Colour cor­rec­tion

Know what you want? Then ask for it right!

Hair - - Editor's Letter -

Hair colour is more than just pig­ments re­flect­ing light waves—it is a part of your per­son­al­ity and how you want to be seen. Hence, get­ting the right colour you de­sire is an ab­so­lute must. We all know some­one who has, at one point or an­other, ex­pressed re­gret over how their hair colour has turned out. This is es­pe­cially true in sum­mers when the sun­light bounces off your hair to re­veal the true colours. The slight­est bit of mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion can re­sult in a hair night­mare so we’re go­ing to show you how you can help your stylist give you the ex­act hair colour you want.

TAKE LOTS OF REF­ER­ENCE PIC­TURES

You may have the per­fect hair colour pic­tured in your head, but un­less your hair­styl­ist is also a psy­chic, it is highly un­likely she or he will be able to un­der­stand what it is you are plan­ning to get. While do­ing your re­search (and you bet­ter be do­ing some re­search be­fore ev­ery cut or colour you get), you are bound to come across many pic­tures of hair colours that are sim­i­lar or even ex­actly what you pre­fer.

Take these to your stylist so they have some­thing sub­stan­tial to re­fer to. It is a lot more help­ful than telling your stylist that you want a blue that is “like the wa­ters off the coast of Ba­hamas, but with a greener tinge.”

BE CARE­FUL WITH YOUR TERMS AND ADJECTIVES

This is a help­ful piece of ad­vice for life in gen­eral, but is def­i­nitely crit­i­cal when it comes to de­scrib­ing hair colours. Do you know the dif­fer­ence be­tween ‘mousy’ and ‘um­ber’? Can you spot which shades of hair colour are meant to be ‘sub­tle’ and which ones will stand out as ‘bold’? Sure you want to be­come a red­head, but more ‘am­ber’ or ‘auburn’? The last thing you want to tell your stylist is that you want ‘low­lights’ when you ac­tu­ally mean ‘high­lights’.

So, be­fore us­ing a par­tic­u­lar term or ad­jec­tive, make sure you truly know and un­der­stand what they mean. If in doubt, ask your stylist to ex­plain them for you. It will save both you and them a lot of grief later on.

TRUST YOUR STYLIST

It is safe to as­sume that be­tween you and your stylist, it is your stylist who is the bet­ter hair ex­pert. This ex­per­tise ex­tends to hair colour as well. Your stylist is your best com­pan­ion and guide as you delve into the world of hair colours, es­pe­cially if you want to ex­per­i­ment with bold and bright tones. Your hair­styl­ist is fa­mil­iar with your hair and can make rec­om­men­da­tions ac­cord­ingly.

KNOW WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

Just be­cause you love a hair colour does not mean it is the right one for you. Sure, it may look good on some­one else, but un­less you have the ex­act same skin tone as that per­son, the re­sults will be very dif­fer­ent on you. Think of hair colour as make-up. All those fac­tors you take into ac­count when buy­ing make-up, such as how warm your skin tone is, also come into play when choos­ing hair colour.

Elec­tric blue may work for Katy Perry, but per­haps a shade of neon or pow­der blue would work bet­ter for you? Hav­ing an open mind and be­ing flex­i­ble about what you want is cru­cial when get­ting your hair coloured.

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