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11 May 2014

When choosing the best summer hair color opt for contrast

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May 11, 2014 Category: Beauty Posted by:

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By Leah Fletcher

 With the summer season approaching, your fancy might turn to thoughts of a new hair color. Your choice might be a few muted highlights, which complement your current color, or a strong mix of those edgy Kool-Aid colors. However, before you make the final choice, beauty experts recommend that you consider the role your skin tone plays in the decision.

When selecting a hair color change, one of the most important factors many people forget to factor in is their skin undertone. Some people have warm undertones, while others have cool ones. The complete concept here is to havew a contrast between your hair and your complexion.

Most dark-skinned women are likely to have warm undertones. This is a major consideration when attempting to identify the best hair color for the array of African American skin tones that range from dark to light.  Skin tone and eye color are the two essentials to consider when choosing the best hair color for dark skin and light skin. Keeping in mind that if your hair color is very close to your skin tone, your features will vanish.

A person with a cool-skin tone, like actress Paula Patton, might decide on a hair color that is a dark ashy shade of brown. A warmer color would clash with her natural skin tones. Those with warm undertones really should pick colors which are rich and warm, because cool colors will always make one look washed-out.

Deep, dark hues of espresso and also inky black look striking next to blue-based complexions, like Alek Wek, the South Sudanese British model. 

If you have warm skin like Academy award nominee actress Viola Davis, go with maple brown, mahogany, toffee and other rich, warm colors to enhance the apricot undertones in your skin. 

   If you decide on a seasonal hair color change, seek the advice of your hairstylist or a qualified colorist. They can help select shades that work best with your complexion.  Coloring your hair is not a project you should consider. If you do, consider the risk factor. Something might go wrong. 

Edgy hair color trends 

When it comes to edgy hair coloring trends, the choices are wide-ranging. It seems that almost anything goes from bold highlights to ombre and even strong mixes for full green and pink shades. 

 The color blonde is a very prevalent color this season.  In the spotlight, there are the trends set by celebrities, who are wearing mixtures of blonde hues with complexions that span the spectrum from the lightest to the darkest skin tone. Platinum blondes shades are also very hot this season, with many women wearing shorter buzz cuts to achieve the perfect platinum shade.

There are those who believe really daring color will add an edge to their hair this spring and summer seasons, and are opting for fuchsia, red and maroon hues. 

Remember, there are light rinses to temporarily dye your hair for a subtle take on bold hair color trends. Colored wigs and weaves are also great solutions to dying your hair without the risk of damaging your hair.     

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