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Hair Color Ideas - Finding the Best Hair Color For You

Updated on August 4, 2011

Hair Colour Ideas


Brunette can look good on just about anyone. Theres a ton of possibilities, especially if you want to use highlights.


Blonde can be a difficult task. If you've never colored your hair it is usually easy, but if you've done some permanent coloring you will have to spend more time on it. Before you attempt this check out some of our recommended books to the right.


Red hair is pretty easy to get no matter what your hair color. It's also one of the most requested


Even easier than red is black, although it doesn't look good on everyone.

Seasonal Hair Color Ideas

Usually dark colors look best in the fall and winder and light in the spring and summer.

Where to Find Hair Color Ideas

Look though style magazines or hair coloring books (like the ones listed below) are a great way to find the exact hair color you want.

Brunette Hair Color Ideas

Brunette has become a very popular hair color idea. It looks good on just about everyone since it matches well with many skin tones. If you decide to pick brunette be sure to think about highlights or lowlights. A little bit of extra color makes it look so much better.

Brunette is a great hair color idea, but you may need to do some upkeep to prevent it from fading or becoming washed out. There are several shampoos or conditioners that help keep your brunette hair color looking great. Check out our shopping guide for more.

Brunette Hair Color Ideas: Chocolate brown, Honey/Dark Blonde

Blonde Hair Color Ideas

Blonde can be a difficult hair colour. If you've never colored your hair it can be easy, but if you've done some permanent coloring you will have to spend more time on it. Before you attempt this I recommend reading up on it.

Blonde hair color can be a bit more work to keep up, especially lighter colors. Lots of sunlight or heat will make it fade faster. There are a bunch of products that will help you keep your color.

If you've already colored your hair blonde and your roots are starting to show, don't just grab the bleach to fix it. Try adding darker highlights to keep your hair healthy.

Blonde Hair Color Ideas: Golden Blonde, Blonde with Honey Highlights

Hair Color Charts

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Looking for hair color ideas? Look at your skin first

When searching for hair color ideas you should first look at what complements your skin tone. Depending on the type of skin you have, you'll want to stay away from certain colors.

  • Yellow Undertones: Avoid deep gold
  • Pink Undertone: Avoid red or strawberry tones
  • Pale Skin: Avoid deep dark colors
  • Dark/Tan Skin: Avoid one-tone blonde (honey or 5 tone blonde looks better)

So what hair color should you look for?

  • Brown/Gold Undertones: Try golden or honey colors with red highlights
  • Rosy/Ebony Undertones: Try brown or black with burgundy highlights

Want to be safe when coloring your hair? Just go a couple shades lighter or darker than your current color. Or try temporary hair color like Loreal's Color Pulse which will wash out after a couple showers.

Types of Hair Coloring

Permanent Color: Uses hydrogen peroxide to change your hair color. If you haven't found your perfect hair color idea don't use permanent coloring. Over-processing can damage your hair and make it look dull. Hydrogen peroxide is used to open the hair cuticle and form the color.

Semi-Permanent Color (or temporary hair color):Doesn't change the actual hair color, and helps slightly change a tone or maintain a permanent coloring. These will last between 8 and 20 showers. With semi-permeant coloring the cuticle is only opened up slightly, so the color is not permanent. Loreal's Color Pulse is one of the most popular semi-permanent dyes.

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      Lia 3 years ago

      This is very helpful. But I want to dye me hair blue or some other color. What should I do?

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      an 4 years ago

      i have medium brown hair i get a tan easy

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      Carole 5 years ago

      your article is a big help for me since I'm thinking of what color is match for my skintone. :)

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      Amy 6 years ago

      Ok. I need some sugestions. My natural hair color is Dark blonde, I also have brown eyes, and i have pale skin. What hair color will best suit me?

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      fashion 6 years ago

      Interesting and informative hub.These hair color ideas are new and and so stylish.

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      Sara 6 years ago

      Does medium ash brown make you're hair black?

      Ps: what hair colors have yellow lights in it?

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      Raymond Robertson 6 years ago

      Thanks for taking enough time to be able to talk about this, I feel passionately over it and really like learning more on this subject. If at all possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind posting your web log with additional info? It i

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      Lolzbananahaha 6 years ago

      @Hair Color Ideas fcuk youuuu

      how cna w3 get intooo trouble 4 4 getting da wrong hair colourrr?

