Color will forever be a touchy subject for women of every ethnic background due to different hair textures and lengths. It’s time to change all of that. Let’s start at the basics.

Hair colors and tones should coincide with your skin tone and eye color. “Staying within two levels of your natural color is a safe bet, so if you are naturally dark brown, the lightest that you should go is light brown and the darkest you should go is soft black or natural black. Going further than that increases the level of maintenance needed for upkeep and may not be flattering next to your skin,” says Norma Dacres, director of the L’Oreal USA New York Technical Center.

If you plan on visiting your local beauty supply store or drug store to pick up an at-home color kit: please, for goodness sake, DON’T! Get your hair “did” the right way for a change. Be sure to ask the right questions. Knowing how to properly communicate with your stylist/colorist is important and will help you achieve your ultimate goal.

Here are some tips:

1. Never ask anyone to “bleach” your hair. The process is called lightening.

2. If you want your hair majority one color with highlights, this is called a base color with high or low lights or under color.

3. Don’t just go into a salon asking for color. The process must be well thought. Once you’ve made your way to a salon, ask for a “colorist” and start your conversation from there.

4. Remember that keeping up with this season’s trends in hair color will involve lots of maintenance. The flashier the color, the more work is required to maintain a healthy head of hair.

 

Clutchettes, what are some tips you follow to protect your hair while experimenting with color? What do you think of Melanie Fiona’s blonde hair?

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  • OSHH

    Condition condition and leave in condition.
    Also moisterize, moisterize and moisterize.
    Both of these tips esp if you get your hair lifted, or lightened.
    Rinsing is not as stressful on the hair and a rinse helps condition the hair esp after a relaxer but even with my rinses I still condition condition and leave in condition and also moisterize.
    BTW I don’t like that blond on Mel

  • also make sure your COLORIST knows what the hell “highlights” mean. i asked for highlights and got my hair parted front to back and then dyed a BRIGHT ORANGE color… -_-

  • Ollie

    Great article with very critical points!!!! I am thinking about coloring my hair and the tips on selecting the color that compliments your skin tone were pivotal because sometimes we just go for “what is hot” and it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone! This will have me researching and making sure that I choose the correct color! Kuddos Krys!!!!!