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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Hair Color

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Having your hair professionally colored can be really enjoyable. But first, you have to decide on a color. While it can be tempting to just wing it and point to a color swatch you find attractive, it's a good idea to put a little more thought into your chosen hair color. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a color for your hair.

How does the color look with your skin tone?

If you have warm skin, you want a color with warm undertones. If you have cooler skin, then you really want a color with cooler undertones. This doesn't really rule out any big color family. For instance, you can have blonde hair whether you're cool or warm. You can also have brown hair whether you're cool or warm. What it does is point you to the sort of undertones you want in a shade. For example, if you're looking for cool, you should focus on colors with blue and purple undertones. If you're looking for warm, you want colors with red and orange undertones. 

If you're not sure what sort of undertones you have, ask your stylist. They generally learn about skin tones during training, and they can guide you towards colors that suit yours.

Is the color available in a permanent formula?

Some hair colors only come in temporary formulas. Others come in permanent formulas. There is no better choice — it depends on what you want. If you want the color to wash out in a few weeks, then you'll want to choose a color that's available in a temporary formula. If you want the color to be much longer-lasting, however, you want one that comes in a permanent formula. Some colors do come in both temporary and permanent formulas, but don't assume this is the case until you talk to your stylist.

Does the color complement your clothing?

Color complementation may sound like a silly consideration, but only until you get home with red hair and realize it clashes with all of your purple tops! Make sure the color you select will look nice with the clothing you typically wear. You don't want to have to buy a whole new wardrobe because you changed your hair color.

Keep the advice above in mind, and you should have an easier time arriving at a hair color that suits your needs. Don't be afraid to ask your hairstylist for tips and advice, too. For more information, you can turn to a salon such as Custom Hair Lounge.