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      felicia 6 years ago

      I,went to the salon to have light golden brown hair lifted out she replaced it with a 9n and 8w which is light neutral blonde and medium gold it is now medium golden reddish yuk can I,lighten it to a medium or light blonde without bleaching my natural hair is ither dark blonde light brown and I, always pull red

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      Hair Color Ideas 6 years ago

      The first important step is definitely identifying your skin tone and finding out what works best. If your skin tone doesn't match your ideal in a pic, your in trouble.

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      Svetla 6 years ago

      Hey there everyone. My sister has just told me about this site. She saved a ton of money with them, check it out

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      Ashley 6 years ago

      I'm naturally blonde, but I like to mix it up and change it. I have been almost every hair color. I'm currently blonde, but I am letting my natural color grow out. I'm thinking about going dark. In my experience, if you are going from blonde to dark you need a filler. Otherwise, your hair will be dull and have a greenish tint to it. You can get all that stuff at Sally Beauty Supply for cheap if you compare it to salon price. The first time I went dark I went to a salon and got charged $40 just for the filler. At the beauty supply I only paid $5, and yes, if you just follow the instructions, it works just as well. I have pale skin but lots of other undertones so I guess I can pull off any hair color, but for me, if my hair is short than the dark looks bad on me. Just a tip for those thinking about a drastic change.

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      CaityBubzz 6 years ago

      i am 13 years old and i have all natural mouse blonde hair wif bleach blonde streaks, i want to dye my hair blak wif blue tips, but my mum wont let me go blakk... so idk wat colous to go :S i have an olive complexion and brown eyes, i get reallly tanned in summer, but it fades away to a natural olive complexion in winter... can someone please help me wif wat colous to go :)

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      Danielle 7 years ago

      Thankkss this website really workedd! For being the first time colorinng my hairr it looks amazingg! (:

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      georgia 7 years ago

      this website really helped :) i want to go pale honey blonde but was worried that it wouldn't work! now i'm more confident that it will :)


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      manda 7 years ago

      i have medium tan skin that is a tiny bit paler than normal because it is winter but normally it is REALLY tan and naturally ash blonde hair that i have highlighted for about four years to a honey blonde. After it is highlighted it has a lot of undertones that look AMAZING! My eyes are always changing depending on the lighting, what i am wearing, and how close you r to me. The two colors that they normally change between r green and blue but if you r right up next to them they r washed out and have a little bit of everything in them. They also glitter as they catch light. All and all i love my hair color but i need a change for a little bit. I want to dye it medium brown with temporary dye but 1- i am scared it will majorly damage my hair and i will never get it back to my normal color 2- that it will look awful! Plus i really only want it different for 4-6 weeks. What do you guys think? Do you have any sugguestions?

      P.s. I don't know what undertones r in my skin but i look amazing in bright blues pinks and greens (that's usually when my eyes look blue) and i look pretty good in neutral colors but my eyes don't stand out Quite as much. I avoid yellow and gold.

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      becky 7 years ago

      I have blonde highlighted hair and not very tanned skin, but really want a change would it be okay to go to brown or something along them linesssss???

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      Laura 7 years ago

      I have quite red checks and very big eyes dark blue and natrally a brunette with a tint of organge I want to go blonde but is it my colour??? Should I bleach my hair?? I want something different my hair had been brown for years now

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      coolhairmike 7 years ago

      Once your hair is colored, keeping it that way is another story. Depending on the shampoo you use and the condition of your water (especially well water, that can wreak havoc with your hair), your hair color can fade fast or change depending on the mineral content of your water. To keep your color longer, use a good color depositing shampoo or conditioner. lists quite a few, such as Tressa Watercolors, All-Nutrient Color+Shampoo, and ClayPac. If your hair (especially blondes) is changing because of your water, check out the Malibu Crystal Gel Treatment. An amazing product that removes chemical, minerals, chlorine, etc. while leaving your hair color intact. carries that too. Great products to keep your hair color looking its best.

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      youpeoplerdumb 7 years ago

      what was the point of those last two comments?

      also just go with whatever hair color you feel prettiest with and the most connected with.

