How to Choose the Right Hair Color Using Charts

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How to Choose the Right Hair Color Using Charts
Hair colour charts make it easier to find the appropriate colour. (angel hair image by Randy McKown from

Finding the right hair colour is sometimes challenging. There are so many colour choices, and at least a few different options will look good with every skin tone. While it is important to decide on the base colour, such as blond or red, once the base colour is decided, the task of finding the right shade and type of colour is the challenge. There are several blonds in varying shades and types, such as platinum, golden blond and ash blond, and there are several shades and types in every potential hair colour available. Using a colour chart makes choosing the best hair colour easier and avoids the accidental green, copper, orange or other hair colours that result from the wrong hair colour match.

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    Ask the salon for a colour chart before having them dye your hair. Look at the available swathes of colour.

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    Look at the veins in your arm to determine your skin tone. If your veins are a green colour, your skin tone is warm. If your veins are a blue colour, your skin tone is cool. Look for hair colours that match your skin tone. People with cool skin tones should avoid reds or copper colours, while people with warm skin tones should avoid platinum blonds or blue toned colours.

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    Have the salon stylist dye your hair in the appropriate colour.

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    Look at the dye company's website. While the box might have a basic chart showing two or three potential outcomes based on original colours, it is limited in information. The company website will have more information and better colour charts.

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    Look at the information about the tone of the colours. The tone in the charts online should say "cool" "warm" or "neutral." Cool means it is ideal for cool skin tones, warm means it is ideal for warm skin tones and neutral means it is a good choice for either skin tone.

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    Match the colours in the colour chart to your original hair colour and determine what the end results are based on your original hair colour. Pick the colour that is ideal and that will come out in the preferred colour. Keep in mind that some colours will require hair bleaching before the results are the same as the colour chart.

Tips and warnings

  • In the salon, the chart is easy to use and the stylist mixes and applies the dye. The chart uses swathes of hair to show the end result for a variety of original colours. The salon stylist is responsible for getting the colour right and bleaching the hair beforehand so the colour takes.
  • Keep in mind that darker hair colours will always need bleach to obtain most colours.

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