My mother always used to say “God doesn’t get it wrong very often” . . . and in this case that means that your natural hair color and your skin tone are likely the best possible combination from which to build your look. But sometimes we can’t help tinkering with things and so we end up getting too blonde or too dark, or in a completely bizarre direction (think Katy Perry, too blue).
If the haircut is the culprit . . .
When deciding what type of haircut you want, first consider your lifestyle. Trying to manage a haircut that doesn’t fit with who you are or the way you live your life, will make you ornery and stressed-out and that will make you unattractive no matter how beautiful your hair or makeup looks! Are you more casual than professional? Are you trendy or classic? Artsy or a girly-girl? Think about it.
Choose a cut that flatters your face shape. An angular heart or square face will look more angular with sharp edges and severe lines. Think about who you are; if sharp and edgy is your personality, then it will probably suite your look. But going for severe angular cuts, if you have a softer and more relaxed personality, may not fit and can make you look a bit off.
If the color isn’t right . . .
If the color looks all wrong . . . take a look at defining your skin tone. Then the hair colors you choose can usually safely go two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color, but more than that and you may be venturing into dangerous hair color territory. If you have darker or olive skin tones you generally can’t go too blonde without looking tired and washed out. Conversely, if you have very fair skin, going too dark can accentuate shadows in your face, making you look older than your years (or very Goth…)
Lindsay Lohan showed us what not-to-do with some of her hair color choices. A natural redhead with fair skin, her venture into platinum and golden blonde left her looking older and not good. She looks so much healthier with a hair color closer to her natural shade. Her skin glows with a soft red auburn hair color. She could wear golden highlights with the auburn color or with a strawberry blonde hue. Staying in the family of red hues is a better fit for Lindsay. And Lindsay isn’t the only one who has missed with her hair color. Kristin Stewart as a blonde isn’t nearly as appealing to us (or to Edward) and Leighton Meister looks completely wrong with light locks.
Condition, condition, condition
Get your hair in the best condition you can before your next hair color treatment. It can make the difference between your hair color turning out gorgeous or not. If your hair is overly dry, over-processed or damaged, pouring hair color over it will only make matters worse. If your hairdresser suggests old over-processed ends need to be cut off before coloring, do it!
Most dry hair can be deep conditioned to prepare it to take a color treatment nice and evenly. Start by shampooing with a clarifying shampoo to rid the hair of excess build-up of product. Apply a good conditioner, like Macadamia Oil Conditioning Treatment, and wrap the hair so it retains heat for 20 minutes or more. Follow instructions and repeat the treatment as needed, maybe once or twice weekly till it feels soft and looks shiny and healthy. . . .you’ll see a difference in your hair and color . . . and you’ll be happy you did!