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      juliafindlay123 7 years ago

      thts what i thought

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      Kelly 7 years ago

      Who are you people talking to? It's not like the author of this thing is going to help you.

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      Nicole 7 years ago

      I have naturally light brown/dirty blonde hair and med tanned skin. I have bright blue eyes. Iv been from choc brown to blonde, back to brown, and then in an accident attempt to redye my roots brown and replenish the shine to my hair i ended up jet black. I got so many compliments saying the black made my eyes stand out. But i get sick of my hair really quickly so I went to a colour specialist wanting to go back to my natural colour...or a couple of shades lighter. But she refused to do it...basically saying it'd take me 2 years to get back to my natural colour?! I did it myself in a couple of months with dye out of a bottle. we're coming into summer now and I really don't know if i should stay dark, go blonde or even go red!! people tell me I suit all colours thanks to my skin tones and eyes. I have NO idea what colour to go!! :S

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      karen 7 years ago

      im 32 and have been hairdressing since i was 16 most of the girls are right about skin tone however skin tone changes due to sun exposure and of course how much make up you apply. its all about experimenting with semi perm colour first. i have been every colour you can think of but at the moment i am medium brown with a lot of red in it. i have a warm tone to my skin and have very pale blue eyes, which looks amazing, so intend to keep it for a very long time.

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      alex 7 years ago

      please help im like pale white very white ! and i have dark brown hair and i want to dye my hair soooo bad ! please help

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      Kim 7 years ago

      I am very pale with pink undertones and freckles. My hair is naturally ash brown with a red undertone. I was once blonde. I thought it looked good but others said it washed me out. Websites say pink skin shouldn't have red hair. But I would love to be blonde. What are the rules for blonde? Can someone with my coloring be blonde or should I stick with brown? Thanks

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      moe 7 years ago

      i have been highlightin my hair blonde with bleach, but come september, i want to be a red head! however, hearing some of these horror stories from all of you girls is making me think twice, i have auburn hair and med. tan skin. suggestions? i want to be a red head! but, should i risk it right before my sophome year?

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      Taylor 7 years ago

      Im 13.. And i got my hair done.. Like 5 months ago. But they lady messed it up..It was apose to be brown.. But it turned out red :/ But i wana go bak blone... Help?!

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      Finding the best hair color can be tricky especially if the color on the over the counter box is different once you apply it to your own hair, most woman are adding color to hair that has been color treated before so the end result comes out in a different shade.

      So to get the best hair color you want to apply it to virgin hair, or you may have to do color correction.

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      yurr mom 7 years ago

      yurr mom : )

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      Bobbie 7 years ago

      ive died my hair loads and loads of times, and i used to have it red, and i had it browny red last night and then we put bleach blonde strikes die init but it went ginga,and my haifr is starting to fall out? what do i do to get it blonde?

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      Lillian 7 years ago

      I loooooove red hair!! But i don't know what shade to dye it because im pale but not too pale that im white white... what should i do??

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      Anasatasia 7 years ago

      You get bleach blonde into brown by bleaching it.

      Diana.Try a dark brown with red undertones first so that you can decide if you want red or not.

      Skin tone matters a ton in picking a hair color. During the winter I go back to my natural super light blonde color as my skin lights but during the summer my skin gets super tanned so I dye it medium brown. My blonde with dark skin looks icky. I've dyed my hair black before and it made melook washed out. Love this page but it needs some fixing.

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      diana 7 years ago

      my hairs naturally dark dark brown and im naturally tanned..

      and i would like to have it red, should i a rbight or deep red not too sure help!?

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      becky. 7 years ago

      how do you get bleach blonde hair into brown?

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      amy sharp 7 years ago

      i am nataully ginger and have far skin with thousands of frikles and i hate. so last year i took a massive chance and go to the hair dressers and get my hair cut shoulder length and get 3 different shades of blond staright through it. ik only had half a head done as i wanted the bottom to stay my normal colour, this was great until my roots come though and it cost a bomb to keep getting it done. so earlier this year i took another big turn and go out and get brown hair die from the local supermarket and this was the best thing i have ever done to my body it made me look older, made me look pretty , well thats what people said and it was fantastic to keep on tp of the cost as it only cost my mum 6 pound every 4 to 6 weeks to do my roots.

      so IF U GET HIGHLIGHTS u need to be prepared to spend loads of money.. Skin colour don't matter i look better with brown hair n frikeles instead of ginger!!!!!!

