Summer is the time for change! Are you tired of those drab locks? The right hair color can be invigorating as well as a way to glam up your overall appearance. Whether you want a natural look or a dramatically haute change, there is no better way to turn up your appeal than hair color.

There are a few things you should do if you’re considering coloring your hair. A vital aspect of hair color is hair health. Make sure your hair is in great condition by shampooing and conditioning your hair with moisturizing products. Get rid of spit ends by having a light trim every six to eight weeks. Avoid lightening your hair if it is chemically treated (relaxed or permed). Though it is a myth that hair color automatically causes hair breakage, the condition of your hair will not improve past the state it began once the hair is colored. So make sure your tresses are in the best condition possible before you begin hair color treatments. Now that you have your hair in the proper condition it’s time for the fun part; choosing the right shade(s) for you.

Though the world of hair color can be fabulous, it can also be confusing. Here are a few ways to help you find the best hair color for you. Most people fall into one of the two hair color families. They either fit in to the “cool tones” or the “warm tones” categories. Though it sounds slightly complicated there are a few indicators to help you learn which tonal family best suites you.

People who fall into the “cool tone” family generally have grey, blue, or green-blue eyes. Their skin is normally pale, rosy, or has pink undertones. It you are not sure if your complexion fits this description another characterization of cool toned people is; their skin burns rather than tans when in the sun. Those who fit this category generally look better wearing silver. To visualize sexy, sultry cool toned women think Gwen Stefanie, Kim Kardashion, Keri Hilson, or Lily Allen.  The singer, Pink, is a great example of ever changing hair color within “cool tones” color family. “Cool” toned hair colors include pearl blondes, ash blondes, brown-violet, and blue-black.

Those that fall into the “warm tones” family have orange, yellow, peach, and golden brown skin tones. They tan easily when exposed to the sun and usually look better in gold. Another way to determine if you fit into the “warm” tonal family is your eye color. If you have hazel, brown, amber, or green eyes “warm” tones usually work best for you. Aubrey O’day, Eve, Jessica Simpson, or La La Vazquez are all gorgeous bronzed examples of woman who fit into the“warm” tonal family. Jennifer Lopez is great at changing from blonde to brunette and back while staying within the “warm” tonal family. “Warm” toned hair colors include gold blondes, champagne blondes, chocolate browns, and caramel.

These same tonal families apply for red heads. Those who want natural looking red hair prefer “warm” or orange based reds. These tones include copper, red-gold, and strawberry blonde. Sexy “warm” red heads are Reba McEntire and Debra Messing.  Mahogany, red-violet, and pink are examples of “cool” toned or blue based reds. “Cool” reds are considered fashionable reds. The chic Kate Walsh and Scarlett Johansson are ideal examples of “cool” toned red heads. Keep in mind that red is the hardest color to get in the hair, as well as the hardest color to take out of the hair.

To make your hair color one of a kind, I recommend highlights. Highlights are a perfect way to make your hair color pop. Subtle highlight, just one or two shades lighter than your all over color, can make hair color appear more natural. Subtle highlights, placed on the crown of the head, make your locks appear sun kissed.

For a bolder look have fun by breaking the rules. If your hair color is in the “warm” color family, add “cool” toned highlights. For example, add pearl blonde highlights to golden tresses. Or add strawberry blonde highlights to mahogany strands.

Once you have explained your hair color preferences to your hair color professional, and are please with your new look, it’s time to maintenance your freshly colored tresses. You want to keep your hair as moisturized as possible. Use a professional brand moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. This will help your hair color to appear as fresh as possible. An inexpensive way of maximizing your hair’s moisture and health is to add extra virgin olive oil to your conditioner. Apply the EVOO and conditioner and wrap your hair with a hot towel. Rinse after ten minutes, once your hair is dried and styled you will notice ravenous shine and moisture. This will help your hair to maintain a brilliant shine and color.

The hair color you have chosen determines how often you need to have it retouched. Hair color that is slightly lighter or darker than you natural hair color should be retouched every six to eight weeks. This also holds true for subtle highlights. Hair color that is dramatically lighter than your natural hair color should be retouched every four to six weeks.

Now that you know which hair color family fits you best, it’s time to turn up the fun and choose the best new shade for you. Whether you are “cool” or “warm” based, you can bring out your inner diva.

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