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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go blonde or fiery red, or perhaps you're sick of your dull brown hair and fancy putting a few golden or auburn highlights through it. Most of us get fed up of our hair colour from time to time but these days you don't have to put up with it. You can go any shade you want to but of course the most important consideration is whether your chosen colour is going to suit you or not and that's a mistake many people make. The first thing you have to take into account is your skin tone. Other factors that will influence whether or not a particular hair colour is the right one for you is the colour of your eyes, your hair style and length, and of course your personality. So here are a few pointers to put you on the right track. Skin tone and hair colour If you have very pale translucent skin then colouring your hair jet black can be pretty drastic and make you look like something out of a vampire movie but then again if you are into the 'vampish' look then pale skin with dark hair and bright red lipstick might be just your thing. Similarly, if you have very dark skin then bleaching your hair ash blonde might not be the best way to go and could age you. If you choose a hair colour that compliments your skin tone then you really can't go wrong, it's just a case of personal preference as to how strong or vibrant you want the colour to be. Once you pick the basic colour there are endless shades of that colour to choose from. Speak to your local salon as they are likely to have colour charts that you can look through. Basically, cool skin tones look better with cooler shades of colour and warm hair colours can really enhance warm skin tones. It's not really that difficult. If you are unsure then seek advice from a qualified hair professional first as they do know what they are talking about. Should I go to a salon or do it myself? First you need to decide if you want a whole head cover, highlights or lowlights and there are various ways of doing this. If you are having your hair done in a salon then they'll keep you right as to what the best options are for you. If you fancy doing it at home then you might want to consider whether you are happy with your basic hair colour or not. If you are then you should maybe go for highlights or lowlights. If not, then go ahead and take a chance on a brand new colour. Just make sure that whatever you do you follow the instructions to the letter. Home colouring kits these days are fairly easy to apply and if you can be bothered, are certainly a lot cheaper. Always carry out a patch test before you actually colour your hair and do this at least 24 hours beforehand. If you are going to have a reaction, and some people do, you don't want to find out when you've covered your whole head. Caring for coloured hair The biggest problem with hair colouring though is that you have to keep touching up the roots unless you really don't mind the two-tone look. In general, you should aim to colour your hair no more than two or three shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour as this is likely to give you the best results. Once you have coloured your hair, you need to spend a bit more time looking after it if you want to keep it in good condition. Colouring can damage the hair and dry it out causing it to break and split more easily. The last thing you want with your new hair colour is straggly ends that make you look like something that has been dragged through a bush and that feels as rough as straw. - Buy hair care products that have been designed for coloured or bleached hair as these are likely to be kinder to your hair and your scalp. - Stay out of the swimming pool for a few days after bleaching your hair or you might find yourself with a greenish tinge to your hair which is not what you were looking for. - After washing your hair don't tug through it with a sharp comb, coloured hair is a lot more fragile. Use natural bristle brushes and if you tie your hair up only use cloth covered scrunchies as elastic will break the hair. - Coloured hair is also likely to be very dry so treat yourself to a weekly intensive conditioning treatment, it will be well worth the time and effort to keep your hair feeling soft and looking great. No matter what colour you choose or what advice anyone gives you, what really matters at the end of the day is whether you like what you see when you look in the mirror.
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