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How to Choose the Perfect Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

Written by: Jenn Date of published: . Posted in Blog, Hair Color, Uncategorized

If you are like most women, choosing a new hair color may feel like a daunting task. After all, hair color is an investment of both time and money. Ending up with a color that doesn’t work for your skin tone can make you feel disgruntled about your new look. However, you can choose the perfect hair color on your own or with help from a professional stylist at Dorcas Dominican Beauty Salon and by following these salon tested strategies.

Determine Your Skin Tone…

Before you can find the right hair color for your needs, you need to know whether you have a warm or cool skin tone. This can be easy to do at home. Before getting started, make sure you have a makeup free face and plenty of natural lighting. This test is best performed in the daytime near an open window. First, hold your arm up to the light and examine the color of your veins. If they appear more blue than green, you likely have a cool skin tone. Likewise, if they are more green than blue, you have a warm complexion. Another way to determine your skin tone is to hold up a red and blue blouse next to your face. In a mirror, examine which color looks best against your complexion. If you find that red is more flattering, your skin is warm. If the blue looks best, your skin is cool.

Knowing whether you have warm or cool skin will help you narrow down your hair color options. Cool skin tones look best with shades of ash, such as light ash blonde or a smokey medium brown. Warm complexions look best in gold, copper and beige hues.

Stay Close to Your Current Shade…

As a general rule of thumb, it is best to stay within three levels of your current hair color. For example, if you have light brown hair, you may go up to a medium blonde or as low as a dark brown. Choosing something more intense may not look natural and clash with your skin tone. However, this rule can be broken in some cases.

If you are looking for a dramatic change in hair color, such as going platinum or jet black, it can still work but will require input from a professional hair colorist. Many warm skin tones can flaunt rich shades of golden blonde and honey, but may not look best in platinum as it can wash them out. However, your stylist may be able to incorporate highlights or low lights to give you a dimensional effect and incorporate your desired color in a way that best suits your skin tone.

Opt for Semi Permanent Color…

Before fully committing yourself to a permanent hair color, consider trying semi permanent dye instead. These formulas are less damaging on the hair and only last for a few weeks, making them a great option for anyone who is unsure that color they want long term.

Another method is to try on wigs in your desired hair color. If you are still unsure, simply consult with a professional hair colorist. They can help you determine the best level for your skin tone and desired look.

Finding the right hair color for your complexion is easy when you know what kind of skin tone you have. From there, it’s simply a matter of determining how light or dark you want your hair to be and whether or not you want a multi dimensional effect such as from highlights.

Before your hair coloring appointment, find photos of your desired color in magazines or online to bring with you. This will give your stylist a better idea of what you want so they can help you get as close as possible to it.

Expert Tips for Getting the Perfect Hair Color

Written by: Jenn Date of published: . Posted in Beauty tips, Blog, Hair Color

Coloring your hair can make you look years younger. While there are a number of coloring products available in local drugstores, these products may cause long-term damage to your hair when used incorrectly. Even worse, you may end up with a completely different color than what you originally intended. For these reasons, coloring your hair is a task best left to the professionals. Here is a guide to help you find and maintain your perfect hair color:

General Hair Color Tips

Lighten things up. If you are having trouble choosing a shade, selecting something that is close to your natural color is always a safe bet. When in doubt, go just one shade lighter than your existing hair color.

The waiting game. Always wait at least 48 hours after dying your hair before you wash it. This allows the color to really soak into the cuticles of your hair. When you do get around to washing it, try to avoid using excessively hot water. Doing so may open up the cuticle and allow the dye to escape.

The Salon Visit

Know what you want. One of the best ways to increase the likelihood of getting the color you want is to bring a visual aid. Bring a picture of the shade that you want your hair to be and show it to your stylist before you begin. This gives the stylist a better idea of exactly what you want.

Get a consultation. If you are trying out a new stylist, be sure to book a consultation first. Consultations are usually free and will give you an opportunity to discuss your expectations with the stylist. The stylist will examine the condition of your hair and can make recommendations for styles and colors.

Getting the Color You Want

The Look: Bold Brunette

Brunette hair can be challenging to work with. When at the salon, try asking for gold highlights instead of red ones. Once highlighted, ask for a gloss treatment. This can help add shine and luster to your hair for up to six weeks.

Caring for Your Brunette Hair

The coloring process is not as damaging to brunette hair as it is for blond hair. The coloring process causes less damage and the color generally stays on longer. Using a lightweight glaze after every other shampoo can help you maintain that extra shine.


The Look: Brilliant Blond

Always consult with your stylist before dramatically lightening your hair. Your stylist can help you ensure that your hair is healthy enough to endure the chemicals required to dramatically lighten your hair. Keep in mind that lighter hair is generally more high-maintenance. Your blond hair will likely require bi-monthly salon visits for touch ups or color-maintenance.

Maintaining Your Blond Hair

The process used to lighten your hair may cause short-term damage to hair fibers. When caring for blond hair, a combination of gentle cleansers and moisturizing deep conditioners can help restore your hair and keep it shiny. Look for shampoos that are specifically formulated for use on color-treated hair. For conditioners, take care to find one that is designed for bleached hair. Those conditioners are formulated to help reduce breakage and increase shine.


The Look: A Rich Red

Strategically placed highlights are the key to getting rich red hair. Copper- or auburn-colored highlights can help make your color more vibrant. For a brighter shine, ask your stylist to add a few additional highlights around your face.

Caring for Your Red Hair

When you wash your hair, red is the first pigment that your hair will release. To keep your color looking fresh for as long as possible, shampoo it every other day with an extra-light shampoo and conditioner. A regular moisturizing treatment can help protect your hair from fading.


Finding and maintaining the right hair color may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are going blond, red or brunette, these tips can help you get and keep the perfect shade.

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