Tone refers to the warmth or coolness of a color shade.
When choosing a shade, you'll look best in one that complements your skin and coloring. If you have fair skin and blue, green or gray eyes: consider choosing shades with cool or neutral tones. Cooler shades will help protect against brassiness. These shades may have the word "ash" in the name.
If you have golden, olive or dark skin and dark eyes: consider choosing shades with warm or neutral tones. Warm hair color shades also are great if you want to brighten hair that has a tendency to look mousy. Look for shade names with "warm," "golden," or "copper" in them.
Hair Color Choice Tips
Avoid deep browns and black. Try a light auburn or rich honey blonde. Not too light though; hair that's too blonde will wash you out.
Avoid red or copper hues, which can give your skin a yellow tone. A deep mahogany base that will warm up your skin tone. Some warm highlights around the face will give depth to your color and brighten your face.
Avoid going more than a shade or two lighter than your natural color; the results could look brassy and make your skin tone seem flat. Caramel highlights around your face and through the ends will add depth and warm up your skintone.
What a Difference a Shade Makes!
There is nothing more striking than a woman with lustrous, silver or snow white hair. Silver hair has become Emmy Lou Harris' trademark. But it can take on a dull, yellow tone from a number of things. If you use a yellow shampoo rather than a clear one; chlorine residue, sunlight, and even your own scalp oil can yellow your hair.
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Hair Coloring Do's and Don'ts
At the Salon
- Bring in photos. Your hair dresser is not psychic. Your idea of "caramel" may be "butterscotch" to your colorist.
- Tell your colorist about any perms, color or chemical straighteners you have used. This will have a huge impact on how fast the color will take.
- Opt for the lighter color if your torn between two similar shades.
- Dress nice and wear light "day" makeup.
Don't . . . Wear a ton of makeup. Colorists like to see your natural skin tone.
- Try on different shades BEFORE you dye. Upload your picture to Clairol.com "try-it-on-studio" and see if you're a "born blonde". This is a good idea if you're going to the salon too. Print out the picture and take it with.
- Read the instructions before you start. Gather everything you'll need - towels, timer, etc.
- Buy two boxes of color if your hair is thick, coarse, long. If you don't use it, save it for the next time.
- The patch test if you've never used the product before. You don't want to find out you're allergic after the fact. It happens.
- Use Natural Light
- Always Condition: Most kits come with a tube of deep conditioner. Use it right after you rinse out the dye, then do a deep-conditioning treatment at least once a week after that. It will help preserve color and shine.
- When your roots start to show, apply dye only to the regrowth; comb it through the rest of your hair a few minutes before the processing time is up.
- Do it on a day when you're short of time.
- Do it on a day you don't feel good. Hormones can make you do crazy things!
- Choose a color more than two to three shades lighter or darker than your natural color.
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