Today women color their hair like they put on makeup. Doing so is no longer restricted to those wishing to hide their gray or change Mother Nature’s endowment; instead it is about expressing a mood, setting a tone and developing more self confidence in the way you look. There?s nothing wrong with any of that ? as long as you know what you are doing.

True, home hair coloring is easier than ever before. New formulas, like the latest color foam, make it almost goof proof if you carefully follow the instructions. Sadly, some women don’t pay enough attention to the type of hair color they choose or how they use it, and the end result can be as bad as premature balding or severely damaged hair. This article will run you through the various things to look out for to avoid these dreaded outcomes!
Why are you are coloring your hair?

The first step in the process is deciding what you want to achieve with hair color. Do you want to cover gray? Do you want to lighten, brighten or darken your natural color? Do you want to add highlights? Are you looking for more depth of color or more shine? Answering these questions is the first step in helping you determine which hair color product is right for you.

Color range

Once you know the type of product you need, it is important to know the color range you hope to achieve. Going a shade or two lighter or darker is relatively easy, whereas making drastic changes from black to blonde or vice versa is exceedingly difficult, and should only be done by professionals who know how to protect the hair during the process.

Redheads need to be careful when it comes to lightening or highlighting hair. If the process isn?t taken far enough, hair can come out orange. If the wrong colors are chosen, it can take on a green tint. If lightening or darkening is taken too far, it can severely damage the hair.

Match hair color to skin tone

Next, it is important to match your hair color with your skin tone for the most natural looking results. Choosing a hair color tone that is in opposition to the skin tone is, of course, possible. However, the results will look artificial and probably won?t leave you feeling happy about the choice you made. Those with warmer skin tones that are yellow or golden underneath will look better in honey blondes, golden browns or copper reds. Those with cooler tones that are pink or blue underneath should consider ash blondes, rich browns, burgundy reds and blue blacks.

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