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So, you want to color your hair, but don’t know where to start. Most people are afraid to color their hair because they do not know about the whole process. Hopefully after you read this article, you will be equip with enough knowledge to feel comfortable getting your hair colored either by a professional or by doing it yourself.

First of all, you need to chose the color that you want your hair. Choosing the right color can be challenging and can be what cause people to avoid hair color. When choosing a hair color, it should complement and suit your complexion. You are lucky if you have pale skin as any hair color will usually look great. If you have a pink tone to your skin it is best to avoid shades of red or golden blond. If you have an olive complexion you want to use hair color that is dark. You can also add richness by considering lowlights in shades of brown or auburn. If you have a shallow complexion avoid yellows to orange tones, your best bet is to go deep red.

Secondly, you need to decide if you are going to color your hair completely or just highlight it. If you hair is short, consider full color instead of highlights. If you have long hair highlights will help to brighten you complexion. You will need to touch up your color every 4 to 8 weeks depending how fast your hair grows. Highlights usually last 2 to 3 months before you have to touch up. You can either get the roots touched up by a salon or purchase kits at the store. You need to make sure that you test the color first before doing the touch up to make sure that they match. Also, if you have highlights, you can just have your hairline, crown, and part done instead of doing a whole head color.

Third, you have to decide if you are going to pay someone to color or highlight your hair or if you are going to attempt to do it yourself. Now a days, home color kits have become almost fool proof. These kits are perfect for those who want color, but are unable to pay the professional prices for it.

If you choose a color that you are not sure of, make sure that you go back to where you had it colored and talk to your stylist. Most places will fix the color until you are satisfied. Don’t be afraid to let them know that you are not happy with your color. If you colored your hair on your own, it can be taken care of using the manufactures advice. You can also use a body building shampoo to wash away the color faster. Or you can go to your local salon and see what they can do to help you.

After you hair is colored or highlighted, it is important to care for it properly. You should make sure to invest in a good color enhancing shampoo and conditioner at least once a week. Color enhancing shampoos and conditioners have small amounts of color that gets deposited into the hair when the product is used. This will increase the longevity of your hair color.

Hopefully this will help you make the decision about coloring your hair. If you are wary of trying it on your own, make sure that you choose a salon and hairstylist that you are comfortable with. Also, remember just getting it done is the beginning. You need to learn how to maintain and keep you new color looking vibrant.

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Sovanne Veata is a hair specialist and is also a writer for the Premiere Chicago Day Spa with experience in total Body Pampering to teach people to Enjoy Life.