Now that school is back in session, and the upcoming fall season is upon us, it’s time to think about spicing up your color. No matter what color you are naturally, there is always something you can add to give a subtle change to your look. Rich tones are really a big hit for fall, as well as low lighting for those lighter natural colors.
Even if you have lightened your hair for the summer, you can easily add some richness by streaking a few darker strands through your hair. It’s easier to add some low lights to your hair that are a within a few shades of the color your hair is at the time, than to go and dump a darker color all over your head. Not only is the low lighting an easier transition, but even the smallest changes can make a big difference.
If you have blonde hair and want some darker tones put into it, using a natural toned color would be the best option. It adds natural tones to the hair, and doesn’t usually turn your hair odd colors. Now if your hair is really light and you are going dark, the natural shades can soak in really quickly and go darker than the shade you actually put on. So you have to really keep an eye on it while it is processing. This is where you can adjust the amount of time the color is on. If it looks like it is getting really dark, you can go ahead and rinse it off in 10 minutes or so. If you leave it on too long you can end up with almost black hair. Especially if your blonde hair is color processed from the start. If you do want to darken your whole head, be really careful when choosing colors with ash base tones, as this can cause the hair to turn green since that is the underlying base color. If you have really gold or bronze blonde hair, the ash colors would be a good choice to eliminate the golden tones and soften the look of your hair. So when hi-lighting, taking the color off too soon before it has finished processing will leave your hair orange for sure. This is just the opposite of darkening the hair. When darkening you are just depositing color, but for lifting you have to lift all those colors out to get the blonde shade you want.
If you are lightening your hair with a high lift tint, you will want to make sure you are using a strong enough developer that can lift your hair as light as you want it. Otherwise you will end up with the gold or orange hair as you may have seen on people before. Developer’s start off at 10 volume, and go up to 40+ volume. The 10, 20, 30, and 40 is referring to the levels of lift you want to lift out of the hair. So for example, the 10 volume is usually a deposit only developer, used to darken the hair or for low-lights. When you get into the 20’s and up, there is always going to be a lifting action produced by at least 2 levels. Always follow the manufactures instructions on the mixing ratio to each color you use. The color itself has specific ratio’s of color to developer mixes needed.
So my best advice is to go to a store that can help you choose the best color for your type of hair. Keep track of the shades you are using every time you color. That way you know how each one turns out when you are trying different shades and brands of color. Each company makes color slightly different. Tones will change and the outcome will be different each time you color. So if you are looking for that rich fall brown color, or just low lighting to add some depth to your look, be sure to choose a color that well fits your skin tone, while adding some sparkle to your look.