If you know me you know that I hate to over complicate things. Especially beauty things because I’m always afraid I’ll scare people away with making something seem overwhelming when most of it really isn’t.
BUT I also hate to over simplify something down to the point that it becomes a flat answer that only clears up a small aspect of something.
I feel like beauty magazines and professionals have been telling us “rules” about things for years that get stuck in your head and then even if the rule is good in some cases it often has me screaming “IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE!” For the case of the “what hair color you SHOULD have.” I decided I’d lay out my opinion on the matter and the rules I live by.
Some people say “You should always keep your hair color within 2 or 3 shades of what you are naturally”
The rationale being that for most people in most cases that will flatter your skin tone the best. You were born with that hair and that skin and they generally go together nicely (thanks mother nature!)
And if skin tone was the only factor in hair choice that’s where this post would end..short sweet and simple! Stick with what you have or a variation close by! While that is certainly a great option it isn’t your only option cause there are many other factors involved…so let’s get complicated! 🙂
Eye color: One of my favorite things about dark hair is it brings out light eyes! I also love blondies with dark brown eyes and redheads with green eyes are THE WORLD. If your eyes are one of your favorite features it is fun to contrast them with your hair.
Makeup & Upkeep: Another factor is how much time are you willing to put in here? For instance I’m a natural dirty blonde and I dye my hair dark. That means my blonde lashes and brows look somewhat crazy without makeup on. And since I’m so far off from my natural tone I have to do my roots every few weeks (I do them myself most the time so I’m not bothered about that but if I had to schedule and pay for an appointment each time this would be a deal breaker) Most of the time your natural color is going to be the least upkeep of all in both respects. (with ombre as a close second for dye time:)
Hairstyling preferences: If you love the look of braids and intricate updo’s you probably want a color with a lot of dimension, blondes and browns with a wide color variation. Dark/monotone hair will camouflage and flatten those styles quite a bit. Inversely if you love blunt striking styles and cuts you might be more inclined to choose something monotone.
Commitment: If you are naturally or chemically very dark and wish to go blonde buckle up! It can be done but you’ll need to be COMMITTED! You’re in for some not so great hair color weeks/months, some damage and a lot of waiting. As long as you really want to try it and you’re expectations are realistic there’s no reason you can’t but it’s just important to be aware and prepared.
Face Shape: For those whose face shape is one of their best assets a contrasting color (light/medium skin-dark hair and dark skin-light hair) is going to really draw attention to and intensify the structure of your face. If your face shape is not your favorite or something you don’t really care about (most people maybe?) this won’t really matter to you but it definitely does matter to some.
Hair health: While platinum hair may meet your qualifications in every other factor you also want to have hair that can handle that kind of pressure. That’s not to say that only those who were born with super blonde or strong hair have that option. Just that if you have weak hair you might have to either: baby it in every other way (meaning easy of the hot tools and blow drying), rely on clip-ins or cut it short.
Personality! Of course your personality is going to be a big factor here. Everything from loving to stand out and be different (bright colors?) to the way you dress (pastel pink hair doesn’t go with everything…) to that inexplicable “I’m just a blonde at heart” feeling and there’s no arguing with that!