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      kristi 7 years ago

      ive died my hair like 4 or 5 times ive highlighted died it blonde had it for 7 months den died it blacck.. but i really want likeee blonde i was thinkk dar dar dark black withh platium blondee underneath ? would it worrk . email me at tell me pppleasse

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      Cheyenne  7 years ago

      I Don't Usually Change My Hair Color But I Have Medium Brown Hair And I Have Recently Decided To Get One Blonde Highlight Right Behind My Bangs. I've Never Done It Before I Just Want Something New And Edgy. Is It A Bad Idea? I Also Have A Medium Dark Skin Tone.

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      Always changing my hair. 7 years ago

      I change my hair ALL the time. I easily get bored of a color. I have had from BRIGHT RED to BLEACH BLONDE. And personally the skin tone doesn't matter at all. It is if YOU yourself can pull of the color and in conclusion if you look good in the color no matter what. I have medium tone but sometimes very pale. Right now I have VERY dark brown hair and have very pale skin right now. But I am soon getting my hair dyed a purple/brown/blond/red. Similar to the red/blond/brown that I had before the hair that I have now. So I disagree with most of this article. So really it isn't much help to me.

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      anne 7 years ago

      Hi, i have natural auburn hair and pale freckly skin, although i always try to wear fake tan and dye my hair as i hate my natural look!! In the past i have dyed my hair all colours(including med-brown which was far too dark and i looked awful)! For years i had my hair highlighted (with bleach so it didn't end up orange) but eventually all my hair ended up bleached blonde. I absolutely loved having blonde hair & got loads of compliments, but i hated the roots (they were visible even when i came away from the hairdressers as they wouldn't put bleach right up to my scalp, and my roots came through looking orange next to the blonde). Anyway i went to a well known hairdressers and asked to go a light warm brown. They had to keep reapplying colour as patches of my hair wouldn't take the dye as the blonde had 'ruined' my hair - so it ended up really dark. Every time i washed my hair a load of colour came out and it ended up really faded, washed out and unhealthy looking. i then went somewhere else (6 weeks later) & they put ash colour on my roots to neutralise the red and a light brown on the rest, which i thought was a tad too dark at first but again it has washed out loads and is back to the dull faded look. i can't help wanting to go back blonde as everyone has said how good i looked with blonde hair & i feel really plain in comparison to how i used to look. my boyfriend says he loves red hair but i don't think i have the confidence to go red (and would defo not go my natural colour as in the sun it looks too 'ginger'). Please help :)

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      Hayley 7 years ago

      Doesn't Solve Anything! If you have fair skin would a vampire red be appropriate?

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      Daina 7 years ago

      i have ginger hair and i am 11 years old,i need some tips of a colour to put through it ?? any ideas??

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      rachel 7 years ago

      Red hair is absolutely not the easiest. I've been coloring my hair red for years. It fades the fastest out of all the colors so it requires a lot of upkeep.

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      BRITT 7 years ago

      I Just love hair colors, and this page woudll be great help for a new dyer!

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      Shayna 7 years ago

      Okay so if I am planing on dyeing my hair and i do not tan that easy... would a glazed hazelnut look good on me?

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      crazy 7 years ago

      Well did your color come out a greenish tint? Because when going from very blonde to brown you have to use a filler. (applying a semi-permanent) and then applying the color.

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      kinda 7 years ago

      i used to make high light my hair and after i dye it light brown, and i don't like this color.

      i wanna go back to the blond color, is it possible without having my hair damaged ??????

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      pearlin:) 7 years ago

      I wanna have highlights and my hair is blackk.

      wat colour should i usefor my highlights ?

      & i have brown skin, btw :P

      LOL =]

      please help ! :(

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      Angelique du Preez 7 years ago

      This is a very intresting website

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      alex 8 years ago

      wait..... would dark red highlites look good in brown hair

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      mark scoville 8 years ago

      katie found a preoduct that will help your hair fade on tone keep your reds brighter and vibrant and last longer contact me at

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      Mark Scoville 8 years ago

      Katie Going completely Red. Do you want Fire Engine Red Black Cherry there are a lot of choices however remember after the color goes on make sure that you seal the color in place as Red on Blode hair tends to fade

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      Katie 8 years ago

      This really helped! My hair is originally honey blonde, but I dyed it dark brown w/ a red tint. Now I want to go completely red, but idk if it's the best color choice. I have really pale skin.

