Dying Your Hair Without Killing Your Looks

We’ve all had “bad hair” days, right?

But when you make a mistake in coloring your hair you have to live with it for a lot longer than a day! I have to admit that I have dyed my hair almost every color in the spectrum, aside from the outrageous purple, blue or orange variety. I’ve never been that wild or brave! Every time I started to feel unattractive the first thing I used to do to change my appearance was dye my hair. Somehow I thought that it would transform me into another woman, more beautiful and desirable. But sometimes it had the opposite effect, and I would end up looking and feeling worse than better.

It was hard to pinpoint the problem. Then I realized that some of the shades of colors I chose to dye my hair were just not right for my skin tone. If I went too dark 613 color wig or too red I looked pale and washed out. When I finally learned about the Four Seasons of Color and found my correct Season I no longer made hideous color choices. I could color my hair in a variety of different shades within my Season and never look bad.

What a relief!

The main reason we dye our hair is to change our appearance. Maybe we just want to look younger (cover grey) or we don’t think our natural color has enough pizazz! Or we just want to see what it is like to look different (women love change!)

Ready for the BIG SECRET to choosing the best colors for your skin type?

Just remember what the natural color of your hair was before you started dying it. That is the best clue to determine your correct season. Let’s say you were a natural born red head, you could be either a Spring or Autumn, depending on how light or dark your true shade is or was.

A natural red head can change to certain shades of brown but needs to stay within the correct” warm” season. Never use “cool” shades! The same is true for someone who has a natural “cool” shade of dark brown or black, they should never dye their hair a “warm” shade of brown, red or blond.

You will notice when shopping for hair dye that the shades are separated already into cool and warm colors to help you in picking the correct shade for your skin type. That takes out most of the guesswork!

Here is a good word of advise about hair dye that I learned from a good friend of mine who is a professional cosmetologist. She warned me that hair colors you buy in the stores have twice the amount (or more) of ammonia in them than professional hair dyes. Why do they use more ammonia you may ask? To sell more hair care products. I’m not joking! That’s marketing. The damage to your hair makes you go out and buy more products.

Ever noticed that the directions on store bought hair coloring kits tell you to do a test first to make sure you are not allergic to the product? Well who follows directions right? I admit I didn’t and regretted it! I had a horrible experience using one store-bought name brand color (on sale!), as soon as I started applying it to my roots and working it into my scalp it felt like I let loose an army of red ants that started stinging me all over my head. I was almost crying in pain as I rushed to the sink to wash it out. I vowed to myself that I would never use that brand again.

You may pay a lot more by going to a beauty salon to get your hair done, but overall it is worth it to prevent harsh chemical damage to your hair.

What about highlights? To add highlights to your hair it is best to use lighter shades within your Season for a more natural look. Otherwise the overall effect will not be flattering, not to mention a waste of time and money, and embarrassing looks from friends and strangers alike.

Don’t worry about what is trendy, or in fashion at the moment because it will go out just as fast as it came in style. And just because a color or style may look good on a model or actress doesn’t mean it will on you. Celebrities change their hair color like the wind, it depends on the roles they play. But even most of them don’t have a clue what looks best on them without their professional hair stylist.



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