Top 10 Coloring Tips for Your Best Color Results
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COLOR LIKE AN EXPERT
Hair color is one of beauty’s most complicated sciences. Follow our Clairol color expert’s top 10 coloring tips to help you get your home hair color just right.
1. FIND COLOR FOR YOUR UNIQUE HAIR.
Know that hair color is different for everyone. Just because you and your best friend use the same shade doesn’t mean you’ll have the same hair color. Color develops a bit differently on every person, so consider hair condition, starting color and how much processing has gone on.
2. USE THE SHADE GRID AS A GUIDE.
Don’t go by the model on the front of the color pack to predict your color result. Check out the shade starting color/resulting color grid on the back to see how your starting color influences your end color result.
3. YOUR SKIN TONE MATTERS.
Choose a color that suits your skin tone. If your skin is cool (fair, rosy skin with blue, green or gray eyes), go for ashy blondes and mahogany brunettes and avoid warm or golden hair colors.
4. WHEN IN DOUBT, GO LIGHTER.
It’s much easier to “fix” a lighter shade if you are not happy with the result. Most box colors turn out darker than what you think, so unless you’re certain, choose a shade that looks a bit lighter than what you’d like the final result to be.
5. TRY A DEMI FIRST.
If coloring on a whim or just trying something new, go with a demi-permanent hair color. This type of hair color will wash out faster (up to 28 shampoos). So, if you don’t like it, it’ll go away sooner. Plus, the results you achieve are usually closer to your natural hair color, which keeps you from making too drastic a change.
6. START WITH SMALL COLOR CHANGES.
Don’t go for a dramatic change—stay within two to three shades of your current or natural hair color. If your hair is dark and you want to be platinum blonde, leave it to the professionals.
7. KEEP YOUR GRAYS TOP OF MIND.
Remember that the more gray hair you have, the lighter your overall shade will appear. Be careful when choosing a color. Start off with a tone one to two shades lighter than your natural hair color, slowly re-introducing warmth and intensity back into your hair.
8. HAIR TYPE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
Coarse hair (large in diameter) generally takes more time to absorb color, so it requires a longer timing. Fine hair (small in diameter) generally takes less time to absorb color, so it requires a shorter timing.
9. COLOR-TREATED HAIR PRODUCTS DO THE TRICK.
Use hair care products specifically designed for colored hair to help lock color in. Also, try hair treatments that help keep your color looking great in between colorings.
10. DO A STRAND TEST.
Since several factors—including hair texture, dryness or whether it’s permed or not—affect timing, a strand test will help you estimate the coloring time to ensure the color you want.