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Choosing a new hair colour can be a big decision, so you want to do your research to be sure that whatever colour you choose is going to really accent your look and make it pop. There are several things that you should take into account when choosing your hair colour, such as your skin tone, eye colours and face shape.
Checking Your Skin Tone
If you have cool-toned skin, you generally will want to stay within the cooler colours in order to complement your skin. The same goes for warm skin tones: stick within the colour spectrum of warmer colours that will help support your look instead of contrasting with your skin tone. To find your skin tone, you can try standing in natural light while you’re wearing a white or neutral colour. After removing all makeup, hold up a hand mirror and observe whether your skin tones contain more yellow and red, or whether your skin is a bit more neutral or possibly even pinkish. Yellow and red shifts indicate a warm skin tone, while neutral or pink indicate a cool skin tone.
Contrast With Skin Tone
If you are looking for a more dramatic flair, go for contrast between your skin colour (not tone!) and your hair. Lighter skin with dark hair or a deep burgundy hair can be very striking, while white blonde hair on someone with a darker skin colour can also be fascinating.
Changing Your Makeup
When you change your hair colour, it is a good idea to change your makeup at the same time. The reason for this is that the makeup that complemented your previous look may have a slightly different effect, depending on how significant the change to your hair colour is.
Choosing your Colour
Warm yellow or red skin undertones work very well with a strawberry red that is nice and bright and cheery. A darker (but still bright) red head of hair may work best on cooler-toned skin. Blondes with a cool, neutral colour work best with skin with pink undertones, while warm, buttery or golden blonde hair complements those with a little bit of yellow or olive in their skin. Black hair is best with those with pink undertones, and can be a very dramatic effect.
No matter the colour you decide to choose, know that your hair stylist is a valuable partner in your decision! They can help you find a stunning colour that will really rock your new look.
Are you struggling to achieve that same great Chroma Salon style at home? It can be frustrating when you spend time and effort trying to get that hair to look anything like it did when you left the salon. Well, don’t fret. Here are some handy tips to help you maintain that salon style at home.
Using the Proper Products
If you’re not using professional-grade products, then how can you expect professional-grade results? Take a look at what type of products are being used in your salon. From shampoo to conditioner, to the serum that’s been sprayed on your hair, salon quality products give salon quality results.
Achieving great hair starts in stages. For example, starting off with a quality shampoo and conditioner will ensure your hair is receiving the proper amount of nourishment and control for your hair type. And depending on your hair type and what style you are aiming to achieve, a serum or heat spray could be essential.
Ask your professional stylist to help you in selecting the best fit. Great hair comes down to great products and knowing how and when to utilize them properly. So ask your hair stylist not only about which kinds are best, but when and exactly how to apply them.
Ask Your Stylist for Some Tips
Once you’ve nailed down what products are right for you, the next step should be watching what your hair stylist does. From brushing to blow-drying, to straightening, or whatever the style may be – watch and learn. And don’t be afraid to ask your stylist for some tips. You can ask why they use a certain angle on the straightener or curling iron, or how far you should be holding the blow dryer from your hair, or what the perfect temperature is to getting that perfect wave.
Additionally, ask about certain equipment and recommendations. You may not be in the market for the most expensive salon-quality flat iron or blow dryer, but maybe your stylist can recommend some good quality brands that will make all the difference with your hair style.
Achieving salon style hair doesn’t have to seem like mission impossible. All you need are the right tools and tricks. The next time you visit your hair stylist, watch how they work. Pay attention to the products they use and the order in which they use them. Sometimes those little tricks and random spritz here and there can add up to make all the difference. Ask your stylist for some tips on selecting quality products that are suitable for your hair, along with any styling tips that can help you achieve salon style at home.
Having healthy and attractive hair involves a certain amount of time spent in the salon. If you colour or chemically treat your hair in any way, you will need frequent trips in order to maintain your style. What you do to your hair also dictates how frequently you may need a haircut. Cutting your hair is an important part of hair maintenance and should not be put off or forgotten. How frequently you cut your hair depends on a number of different factors.
Let’s explore a few examples.
Chemically Treated Hair
You will notice that once you start treating your hair for colour or any desired look that requires chemical treatment, you will need to up your frequency of haircuts. Although your stylist is the most qualified person to treat your hair, that doesn’t mean that chemicals are the healthiest choice for your hair. Chemicals damage your hair which can lead to more frequent trims to maintain health and minimize breakage. Since many hairstyles cannot be achieved without some use of chemicals it has become very regular practice in the hair world. Just be sure to treat your hair properly once the treatment is complete.
If you have long hair, or medium-length hair and wish it to be long, your stylist will recommend that
you visit them every 8-12 weeks for a trim. This process is important to maintaining the health of your long locks. Long hair is susceptible to split ends which if left untreated will damage your hair and possibly cause you to lose valuable length. If you have excessive breakage or split ends your stylist may recommend a slight trim every 6-8 weeks in order to stay on top of the problem.
If you have a length that you love and want to maintain, it’s important to have frequent haircuts. Hair can grow about half an inch in a four-week time frame so if your style is perfect the way it is, schedule appointments every 6-8 weeks to maintain your existing look.
Your End Goal
If you want to grow out your hair and ultimately end up with long hair, it may not be intuitive to go for frequent hair trims. However this is the time when it’s especially important to get frequent trims! In order for hair to grow long and healthy, the dead and split ends need to be removed. Advise your stylist of your hair growth goals and they will tell you what the frequency of your visits should be in order to achieve your goals.
No matter what way you look at it, haircuts are important for overall hair health. Don’t delay in scheduling your next appointment with your stylist and cause your hair to suffer for it!
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Christine White is a stylist, educator and the owner of Chroma Salon in Sarnia, ON.