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Hair Color Guide: How To Pick Hair Color That Looks Perfect On You

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How To Pick The Right Hair Color

A few months back I wrote about coloring your hair at home and I realized the story doesn’t end there! Ladies, have you ever dyed your hair and looked in the mirror and said, “What have I done?” We all have. I have been coloring my hair since I was 13 and believe me there has been many a mishap. Even if you have your hair colored in a salon you should have an idea of what the best color for you is.

How To Find Your Skintone

I am sure many women think it’s about the eyes, well it is actually more about the skin tone. The truth is, you can be any color but finding the right hair color is actually about knowing which shade of any color fits your skin tone. We tend to think it is the same as buying makeup, we are either fair, medium or dark. This is not how any of this works (giggle)

That may be the color but it isn’t the tone. We all have either Cool, Warm or Deep skin tone. The surest way to tell is to take a look at the veins inside your wrist. If your veins are blue or purple, you are a cool tone. If your veins are greenish, you are a warm tone. This means you need to pick from a contrasting color family. The wrong shade can totally wash you out and that isn’t what you want. The right shade should enhance your skin.

Cooler Tones>>warm shades

  • Honey
  • Chocolate
  • Golden Blond

Warmer Tones>>cool or ash shade

  • Rich Brown
  • Champagne or Platinum Blond
  • Amber

Deeper Tones (dark skin)

  • Honey
  • Chocolate
  • Golden Blonde

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Pros say that African American women should either choose a shade lighter or darker at least to complement the skin tone. Hence why celebrities like Beyonce and Rihanna can pull of the hair color we often see them wearing.

[pullquote align=”normal”]Fun Fact: Women have been coloring their hair for over 6,000 years. Henna was made popular during the time of the Egyptians who believed it was a symbol of Good Luck, Health, and Sensuality [/pullquote]

Wanna Be A Redhead?

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It’s no secret I love red hair! I am a brunette right now but I always go back to red. Red hair has so much personality and drama. It is sexy and what woman doesn’t want to be a siren? Red can also be a difficult color, it bleeds out fast and can be difficult to attach to the hair. Another fact to know is once you go red it is challenging to get out.

Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead. Click To Tweet

Anyone can be a redhead, once again it’s about the right shade to match your skin tone. Warm skin tones look better with gold tones like Ginger and Cinnamon. Cool skin tones (like me) rock the Ruby and Violet shades. Red hair color does tend to look better with certain shades, take a look:

Light Skin>> Strawberry Blond

Medium Skin>>Copper and Auburn

Dark Skin>> Ruby and Bright Rich Reds

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How To Rock A Crazy Color

Seems like everybody was getting crazy colors last year like Pink, Blue, Green and even Coral was hot. I love it and believe it or not there is also a science to matching up these colors as well.

Olive Skin>>Neon Pink or Orange

Dark Skin>>Any Pastels or Neons

Brown Eyes>>Dark Neons like Green or Purple

Green Eyes>>Any Neon and Pastel Pink

Blue Eyes>>Neon Orange and Pastel Blue

Color Care Tips

No matter which color you choose, caring for your locks is important! Condition, Condition, Condition. You have to keep your hair conditioned well, did I say condition? The shampoo you use is important too. It’s essential to note that when you color your hair you want to wash your hair LESS and use Sulfate-free shampoos.


Sulfates are basically what makes the shampoo lather and we associate that with being clean but that is not the truth. These chemicals strip the hair of its oils and actually scrub the color off.

Here are some really great shampoos you can buy online>>here

If you are coloring your hair a dramatic shade, I would invest in a color lock glaze, it can actually extend the life of your color and prevent fading. You can find this online>>here

Check out this Haircare video below from Sassy Critic

So are you thinking about trying a new hair color? I hope this guide helps you to pick your perfect color. Be your own kind of beautiful!


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  • Sarika Gunjal January 27, 2017

    Awesome tips. Love the post

  • Denise January 29, 2017

    Good tips about choosing a suitable colour for your skin tone. I’ve been dying my hair for over 20 years now and like you have had many mishaps, I’ve been blonde, brown, red, blonde again and now back to red. I do love being red but as you say it bleeds really quickly and is a nightmare to get out of your hair if you want to go lighter. Might go back to blonde at some point.
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    • Heidi January 30, 2017

      Me too Denise I’m pretty old lol. Thanks for reading

  • Melissa Rose January 30, 2017

    Awesome tips. Personally, I don’t trust myself enough to dye my own hair, lol.

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    • Heidi January 30, 2017

      I hear you, I actually have a cousin who is a colorist and she taught me some useful tips.

  • Miss Portmanteau January 30, 2017

    Hey great tips! I’m currently a redhead 😉 I use a non-permanent gloss which washes out after about six weeks, and actually really like all the different shades I get as it fades back to light brown. xo Miss Portmanteau
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    • Heidi January 30, 2017

      Very nice, I am also going back to Red it is a love affair I’ve had for years.

  • Nitisha January 30, 2017

    I need to get my hair colour redone! It is so much easier to pick the colour I want now.

    • Heidi January 30, 2017

      Thanks ,I am glad I could help it can be horrid when we dye the wrong color and your skin tone can actually make the color look different or orange even.

  • Kitty January 31, 2017

    These are some great tips… I was planning to change my hair color and was wondering which color would be perfect and this post is really helpful 🙂

    • Heidi February 1, 2017

      Im glad I could help and thanks for reading

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