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How to Choose the Right Hair Color

How to Get Precise Hair Color at the Salon

We're happy to present this article from one of our favorite sites, Daily Makeover! Star colorist Rita Hazan shares her advice for getting the precise hair color you want.

Ever go into the salon with an idea of what you want to look like and come out the complete opposite? Getting your color done is supposed to be an ego boost that makes you feel beautiful, but sometimes lack of communication can ruin your whole day. Here are a few tips on how to avoid any misunderstandings and get what you really want. Just keep reading.

The best way to get the color you want is for YOU to know what you want. Bring pictures of hair color you love and also, what you don't like. Make sure these pictures are realistic to your expectations and have similar eye color and skin tone as you. This will help to achieve the same color and look you want (and also, what will look best for your coloring).


Don't be shy to ask strangers where they get their hair done. Ask around when you see someone with color that you like — stop and say, "Your color is beautiful, who does it?" You should ask until you get 2-3 people who say the same person then make an appointment for a consultation with that colorist. Talk about what you want and make sure they understand what you want then make an appointment.

Listen to your colorist — although you may want a certain color, trust that your colorist will be able to 'tweak' the color so it is right for you. Between you and your colorist, you will find the perfect shade and get the look you want.

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Renees3 Renees3 6 years
wow details, that's a super huge bummer! I must say though, I went from Dark Brown to red about a month ago and I did all this. I went in with multiple pictures, talked about the health of my hair, discussed variations and am in love with the result. Also I've found that the person you love that cuts your hair might not be the best for coloring. Everyone has their specialty, my guys is definitely color. I'll probably go to someone else for a cut.
details2 details2 6 years
And sometimes your colorist just won't get it right. I just got my hair done today. I took in pictures of Jayma Mayes from Glee and yet now I look like Carrie Preston from True Blood. They had the pictures - and I didn't not get what I want. Going back tomorrow for a redo. Yay bleach. I'm so pissed my hair will be ruined to try to get it back to normal. Your right - it really does ruin your whole day. I keep trying to tell myself it's just hair - but it really matters! :)
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