Whether you're a serial hair dyer, or just looking for a fast way to freshen up for the new season, coloring your hair can be a tricky process — especially if you're going the drugstore route instead of to a salon. So to help you get a color that looks great and is perfect for this time of year, I've put together tips to make choosing a color easy. To match yourself with the perfect Spring shade, just keep reading.
- Think about your undertones first. If you don't know what they are, take my undertones quiz. You're either a warm or a cool, and the more on either end of the spectrum you are, the more your hair color should follow.
- If you're very cool, go for an ash shade. Some colors, if you're shopping at a beauty supply store, may also list these as "blue" and "violet," or have numbers followed by .1 (a 7.1 is dark ash blond, for example). At the drugstore, a color designed to fight brassiness will probably also serve you well. Slightly less cool undertones look good in beige blonds and browns, which are termed "cool" and are listed with a .13 behind them.
- If you're really warm, look for a color that's golden, which is often followed by a .3. Somewhat warm skin tones look lovely in warm or coppery shades, which are followed by a .31 or .35
- Neutral shades look good on everyone. They don't have a number after them. If you're struggling with your color or scared to make a big change, go neutral.
- Spring shades are usually lighter and have a hint more red than colors at other times of the year, so your safest bet is to bump your color up one shade level and add a hint of red. If you're a golden blonde (an 8.3, numerically), for example, try bumping it up to a light strawberry blond (a 9.35).