At-home hair coloring is one of those things that you either embrace or shun — there's no middle ground. But just because you had one traumatic color calamity (hello orange-ish blonde, a.k.a. blorange) doesn't mean you have to swear off drugstore hair color forever.
We asked celebrity colorist Mike Petrizzi, of the De Berardinis Salon in NYC, to give us his tips for applying color like a pro. Follow his advice and you'll not only end up with beautiful, natural-looking hair color, but also save a ton of cash in the process, by skipping all those high-priced salon visits.
The best hair color for your skin tone isn't a whim or a trend. The shade that'll make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle is rooted in color theory, chemistry and science. The biggest rule of thumb? Stay within three shades of your natural hair color. Go too far outside of it and you’re likely to wind up with hair that looks fake against your skintone. Why? Because your skin and natural hair color have the same underlying pigments.
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1) What's Your Number?
When selecting a shade, don't be wooed by the model's hair on the box — your color won't necessarily turn out that exact shade. Instead, Petrizzi says to match your hair color up with the ones on the back of the box, which will tell you how that shade will affect your starting shade.
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2) Avoid The Orange
If you're looking to go darker, Petrizzi suggests skipping anything in the warm brown family. "Unless you want orange hair, steer clear of this inviting, snuggle-up-to-me color," he says. When dying your hair darker, those tempting ammoniated colors will actually just develop brassy. Going lighter? It may sound counterintuitive but choose an ashy shade. "It will do anything but singe your hair and will actually balance out any brassy undertones that may pop up," says Petrizzi.
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