How to Choose a New Hair Color

Hair and Lifestyle

When choosing a new hair color there are several important considerations to keep in mind. Choosing the right shade can reduce the amount of maintenance and upkeep involved, and also helps to ensure that your new color matches well with your features. This allows your hair to look its best and prevents color mistakes.

What to Consider Before Choosing a New Hair Color

To choose the right shade to fit your desired look, you should first consider a few things. These include your:

  • Hair condition
  • Features (eye color and skin tone)
  • Maintenance and upkeep concerns

Hair Condition

Hair that is in good condition is healthy, strong, and has great elasticity, allowing it to withstand styling and washing with ease. As your hair becomes damaged, however, this becomes the opposite and your hair becomes weaker and more prone to a lot of problems like snapping and frizziness that can wreak havoc on the way your hair looks and feels.

Dyeing your hair is one of the most damaging processes it can be exposed to, especially when bleaching or frequent dye applications are required, and this is something that should be avoided if possible. The best way to reduce the potential damage from a new hair color is to choose a shade that is either darker or only a few levels lighter than your current color as this will require less chemical treatment to reach.

In addition to this, if you can choose a new shade that you will be happy to keep for a number of months rather than constantly changing your hair color, this also helps to greatly reduce the amount of damage your hair is exposed to, but there are also ways to reduce this risk even if you prefer to dye your hair more frequently or with more extreme color changes by using products that minimize damage during the dyeing process, or treat existing damage.

If your hair is already damaged, you can still dye it depending on how much damage is present, but it may impact what shades you should choose. If you must dye very damaged hair, choose a new hair color that isn't dramatically different from your current color, and only after you've used products like protein treatments to strengthen it first.

Matching a Hair Color to Your Features

Matching your new hair color and other features is one of the most important aspects to achieving a color that looks natural and doesn't wash you out or cause you to look odd. Shades that are tonally very different from your skin tone and eye color can sometimes contrast in a really striking way, but more often than not they simply clash instead.

The first step to ensuring that you don't end up with a result that clashes with your other features is to determine what tonal qualities are present in your complexion and eyes. This can be either a warm or cool tone, and is luckily rather easy to determine with a quick visual examination. To check your own features, first look at your skin. If it's pinkish and any visible veins appear more blueish, you have a cool-toned complexion. On the opposite spectrum to this, golden or olive skin with veins that look green is an indication of warm tones. 

Hair colors that match your complexion tend to look best in the majority of cases and this means that cool-toned features match best to cool shades like pearl and ash, while warm-toned features match better to golden, auburn, or red shades. Your eye color plays into this too, but with less impact so it doesn't necessarily preclude the choice of any particular shade but matching with your eyes will also help to make your overall look flow better and appear very natural.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Lastly, there is the concern of maintenance. Even permanent dye will fade and become less vibrant over time, and at the very least there is always the issue of regrowth of your natural hair color that will require a retouch after a few weeks. How much maintenance you're willing to deal with will help to determine what new hair color will be best for you

Some shades like intense reds or bright, cool blonde colors require a lot of extra maintenance in the form of toning to keep the color vibrant or prevent unwanted tones from developing. Very dark hair colors also tend to show fading more rapidly than a shade that is closer to your natural color.

The brighter or more intense a shade is, the more likely you'll need to spend a lot of time on upkeep between retouches. More modest changes often only need the regrowth addressed and a quick retouch at the same time to keep the color looking its best. Always choose a new hair color that meets the amount of upkeep you're willing to endure because high-maintenance shades won't look their best if you don't have the time to devote to them.

Extensions and Dyed Hair

If you have extensions or are considering them, this plays into how you dye your hair too. Tess Hair extensions are 100% natural human remy hair, and this means that they can be dyed. However, it is beneficial to the lifespan of any set of hair extensions to avoid dyeing them if possible. 

Where this is unavoidable, you should only make a small change to their color, preferably by taking them into the salon with you to be dyed. To get the most out of your extensions and keep them feeling healthy and soft, deciding on a new hair color before you buy them is preferable. Then match that new shade to the extensions you want.

Following these tips for coloring your hair a new shade will help to ensure your new style looks great and your hair remains healthy and strong well into the future.

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