Q: I can't figure out if I'm a silver or gold. My hair is a really dark brown and I have blue eyes. When I put on jewelry
silver stands out more yet when I am in the sun, my hair looks red. I'm considering coloring my hair but I donít know what type of color to choose.
A: For every rule there is always the exception, which unfortunately means that some people will have a difficult time trying to
determine their color type. In these cases, the safest bet is to try to stick to similar color families for hair color options.
Look closely at your hair in the sunlight using a mirror. Is the red you see a true red? Is it
more of an orange? Maybe it is more of a purplish-red? Or perhaps it is somewhere in between? If you can identify the base color of
your hair you can make better color choices for a new hair color.
If you canít seem to discern your hairís base color, then take a
trip to your local beauty supply shop and look in the hair color aisle. Usually you will find a swatch collection or swatches of
hair colors on the shelf edges. Look for the color swatch that most closely matches your hairís color and take a look at the color
formula that corresponds to it and read what the level and base color is present in the color you chose. (Clairol brand haircolors are good for this purpose.)
Once you determine the hairís base color you can simply choose a new color that is compatible
with the base color. You can go lighter or darker and stay within the base color range, or use a neutrally-based color in order to
enhance your natural color.