Saturday, September 23, 2006

Need a Boost Mommy? Try a New Hair Color!

A new hair color is a fantastic way to breath new life into a look that has, well, gone south. This is especially the case for new mothers who are not feeling their most confident in the hair department. If you want to get back to looking your most delectable and you want to be a yummy mommy then consider trying a new and decidedly exciting hair color change. It can give your locks a lift not to mention your spirits. A good color can add pizzazz, drama and flair to your hair. It may be a start but a new hair color can also make you feel sexy again. And what new mother doesn’t want that?! But are there things you should know before you get started? Absolutely! Choosing the proper hair color can be a confusing and tricky process so let’s look at some important pointers before you begin:

Natural Looking Hair

Hair color should look as natural as possible, not brassy or artificial but just right. The most important thing to do before coloring is to ensure that your hair is in the best condition possible. If not, the coloring process could damage it further. For the best results, it is wise to stay within two shades of your natural hair color.

The Key to Finding an Appropriate Color

The key to finding a color that’s appropriate for you means choosing between warm and cool shades. Differentiating between colors can be confusing especially with the variety that is out there to choose from. The best way to make the right choices is to decide on what your natural coloring is in regard to hair, eye and skin tones. Do you fall into the warm or cool category? Get a friend or relative to help you answer these questions before going any further.

What color are your eyes?
Green, green blue or turquoise (Warm)
Golden brown (Warm)
Hazel with white, gray or blue flecks (Cool)
Hazel with gold or brown flecks (Warm)
Deep brown or black-brown (Cool)
Gray blue or dark blue (Cool)

What color is your skin tone?
Medium with no color in cheeks (Cool)
Medium with faint pink cheeks (Cool)
Medium with golden undertones (Cool)
Pale with pink undertones (Cool)
Pale with no color in cheeks (Cool)
Brown with pink undertone (Warm)
Very dark brown (Cool)
True olive (most Asians and Latinos) (Cool)
Pale with peach or gold undertones (Warm)
Freckled (Warm)
Ruddy (Warm)
Brown or bronze (during tanning season) (Cool)
Golden brown (during tanning season) (Warm)

What color is your hair?
Golden blond (Cool)
Strawberry blond (Warm)
Dishwater blond (Cool)
Red (Warm)
Medium golden brown (Cool)
Deep brown with gold or red highlights (Warm)
Medium ash brown (Cool)
Deepest coffee brown (Cool)
Blue black (Cool)
White (Cool)
Gray with a yellow cast (Warm)
Salt and pepper (Cool)

The verdict

So what did you discover? Were most of your answers “cools”? If so then your natural tones fall into the cool spectrum. The opposite is true if most of your “yes” answers were warm.

The best shades for people in the cool spectrum are shiny raven-wing blacks, cool ash browns, cool blondes in shades ranging from mink to platinum and icy white. Naturally cool women should avoid yellow, red, gold and bronze tones, which have a tendency to make an individual look sallow and drawn.

Shades of deep chocolate, rich golden browns and auburn, warm gold and red highlights and golden blond shades enhance those who fall into the warm category. Weaving and highlighting are a terrific way to add warm tones to your hair. Naturally warm people should avoid violet, blue, white and jet black hair, which will appear to “wash out” your natural hair color.

A few things to keep in mind to achieve the color you want:

If you can’t decide between two shades, go for the lighter one. It’s easier to darken hair than to lighten it.

If you’re new to dark hair color, opt for a rich brown and work your way up to a black tone. Also black hair looks best on women with lighter skin tones.

If you have darker hair, choose a color that is two shades lighter than your desired result.

Red has the highest amount of pigment, which is why it is the most difficult color to maintain. Warmer reds are more natural looking than blue-based reds.

For gray coverage, choose a shade that has neutral or natural in its name.

Use a clarifying shampoo before coloring to help keep hair in excellent condition.

When in doubt, ask. coloring companies that have toll-free telephone numbers and websites to offer comprehensive coloring advice. Don’t be shy when it comes to finding out the facts. Your hair is your crowning glory after all so you want to get the coloring process right the first time around! Cosmeticians at your local drugstores and department stores are also a wealth of information so seeking one out to help you choose the right shade might be the best first step for you to take.

So now you are ready to mix and color and revel in the exciting results. Best of luck mommies!

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