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    Will the Real Hair Colorist Please Stand Up?

    Have you ever wondered why a hair color product, bought from a beauty supply store, just never seems to work out?  It’s like trying to buy a nice pair of pumps from Foot Locker; there is no real accurate solution to that problem.

    What manufacturers fail to tell you is how hard it is to buy a box hair color product over-the-counter, that will ever give you what you seek. Not only does it usually end in a big disappointment, it can be quite expensive to fix and can lead to some pretty damaging hair issues. I know, as I spend much of my career educating beauty professionals on the complexity of hair color.

    Despite manufacturer’s claims, hair color is not and never has been a “buy and apply” type of procedure. Buying a color product in a box will never give you the color that’s pictured on the box, and it will never give you the color that is spelled-out on the box. Color theory doesn’t work like that.

    It’s no mystery that every time a consumer buys a hair color product from the store, that it almost always turns into a hair color disaster! Hair color needs to work cohesively with your natural hair color and that means there are components in the whole process that literally rely upon one another in order to leave you with the hair color that you desire.  So, when a box reads auburn for an example, it simply means that auburn is the tonal deposit that is released unto your hair, but the color of your hair prior to that deposit will always have a paramount contribution to what it will ultimately be when it is rinsed from the hair.

    The complexities of color mixing is an art. Hair stylists with decades of experience will often struggle with understanding the principles of the art. Every hair stylist has war stories of the unpredictability of hair coloring. It is unrealistic to expect the typical consumer will ever walk into a store and get it right.

    Here’s my professional and compassionate response and answer to this frustrating cycle. All of your hair color processes should be handled by a licensed professional. Leave the hair color work to your hair stylist.  Do your homework and find yourself a hair stylist who has a broad understanding of hair color products. Research how much hair color experience your hair stylist has. Talk your hair stylist and ask all the important questions you need to ask and always make sure that they know exactly what end result you are looking for. A good hair colorist will know how to formulate to your specifications and also how to recommend proper tone for facial and hair adaptability. This is a tedious process and requires skill as well as concentration to come up with the proper end result.

    If you are very interested in hair color and would like to find the perfect hair colorist, you can get professional guidance by going to my website at ( or by contacting me at my salon at 804.323.6712. Meanwhile . . . stay away from box hair colors at beauty supply stores.

    Guest author Chuck Caple is a 29 year veteran in the beauty industry working as a national and international educator. He is a published author of “Coloring Chemically Relaxed Hair,” as well as others. Chuck has developed his own hair color line and has taught hair stylists from around the world in places such as the Bahamas, the Carribean, the U.K. and parts of Africa.


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    Brown Hair Colors for Cool Skin Tones

    Lea Michele brown hair color for cool skin tones

    Look like a dream . . . in these brown hair colors!

    Choosing the right hair color for your skin tone can honestly mean the difference between looking healthy and vibrant to looking freaky pale and seriously under-the-weather!

    But, determining the tone of your skin isn’t that easy really, it’s not always clear cut and our skin tone changes with the time of year, depending on how much sun we are exposed to . . .  it also changes with age.

    When considering a new hair color, highlights or lowlights, take a few minutes to to answer these questions on what is my skin tone? Before you browse photos for hair color inspiration, find the answer to whether you are warm or cool toned and what underlying hues may be hiding from your awareness.

    When it comes to brown hair colors, there are so many rich colors to choose from, ranging from exquisite caramel tones to magnificent shades of mahogany and umber brown tones.

    As a general rule, if you have cool skin tones, shades of brown with cool undertones balance well.  Hair colors with too much of warm, golden tones will not be as good a match for you. Whether you’re planning highlights, lowlights or all-over color, here are some great matches of brown hair colors for cool skin tones you can print out and bring to your hair colorist.

    Beyonce brown hair with caramel highlights on cool skin tone

    Light brown hair color

    Many hues in lighter brown hair colors fall into too much warmth to flatter a cool complexion. For a hint of light brown that won’t turn up the heat on your complexion,  you can look to this hair color on Beyonce.  I think her newer golden blonde hair color is too warm for her cool skin tone but here, she has the base of her natural brown hair with caramel highlights which balances out perfectly to give her a rosy glow.

    Debra Messing with brown-red hair color with cool skin tone

    Red Brown Auburn Hair Color

    A red-brown hair color (heavier on the red in this case) looks stunning with cool skin tones. I am putting Debra Messing into a brownish-red category back in her famous Will & Grace days. She has opted to go heavier on the red side since then and I love that on her as well (although sometimes it’s gotten too warm of a red in my opinion.) But here she is in a deep mahogany red-brown hair color and isn’t it smashing??

    Mila Kunis with medium brown hair color and a cool skin tone

    Medium Brown Hair Color

    Mila Kunis wears a medium-rich chocolate brown hair color that works beautifully on most cool skin types. If you like this look but feel that it’s too dark, just add in a few caramel highlights around the face to lighten things up. Check Mila out for inspiration on colors that pop.

    Lea Michael wearing a dark brown hair color with a cool skin tone

    Deep Brown Hair Color

    Glee star Lea Michele’s most notable asset (minus the voice) is her rocking hair. Her rich deep brown hair color with ends that are only slightly lighter, looks magnificent with her cool skin tone. You don’t have to go all ombre to enjoy a dark shade of cool brown with lighter ends. Subtle lighter tones help to brighten up cool skin tones without clashing.

    Megan Fox-darkest-brown-hair-color-cool-skin-tone

    Deepest Brown Hair Color

    Take things a notch darker with hair color that’s nearly jet black! The key to this beautiful hair color on Megan Fox is that the darkest brown hair color is broken up with highlights of deep mahogany browns . . . gorgeous!  Megan wears this well, with a deep rich brown that’s so close to black, you would swear it was black, but . . . the mahogany highlights add a touch of dimension that makes this hair color amazing!

    For many ideas see our Pinterest Hair Colors for Cool Tones Board.

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