How to Choose Hair Color

Whether coloring your hair professionally or at home, choose the right haircolor to complement your skin tone. Be it all-over color, highlights, or lowlights, the right shade will make your look come to life.

You will need

  • Hair stylist or packaged hair coloring
  • Shade selector
  • Color wheel
  • Mirror
  • Selected items from your wardrobe

Step 1 Decide on professional salon, or do it yourself Decide whether you’re going to use a professional salon or an at-home coloring kit. Base your decision on whether you are covering gray, highlighting a natural hair color, or using hair color to completely change your image.

Step 2 Use shade selector and color wheel Get out your color shade selector and color wheel. Use a mirror to decide if you have a cool or warm complexion based on your skin tone, eye color, and natural hair color. Remember, the results on the box or swatch are only an approximation of the color.

Step 3 Examine wardrobe Examine your wardrobe to get a feel of what hair color would suit you. Green, blue, and violet are cool shades. Warm hues are reds, oranges, and yellows.

Step 4 try highlights or lowlights Try highlights or lowlights if you’re not ready to commit to all-over hair color. Add caramel highlights for a sunkissed look; copper highlights are great for warm complexions; and chunky lowlights add dimension and a modern flair.

Step 5 Experiment Experiment with your look. Go for the black Goth look you’ve always craved or see if blondes really do have more fun. Opt for a fiery red hue to match your fiery personality. Temporary dyes make experimenting a cinch — after all, it’s only color.