgundy or chestnut for Cool skin; copper, mahogany or rich auburn for Warm skin.
Angelina Jolie's natural coloring is soft - the complete opposite.
Mostly we tend to talk about undertone - that is whether your have a WARM or COOL undertone.
Both your skin and hair are designed naturally to complement each other. If you want to change the color of your hair, then it's wise to follow the natural undertone of your skin.
If you stick to the same undertone you can sometimes get away with a more drastic change - light to dark or dark to light - but still difficult.
If you've got a Warm undertone to your skin, you will probably belong to one of the 3 Warm color families - Spring, Autumn or the Warm tonal family.
always have a kind of golden glow - from strawberry blonde through to
deep auburn. So if you want to change your hair color always choose
from the warm palette - gold, copper, auburn, rich chestnut depending on
whether you are fair or dark.
Whether you want to brighten or cover grey, it's always best to use 2 or 3 shades together to keep your look alive and natural, avoiding a solid artificial look.
If you have a Cool undertone, you are likely to belong to one of the 3 Cool color families - Summer, Winter or the Cool color family.
Cool skins have a blue undertone and need ash tones to complement - ash blonde hair through to the deepest ash brown.
When you are adding color ensure that you always maintain cool tones as golden/warm tones can look 'brassy' and make your skin look yellow, particularly if the color is fading. No hair is 100% Cool but any red tones should be discouraged.
Beware! Hairdressers love warm tones, but you should avoid golds, coppers etc. and use a silver shampoo if you need to tone color down.
WINTER - Although you are Cool, Deep and Bright with dramatic contrast your hair will usually transition into a delightful silver and you will still retain the beautiful contrast. In the same way you can actually be a successful blonde as long as you stick to ash tones and don't compromise your skin
color. I would however suggest that you consult a good hairdresser for such a dramatic change.
A fair haired child? Then you will almost inevitably have darkened slightly. Add highlights to introduce a brightness and freshness which retains a youthful look. They will always look better if you can follow your skin tone.
Flatter a warm skin tone with golden blonde and a cool skin with ash tones - a pearl or champagne blonde will suit either. A mixture of Highlights/Lowlights is effective at covering grey as one solid color is often too heavy.
Who's to say what's right or wrong? Would Zandra Rhodes have attracted such attention in her early days without her trademark locks? If you're in a creative environment it might be the way to go.
Are you safe or experimental? It's your choice whether you choose to follow the guidelines above or whether you want to make a statement!
To change your hair color is such a personal thing so go with what's right for YOU and your LIFESTYLE!
"Red hair Sir, in my opinion, is a dangerous thing!"
Jeeves, P G Wodehouse