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How Do You pick The Perfect Hair Colour Shade?

A new hair colour is a highly personal choice. Don't get overwhelmed by the vast range of possibilities: follow these 5 handy tips and find the colour that suits you!

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A new hair colour is a highly personal choice. Don’t get overwhelmed by the vast range of possibilities: follow these 5 handy tips and find the colour that suits you!

Choosing a hair colour is never easy, whether you are a home-dye expert or this is your first time taking the plunge Your choice will largely depend on your natural skin tones and original hair colour.

1. Warm colours for warm skin tones
As you may already have read in the “ How to choose the right shade of brown” Garnier article, skin tone plays an important role in what hair colours will suit you. Those with pinky, red, yellow or olive skin tones can easily rock warmer hair colours such as golden blonds or auburn browns.

2. Cool colours for cool skin tones
Then there are those with cooler or more “citrusy” skin tones with hints of blue, who should opt for cooler hair colours. This means you can really go wild with the edgiest colours, like a blue-based ash blond hair colour or a purple-tinged red hair dye.

3. Don’t stray too far from natural
When something looks natural, it looks better, there are no two ways about it! A great rule is to stick to within two shades of your natural hair, in terms of light or dark, as your hair shade usually matches your complexion. Go too dark and your natural skin colour will probably be washed out, and vice-versa. If in doubt, roots or a dip dye look can create a more gradual effect, and they are trendy!

4. Baby steps
For dramatic colour change, you really need to take your time. If you are aiming to go from dark to blond, try a more neutral colour first, then build up to the real thing. Take special care of your hair using the Garnier coloured hair care range, feeding it nutrients and love!

5. Mix and match!
Nowadays, there is a cornucopia of different fancy dyeing tricks you can use that blend different colours for a natural or edgy trendy look. Try long dark roots with lighter tips for a stylish ombre look.