Do you find yourself asking "what color should I dye my hair?", well you're not alone. So many of us know what hair color suits us, but within the hair color families - blonde, dark, red and experimental - there are so many shades you could go. A big part of choosing a hair color also comes down to what level of maintenance you are prepared to put in. For instance, if you're blonde but you want to spend as little time as possible on your hair then beachy balayage will be a better choice for you than going platinum. This guide should leave you with some hair inspo and hair color ideas for the future.
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Below we run down the main hair colors and three hair shades to try, ranging from laidback maintenance to hardcore care. Which will you choose?
Blonde Hair Colors
Naturally blonde or light brunette? Bright, blonde balayage will give your hair a beachy vibe and, with balayage avoiding the root area, you won't need regular touch-ups.
The nineties are trending again and a full head of blonde hair highlights was big news at the start of this millennium. Using foils, this requires some regular upkeep as root regrowth is real, but if you want shades of blonde hair and that mid-nineties Britney Spears blonde look, this is how to get it.
Full-on platinum hair is ideal for anyone going grey or white or for those who have natural blonde hair. For anyone else it's a high maintenance color that requires serious hydration, toning, and regular visits to the salon. Having said that, the statement color is worth the effort.
Dark Hair Colors
Inspired by the stone, tiger's eye is balayage with a mix of warm caramel, gold and brunette tones. This brown hair balayage looks stunning and, since it's created using the balayage technique, the upkeep is pretty easy.
If you're already brunette, going 2-3 shades darker for dark brown hair is an easy way to transform your style and make a statement without a ton of effort. Plus, dark hair and chocolate brown hair tends to look super shiny and healthy so it's a win, win.
Raven hair is almost bewitching in its beauty, and what's great is that you can experiment with gloss tones like blue or burgundy colors. If your hair isn't naturally dark then black hair will take quite a bit of upkeep to ensure the color and strands stay healthy-looking. Chroma Absolu Gloss has seriously nourishing and hydrating formulas, powered by healing acids to ensure hair stays vibrant, strong and shiny.
Red Hair Colors
Yet again, balayage is the easiest way to get playful with your color as you don't need regular root touch-ups. Cherry red hair is trending this year, and by adding pieces of cherry into your hair you can get the look without too much maintenance. Of course, if your hair isn't naturally blonde, those pieces will need to be lightened before the cherry tone can be added, but what's cool is that as the red fades it will turn pink - two looks in one!
More and more copper hairstyles and copper hair colors are showing up on Instagram feeds and Pinterest boards. Copper hair is pretty easy to achieve if you already have red undertones. Why fight it by trying to go for a cool tone, instead this season embrace this beautifully autumnal hue.
If you're a natural blonde then going with red hair only involves keeping the color vibrant. However, if you have brunette hair (or darker) then you'll need to bleach your hair before going red which requires major dedication. Luckily you don't have to worry about damage with our Chroma Absolu products that nourish hair and prevent color-induced damage, so if you want rich red hair - you've got it!
Pale pink hair doesn't ever really go out of fashion. It's experimental for sure and makes a statement but, maintenance wise, on blondes it can simply be applied in-salon and washes out with ease. If you have darker hair then you'll need bleach first for pink hair. This means you'll need to lean on a specially-formulated color care range like Chroma Absolu to prevent hair damage and frizz, and to ramp up your hair color's shine and softness.
This year's Pantone color of the year is Ultimate Gray, and going deliberately with this grey hair color can look incredibly striking. With grey hair styles you'll likely have to bleach your hair first, so be sure to keep your hair seriously hydrated to ward off frizz and that telltale coarse texture that can come with bleaching.
Natural hues like green hair or blue hair make a real statement and, unlike pink, they really stick around in the hair. So, for starters, make sure you're wedded to the idea and keep hair moisturized to ensure the color fades evenly (no one wants patchy color!).
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