One of the things that many of us have considered at least once in our lives is whether we should dye our hair and what color. Although this can be a “spur of the moment” decision, and we can just dye our hair whatever color we want, if we want it actually to look good, there are some things we should consider.
Lucky for you, you’re in the right place.
This guide will try to answer the question, “What color should I dye my hair” while at the same time giving you a few factors to consider before doing it.
What Is the Best Hair Color for YOU – 5 Factors to Consider!
Although there are many things that you should take into consideration when thinking about dyeing your hair, these five are probably the most important ones (according to us at least):
1. Your skin tone/undertone
One of the most, if not the most, important factor to consider before dyeing your hair is your skin tone and your undertone. Based on this, you can confidently pick the best shade for you.
- People will darker skin tones usually look better with warmer hair color tones, such as brown or golden tones, while people with lighter skin should usually opt for cooler hair tones, such as ash-blonde or blue-toned shades.
2. Your hair texture
Another factor, which is equally as important, is the texture of your hair. This matters because not every hair color looks good on every hair. Therefore, if your hair gets easily damaged or breaks, maybe you should avoid dyeing it blonde. The reason behind this is that blonde hair color is known to emphasize hair damage, while at the same time, it might take more treatments for your hair to get to your desired blonde hue, which will just further damage it.
On the other hand, dyeing your hair a deeper color may hide the damage and make your hair look healthier and shinier.
3. Your eye color
Just as skin tone is important, so is eye color. Many people decide on hair color based on the color of their eyes. Usually, this is a pretty good indicator of what works or doesn’t work for you.
- Brown eyes – People who have brown eyes should probably opt for hair colors such as golden browns, ash-blondes, and mahogany reds.
- Green eyes – People with green eyes can usually pull off colors like chocolate browns, golden blondes, and even black and auburn.
- Blue eyes – People with blue eyes usually decide to dye their hair blonde, which often suits them perfectly. However, they can also go with burgundy-red colors, which will complement their eyes equally as good.
- Hazel eyes – Finally, people who have hazel eyes should dye their hair either dark brown or copper. Both of these hues suit them great and bring out their eyes even more.
4. Your pocket
Hair maintenance is a big investment if you want your hair always to look good. However, maintenance of dyed hair is an even bigger investment. That said, there are a few things that will probably put a strain on your financial situation if you choose to dye your hair.
- How often you’ll have to dye your hair – This usually depends on your hair type, as well as how often you wash your hair and how fast your hair grows. Normally, you should dye your hair at least once a month if you want to retain the same color vibrancy. On top of that, you should also consider investing in some good hair care products or even opting for a monthly hair care subscription box. All of this will definitely be more expensive than sticking with your virgin hair color.
- How long will it take to get the desired hair color – Dyeing your hair can be expensive as it is, however, the price can increase based on what color you want your hair to be. If your natural hair color is dark brown or black, getting a platinum blonde will take longer than dyeing it a shade or two lighter. Getting a drastically different hair color can also cost more since the hairstylist would probably have to use more products or dye.
- Will you be dyeing your hair at home or in a hair salon – Another thing that adds to the maintenance cost of your hair is where you’ll be dyeing your hair. If you’re planning to dye your hair yourself, then you’ll only have to pay for the hair dye, compared to if you’re planning to dye your hair in a hair salon. On top of that, dyeing your hair every month will add an additional cost, which can increase substantially if you go to your hairstylist monthly.
5. The season
If you still haven’t decided what color to dye your hair, then maybe you should look at the seasons and decide. Certain hair colors complement certain seasons more.
- Winter – The trendiest colors to dye your hair in winter are dark brown and berry shades.
- Spring – If you’re dyeing your hair during the spring period, you can always go for bright colors or shades with a warmer undertone.
- Summer – The summer period is perfect for light colors or colors with a cooler undertone.
- Fall – The fall season can be suitable for people who want to dye their hair warm and neutral colors.
Wrapping Things Up!
Deciding what color to dye your hair can be either one of the easiest or hardest decisions you can make. If you’re one of those people that has a hard time deciding on hair color, then hopefully, this guide has made that decision a little easier.
1. Should I dye my hair?
The decision of whether you should dye your hair or not should always rest on you. However, if you have hair that gets easily damaged, many hair stylists would advise against it.
2. How often should you dye your hair?
How often you dye your hair depends mainly on your financial situation and how fast your hair dye lasts. With that said, if your hair dye loses its vibrancy fast, then it is only logical to dye it more frequently. However, maintaining dyed hair costs more (frequent visits to the hair stylists and more hair products), therefore, you should be prepared to invest a little more.
3. Should my hair be clean or dirty when I dye it?
Always clean your hair before dyeing it. Although you might hear different opinions on this, clean hair will better accept color treatments than dirty hair.