Know what you want? Then ask for it right!
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.