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A Simple Guide to the Perfect Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

17 May

Finding the perfect hair color has always been a challenge for most people. There seems to be varying opinions on what looks good. Plus, hair trends always change every season. Although it can be fun to play around with the hair and change it ever so often, there are always those certain shades that match one’s skin tone perfectly.

It is not just about playing with trends. It is also about taking into consideration one’s hair color, eye color, and lifestyle. This ensures that your hair color complements your skin tone. Here are some ways in finding the best hair color that matches your skin.

Find your Skin Tone

Determining the skin tone can be difficult. Most people are categorized into deep, warm, and cool tones. People with deep skin tone, such as Kerry Washington, have veins with a purple tint. They also have dark brown eyes. Those with warm skin tones usually have hazel, green, or warm brown eyes. The veins have a green tint. For cool tones, their veins have a blue tint and their eyes can be blue, gray or deep brown like Cameron Diaz.

Image credits to beautydelamer.com

Image credits to beautydelamer.com

To find your skin tone, stand in natural light wearing neutral clothing and without makeup. Observe the natural hue of your skin. Does it have reddish, yellow, or greenish tones? Is it cool or more neutral?

  • Deep/Warm Skin Tone – For those with deeper skin color, dark auburn brown or deep brown can bring out the golden undertones in the skin. This hair color can be flattering for this skin tone.
  • Deep/Cool Tone – This deep skin tone can be orangey. Go for violet-based reds or coffee browns to prevent your skin from becoming too orange.
  • Medium/Warm Tone – If you want to go red, choose strawberry red. Warm blondes are perfect for those with warm skin tones. Avoid jet black hair and go for a brunette hair with brown highlights. This hair color can soften and brighten the face.
  • Medium/Cool Tone – This skin tone is versatile and can work with various hair colors. Don’t go for colors that are too red. Auburn can work perfectly for this skin tone. Walnut brown or sandy hair colors.
  • Fair/Cool Tone – For this skin tone, avoid golden shades. These colors can boost the redness in your skin which will make you look pink. Opt for richer shades with lowlights for depth in your hair. If you have a natural blonde hair, you can go platinum or ashy blonde to match your complexion. Cool bright reds also work perfectly for those with cool skin tones.
  • Fair/Warm Tone – This skin tone has a lot of yellow which can be washed out by an ashy hair. Go for richer browns or honey to enhance your skin’s glow.

Stay in your Natural Color Range

This is a good rule of thumb when changing up one’s hair color. Pay close attention to your skin tone and natural hair color range. This enhances your skin tone while brightening up your face. Doing so complements your complexion. This also makes your skin and hair look healthier.

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Pastel or bold, which is which?

30 Apr

bold or pastel

Two of the recent trends in hair styling are pastel and bold hair colors. Gorgeous lilacs, reds, blues, and pinks are starting to emerge as more people are sporting these hair colors. It might be challenging to decide which color to go for. Pastel colors can be interesting and subtle. Bold hair colors, on the other hand, creates a statement.

So, which should you go for?

Pastel Colored Hair

pastel blue hair

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From bold hair, many people are also going lighter. Pastel colors such as lilacs and pinks are becoming more popular. Violet hair is becoming popular because it is the Pantone color of the year. It is easy to wear yet not as girly as pink.

To get an extreme color such as a pastel, you need to bleach your hair to prevent the colors from bleeding. Since pastel colors are lighter, the hair has to be really lightened to make the color stick. If you’re still unsure that you want to completely dye your hair, you can opt for a streak to not make it look too trendy.

Remember that pastel colors can be more fragile and more susceptible to fading. Opt for dry shampoo and avoid washing your hair daily to keep the hair color from fading. The roots have to be touched up every six weeks, as well. This hair color can last up to seven weeks depending on how much you care for it.

If you can spare the extra care and attention needed for pastel hair, then you can go for it. This hair will need frequent touch-ups as the lightness of the color means it will easily fade. These colors require much upkeep and may not work for busy people.

Bold Colored Hair

fiery orange hair

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More people are becoming more comfortable with bold hair. At first it started with bright reds and oranges. Now it has spread to various colors. Red is still one of the most preferred bold hair colors because it has a wide array of shades and tones.

