Monday, December 3, 2012

How to Dye Your Hair Darker: A Color Guide

Dark hair is striking, there's no denying it. Sure, I may be a little biased being that I'm a natural brunette, but I think I would envy dark haired girls even if I had a different shade. Dark hair reflects the light beautifully. It looks stunning in ringlets and sleek after a flat iron. If you want to go brown or black with your hair color, the following guide should help steer you in the right direction.

If you have a light skin tone stick to dark neutral shades that sit on the deep brown spectrum. Going black may be too severe for what you're going for; however, it definitely is a look. Celebrities like Katy Perry and Dita Von Teese have very light skin and wear black hair. The right shade of dark brown may be just what need, though. Think of celebrities like Zooey Deschanel and  Kristen Stewart.
Medium skin tones look striking warm browns and black, ala the photo of Megan Fox above. Celebrities like Salma Hayek and Sofia Vergara show us beautiful shades of brown and black that look undeniably sexy on olive or caramel colored skin. Reddish black tones sometimes bring out yellow in this skin tone, so opt instead for a neutral or cool shade at the same level.
If you're blessed with beautiful dark skin then you can't go wrong with any dark shade of black or brown. The only color to avoid is blue-black, which can make the skin appear slightly greenish.
Dying your hair is a fun way to instantly perk up your look. If you've done highlights already, and you're looking for a change that will have heads turning, darkening your locks is a great option. For the best results, consult with a professional first. They can steer you in the right direction if you're still not completely certain. Dying hair at home is a less expensive route toward getting the color you want without spending too much money; however, keep in mind that a bad dye job could lead to an even more expensive color correction if you don't get it right!