Hair is an incredible way to express your personality. You can style it, dye it and cut it – all the while knowing that nothing you do to it is truly permanent.
This is comforting because if you get a haircut or dye job that isn’t exactly what you were expecting, you can rest assured that your hair will grow back to its natural state.
So, maybe you are thinking of dying your hair darker. Whether you are making a drastic change, like going from blonde to brunette, or something more subtle, like going from chestnut to dark brown, taking that leap can be daunting.
The shades you could choose are truly infinite, and then there are always highlight and lowlight options.
Try Semi-Permanent First
If you have never dyed your hair before, it can be a scary thought. Many people find it beneficial to try a semi-permanent dye from a drug store first. The hair dyes you find at a drug store come in all colors and qualities.
In any case, they are a great way to test out a color to see if it looks good with your complexion. If you do not end up liking it, it will not stay in your hair as long as a chemical job done by a professional stylist.
Consider Your Complexion
Skin color generally falls into two categories: warm and cool. These categories are generally what determine which hair color will look best on someone. If your skin has gold or yellow undertones, then you have warm skin. If you have pink or blue undertones, then you have cool skin.
To figure out which category you fall into is to look at your veins under white light. If they appear blue, then you have cool skin. If they look green, then you have warm skin.
If you have cool skin, you will want to choose a hair dye that has cool overtones. If you are dying your hair darker, this means you will want a more ashy brown rather than a red brown. However, if you have warm skin, then a red brown is exactly what you are looking for.
Go to a Pro
Once you decide on a color that you want for dying your hair darker and that you would like a permanent dye, find a professional stylist who specializes in hair color. Your stylist will be able to mix a few dyes together to create a one of a kind color, and you do not want an amateur doing the mixing.
The professional will also know exactly how long the dye will need to be applied to your hair and how to ensure that it does not bleed onto your clothes. When it comes to permanent dying of your hair, you want to make certain that the person knows what they are doing.
Know When to Listen
Once you find a professional stylist that you are comfortable trusting with your locks, be prepared to strike a balance between standing your ground and listening to your stylist.
A well-versed stylist will have cut and dyed hundreds of heads of hair, so they get a really good idea of what hair colors go well with certain complexions.
If your stylist can give you a good reason why a specific color won’t look good on you, take their advice into consideration. He or she should be able to suggest an alternate, similar color or even some highlight options that will look better on you.
Don’t be a doormat
Now, even though stylists have dealt with all kinds of hair, your new stylist has not dealt with yours. If you feel the stylist is way off base in suggesting a color, then stick to the color you chose. If he or she makes you feel uncomfortable, then you should also feel free to decline service.
You are the one who has to live with dying your hair darker, not them. If your stylist makes a mistake, then you will be wearing that mistake until your hair grows out, so it is incredibly important that you are entirely comfortable with the change.
Don’t let dying your hair darker be a daunting thing. Experiment with different colors until you find the perfect one, and then let a professional stylist give your hair a permanent dye job.