Bold hair, when done well, can be tasteful. It can look good on anyone when done properly. To make the pop of color last, you need to bleach your hair first.

In choosing a bright color, it is more than just commitment. It requires maintenance to keep its vibrant tones. Bright colors fade really fast. Ensure that you are using shampoo and conditioner that keeps the shine of your hair without stripping the color. Avoid staying in the sun or dipping your hair in salt water and chlorine. These can easily fade your color so try to apply a leave-on conditioner before exposing your hair to the summer elements. You can also add color dye to your conditioner for upkeep.

Conditioning is the key to maintaining bold hair color. Yogurt masks are great for the hair. It helps preserve hair follicles and makes the hair healthier and shinier.

Bold colors tend to last longer than pastel shades. With bold hair color first, it gradually lightens and you can end up with a more pastel shade after a few weeks of washes. This can be a better alternative for those who want to create a statement but don’t have the time to care for pastel hair.

Quick And Awesome Ways To Wake Up With Gorgeous Hair

5 Mar

How long have all women been dreaming to wake up with perfectly gorgeous hair like you have just come out of a salon?

We commonly see it in the movies and we cannot help but be envious of how they wake up looking like that. Now if only we can do that, who needs those extra 15 minutes daily just to make our hair look at least presentable to everyone.

Through our obsession of finding ways on how to actually wake up with gorgeous hair, we have come across some amazing tips on how to actually do it. After nights and mornings of trying various techniques and trying out numerous hair products that claim to magically transform the hair overnight, we have trimmed the list down to the most helpful and sure fire ways of making you wake up looking like those Hollywood stars we frequently see in the movies.

Long Beach Sexy Waves

Think of Blake Lively on the famous series Gossip Girl. Were you drooling over her always perfect long beach sexy waves despite the fact that she was in rehab and lying in bed all night and day? Here is what you can do – take a shower at night, towel dry the hair (but never rub the towel against your hair as this actually damages it), apply tanning oil, and twirl it.

blake lively

You can either do this as soon as you get home and let it twirl like that while you grab dinner and watch TV or you can do this right before going to sleep. The oil will make your hair look perfectly moisturized and give that sexy beach waves sans the dryness that usually comes with curly hair.

Another way to do this is to get a silk scarf and wrap it around your head. This technique is called “pineappling”. Just remember to only use silk scarf and never cotton or wool as those will leave you with nothing but frizzy hair. You can also spray some oil right before the pineappling.

Volumized Bob or Pixie Cut

Now think of Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, and of course, the now famous Jennifer Lawrence. The common problem here is getting enough volume and preventing frizz from happening which sadly seems to go hand in hand once you hit the sack.

Photo credits to Martin Eckert, teoriasdelabsurdo, jianjun xu on Flickr

Photo credits to Martin Eckert, teoriasdelabsurdo, jianjun xu on Flickr

What experts suggest here is to take a shower, rinse out the conditioner after 20 minutes, and then finish it up with some leave-on hair conditioner preferably with Argan oil.

Argan oil has gotten famous because it has the natural ability to moisturize and calm frizzy hair. It is best to apply this to damp hair. But if your hair is already dry and in need of rescue, concentrate more on the hair ends instead.

However, if you hate getting your hair wet at night but have to look perfectly made up in the morning, you can use some dry shampoo and spray it to the hair roots. You will be surprised with the texture it will give your hair upon waking up.

Perfectly Voluminous Hair

Think of Jessica Alba, Lea Michelle, and Angelina Jolie. Don’t you just love to wake up with a hair like theirs? Experts say that in order to have that perfectly controlled voluminous look without overdoing it, one would have to pile the hair up in a bun right on top of the head. This will prevent the bun from being ruined by your tossing and turning and of course, give you that big, sexy, and voluminous hair that is just right.

Photo credits to JD Lasica, Gage Skidmore, Globovisión on Flickr

Photo credits to JD Lasica, Gage Skidmore, Globovisión on Flickr

A little bit of effort before you doze off to la-la-land can make a huge difference on how your hair looks the morning after. Do this routinely and you will probably never ever have to face a bad hair day ever again.