Q: I want to change my hair color, but am afraid of doing something that will look weird against my skin tone. What should I consider before deciding on a new look? Any rules of thumb I should keep in mind?
A: Three things to consider:
- Look at your eye color closely. Do you see specks of yellow or gold? If you do, it’s a safe bet that warm-toned hair color will look good on you. If you don’t, opt for cool tones.
- Generally speaking, you should be safe if you stay two tones away from your natural color (two shades darker or two shades lighter).
- It could be helpful to look at photos of yourself as a child. What did your hair look like when you were between the ages of 8-10? You won’t go wrong if you try to recreate that look!
Q: I’m really interested in red hair but not sure I can keep up with the commitment. Realistically, how often does a vibrant red, a la Christina Hendricks or Karen Elson, need to be touched up? And will the red get all over my sheets?
A: Well, it depends. If your hair has been over processed pre-red, you might fade more quickly. In that case, you can keep the “pop” alive by stopping into the salon every 2 weeks for a refreshing color gloss. Otherwise, your roots should be touched up about every four weeks to maintain the color you want—and a color gloss can keep the ends looking vibrant. Red sheets shouldn’t be anything to worry about, as long as a professional permanent color is used and proper rinsing takes place.
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Thanks to Liz and BeautyFix for this great and informative piece!