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Video:How to Pick a Hair Color

with Allyson Thompson

It can be easy to pick a hair color if you follow a few basic guidelines. Here are some tips on how you can pick a hair color that's right for you.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Pick a Hair Color

Hi, I'm Allyson Thompson, here for About.com, and we're at Studio 23 in San Luis Obispo, California. Today we're going to talk about how to pick a hair color that's right for you. Few things say as much about a person's style or personality as their hair color. Whether you're trying to express yourself with a wild statement, attempting to turn back the clock, or just trying a new look, there are a few basic things to consider when choosing a color that's right for you.

Determine Your Skin Tone to Pick a Hair Color

One of the ways to figure out which hair color to use is to find out what your skin tone is: if you're a warm or a cool tone. There are a few different ways to this, one being if you tan easily, you're most likely a warm, and if you burn, you'd be a cool. Another way to figure that out is to look at the veins on your forearm: if they run a little more green, then you're most likely a warm, and if they're blue, then you're going to be a cool.

Pick a Hair Color That Is Golden if You Are a Warm Skin Tone Color

Once you’ve determined if you're a warm skin tone color, then you can choose your hair color. You want to look for either more golden, bronze colors or caramel colors and make sure it's slightly darker than your skin tone. You also want to avoid jet black hair; that will wash you out.

Pick a Hair Color That Is Ashen if You Are a Cool Skin Tone Color

However, if you've decided that you're a cool tone, you'll want to pick a hair color that is more ash, cool, or neutral. For instance, use an ash blonde, a neutral or a cool brown -- these will look great on your fair complexion. Again, you can choose any hair color as long as you account for your tone and stay away from jet black hair.

Try to Pick a Hair Color By Visiting a Wig Store

If you'd like a definitive visual example of a potential hair color, consider going to a wig store and trying on a few different wigs. If you're contemplating a drastic hair color change, for example going from a medium or a dark brown, to an all-over blonde, consider doing this in phases. You can start with highlights before making a jump to an all-over blonde color. Remember the rule of thumb: If you were blonde as a child, you'll likely look good as a blonde now. On the flipside, if you're going from a natural blonde to a dark tone, consider keeping some of your blonde as natural highlights or darkening your color gradually. Remember, there's no need to over-complicate the process of picking a hair color. Ultimately, you want to pick a color that brings out your best qualities, and by following a few simple guidelines, you'll be able to do that without any trouble. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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