How-To Tuesday: Picking Hair Color

I’m so sorry for skipping my “Sunday Funday” this week y’all, but it was Easter (and I forgot to plan the post in advance!). I hope you all had a great holiday though. For me and Elly we relaxed all weekend, had my best friend over for wine on Friday night, and spent the rest of the weekend reading in the sun by the river. How romantic?

So this How-To Tuesday is all about picking the best hair color for you. I admit this is partly due to the fact that I’m looking to book a hair appointment this week! I am particularly nervous because I’m cutting about 5 inches to a bob & going lighter.. something I’ve never done before! So here’s to picking the right color for yourself!

Always Strand Test: When I used to work at Cosmoprof (a beauty supplier to hairdressers) it was the golden rule. A strand test is where your colorist apply your selected color to – you guessed it- a few strands of your hair, as opposed to the whole head. This insures that you’ll both know that the color will develop correctly (not too bright, brassy, or dark) as well as any possible reactions to the color you might have. Usually a good colorist who isn’t familiar with you will ask to do one, but if not, or if you’re hesitant, by all means it is appropriate to ask.

Dumb It Down: Don’t try and speak the lingo if you don’t know what it means! Seriously, it might sound cool requesting a “level 6 warm” until you end up looking like carrot top! My advice is if you do not know what “warm” “cool” “lowlights” ect, is then it’s best to show your colorist what you mean (bring a picture).

Ask Questions: You may assume it’s a given that your stylist won’t allow you to just go from your light blonde to the darkest black, without giving her honest opinion but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re making a change and are unsure about whether a color or cut will look good on you ask. Your hairdresser will be more than willing to let you know what she thinks. I mean, a happy client means a returning client, and honestly nobody wants their client unhappy or looking less than stellar.

Throw It Back: Next time you’re looking to make a major color change bring in your oldest #TBT. The logic behind this is that your hair actually gets darker as you age, and if you haven’t seen your natural color in… forever… it’s a great visual to let your colorist know what he or she’s really working with. It will also help you get back to the most natural, “glowing” color that you were born with. A win-win!


That’s all for now guys, have a great Tuesday 🙂

Xo, Miranda.