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      Noa Wright 8 years ago

      I have blond hair but I think it makes me look too pale and I usually wear white sparkly eye shadow, brown eyeliner and black mascara. I never wear anything on my lips because anything seems to make my lips too bright compared to my skin tone. Any ideas?

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      Rosie  8 years ago

      My hair is naturally light blond. I have fairly pink skin, and I was wondering if dying my hair red would make my skin look more rosy.

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      Ashley. 8 years ago

      This Website is a lot of help.

      But im not sure,

      My hair naturally blonde

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      kendra selby  8 years ago

      well this is a good website

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      laura 8 years ago

      I disagree with alex about seasonal colour change.In the winter you may be a bit paler so all the more reason to warm your skintone up.It really depends on the individual, if they've been blonde all their life and don't want drastic change then put some warm honey blonde or rich copper tones in the winter and brighten it up in the summer with some sunkissed highlights.

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      Emma 8 years ago

      I have a "Pink Undertone: Avoid red or strawberry tones"

      And I want "Brown/Gold Undertones: Try golden or honey colors with red highlights"

      But will the red highlights look bad with my skin?

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      beads 8 years ago

      this is no help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      momo 8 years ago

      I agree with colouring to match your skintone.

      Which is why I reckon you should always consult a professional stylist before colouring your hair.

      That way they can advise you on what colours will best suit your skintone, also how to maintain your colour to keep it looking vibrant, also when you get regrowth they will apply your colour accordingly to prevent colour build up which could damage your hair or make it harder to change your hair colour in future.

      If your planning on going from very light to dark or vice-versa DEFINITELY go to a professional as they can do this process much easier and prevent any major damage to your hair also perfect your colour.

      being a hairstylist I have changed my colour many times over the years, and have found what works and what complements my skin. It took a lot of playing around and trying new things.

      taryn, all colour can cause some damage to your hair. Its how you maintain your hair and how often you colour. There are a lot of very conditioning colours out there though.

      A lot of semi/ midway colours are very conditioning on the hair and fade nicely.

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      Great advice, thankyou very much.

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      taryn 8 years ago

      i just want to know if the Loreal color pulse does any damage to your hair and your natural hair colour???

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      alex 8 years ago

      the comment that people should dye their hair darker in winter and lighter in spring is completely FALSE, peoples skin generally gets paler in winter so why would you want to off set that with a darker color, a lighter color would look much better plus in the spring you wanter a darker color to naturalize a tan duh

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      Emmie 8 years ago

      Lawl @ Barrette for stating the obvious :]

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      Lily 9 years ago

      This was so helpful! I dye my hair a lot because I'm never happy with it. :) I think once I've found my colour, I will go permanent. I didn't know about the cuticles opening to let the colour in. That makes sense. Thanks for the help!!!

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      michelle 9 years ago

      this article was very helpful :)

      if i ever have problems with my hair again, i know where to look for some hair coloring ideas at!

      thanks for all the help :)

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      michelle 9 years ago

      this article was very helpful :)

      if i ever have problems with my hair again, i know where to look for some hair coloring ideas at!

      thanks for all the help :)

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      Taylor 9 years ago

      Well I really think it depends on your skin tone and your natural hair color. I have a light brown and I have a really light tane, it pretty good but I am thinking about dyeing it a darker brown like dark chocolate color. But like I say I personally think it does depend on your skin tone and hair color, but also its what you think because I mean its your body.

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      Barrette 9 years ago

      Isn't the best hair color that looks good on your skin your natural color?

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      Lewis Smith 10 years ago

      I fully agree with the author that the hair color you chose should complement your skin tone and should in fashion. One can go in for permanent hair color if you do not feel like playing with colors. For the people who are fairly bold can try on temporary colors which can be changed after a few weeks.

      For more information on Fashion Products hair care I suggest you to visit sites like Fashion Products where you'll find latest trends in the market, the most selling brands, etc.