Color adds sheen, texture, thickness, depth and life to your hair and can be used either to enhance your natural hair color or to explore a different side of your personality and change your image. Never be afraid to experiment, especially when you have a trusted stylist with whom you feel safe enough to be a little more daring. A good colorist will work with your skin tone and personality to create an effect that suits your style and boosts your confidence.
Hue Are You?
An experienced colorist is able to determine quickly whether you are a “whisper,” -talk- or “scream- type of customer — in other words, whether you would be more comfortable with a few lowlights in your mousey brown hair or whether you are an extrovert who will feel perfectly at ease with a platinum-blonde crop. Often a customer profile questionnaire is used as part of a two-way discussion between stylist and customer to establish which colors will go best with your personality as well as which will suit your complexion.
The Home Color Zone
Use the color chart on pages 48-9 to w k out whether you are a “warm” or “cool” customer. This will help you determine which hair colors will best enhance your skin tone (see right).
1- Stand in front of a mirror in good (preferably natural) light, holding the color chart just underneath your chin.
2- Slowly move it from left to right and back again and observe which color tone are the most flattering to your complexion.
Repeat the process a few times and ask the opinion of a friend.
MODERN HAIR COLORANTS ARE ENRICHED WITH CONDITIONING INGREDIENTS, SO YOU CAN ENHANCE YOUR NATURAL COLOR WITHOUT DAMAGING THE EALTH OF YOUR TRESSES. HOWEVER, ANY CHEMICAL TREATMENT MEANS THAT THE HAIR WILL REQUIRE GENTL HANDLING. USE EXTRA-NOURISHING CONDITIONERS AND PLY A HYDRATING MASK ONC A WEEK TO REPLENISH MOISTURE AVOID HOT OIL. TREATMENTS AS THEY TEND TO STRIP OUT COLOR.
The color of your hair should be from the same family [warm or cool) as your skin tone. If you have very pale skin, any color will look good; if you have pink skin, avoid reds and warm golds; if your skin has yellow tones, favor deep reds and avoid golds; those with black or olive skin should stay dark, adding richness and depth with lowlights. Use the following guide to help determine what hair color will best suit your complexion and coloring, or try on wigs or hairpieces.
Eyes: Brown, Hazel, Green or Dark Brown.
Skin: Freckles, Golden Beige, Bronze or Golden Brown.
Hair: Golden or Strawberry Blonde, Golden Brown or Auburn, Chestnut or Dark Brown.
Eyes: Gray-Blue, Gray-Brown or Rose-Brown.
Skin: Beige, Rose-Brown or Cocoa.
Hair: Ash Blonde, Ash Brown, Beige Blonde, Black, Burgundy or Plum.