Your Best Color
It's usually no more than two shades lighter or darker than your eyebrows the brow color you're born with complements your skin tone perfectly, and you risk looking washed out if you stray too far from it.
Are You a Redhead?
Red might be your perfect shade if your skin is on the pink side. Women with cool or pinkish skin pull it off best. There's usually a perfect red for any skin stone, but if you have golden or olive skin, you may have tougher time finding one that's flattering consult with a colorist.
Is Your Hair in Good Condition?
Fiery locks can be radiant, but keep in mind that if your strands are dry or damaged, they'll have a hard time holding on to small, red color molecules (which seep out of even the healthiest hair fairly quickly). If you deep-condition weekly, get regular trims and don't heat-style every day, you may be a good candidate for going red.
Maximize the impact of a coffee hue by going deeper and monotone if your hair is nearly all one length. Make the ends slightly lighter, or add a mixutre of highlights and lowlights if your 'do is short or very layered. This will emphasize the cut's texture.
Dye Damaged Hair
Worried about coloring your dull or damaged hair? Stick to the brunette color family darker hair reflects light best, hides breakage, and minimizes flaws if your hair has taken a beating with heat styling or previous treatments. If you're craving a different shade, work on getting your hair healthy as a brunette before letting your re-energized, healthy locks shine in a red or blonde.
Not All Blondes Are Created Equal
Not sure the best blonde shade to dye your hair? If you have deep brown skin, stick with a rich honey hue. If your complexion is a medium tone, try a sandy color. And if you have lighter skin, you can pull off a pale golden blonde.
Don't Go Platinum
Cool, white strands can make you look tired. Instead, ask your colorist to create a golden base, then add cooler highlights if you want to go lighter.
Don't Try This At Home
Visit a professional if you want to die your hair black or blue-black. And if in doubt, stick to a dark chocolate. The only way to lighten up is with a pricey salon procedure that involves lots of damage to your tresses.
Ask About Upkeep
If you're making a drastic color change say, brunette to blonde you may find that you have to color your hair frequently and follow particular guidelines for maintaining the hue at home. Make sure you have the time and money to do so before committing to a big change.