How to choose the right hair color
Make your hue work for you
Hair color offers a quick and fabulous way to instantly look glamorous. It’s no longer just a prerogative of older women trying to cover up their grays. Younger women are also opting to color their tresses to brighten their look. Typically many women opt to use home color kits and I cannot emphasize enough that though are many options for do-it-yourself hair colors, women—and men—should consider their skin and eye color while selecting hair color hues.
It’s best to stay within a shade or two of your natural hair color. Extremes in hair color can drain natural color from the eyes and skin and conversely getting the shade of the global color or highlights right can add a glow to the face. A common mistake many older women here make is dying their hair jet black. This can look very stark with mature skin, and ideally they should opt for a lighter shade like medium brown. For middle-aged women looking for a change in global hair color, mahogany, copper, deep violet and red can highlight your features.
The other thing I always advice clients is to only cover up regrown greys during their monthly touch-ups and leave the rest of the hair untouched. Most hair color formulas work with a 20 volume developer and applying the color repeatedly on strands where additional color is not needed only damaged the cuticles by over-coating it again and again. Coating the entire strand repeatedly makes the hair texture feel grassy and brittle. Of all the hair colors available today I recommend L’Oreal to clients because it tends to be gentler on strands.
While streaking hair at home, it’s also advisable to only apply the bleach on selected fine strands rather than thick chunks of hair. If you’re streaking your hair for the first time, try it out on a small section of hair first. The same color can show different results on different hair types.
If you’re looking for a color change to liven up your look, I suggest you start with streaks or highlights rather than an overall global color. My experience over decades has led me to believe that global hair coloring can acerbate graying. Highlights are always safer to do because the color doesn’t touch the scalp, reducing the chances of dandruff or scalp irritation.
In fact, greys can also be covered up using highlights if done correctly. It’s also the best option for teens during their college or school holidays because they grow out quickly. While red highlights look stunning on darker hair, honey, caramel, chocolate brown and bronze also look great on Indian hair.
Carefully selected highlights can add an overall glow to the face. One of my clients, a young woman, had highlight done and when she went home her mother asked her whether she had had a facial because her skin was glowing! That’s how effective highlights can be!