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Asking your colorist to read your mind when it comes to color is a losing game. Michael Murphy of New York's NAO Salon & Spa urges clients to bring in photos. "Even to show us colors you don't want," he says. "People define 'gold' differently: Are you talking Meg Ryan's or Ivanka Trump's?" Of course, with so many variations of blonde, brown, and red available, how's a girl to choose? Andrew Bartfield, VP of education at L'Oréal Professionnel, says opt for a shade that brings out your eye color rather than your complexion. "Eyes don't change with the seasons, like skin tone often does." Then, to keep the hue, use color-enhancing shampoos and conditioners (but limit to three times a week)-and never rinse with very hot water as it may loosen pigment molecules from freshly colored hair.