Choosing Your Hair Color

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Choosing your Hair color ... what shade works best on you?
You've finally decided to color your hair after seeing how great your friends' hair color looks on her. So you rush to the store, buy that exact hair color and do it yourself at home. Come to find out, the hair color looks all wrong on you and you hate it. I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me before I went to Cosmetology school. You ask yourself  "why did this happen". Here's why... When you're choosing a hair color, it's not as simple as picking up a box and getting that exact hair color match. Many elements factor in when coloring your hair:  Your Skin tone, eye color, your natural and artificial hair color all play a big role in which hair color  shade will look great on you. 

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Are you in the cool or warm category?

First and most important when choosing the perfect hair color for you is to determine whether you fall into the WARM or COOL category. Why is this so important?  Think of it this way... Have you ever bought the wrong shade of makeup foundation. All of a sudden your skin looks orange. Or too ashy. You must have chosen a color that clashes with your natural skin tone. Just like when picking a foundation shade, you need to look at your skin tone to pick the right hair color that will compliment your tone not clash with it. If you're still unsure about your category, use color guides such as More Alive with Color. In More Alive with Color, you'll take quizzes that make it simple to choose the best colors that work for you in clothes, makeup, accessories and hair color.  .

Below we have simplified finding your skin tone into 2 main categories:

Cool Category:

If you are two or more of these, then you fall into the cool category. 

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If your Eyes are:
Deep brown or black-brown 
Gray blue or dark blue 
Hazel with white, gray or blue flecks 

Skin Tone:
Very dark brown 
True olive (most Asians and Latinos) 
Medium with no color in cheeks 
Medium with faint pink cheeks
Medium with golden undertones 
Pale with no color in cheeks
Pale with pink undertones 
Brown or bronze when I tan 

Natural Hair Color:
Blue black 
Deepest coffee brown 
Medium ash brown
Medium golden brown 
Dishwater blonde
Salt and pepper
White 

Another good trick is to look at your clothing. Cools look better in Jewel Toned clothing: blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and blue-based reds.

Hair color that Cool skin tones should avoid:

Naturally cool people should avoid gold, yellow, red and bronze tones in hair color. These warm tones have a tendency to make you look sallow and drawn. 

Hair color that Cool tones look best with:

The best hair color shades for a cool toned person are shinny raven-wing blacks, cool ash browns, cool blondes in shades ranging from mink to platinum and icy white. Highlights should be wheat, honey, taupe or ash shades. Stick to neutral, ash and beige bases when choosing a hair color. You're also fortunate enough to be able to wear many exciting "unnatural" hair colors like lipstick reds, burgundies, and orchids, purples 

Warm Category:

If you are two or more of these, then you fall into the warm category. 

If your Eyes are:
Golden brown 
Green, green blue or turquoise  
Hazel with gold or brown flecks 

Skin Tone:
Brown with pink undertone 
Brown with golden undertone 
Pale with peach or gold undertones 
Freckled 
Ruddy 

Natural Hair Color:
Deep brown with gold or red highlights 
Red
Strawberry blonde 
Gray with a yellow cast 
Natural golden blonde
Another good trick is to look at your clothing. Warms look better in Earth Toned clothing: yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens and orange-based reds.

Hair color that Warm skin tones should avoid:

You should avoid blue, violet, (beige) and ash based based hair colors which will  "wash out" your skin color. 

Hair color that Warm tones look best with:

You'll find dark,...
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