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Change Your Look: A Hair Color Change

lady wearing a blue top At any given time, a full fifty-percent of women are unhappy with the way they look. They say they want a change and many take the plunge to make that change – sometimes with disastrous results. Of course, not all changes are bad ones, but many women admit that they need help when it comes to changing their style. We’re here to help.
 
The first area of change - and in many cases, the easiest - for the hair is color. Color can be used to enhance your hair’s natural shade, to cover gray, or to make a dramatic difference. The best part is it doesn’t have to be a major commitment to make an interesting change in hue. Here are some tips for making a hair color change painless:
 
1. Decide what kind of color change you want first. Do you want bold and sassy, or just a hint of something to add a little spice to your look. Knowing this will help determine the kind of color that you need to use.
 
2. Look for colors that belong on your “palette”. Many women decide to go for colors that are wrong for them because the color is popular. It’s not a matter of trying to “make” you beautiful. It’s all about bringing out the beauty that’s already there. If you work within the natural framework of your color tone, you’ll be much happier with the results. Remember, the beautiful Latina actress Eva Longoria-Parker would have NO business trying to wear an arctic blonde hair color, just as the pale blonde Kate Hudson would have no business going for a chocolate brown color.
 
3. Think of the season. You should let the season of the year help you determine where to go with your hair color choices. In the Spring and Summer go with a lighter shade of color. Add a few highlights or an overall tonal lift to your natural color can freshen up your look and make you feel better about your look. In the Fall and Winter, the key is to add richness and deeper tonality to your color.
 
4. If you’re unsure about a color find out if it is available in a temporary or demi-permanent formula. Temporary color will last only until your next shampoo, and demi-permanent shampoos will wash out gradually over the course of 8-12 shampoos. This lets you test-drive a look without making it permanent.
 
5. Make sure you know what you’re getting into when you get started on this color process. If your plan is to cover your gray, using a permanent hair color means that you will have to undertake regular maintenance retouches to keep the new growth colored. In these cases, I generally recommend using a demi-permanent color so that you can cover the gray as desired, but that if you decide to stop covering the gray you can let the color wash out completely.
 
6. Try a color-gloss service. In most cases, a simple (colorless) gloss application can add depth and shine to your hair’s natural color and make your hair look richer and more vibrant. Color-gloss services are also terrific for those who color their hair since the gloss formula helps to seal the hair shaft. Many colors fade quickly and a gloss service can help your color last.
 
Color Specific Tips:
 
Here are some ideas for specific hair color groups that can help you change your look:
 
Blondes
 
1. Use a color gloss application to give your hair extra sheen, enhancing the hair’s reflectivity.
 
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