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    How to Choose the Right Hair Color

    Side by side photos of four women with different skin tones
    If your skin tone is cool and blonde is your goal; here’s what to do and what not to do.

    Laura asks:

    Hi, I am pretty confused about what skin tone I am. I can get REALLY tan, but I usually burn before I tan (at least at first). I am a natural brunette, medium to dark, but I get blondish high lights very easily (sometimes they are reddish). My veins are blue, though. I have never dyed my hair and I want to go blonde but I’m scared that I’m too dark for it. Then I see celebrities like Jessica Alba who have a darker complexion rocking blonde and it makes me hopeful. Should I chance it, and if so, what shades won’t look horrible with my skin tone??

    Jessica Alba- warm blonde . . . uuuugRihanna Short Hair Style
    Jessica Alba- too blonde!Jessica Alba – warm and cool tones

    Hi Laura:

    I think Jessica Alba is a good choice to look at when considering a hair color change such as you are. From the above description I think you fall into the ‘cool’ category as does Jessica Alba. That doesn’t mean your skin tone has the same depth of color, but you both still have cool skin tones, cool natural hair colors and cool eye colors.

    Consider high lights rather than an all over color to lighten your hair! My eye says, Jessica Alba looks much better when she stays closer to her natural hair color than going too light. My favorite hair colors for her are the chestnut browns with mostly cool (and some warm) highlights. These hair colors compliment her skin tone and eyes best. Darker hair compliments blue and brown eyes better than a light blonde hair color.

    The best way to go lighter with your hair is by first placing two or more shades of highlights around your face. Keep your high lights within two shades of your own natural hair color and it will look more natural. Two or more shades of highlights will add dimension to the hair. Start slow and see what you like best. You’ll hear compliments if your hair colorist gets it right.

    Don’t make the mistake of opting for such a drastic hair color change all at once (from your dark brunette to an all over blonde.) This especially holds true if you have never colored your hair before. Slight changes with hair color will make a big change in your appearance and not compromise the health of your hair as an overall lightening would.

    Another big thing to consider when choosing a new hair color is the time and $$ you are willing to spend on upkeep. To go an overall blonde, you will need a root touch-up every 4 to 6 weeks. With highlighting, you can go possibly 2 to 3 months between tough-ups!

    I don’t recommend the over-all blonde for you. I think it could wash you out, like it does on Jessica Alba above. Opt instead for the more natural looking highlights, no more than two shades lighter than your own hair color, and I think it will be just what you’re looking for!


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    Our Best Hair Color Tips for Spring

    light blonde shag with bangs

    Enjoy Spring & LOVE Your Hair with these Easy Hair Color Tips!

    Spring is a perfect opportunity to brighten up your look with a little hair color. Whether you’re going on the lighter side, by adding highlights, or getting bold with a hot new color, it’s always in style to keep your hair bright and shiny. With the right hair care routine, you can embrace beautiful color and still enjoy healthy, vibrant hair.

    Lighten Up

    Spring can often inspire blondes to go blonder, or brunettes to embrace shades of caramel, cocoa, or other soft highlights. But with lighter color, can often come extra damage. To keep your hair healthy, it’s important to do weekly conditioning treatments. To protect from damage from color, be sure to find a conditioner that’s rich in protein to help rebuild hair structure. For best results, apply conditioner on towel dried hair; hit it with the blowdryer for thirty seconds and wrap in a towel; rinse with cool water after 10 to 15 minutes. (Joico Deep Penetrating Reconstructor)

    bright highlights copper hair and side bang

    Brighten Up

    This spring, vibrant hair color is a definite hit. But nothing is worse than when your bright, beautiful color turns dull and drab after a few washes. Be sure to keep color bright by paying closer attention to your hair washing routine. When shampooing hair, try to keep the water cooler, as hot water opens the cuticle and causes color to wash out more quickly. Also, using color protect shampoo and conditioner is a definite must! If you have all-over bright color, you can try a color enhancing shampoo, that actually deposits color back into your hair while you wash. (Redken Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner; B&B Color Support Shampoo)

    chocolate brown rich haircolor

    Freshen Up

    If you’re soaking up spring at the beach or pool, you’re skin may be glowing, but you may notice your hair color looking duller. Freshen up your color with a glaze to add shine. You can opt for a glaze with color, to enhance your natural locks, or go for a subtle change of color (add a hint of cherry to dark brown hair), a clear glaze is another option just to add shine. Ask your hairstylist about the benefits of a glaze–and you may get hooked even after spring is over. (Redken Shades EQ; Paul Mitchell PM Shines)

    Cool blonde hair and side bangs

    Change it Up

    If your blonde is taking on a shade of gold, or your once honey colored locks are looking drab, a toner is a great option to make blonde hair look healthier and richer. It’s amazing how a subtle tonal change can turn a dull complexion into radiant skin. The best part? A toner can be done at the shampoo bowl in 15 minutes or less! Consult with your stylist on whether a toner is the right option for your hair.

    Beautiful, vibrant hair isn’t just for hair models and celebrities. Your hair can be healthy, bold, and shiny with just a few extras in your beauty arsenal. Enjoy spring, and love your hair with these easy tips for healthy hair and beautiful hair color.

    Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
    Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.

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    Hair Color: Try Some Contrast

    This Short Blonde Hairstyle Shows Off The Dark Roots

    To Update Your Look, Try Hair Color Tones That Don’t Usually go Together

    Hair stylists are playing with contradiction in hair color. But don’t think that contrast creates clash. According to Rafe Hardy, artistic creative director at Sexy Hair, each aspect complements the other, producing a yin and yang of classic looks with unanticipated, head-turning elements. “Bold, geometric shapes reminiscent of the 1960’s hairstyles and the bright hair colors of the 1980’s, but with new touches that add softness and artistic flair,” he says. Check out these hair color ideas to see how it works.


    Darker roots are back and if you have a lot of attitude, the more contrast-y the better! The look is most popular in short blonde cuts that are layered for movement and dimension. To give the darker roots even more exposure; rake strands to the side and separate them with pomade.
    A Brunette Bob Hairstyle Blonde Highlight Streaks


    Mixing up light and dark hair colors and positioning them close together makes darker hair look a little lighter than it really is. This brunette bob takes to blonde highlight streaks that move off the part line. Widely spaced highlights result in a fresher look that’s also less expensive to maintain than tightly spaced highlights.
    Blonde with long hair and spiraled curls


    Textural contrast comes into play when smooth hair in front and on top is combined with curls everywhere else. It’s also easier to do than if you put texture on top. Just blow-dry as usual, then use a curling iron to spiral up the length. Make the effect even bolder by wrapping some strands toward your face and others away from it.
    Long hair with two toned hair color: light on top dark on bottom


    If you have a flair for drama, have your long hair two toned with brunette at the bottom and blonde on top. Worn straight, the look is more striking; it’s a bit subtler when you blend the colors by iron-curling longer lengths. Consider hair extensions for the darker hair color shade if you don’t want to make a permanent commitment.
    Hairstyle with three toned hair color

    Triple Play

    You can mix up warm and cool colors when you break away from three tones that stay in the same family. To get the look, have your hair colorist choose a dominant hair color shade that works with your skin tone, whether warm or cool. Then place the opposite element close to your face but not directly against it. Here, the warmer red streak is cushioned with a cool blonde. For more great hair color ideas check out our Pinterest Hair Coloring Ideas Board.

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