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How to Choose Natural-Looking Highlights (2)

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So, we must determine the color base of the hair as well as the lightness levels. To do this most easily, I suggest a visit to your local beauty supply store, where you will find swatches of haircolors. These are usually either clipped to the shelves where the haircolor is sold, or compiled into books that are placed in the same areas so that you can access them as references.
Of course, you could enlist the aid of your salon stylist to make this determination, but being able to compare and see all the various shades that may be close, but not quite right, will help you to learn to understand your hair’s color make-up more readily. So, situate yourself in your beauty supply store’s haircolor aisle and take out a hand mirror or compact and hold up the swatches to your own hair and find one that matches.
How to choose highlights
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It’s important to hold the hair against your own so that you can readily notice differences of tone and color base more easily. Be patient, and keep trying as you get closer and closer to the natural color. Once you feel secure that you’ve matched your color, then we can look at the options that are available. {NOTE: If your hair is already colored and you know the color and shade that was used, you can save yourself some time and effort by using the color in your hair.}
The swatch that matches your haircolor will more than likely have a code that the manufacturer uses to classify the shades available, and you may have to consult the package of color to get the information you need. In some cases, the code is pretty easy to decipher. For instance, Clairol, tends to use an alpha-numeric code that has a numeral with one or two letters to signify the color being represented. A “6N” would refer to the color being level 6, with neutral base color. Likewise, a “10GN” would be a level 10 with gold and neutral base colors.
Of course, nothing is ever simple and the classification system can sometimes breakdown, given that the haircolor industry has tried for decades to find a way to refer to certain tones of color in pleasant and more-marketable ways. I’m referring to the Drab/Green color bases that are important and do occur naturally. I personally think that using the actual color name would be appropriate, but often people see “green” in regard to hair and it frightens them. And I believe that the term “drab” fell out of favor because it sounds dull.
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